A SINGLE BASKETBALL GAME CHANGES EVERYTHING...
When they were only teenagers, Axel and Caxton were caught making out in the woods at church camp. And afterward, Cax had disappeared from all the youth group activities.
Six years later, Axel is astonished to spot his first love’s face in the crowd of a college basketball game he’s watching on TV—at a school which has just offered him a job. It’s a thousand miles away, in a tiny rural town. But suddenly, he can’t wait to get there.
Cax can’t believe his eyes when Axel appears in the same Massachusetts town where he now lives. And he’s still just as drawn to Axel as ever. But he can’t let himself go there again, because loving Axel will mean giving up everything else he holds dear.
Both men have so much to lose. But as far as their love is concerned, it's Hello Forever.
Hello Forever is a stand-alone novel with no cliffhangers. Readers of Goodbye Paradise will get to check in on Caleb and Josh and their clan.
Axel and Cax knew each other as children, but are forced apart. They reconnect after college, but their connection is still strong. Cax has had to hide who he is due to his father's bigotry. Axel never really understood how bad things were for Cax until her incidentally meets him, which sets of some drama. Overall, I liked the story, and I loved seeing bits of Josh and Caleb, too. I liked that Cax wad finally able to be himself and find the happiness he desperately needed and deserved.
Quick little ramble here... The book ends on Thanksgiving and now all I can think about is mashed potatoes and gravy!!
Cax and Axel have know each other since they were 8. The churches of about 4 cities get together and go to different places for camping, etc. So every summer they make it a point to go so they can hang out. They do this every summer until they're 16.
The summer they turn 16 though, things change for them as their hormones kick in and realize they're a little more "friendly" this year. Getting busted by the Pastor, who gives them a thorough lecture then calls their parents to let her know what's going on.
I have to say I lived Axel's mom's response. She basically laughed and said want me to pick you up?
Unfortunately, that's not what happens for Cax. He disappears off the face of the Earth, never to be heard or seen again....
That's until Axel gets an offer for a marketing job for a college in Massachusetts. He's doing a bit of research on their basketball team (this is his all time favorite sport and hobby) and notices a very familiar face in the crowd. This is his deciding factor, one that leads him to a job in MA.
|Cax kind of freaks out and runs away when he first notices Axel. Little does Axel know the life that which Cax has lived since that day. Constantly in fear of never seeing his brothers again, because his dad likes to hang that carrot over his head to keep him "in-line". Cax is afraid of so much, especially losing his brother. His concealed life is so very sad. His father is a complete douchebag, I wanted to rage the entire time.|
When Cax's father finds out Axel is in town and that he's hanging around with Cax, he looses his shit. He makes false accusations against him, sends weird letters to his landlord, among other things. This doesn't want Cax off of Axel though, it only eggs him on to finally stop being afraid and do something for himself. Only things get worse before they get better.
Thankfully Axel has some pretty amazing friends and mother to help them get by.
One of the parts of the story I have a little trouble with is what happened to Cax's father. We know he's in jail, but they never say for how long, etc... So the story ends with an HEA, but I just feel like that's something that could loom over them in the future.
I give the story a 3.5*
Tags: abuse, angsty, boys-who-love-boys, friends-to-lovers, kids-dependants-nannies,second-chance, sexuality-denial-coming-to-terms
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sarina Bowen is the USA Today bestselling author of steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction. She lives in the wilds of New England.
With Elle Kennedy, Sarina is the author of the RITA award winning HIM, and its sequel, US, as well as the WAGs novels.
Sarina also has a new Vermont contemporary romance series, True North. She's also unrolled new hockey novels from Penguin Berkley including Rookie Move.
Sarina enjoys skiing, espresso drinks and the occasional margarita. She lives with her family, eight chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.
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