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Looking Forward

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Owen Hannity was nineteen when he lost almost everyone he thought he could trust. Each loss more painful than the last.

With the unwavering support of his best friend, Andy, Owen put the pieces of his life back together. Now, more than two decades later, Owen owns and operates a successful comic shop. Despite his modicum of success, he still feels like a shell of a man,
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Kindle Edition, 258 pages
Published August 21st 2018
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Cadiva
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a book about life. It's a book about friendship. It's a book about love. Above all, it's a book about hope and about finding your truth.

It takes part in two stages, Before and After Owen's life was irreparably changed and it's worth bearing in mind that, while there is romance, it's not really a love story in the traditional sense. You won't find smexy times in this book because really it's about a coming of age, no matter how old you are, but you will find love.

Set in the comic book
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Bo
Apr 06, 2019 added it
This was a very confusing read for me, and that's why I will not rate it. The overall writing and story are beautiful, but missing something for me. In all honesty it doesn't have much romance!? I was rooting for one couple, not knowing it wasn't the endgame. I get it was supposed to be a shocker/twist, maybe, but it came too late for me. The epilogue is really the only part we get to see the couple together. It was definitely heartbreaking at times, which is right up my alley. It was more about ...more
Joyfully Jay
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kenna
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars


It was lovely watching Owen fall in love with Jack. I could feel the warmth he was feeling every time he spoke or texted with him. Owen didn’t smile often until Jack came along, and he relished in it. Even though he was still deeply closeted out of fear of his family, Owen was looking ahead to a brighter future when everything went to hell. Right here, at this point, I want to tell you every single detail of what exactly did happen. I just can’t. It’s a very
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Sita
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Heart-achingly gorgeous story.

The main character Owen, has not had it easy. Hurts from people who were meant to care and love him, make trust and opening up a difficult thing to do. Understandable with what he has had to endure. There are people who have his back, like his best friend Andy, and you can see how important this people become to him; but somethings, Owen, will learn to do on his own.

You can't help but ache for him, which shows brilliant writing. Any author that make you connect so
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dbbks3
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully Emotional Story

I cried with this story. It is an emotional story yet a beautiful story of friendship. Love comes in all forms but when parental love is withheld, the impact can be traumatic.

I was touched by these characters. I was moved by by Andy and Owen. My first read by this author but defiantly not my last.
SoCalBookReviews
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
~ 5 Stars ~

I personally didn’t like this book as much as I absolutely and completely loved the first book (Looking In). But I still think this book is worthy of 5 stars, which might not make sense but I will try to explain why…

The way this book was written came across really solid on page. This author definitely knows how to tell us and deliver us a great story. I liked how we were given completely described in-depth details on the full story and background as to what happened to these
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Michael
Dec 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Owen’s life has been hard with a homophobic family, a boyfriend with a secret life, and a friendship strained by a secret. It makes a decent read with good characterization. I enjoyed Owen and the comic shop life. His meeting and building with Jack worked well, which is why I cared when it hit issues.

I needed more notes sprinkled in the story throughout to believe the ending. You can’t explain why in a monologue at the end even if it makes sense. (view spoiler)
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Bibliophile
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Once I realize this was a follow-up (sort of) of the first book, I decided to read it right away. It's another great addition! I'll write a review later. :)
Lisa
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it

Looking Forward was a fantastic read. Owens story was an emotional journey. I was routing for him and Andy from the beginning waiting patiently for them to finally figure out their feelings for each other. Michael Bailey is an exceptional story teller and I would highly recommend reading this book.
Pat
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Owen took me on a magnificent journey one where I didn’t see the conclusion.
I fell into the words that Michael Bailey wrote so much that I didn’t want to stop reading but life takes over but now it is finished with such a lot of emotion from me .
A beautiful written book with Owen who I could “see” could feel his pain his non acceptance of who he is.

Jack who had loved and was more then Andy who had been there all the time ..
Absolutely loved this book xxxx

This book left me with such feelings
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Jenn
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I felt like this book really was a journey through life. It’s not just a romance read, it’s so much more than that. This is a story about growing up, learning about who you are, falling in love, having your heart broken and once again learning about who are you.

When we first meet Owen, he’s 19 and in the closet, afraid of his father finding out that he is gay. He has his best friend Andy, and then he meets Jack. He quickly falls in love, but Jack is deep in the closet too so it doesn’t make it
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Melissa Schaub
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in this author’s Unconditional series but can be read as a standalone. This book is about Owen and his quest towards love and acceptance. His story includes a bunch of heartache and sadness, amazing friends and second chances.

Owen has spent his whole life feeling alone and not sure where he fit in. It wasn’t until he met Andy in high school that he felt like he finally had someone in his corner. Both have bigoted families who don’t understand them. They became the best of
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Devoted♥Reader
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Sometimes all it takes is for one person to take the first step.” This book is not your regular romance story. While it has a HEA and is a beautiful love story, the focus of this book is on Owen and his self-journey. What a journey it is!

The book is divided into before and after and is told from Owen’s POV from when he was a teen to the present time. Owen had a difficult time growing up and meets someone he thinks can be the one, but people aren’t always what they seem to be. Throughout his ups
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Suze
Aug 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Somewhere close to a 3*
It was fairly easy to read and moved along at a fair pace, however I found I was annoyed with Owen most of the time.
I could kinda get his 19 year old self going full on for Jack, believing he is in love despite them not having a full relationship - mainly coz his home life is shit he hangs onto the shiny in front of him, and at that age all teens believe they know it all and not have a beau seems the end of it all!
So I could kind of get behind the dramatics. I was
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Myeshia Cole
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I Loved It, But I Gotta Bone To Pick!!!!

I loved this book. It was absolutely wonderful. With that being said, I am madder than a wet hen. Like Owen had the draw of luck possible. Everybody who should have loved him abandoned him when he needed them the most, except Andy. Thank goodness for Andy. He was the truest friend that Owen could ask for. I'm so happy with how that turned out. As for Jack, he was the absolute worse. He did Owen so wrong and then had the nerve to try put limits on Owen and
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Dara Nelson
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-blog
Okay - I'll admit. I almost didn't finish this one. Not because it was bad but because it was slow...really slow. But I kept reading despite that and then something happened. All of a sudden a switch flipped and I couldn't put it down. All of a sudden this became something different, something brand new, something I've never read in a book before, something not mainstream, something.....more. Sometimes something can surprise you - not out of the blue, but building slow, over time, until it's ...more
Pat
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Beautiful, intense.

I loved it. Owen grew up in a toxic, homophobic environment. When he was kicked out of home, he had the support of his best friend, Andy and his almost boyfriend Jack. Owen has always thought he wasn't good enough, that there was something wrong with him, drummed into him from his father and step mother. And Jack reinforces this when he just up and leaves with no word and no explanation. Fast forward a couple decades, and Jack reappears, confusing Owen. Andy, who has loved
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Fran Zoch, LSoR
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is about Owen , it is about his life what happened to him and what happens after his life is totally changed, his past comes back and it might just change everything again and it could go either way good or bad but , that is what this story is telling us , life is never set, it is to be lived and lived to the fullest because you never know when one incident can change everything .
Yes this is a story about Owen and all aspects of his life and being gay is one of them but this is mainly about
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Colleen J
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I honestly do not have enough words for how awesome this book is. The story of Owen felt so real to me. The emotions jump off the pages at you. This is a true battle of struggles for a young gay man that continues to affect him through his adult years. But his one constant is his best friend Andy. Michael has done a brilliant job of writing this cause as I said it all felt so real. You all need to read this. So very highly recommended. Just in case you have't read Looking In the first book ...more
Tracy Perry
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great read, but have tissues handy, so heartbreaking & angsty... I had the ugly cry going on. I loved Owen, he had it hard I wanted to reach inside the book & hug him & tell his dad & step witch off. Oh & Jack.... I didn't like him second time around, oh no. The book took a turn I wasn't expecting in the end but I'm happy it came about, I was thinking it & I was right(yay me). Got to love Andy! Glad Owen could get his forever & be happy.
Heather
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Real, visceral, emotional, wonderful

Just finished it. It's been a very long time since a book consumed me the way this one did. I've read many great books lately, but none that have had such a visceral, physical impact as this. It was like I was living with Owen's anxiety, and fears and hopes. It wasn't always a fun ride, but it was completely worth the journey. A story worth telling and 100% worth reading. Can't wait to see what comes next from Michael Bailey.
Diane
Love at Last

A story in which parents hurt their children.
Where one resorts to crime.
Where one turns to comics.

The comic lover learns to fear love.
He tries and fails.
Years pass.

Yet he needs love so badly he puts himself out there one more time.

Thank goodness he has friends who won't allow him to hide any longer inside his greatest success.

A touching story that slowly, painfully brings you to a perfect conclusion.
Dee
Jan 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Looking Forward has interesting and engaging characters and a great story, but some parts needed tightening up. Toward the middle it got a bit slow and there were overly detailed monologues. However, it picked up again and ended strongly. Overall, the author shows growth in his second novel and I hope to read more of his work.
Mrs.V
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an emotional roller coaster! I devoured this book and the entire time I was reading I couldn't help tearing up, shaking my head, shouting at Owen to stop before getting hurt, or at Jack to stop being such a complete ass! And Andy, there, always there, in the wings, but his presence a constant pillar...
Amanda at WickedGoodReads
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
Looking Forward is a book about love, hope, happiness, heartache, friendship. Owen and Andy's story is not easy, it's not quick to love and sexy times. If you are looking for that here, you will be let down. Instead of fluff, you get substance. Instead of instal-heat, you get a long, slow burn. You get a story that is full of everything that is life, love, happiness and heartache. ...more
Lori Greis
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with Owen from the beginning. This book is a beautifully written, poignant story about becoming who you are meant to be, no matter the obstacles. And recognizing that sometimes what you want most is right in front of you, but you have to be brave enough to go for it. Sometimes self-love is the hardest lesson of all. One of my top reads of 2018!
Susan
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We are drawn to the faithful and sometimes blinded by it!

Stories of friendship, family with no blood relation, and true love are what fairytales are made of when concerns of the heart are involved. This book takes the reader on that tale, but it's a true tale!
Kirstin
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I have a love/hate relationship with books like this where decades of time go by and as the reader you feel like lives have been lost or wasted, but this was worth the heartache. Great ending. Great read!
mrs sarah frost
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Looking forward
I loved Looking In and this one didn't disappoint. . I'm so glad Owen & Andy figured out their feelings in this emotional journey. Michael has the ability to get you hooked from beginning to end. I would highly recommend checking out this author.
Taid Stone
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wonderful story in two parts, a forced coming out and a coming together.
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