Title: Chasing Forever (This Time Forever #3)
Author: Kelly Jensen
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: December 10th 2018
Page Count: 333
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 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 series has been a roller-coaster for me. I liked the first book, I wasn’t happy with the second one at all, but I LOVED this one. I’d never have thought that ?rian’s book would be my favorite.
Brian was such an asshole in the previous books. No really, he was the biggest jerk ever. Not only was he the “villain” but he almost didn’t make sense to me.
In Chasing Forever Kelly Jensen managed to redeem Brian without making excuses for him or giving him a personality transplant. Brian is an asshole but now the reader can actually understand why. And the reason for being this way, the past that shaped him blew my mind. Now that I was able to understand him, I can say with certainty that Brian is one of my favorite characters in this cast.
I really liked seeing perfectly put together Brian practically falling apart on multiple occasions; when he finally confronts Simon, when he confronts his past, when he finds family again in his nephew, Josh, and of course, when he falls in love.
As for Mal, well, it was only natural for me to like the awkward history teacher of the story. I appreciated his maturity, his character development and the way he faced his disability.
I LOVED the subplot about Brian’s nephew, Josh and his fling with Ethan. Can we hope for a story about these two a few years down the road?
There is a moderate amount of steam but the existing sex scenes are smoking hot. Like off the charts hot. The romance is quiet but powerful and intense at the same time. I would have loved some more time with the couple without any other distractions but this didn’t take any of my enjoyment out.
All in all, I’m so glad I decided to not skip this book. Recommended!