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Building Forever

(This Time Forever #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  484 ratings  ·  153 reviews
Charlie King is doing fine. Sure, he’s a widower raising a teenage daughter who just got her first boyfriend, his book series isn’t writing itself, and he has a crush on his new neighbor — the guy next door. But everything’s just fine.

Simon Lynley is doing better. He moved to Bethlehem to fall out of love and rebuild his career. An affair with his neighbor isn’t part of th
Paperback, 337 pages
Published October 15th 2018 by Riptide Publishing
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Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is two out of two for Kelly Jensen - both completely different genre types as well, a Sci-Fi To See The Sun and now this contemporary.

I knew I was going to like this one when I was laughing out loud during the first chapter, tearing up at 37% and when Kelly used one of my most favourite words ever - susurrate during a sex scene :)

This book is, pretty much, a feel good read with only a teeny bit of angsty, lots and lots of love and fun and laughter and humour and great characters and world b
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
*3.5 stars *

Phew! For a while I thought I’d need a box of shame for this one. I have niggles, but in the end I can say I enjoyed this and I’d like to read the second book.

I don’t usually compare authors and books in my reviews but Building Forever very much reminded me of Amy Lane’s Bonfires. It’s very focused on family, the MCs (one of them here) are over forty, and there are teenagers involved. But where Bonfires was all about the secondary characters and their subplots, this story was way mo
Wow! Brand new to my author just nailed it. I mean seriously. Just wow.

This was F-U-N FUN.

This was the kind of romance book I could read all day long. It just had so much depth and the right amount of drama like angst to make it believable.

It was sad without being overwhelming.

It was seriously funny without being over the top.

I ran through the emotions. There were laugh out loud moments and serious goofy smiling happening. There were times I could have shed a tear (I fight those tears with all I
It was the cover that sold it for me. It's beautiful. Then it was the blurb. I thought I would love this book.

Boy was I wrong.

Fair warning, this is probably going to be one of my most honest reviews ever. Stop reading here if you don't want it.

So, I had high expectations. I was sure that I would love this book. Then I started reading. And I was thinking for myself that well, this is not what I imagined it would be. But I kept reading. And the first 30% were utterly boring. Nothing much happen
Building forever is - as the title suggests - a sweet and romantic read. Being a very much relationship-driven book there is not much plot other than Charlie and Simon finding their way together but that is not a bad thing here.

Charlie is a goofy, sweet, very talkative single dad and author who is intrigued by his neighbor from the moment he sets eyes on him.
Simon is a quiet and thoughtful person who tries to recover from a very bad breakup. There is no insta-love between the two. Instead, we
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, net-galley, read-2018
*4.5 stars*

A refreshing story about mature characters that have loved and lost in their lives and are now fighting for a second chance at happiness.

Charlie and Simon both have their pasts and they are trying to move forward knowing they can't forget about them. I liked that there was no secret about either's story. Everything was out in the open and they were both honest with the other.

I had a small issue with the MCs' names: though they aren't very similar I still spent the majority of the book
I enjoyed this much more than I expected. I was starting to love it, actually. Until then end. I'm one of those picky readers who believes the "wronged" party should never be the one to reach out with a gesture. ...more
I've given this a B for narration and a B+ for content at AudioGals, so I'm going with 4.5 stars

I really enjoyed reading Kelly Jensen’s  This Time Forever  series when the books were first published in 2018/19. The trilogy features characters ranging in age from late thirties to early fifties finding love and second chances they thought might have passed them by. It’s not all that unusual to find a romantic hero in his forties, but it’s less so to find couples in romances in that age bracket,
Joyfully Jay
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sue
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.75 stars

To date, I’ve yet to read a bad book by Kelly Jensen. She’s an auto buy for me and always dependable when it comes to well-written stores with strong characters and enough emotional punch to leave an impact. Building Forever is no exception. Charlie and Simon are both excellently rendered and really read as fully formed and vibrant. They’re human and imperfect, but that makes them so relevant. And they work wonderfully together. Charlie’s rambling sense of humor
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, arc-read
4.5 Stars

There’s nothing better than taking a chance in a new-to-me author and absolutely loving the book. I also love a story where the men are more mature, being older myself I can relate better. Add in a man exploring his bisexuality for the first time and I was hooked. Charlie was a terrific character, a 37 year old widower of five years with a 17 year old daughter, cheerful, talkative and a little ditzy. Meeting Simon stirs up feelings he’d mostly forgotten, except in the sci-fi novels he w
It ticked a lot of my boxes : relationship-oriented, MCs in their forties, family issues (not easy to raise a teen) but not shadowing the romance, the thoughts put into going this relationship, but without tampering the eagerness. A nice touch of humor and some pretty good hotness.

Went quite well for me !!!

PS : And another gift from **”Impatient Elf”, aka Lisa, aka “the out-of-control Elf”** Thank you so much, Lisa !!! 😘
This book was provided for free by the publisher, Love Bytes, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This review was first posted to Love Bytes: LGBTQ Book Reviews. It has been slightly edited here for content.

I have a feeling this book is going to be a big hit in the M/M romance world. Older characters are having their romantic heyday, and they’re especially enjoyable to read about when they’re written by an author with a knack for dialogue, tight characterization, and scenes of great e
I've given this a B+ at AAR, so 4.5 stars

I’ve come across Kelly Jensen before as an author of m/m Sci-Fi romance (I’m thinking of the  Chaos Station  series she co-wrote with Jenn Burke) but haven’t so far managed to read anything of hers.  When I saw that her new contemporary romance series,  This Time Forever  would feature protagonists a bit older than the norm, I jumped on book one, Building Forever, in which a widower with a teenaged daughter and the handsome architect who moves in next
Maria Rose
Kelly Jensen writes empathetic characters you can relate to in this moving tale of loss and new love.

Charlie lost his wife to cancer 5 years ago, leaving him and his now 17 year old daughter to navigate life without her. He knows he should think about moving on, but it's hard. He's a full time writer working on his latest science fiction novel and dealing with teenage angst, with memories of his own experience as a teenaged father not far behind.

Simon is looking for a fresh start in Bethlehem,
Steph ☀️
***4.25 stars***

Really enjoyed this one 😊. I was hoping that the next book in the series would continue with Charlie and Simon’s story, however that is not the case 😢. Don’t get me wrong their story doesn’t end with a cliffhanger. It has more to do with the MCs themselves. I have come to love this couple and their real word problems. I can’t help that I’m selfish 😏.
3.5 stars

I feel like I should like this better than I did. I mean, it has the components that I usually love in romance: small-town romance, older character (Simon is 46 years old), rambling character (Charlie), exploring sexuality in later age (Charlie), slow-burn romantic relationship, strong family and friendship support.

But well, I didn't love it as much. Maybe because I felt like the beginning was a little bit awkward; also it felt like too many things were going on, but none really involv
Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews
You cant love them all, when I first came across this book I was super excited to read it, something about it was giving me all the feels. The cover is beautiful and the blurb sounded so good to me, I think it was giving me Amy Lane vibes if you have read Bonfire you will understand. Anyways, I knew as soon as I got to chapter 2 I was heading into struggle town.

Now don't get me wrong, the idea of this story is great, I didn't mind the writing style, but it was the two characters I didn't like ei
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I must say while reading this book it was hard to get into at the very beginning but after that little time this book blew me away! I truly enjoyed reading building forever it's set at a sensual steady pace. I loved how Charlie and Simon love for one another came to be. # Building forever #Netgalley ...more
3.5 Stars

I do so love a story with older, more established & mature MCs but unfortunately the romance just didn't connect for me. It felt almost too convenient, and the push-pull was a little frustrating. BUT, I did love how Charlie was introspective enough to see the parallels between how his daughter and Simon both dealt with emotional pain and wanted to be there for both.

I did LOL at Charlie's slightly intrigued horror at the idea of readers writing fanfic for his books, and if it weren't for
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was everything I hoped it would be. A story of overcoming profound loss and forging ahead and unexpectedly finding a reason to live rather than simply exist. Two people finding each other exactly when they needed to be found. Glorious love, a ramshackle house, realizing a dream that you’d forgotten.

Brilliant characters with just enough quirks, snappy dialogue, and a well crafted story that both satisfies the reader and leave you wanting more.

5 star and highly recommended.
I adore Kelly Jensen’s first installment to her new “This Time Forever” series. The story is a light-hearted and uplifting second chance at life and romance, bringing forward affable characters, both main and secondary. From the glimpse of this series, the spotlight of each books would be taken by mature characters - age close-to or over forty - like Charlie and Simon in “Rebuilding Forever.”

Charlie was pretty spontaneous, he talked too much - especially when nervous. He married his best friend/
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018, lgbtqia
BUILDING FOREVER (This Time Forever, #1)

• ⭐:4,5/5

💬: Again, I want to thank @imanewreader for telling me about this book and thank @anoveltakepr for the opportunity to make a review after being sent an arc of this story.
This is all about second chances. And me being a believer that everyone has someone for them, even more than one person being the love of your life throughout your whole existence... couldn't wait to get my hands on this one.
Charlie is a widower and father of a 17 year old dau
He needed to think his idea through, and that meant putting on his running shoes. His calves complained as he stretched, and his lower back tried to convince him that couch surfing was a better form of exercise. Never mind the fact that Sunday’s post-pancake nap-a-thon was probably responsible for every twinge back there.

Story: 9
Writing: 8
First MC: 9
Second MC: 7
Secondary characters: 7
Mystery: 4
Sexual tension: 4
Humor: 6
Hotness: 5
Product placement: 4
Ridiculousness: 3
Annoying: 1
Audio: 10 (9hr 58min
Christi Snow
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Aww, I loved this book...and Charlie with all his hang-ups and eccentricities. Poor guy is a hot mess, but a seriously lovable one.

Okay, Charlie is a widower and single father. He got his girlfriend pregnant when they were seventeen. She died of cancer five years ago, leaving Charlie alone to parent their teenage daughter. Most days, Charlie feels like he's epically failing at this. Teenage girls...not easy. Add to that, she is flirting with the idea of having her first boyfriend, something tha
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

This was a lovely read about two older men finding friendship and love, while dealing with the busy, messy, amazing moments of everyday life. It’s always fun to read about characters who aren’t college students or young professionals. These guys have lived, loved and lost, and yet are willing to face their own personal fears to pursue a life together.

I had some small issues with parts of the storyline, but ultimately I think this is a feel good romance that will leave you feeling a litt
Mare SLiTsReaD Reviews
I truly enjoyed this one!
Review to come!

Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Time for fluff! This is a heartwarmer. If I can compare a character to a puppy, then they’re my favorite kind of character. Plus the hot dad thing? Plus a writer? Go Charlie.
Roberta Blablanski
I don't have the proper words to express how much I loved this story.

Some of my favorite things:
Widowed single dad of a teenager
Newly single, middle aged love interest
Delightfully eccentric and accepting friends and family (mostly)
Unexpected return of a former lover
Quirky gifts
MCs that aren't in their 20s!

Charlie and Simon are wonderfully developed characters. Charlie is endearing and lovable and sweet, and so very genuine. Even when he breaks and his actions become hurtful, he still held a spe
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