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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.
Sarina Bowen writes the best MM romance! Hello Forever is a rerelease of the novel, Never Over, previously published under Bowen’s pseudonym Nealy Wagner. Hello Forever is in the same universe as the book before it, Goodbye Paradise, but features different characters.
Axel and Cax were sixteen years old when they were caught kissing in the woods at church camp, and from that day on they were separated never to see each other again. Years later, Axel is considering taking a job in the sports department at a small liberal arts college in Massachusetts, when he sees Cax on tv in the audience at that schools basketball game. That, combined with the fact that he had no other paying job offers, Axel accepts the position and moves there.
Cax is busy helping out raising his three younger brothers. After the death of his mother, his homophobic father has made it clear Cax won’t be allowed anywhere near his brothers if he’s gay, so he hides himself and pretends to be straight for the sake of his brothers. Axel is excited to reunite with his childhood friend turned crush, but Cax proves to be a bit more skittish. The two begin a tentative friendship, but it’s hindered by Cax’s fears of his father finding out about them. What was a happy reunion may not be a happy ending, but it’s up to Cax and Axel to figure out a solution.
Despite the subject matter, this book was much sweeter and less intense than the book before it. At the beginning it reminded me a bit of Bowen’s other mm romance novel The Understatement of the Year, but once it gets going the two grow apart from there. This is the romance between a graduate student and a faculty member, friends to lovers and second chance romance all wrapped up in one!
I live in a liberal bubble, and I like to believe that people are accepting of the LGBT community, but that’s not really the case. This book was a good reminder that not everyone is tolerant and can embrace love and acceptance, and my heart went out not only to Cax, but to all the other men and women like him who were shunned for who they are. I loved reading Cax’s journey to himself, and I think Axel was the perfect man to help him to it.
I do wish the relationship between Axel and Cax had been developed a bit more, we got a glimpse of their past but I felt it wasn’t enough. Without that, this book borders on the line of instalove, but it didn’t take away from my enjoyment. I honestly hope Sarina Bowen never ever stops writing mm romance, or stops writing in general. She’s a go to author for me and has never let me down. I urge and encourage you to pick up her books if you haven’t yet, and you need to make sure you read this one.
The yearning for each other from these characters is palpable. They are both good down to their souls and the author makes that believable. The secondary characters are pretty fun and I wouldn't mind seeing some of them revisited! It was also great to see Josh and Caleb from Goodbye Paradise. Took 3 seconds to remember why we love Josh so much.
I started this book and was savoring it with relish. What reader of the romance genre doesn't love Sarina Bowen books? As I read, so many things seemed familiar. I was racking my brain, trying to figure out what book had similar things...then I realized I actually DID read this book when it came out under a different title a few years back. I shouldn't be surprised I had read it before. I found my first Sarina Bowen book almost 3 years ago and I have snatched up every single one since then. I was not bothered in the least that I had read this before. Many of the books in my 'comfort' read collection are hers. I have read "The Year We Fell Down" three times!