Title: Chasing Forever (This Time Forever #3)
Author: Kelly Jensen
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: December 10th 2018
Page Count: 333
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
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.
This is the third book in the series and although there are characters from the other books, it could be read as a stand alone.
This book didn’t capture me like the first book did. I never really got behind the whole Brian is a good guy now image. It’s difficult going from being a villain in one book to being a stand up guy in another. Especially when he’s repeatedly deemed a liar, cheat and asshole by more than two different characters.
For the most part, I liked Malcolm’s character, but he seemed to have more confidence at the start of the story than he did by the middle. He was pretty sure of himself and he spoke with cockiness when he and Brian bantered in the Colonial, but somehow when they got closer, he felt less attached.
I was hoping for more stability with Josh, Brian’s nephew, as well. He needed a place where he felt safe and loved and he ran away twice. And Brian never used the L word with him. That kind of rubbed me the wrong way, honestly.
There was plenty that was great about this book. I loved the writing style and the fact that Brian and Mal were both overcoming major obstacles in their lives and they did it together. I liked that they missed out on a huge opportunity to save the Colonial, but didn’t give up and made sure that they saw their vision through to the end. There were so many good moments and dialogue between both of them that it was easy to get wrapped up in their story.
I have really enjoyed reading this series and I’m excited to see more from Kelly Jensen.