- 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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Another heartfelt, heartwarming, and heart-tugging love story from Sarina Bowen! Hello Forever is a poignant story of two friends torn apart by unfortunate circumstances, only to be reunited years later by a twist of fate. It’s a story of second chances, friendship, love and acceptance.
Neither Axel nor Cax forgot their first love. They had such a special bond as children, one that only grew stronger as they entered their teen years. It’s a bond that, even now, after being separated for years, is undeniable and unbreakable. But circumstances still conspire to keep them apart- while Axel has never denied who he is, Cax has hidden his true self for years. With a grade A bigot for a father, Cax believes it’s in his best interest, as well as for the benefit of his brothers, to keep his feelings for Axel repressed. And oh the heartache and sorrow this causes! No one should have to go through life pretending to be something, or someone, they aren’t.
Just when it seems things might finally be starting to look up for these two, trouble rears its ugly head, once again in the form of Cax’s father. As difficult as it is for Cax to put the brakes on things, Axel and his brothers mean too much to him, to let anything happen to them, because of him. Axel’s acceptance of Cax’s decision to distance himself shows what a truly remarkable human he is. Although he’s waited 6 years to find him again, Axel is willing to wait even longer, if that’s what Cax needs.
Both of these characters are so endearing and just incredibly likeable. Axel is patient, supportive, kind, and compassionate. He’s willing to be there for Cax no matter what. Cax has been so stifled in his young life, it was tough to read about everything he’s had to deal with. But he’s strong and caring, and loves with his whole heart. His brothers and Axel are his entire world.
I loved that even after 6 years apart nothing had changed in the way Axel and Cax felt about each other. Although those years saw them follow very different paths, once they were back together time stood still and it was like they had never been apart. You can just feel the emotions between them, as you sit there rooting for everything to work out in the end, because these two young men deserved so much happiness.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention Josh and Caleb, because JOSH and CALEB! I may have cried the first time they made an appearance, I love them so. They were a sweet addition to this story, as their friendship was something much needed in both Axel and Cax's lives.
I've really loved these 2 books and it was so wonderful to see them tied together.
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!