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Building Forever

(This Time Forever #1)

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4.33  ·  Rating details ·  79 Ratings  ·  60 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
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Paperback, 337 pages
Published October 15th 2018 by Riptide Publishing
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Cadiva
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
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Jassy
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
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Jennifer☠Pher☠
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
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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
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Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews


Sometimes a book synopsis catches my eye and entices me to read a new to me author and that is exactly what happened with Building Forever by Kelly Jensen. I was intrigued by the couple and their circumstances based on the synopsis and thrilled with the book once I began. A widowed dad to a teenage girl and a man hoping to begin a new life find that life is full of unexpected turns when there flirtation turns to more in this sweet yet sexy romance.

Charlie King is kind of a mess, seriously, worki
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Kelly
Aug 31, 2018 marked it as books-i-wrote  ·  (Review from the author)
Read the first two chapters here: https://kellyjensenwrites.com/coming-...

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. 😀

cheezits

Inspired, I ran upstairs and wrote 10,000 words in a furio
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Nee
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
Carol
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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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
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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 😏.
Mare SLiTsReaD Reviews
I truly enjoyed this one!
Review to come!

Mare~Slitsread
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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ChaosMoondrawn
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would rate this 4.5 stars

Charlie is a widower with a teenage daughter and a crush on his neighbor. Simon is on the rebound and rebuilding his life in a new state at a new job. When Simon's ex Brian steps back into the picture, and Charlie needs to prioritize his daughter Olivia over his love life, things get complicated.

I find that I like the dual POV in alternating chapters approach rather than the willy nilly style some authors have. Seeing their relationship unfold from both sides made me c
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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
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Susan Jordan
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Charlie King has to be one of the most endearing characters ever created. A single dad to a teenage daughter, a writer, a man who embraces life and doesn’t hold much back, but in the best possible way. He’s insecure, dresses casually at best, sometimes forgets to brush his hair, and tends to talk non-stop. He loves what he does, he loves his daughter more than life, and there’s a hole in his life from the loss of his wife five years earlier to cancer.
Simon Lynley comes into Charlie’s life at ex
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Beth Laycock
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a romance but different to most that I've read. It's hard to explain but the closest I'd say is it's a realistic one but still a romance at heart. Maybe because the characters are older, but life happens to them and has left its scars, and their story is messy but that’s what how it is sometimes.

Charlie and Simon are such relatable characters, and the author brings them to life so well. Charlie reminded me of a Labrador bouncing from thought to thought, full of energy, and quite funny
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Sarah
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars - I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

Okay. Wow. I wasn’t expecting this book - and I really loved it. This small town, slice of life romance is different in theme and tone than anything else I’ve read by Kelley Jenson. Simon and Charlie are slightly older and slightly jaded. When Simon moves in next door to Charlie, both men have a chance at a fresh start.

For me, it is the writing that makes this book special. The author’s careful observations make eac
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Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
4.5 Stars

Charlie, omg, Charlie was such a fun guy. He was sweet, funny and I absolutely adored his rambling. I loved him immediately upon meeting him. Simon, I wasn’t so sure about at first, but I quickly fell in love with him, too. Together they were amazing. The sexual tension between them was palpable and their chemistry amazing. This was a slow-burn, but once they gave into their desires, they were smoking hot together!!

I absolutely loved this story. It was well-written and paced well. It h
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Sarah/DragonflyReads
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Alright guys, I've been waiting for a super sweet M/M story and Kelly Jensen gave it to me with Building Forever. I adored this book! I loved Charlie's quirks. I loved his love for his daughter. I loved Simon's broken heart and tentative nature.

Their sweet story was basically everything I wanted when I was looking for a new book to read. With great character development, banter, steam, and story, Building Forever was the perfect blend of contemporary M/M romance. One thing I always look for in
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Jess
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review to come!
Maria Rose
This one is a tearjerker but the best kind! Kelly Jensen writes empathetic characters you can relate to in this moving tale of loss and new love. Full review to come!
Lillian Francis
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lovely.
*older MCs
*low angst
*bisexual MC
*late-blooming exploration of sexuality
*slow-burn
*writer MC
Well written. Can't wait for book 2
Avid Reader
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Building Forever (This Time Forever #1) by Kelly Jensen
3.5 stars
M/M Romance
Triggers: Cancer, Teenage pregnancy
I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.

Charlie is a writer of science fiction. He has a teenage daughter who he's trying to raise, but feels like he's floundering. When a new neighbor moves in, Charlie is instantly attracted. However, because he's never had a relationship outside of his marriage, he's a little wary. Despite his apprehension, he wants to take this plu
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Kazza
Sep 01, 2018 marked it as to-read
Verrrrrry contemporary sounding. Got a kid in it. To See the Sun was so freaking good but a different vibe. Do I? Don't I?
Robin
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cried my way through this book and was extremely happy about doing so! LOL. Loved it.
Georgie
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 engagi
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Lola
I received a free copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed it.

Gah I loved this book. From the first scene it pulled me in immediately and it kept my attention for the whole book. Literally every single reading session lasted anywhere from a few to multiple chapters longer than I had planned, every single time I picked up this book I read longer than I had planned to, which doesn't happen often at all. I just had such a hard time putting this book down. I just wanted to know what would happe
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Laura
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Isabella ~Mikku-chan~
*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*

Covers are obvious a thing that catches the reader's attention. This cover did it because of its uncommon way: where we have mostly covers with guys (in several states of being dressed or undressed) in the MM book community this book has a property, a magnificend house, as cover motif which is not often used. The way how vibrant the cover is- the nice orange tone and the swirling leaves, the green lawn in front of t
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Didi
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/
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