- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 6 hours and 12 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: July 14, 2017
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B073KRS7FG
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Hello Forever: Hello Goodbye, Book 2 Audiobook – Unabridged
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This author is incredibly talented. Him and Us are 2 of my top favorites ever. I've re-read them numerous times. I also enjoyed Goodbye Paradise but unfortunately, Hello Forever was a bit of a miss and the sole reason was Cax. I understand the deep deep fear and the love and responsibility toward siblings. The author did well making that real. But I could not accept how one sided the relationship was. Axel went over and beyond to the point of buying a house. Where was Cax when Axel was near death? Where was he when Axel needed support? Up until the very end Cax was thinking he might move away. He used his brothers as the reasons... but we are not talking about toddlers. The youngest was 12! The oldest was 17! If they really couldn't make their own dinner, couldn't Cax have put some sandwiches out and spared 1 hour? 1 night? for Axel? Checked in more than an email? No phone calls even. He honestly had zero time for his boyfriend that he claimed to love... while said boyfriend was healing from injuries? Axle had to go to Cax every time. Man, I wanted to see Cax meet Axel half way at least once. Axel was never a priority for Cax and frankly I wouldn't have minded if Axel ended up with Jason. He gave more than 100% and deserved better.
Another solid M/M romance from Ms. Bowen!! While I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as Goodbye Paradise (which is a really hard book to live up to since it was a 5 star read for me and contained so many little things that made it a perfect Lenore book), I was still sucked into this story and stayed up until 2:30 in the morning finishing it.
The POVs in this story weren't structured in the same way as the previous book, this one was more close to alternating chapters (with some exceptions, as it made sense for the story). I didn't mind the change. It made more sense for Cax and Axel's story, and I felt like I got what I needed as a reader as the plot progressed.
There's something about the different struggles that LGBT folks face when deciding when to come out that just rips open your heart, you know? And Cax in particular had a tough road to walk. I can't imagine having to survive an abusive father no matter who you are, but especially as a gay kid when he is ridiculously homophobic and bigoted. And I really got how his upbringing and experiences and the state of his family influenced his choice to remain mostly in the closet, especially if he wanted to maintain a relationship with his brothers. Do I believe that he couldn't have found another way? I'm not sure. But for who Cax was, it made sense...he was flawed, but doing the best he could with what he knew. I enjoyed seeing him grow stronger over the course of the book, with setbacks here and there, but eventually standing up and accepting himself with no apologies.
While Cax's journey was perhaps more heartwrenching in some ways, I felt closer to Axel in this story. It wasn't that he didn't have his own struggles to go through, even as someone who was able to come out of the closet with support from his Mom. He really showed that you can be "out and proud", but still fear the backlash that may come from people he meets. And how that fear can make for a lonely existence sometimes. AND how loving someone in a closet can really have adverse affects on you as well.
I loved Cax and Axel together, and loved hearing about their past as children. If I had one complaint, I wish we'd gotten a bit more from the romance. It's not that it wasn't deliciously steamy, or that they didn't have chemistry, but it just felt like something was missing to really push it over the top for me. Honestly, it could just be that it's hard to follow up the love of Caleb and Josh from the previous book.
The plot took a few twists and turns I wasn't expecting. Like, something would happen and I would assume that I knew how it was going to play out, but then it would go in a slightly different direction. I like that, it felt authentic to the characters. That's not to say that there weren't some things that were definitely foreshadowed and didn't shock me, but it was nice to be surprised on some things. Wow, that was really vague and confusing, sorry. :P
Again, this story is strong in secondary characters, with so many playing important roles. And I loved so many of them, from the reappearance of Caleb and Josh (squee!), to Boz who was so funloving, to Amy (though I wish we could have seen her a bit more), to Jason (perhaps we'll see his story in the future?), to even Cax's brothers. I love when a book has a great supporting cast.
So yeah. I always hate writing these last paragraphs, I never know how to end a review. Obviously I thoroughly enjoyed myself, and what more can you ask for? OH! And can I just say that Caxtastrophe and Axeldental were the most hilarious email names?? Loved it!
Axel and Caxton both faced their feelings when they were young at a church camp but once they got caught, Caxton was ripped out of Axel's life. Now, years later after college, Axel is recruited to join the marketing team for the athletic department at a small college. Where Caxton just happens to be.
It's clear from the moment Axel and Caxton see each other again that they have a serious connection that can't be ignored. However, Caxton has some complications in his life so he hasn't really faced his feelings for Axel or for anyone else in the matter.
This book does provide a part of the story that unfortunately still exist today. Everyone should be able to love anyone and there should never be any barriers. Yet Axel and Caxton still has to face that. Isn't this where we all quote Lin Manuel Miranda and say "Love is love is love is love?"
I really enjoyed this book. I liked that Axel knows who he is and what he wants in life and isn't afraid to go after it. He also has a gentle soul and a huge heart, just like Caxton. They are perfect for each other and at the end of the day, all you want is happiness for them. If you like M/M romances, you'll want to check this out!
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