The This Time Forever series can be read in any order.
A new town, a new neighbor, and a new chance to build a forever.
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.
This book is full of feels, I loved it.
While I have several books by Kelly Jensen in my humongous digital library, Building Forever is the first one I've read. What a great introduction to her writing!
Simon and Charlie! I loved this couple. The two of them seemed so real to me and the struggles they dealt with also seemed very believable. This is a book that captured me with the blurb and then completely engaged me with the full story.
Charlie's life didn't really go as planned. Being a father and husband before age twenty wasn't what he wanted, neither was being a widower 12 years later. He loved his wife very much and has no regrets for getting married and having a beautiful daughter. After his wife's death he had to stay strong for their daughter. When he feels the pull of attraction for the beautiful man who moved in next door he finally had to face something he's known for many years, he's bisexual.
Simon moved to Bethlehem to get over a breakup from a 12-year relationship and to do the kind of architectural work he really wants to do; he's certainly not looking for another relationship. But something about his neighbor, Charlie, has him forgetting his resolution to not get involved with anyone again.
I loved how these two men related to each other. I loved reading about Charlie's struggles with his writing and reading the bits of the stories that popped into his head. Simon has no real interest in science fiction stories but reads Charlie's anyway and loves them like he eventually loves the man that wrote them.
Building Forever has a rich cast of characters and it made me laugh – Charlie is such a funny, sweet guy – and it made me cry when things got so hard they nearly broke Charlie. Then I cried tears of happiness when everything worked out and Charlie and Simon got their HEA (I love books that move me to tears). I'm really looking forward to reading the upcoming books in this series.
An advanced copy of this book was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author.
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