Finding Forever

Title: Finding Forever
Author: Lori C. Hawkins
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
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Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novella (118 PDF pages)
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

A Guest Review by Aunt Lynn

One Sentence Review: A sweet romance that built up slowly — maybe a little too slowly.


Sparks fly when actor Alec Bannerman meets art historian Peter Leavesley at a London museum gala, but a series of clueless questions and vague answers leaves both men confused. Alec isn’t sure if Peter is gay, and Peter is wary of another relationship after a messy break-up.

The stalemate has Alec in emotional turmoil as he is pulled between wanting Peter and fearing the humiliation of rejection, while Peter is fighting specters from the past. If between fear and family they can finally find each other, can they also find forever after?


Finding Forever is the first book by this author that I’ve read, and apparently is the prequel to the story What’s Past Is Presence released earlier in 2010 (which I have not read). While there is nothing I could point out that is incredibly negative about this tale, I was left with a “meh” feeling at the end.

Alec is a stage actor looking for his big break in London. He has spent most summers there with his Aunt Jo, and has recently moved there for good. Meeting art historian Peter at a museum event, he’s immediately attracted. The problem is that Alec isn’t sure Peter is gay and doesn’t want to be on the recipient of a homophobic rant in case he’s wrong, so he doesn’t make the first move. He later finds out that Peter is, indeed, gay, and after some time, they have their first date. Peter has concerns, however, as Alec isn’t out and Peter has just left a relationship where that was an issue. Things come to a head when Alec’s parents announce they are coming to visit, and Alec must make some decisions.

Finding Forever is is a sweet, romantic tale told almost completely via Alec’s third-person POV (though we do jump into Peter’s head a few times). It is presented mostly in snippets of time — a few hours, a day, maybe a few — every so often over the course of eighteen months. And while I love me a gentle and slow build to a relationship, I admit that it was a bit too slow and gentle for me here.  With little conflict or angst, I found the first two-thirds kinda dragging at times for me.  Though this isn’t terrible, it just added to the “meh”ness for me.  Other readers may not feel the same. Things picked up in the last third of the book, however, as there is an incident with Peter.

Both protags were believable and likeable, and the few secondary characters were as well. I have never been to London (so I cannot say if all of the details are correct or not), but the author included many London-y things — neighborhoods, sights, establishments — that made it seem real to me.


A sweet story with a gentle build-up that left me feeling a bit ambivalent. If you read What’s Past Is Presence, you’ll probably want to pick this one up to get the backstory.


  • Yes, a lot of books on the market. This has 118pdf, the followup is about 20 pages. I really like the novellas or shorts that follow an original novel.

  • Hi Lynn! Thanks for the review. I’m going to pass on this one. I have a personal bent against novellas. I have to find a compelling reason to buy one. This one would’ve been a pass for me and you confirmed it. Thanks again! Hope you have a great weekend!

  • The reason I love reading reviews is because when I feel ambivalent about a book, a review can clarify the issue for me. Either persuade me to read (which happens often) or to make me feel better for not bothering to pick up the read. So thanks for helping clarify this issue. Not planning on reading this.

  • Thank you for the review 🙂
    I´m not very sure what to think about this one, but I´m glad the follow up is available so if I decide to have a go, I can check the whole story.

  • I’m going to have to agree with just not feeling it theme. After reading the blurb and the review, nothing is telling me to buy it. Thanks for the review Aunt Lynn.

  • I generally like actor/’regular guy’ stories, but I don’t feel any strong need to rush out and buy this one.

    I will, however, put it on my list for one of those days when I want a slow but sweet story. Sometimes those can be just what the doctor ordered. *grins*

    The London thing is a plus, too, whether it’s based in fact or pure imagination. I’ve been to England a few times but never made it to London, somehow. 😛

    Thanks for pointing the London part out. That’s what pushed this onto my ‘maybe someday’ list!


  • You know, I kindof felt like ‘meh’ just after reading the blurb. Maybe this is the rare case that the blurb actually represents what is inside the book? I always feel like they’ve led me astray..

    Anyway, this one sounds like an okay read, but in a market where there are so many books to read, I think I’ll give this one a pass. Thanks Lynn!


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