Title: Chasing Forever
Series: This Time Forever #3
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Publication Date: December 10, 2018
Length: 353 pages
Reviewed by Sammy
Old wounds, new directions, and a forever worth chasing.
Malcolm Montgomery was a history teacher and track coach until an accident left him with two broken legs. He’ll recover, but life has knocked his feet out twice now. He’s not sure if he’s ready to try again, especially when it comes to love—and slick guys like Brian Kenway. Still, he needs help mentoring the school’s LGBTQ society, so he asks Brian to take some responsibility.
Brian has been hiding behind his reputation as a liar and a cheat for so long that he actually believes he’s that guy—until his nephew, Josh, turns up on his couch, tossed out for being gay. Brian has never considered being a father, but he knows all about being rejected by loved ones. Now Brian wants to be more: a partner for Mal and a role model for Josh.
But when Mal’s recovery is set back and the sad truth of Brian’s past is revealed, the forever they’ve been chasing seems even further from their grasps. It’ll take a rescue effort to revive their sense of worth and make Brian, Mal, and Josh into a family of their own.
Two men meet. One, has had more than his fair share of knocks in life. The other man is a serial cheater and known player. Several surgeries with potentially more to come find Mal trying his best to see beyond not only the physical pain of learning to walk again but also grappling with the depressing belief that he will never really measure up to anyone’s standards. He has lost at love more than once but the last time really knocked the wind out of his sails and determined he just wasn’t worth it.
Only Brian knows the real reason he was never faithful to his partner, Simon who is now happy with another man leaving Brian all alone. But all that is about to change. Brian’s story is the third installment in Kelly Jensen’s This Time Forever series and probably the saddest of the three. When we are finally privy to what makes Brian who he is today it is horrifying and brutal. But The author doesn’t leave Brian alone for long—instead she gives him someone who will cherish him just as he really deserves.
I think of all the characters author Kelly Jensen has created, Mal is perhaps the most sensitive and gentle. He is also nearly as lost as Brian is and that is saying something. Mal was told once too often that he is just not good enough and that has left Mal gun shy of ever going after another relationship much less one with the likes of Brian Kenway. But Brian isn’t at all like Mal has been warned of and before long they are taking a chance on finding out about one another.
Chasing Forever is a testament to the healing power of friendship and love. What changes for both these men is the realization that they have to learn to love themselves first before they can commit to loving another. Until they can understand that they themselves are the real stumbling block to their happiness they will never be able to make a go of it. That is the real thrust of this novel and it is lovely to watch their journey even though, at times, it is incredibly painful.
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