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Building Forever

(This Time Forever #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  404 ratings  ·  133 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
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, read-2018, net-galley
*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.
Joyfully Jay
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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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, netgalley
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
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
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 😏.
Aug 31, 2018 marked it as books-i-wrote  ·  (Review from the author)
Read the first two chapters here:

If you follow me on social media you probably already know a little bit about the Cheez-It book. Standing in the kitchen one day, stuffing my face with Cheez-Its, I was struck by the idea that having a mouthful of Cheez-Its (and I mean full, with crumbs spilling everywhere) would be a fun and awkward way to meet the love of your life. Or maybe just really awkward. 😀


Inspired, I ran upstairs and wrote 10,000 words in a furio
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
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sadie Forsythe
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished this sitting in the waiting room of the ophthalmologist, hoping no one noticed I was getting teary. It was very sweet and they were tears of joy. I thought the author got a little didactic at times, at one point going so far as to have a character look up the definition of pansexual to ensure the reader knew it. But I also found so very much relatable in this book. The whole messy and contradictory idea that you can love your life and the people in it, but still mourn the life not liv ...more
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
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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
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
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-romance
3.75 stars
Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, mm, 2018
I'm usually love this kind of story. A single dad with a teenage kid, a brokenhearted guy trying to build his life again after a hard break up. But there's something in the story that didn't fit with my mood at the time. I felt a little bored. I was thinking, there's too much telling.
I liked the sweetness of their relationship. But then, I didn't see a strong chemistry between the two main characters. And that's important.
The story moved very slow and was tempted to dnf this a few times :(
Lillian Francis
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*older MCs
*low angst
*bisexual MC
*late-blooming exploration of sexuality
*writer MC
Well written. Can't wait for book 2
3.25 stars
There's a lot to like here - older MCs, lots of RL problems & a sweet Meet Cute. The book plays out within a fairly narrow compass - there's a restricted cast list, with only 3 or 4 secondary characters (all nicely differentiated), and the drama is similarly low key. Jensen does the small town setting well, and the pay-off for the limited range is the space to concentrate on the MCs - I like this a lot. Charlie, a widower beginning to suspect his bi-leanings, is particularly engaging,
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