Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Charlie King is doing fine. Sure, he’s a widower raising a teenage daughter who just got her first boyfriend, his book series isn’t writing itself, and he has a crush on his new neighbor — the guy next door. But everything’s just fine.
Simon Lynley is doing better. He moved to Bethlehem to fall out of love and rebuild his career. An affair with his neighbor isn’t part of the plan, but the attraction between them is too hard to ignore.
But when Simon’s ex follows him to Pennsylvania seeking reconciliation, and Charlie’s life starts to feel like a video on repeat, everything comes apart. Charlie worries that he’s failing as a father, and Simon is a distraction he can’t afford. Meanwhile Simon doesn’t know if he could survive being left again, and he hasn’t come all this way to make the same mistakes. But despite their fears, it’s only together that they’ll find the strength to slay old foes and build the forever they’ve been waiting for.
Building Forever (This Time Forever #1) by Kelly Jensen is one of those books to hug close to your heart. Once finished I wanted to pick it up and start it all over again, lose myself in the richness of the relationships the author has created within. It’s so easy to fall in love here. To embrace the people and their lives.
Charlie and his daughter, Liv? You can feel the truth of their lives, the pain of having lived through watching a beloved mother and wife dying of cancer and then her death, the void her loss has meant and the guilt for Charlie. And the warmth Charlie exudes, the “realness” of that father/daughter relationship just jumps off the page at you until you almost are a part of their lives as well.
Simon is just a connectable. Viable, human, hurting. His chemistry with Charlie and his, unbelievably Charlie’s house (a character in its own right) is so vivid that I kept re-reading passages for the shear joy of them. I loved these two men together. Their conversations, the funny dialog. Especially, Charlie’s conversations and Simon’s reactions to them. Priceless!
But, of course, it’s so much more than that. It’s Phil, it’s the dog, Liv, Justin, that house…it’s the whole of this story. It’s every element that combines to bring a town, a family, and this couple together so memorably alive that your heart feels warm and happy and so not ready to see everyone go. I wanted to stay, seated in their midst, ready for another story from Charlie, another chapter in their lives, their next step forward. Their next anything….
Building Forever (This Time Forever #1) by Kelly Jensen is beautifully written with wonderful characters and a heartwarming story you will truly love. Yes, I absolutely recommend it.
Cover art: Natasha Snow. I love this artist’s work but that isn’t the house as I pictured it with greystone and slate roof which is a big fail seeing that it’s a huge part of the story.
ebook, 1st edition, 337 pages
Expected publication: October 15th 2018 by Riptide Publishing
Series This Time Forever #1