Saturday, March 24, 2018

Hello Forever by Sarina Bowen

Title: Hello Forever
Author: Sarina Bowen
My Rating: A
Narrator: Teddy Hamilton and Dake Bliss

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Hello Goodbye #2
Main Characters: Axel and Caxton
Release Date: July 2017 (audiobook)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
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 television - at a school that 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 him 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.
My Review:
Overall: 4.5
Performance: 4.25
Story: 4.75

I loved this book. (And huge bonus...I had no idea how Josh and Caleb were going to tie into this story...OMG, they are Axel's landlords and friends...he lives in their additional apartment, so we got to see a fair amount of them in this story...YAY!)

Cax and Axel shared a single kiss in church camp before they were caught and sent home. For Axel's mom, she just laughed off his indiscretion. But Cax's parents had a very different reaction...they were horrified and moved away. Since then the guys have never been in touch. Cax is still in his hometown though because he tries to act as a buffer between his three younger brother's and their abusive father. As a result, if he wants to stay in their lives, he has to stay in the closet.

Axel is the new PR guy for the college sports department. That was one of the things that the two guys bonded and where they find one another again. At first, Axel is very respectful of Cax's need to not go there, but as they get closer the temptation grows. And you can see where this is going. 

Yes, things get very nasty very quickly, but it made for a scintillating, completely engaging read. There's a surprising amount of action in what isn't a very long book and it made the pages/minutes read fly by. 

I loved this well as the first one in the series. Both books can easily be read as stand-alones, but both books are great so you'll want to grab them both.

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