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Renewing Forever

(This Time Forever #2)

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Frankie and Tommy once dreamed of traveling the world together. But when seventeen-year-old Frank kissed Tom, their plans ended with a punch to the jaw and Frank leaving town without looking back. Thirty years later, Frank’s successful career as a journalist is interrupted by his uncle’s death and the question of his inheritance—the family resort where his childhood dreams ...more
ebook, 285 pages
Published November 12th 2018 by Riptide Publishing
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
Childhood best friends meet three decades later, realizing they both made mistakes, but sheer stubbornness and an unwillingness to reach out has kept them apart. They lived a life, interrupted.

This story carries a sense of nostalgia and regret. Frank arrives during a deluge, soaked to the bone and filled with dread. He is shocked to see the state of his uncle’s lodge and even more startled to run into Tom, still living the same life Frank left behind.

Melancholy permeates the men’s initial inte
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Cadiva
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"...sex with someone you wanted this much could only ever remake the world."

Kelly Jensen scores a hat trick with Renewing Forever, this makes three out of three for books I've read and fallen in love with.

This one is a gorgeous second chance romance, a later in life love restored, just like the old lodge house, and proof that it's never too late to take a step on the road to forgiveness and understanding.

Both Frank and Tom are complex characters and there is no single issue of fault. Both made m
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Ele
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
*2.5 stars*

I honestly expected to love this one. I really enjoyed the first book in the series and when I saw that the second book follows two of my favorite tropes, friends to lovers and second chances I got pretty excited. Unfortunately, this story happens to include a lot of my pet peeves and stuff that don’t work for me as a reader. I’m pretty sure that other people won’t find it that bad, but it’s just how I feel.

The good:
The writing.
I really like Kelly Jensen’s writing, mostly the dialogu
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Jennifer☠Pher☠
There is no doubt this is a beautiful book. It is well written and really sweeps you away to the past and effortlessly brings you back to the present and it does make you feel everything in between, but...

There was something missing. Whatever it is that makes me need and want just wasn't there.

Mostly I think this book just wasn't for me.

I am not a fan of long separations and this one was a doozy. It's not that I don't like a second chance romance, I do, I just sometimes feel like I get so caught
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Thirty years after childhood friends have a misunderstanding that sends them in very different directions in their lives they are reunited following the death of one’s mentor and the other’s uncle in this emotional and touching romance. They say time heals all wounds, and eventually that does happen in Renewing Forever, but it takes quite a while for these two men to forgive and move forward.

Friends since childhood Frankie and Tommy had big dreams of the life they would lead together on grand ad
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Andrea
Nov 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, lgbt, romance
They couldn't undo the last thirty years. Time had marched on, folding over the hurt and turning it into scars. They couldn't change it. Best thing to do would be to let it go.

But letting go of thirty years of pent-up anger, fears, and frustration is really not that easy, as Frank and Tom discover. They used to be best friends, determined never to give in to the simmering sexual tension between them, and when Frank finally does kiss him, he gets a broken nose in return, and loses the most import
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Natalie
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 This is a quite lovely, if rather sad, second-chance romance for Frankie, best friend of Simon from book one. It uses some themes that I have a personal dislike of but they were utilized very well in the story. Frank was best friends with Tommy when they met as boys, in the woods surrounding his uncle Robert’s family resort in the Poconos. They’d shared hopes and dreams while growing up but Tommy’s life was in the trailer park with his alcoholic mother and Frankie’s was far more fortunate. S ...more
Ami
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
For me personally, Renewing Forever, the second installment in Kelly Jensen “This Time Forever” series is better than the first book.

First, it features both men approaching fifty years old – both Frank and Tom are 49 years old. Second, it has second-chance romance theme, since Frank and Tom hasn’t seen each other for three decades, after Frank left the town having his heart broken and rejected. Third, it is more quiet, more melancholy, which definitely right up my alley.

Also, the steam is low,
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Maria Rose
This is a poignant reunion romance for a pair of childhood friends who, as teenagers, moved a step closer to becoming more - an event that caused a rift and then separated them for decades. Frank and Tommy may have secretly been lusting after each other but couldn't translate that into a teenaged love affair. Now Frank is back to deal with his deceased uncle's falling down resort property, and discovers that Tommy had been taking care of his uncle in his dying days, and the property too. Neither ...more
Kelly
Oct 20, 2018 marked it as books-i-wrote  ·  (Review from the author)
Read the first few chapters! https://riptidepublishing.com/product...

I have a Big Book of Ideas. My “book” is actually scattered across several notebooks and my ideas are sandwiched between outline sketches, snippets of dialogue, pages of brainstorming for plot points, and journal entries. There is no order to any of it—but I always know which book to grab when I’m looking for my notes about a specific idea.

Frank and Tom’s story happened in two separate notebooks. I had an idea for a story about
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Ash
Renewing Forever is a bunch of my favorite tropes rolled in heartbreak with a dash of a home renovation show and served up on a platter. That's probably not the best summary of this book but it's what first comes to mind. Two things I will eat up any day of the week - friends to lovers and second chances - plus slow burn, hurt/comfort, angst and healing, beautiful old homes that need care, and beautiful souls who need love.

Frank and Tom were best friends growing up, inseparable and as close as c
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Christi Snow
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My Review:

First thing I have to state just because it's bugging the heck out of me...this cover...NO! OMG, it does NOT fit (my internal image of) the book at all, BUT no worries...I didn't take that into account for my review because I loved this book so much... (just not the cover).

Okay, so this book...it takes place between two men in the Pocono region of Pennsylvania. In high school, they were best friends...inseparable. But then something happened when they kissed (the details about what exa
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Georgie
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, tag-reviewed
3.75 stars
This is the second in Kelly Jensen's Older MCs trilogy, and it's a very enjoyable read. Some of my favourite tropes crop up - second chance love, a poor but proud MC, a business in trouble - and they are wound together really very credibly.

KJ alternates chapters with the 40-something MCs (successful Frankie, and "loser" Tommy) with snapshots of their teenage friendship, then links the fate of their current relationship to the success or failure of the run-down resort Frankie has inher
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Diane
I received an ARC from Kelly and I am so glad I did.

This is a beautifully written romance with two main characters you can't help but fall in love with. There is a vast range of secondary characters, some a carry over from the first book in the series, 'Building Forever.' The plot takes you back to the men when they first met at age 9, the activities that brought them close and the misunderstanding that tore them apart at age 18. Now Frank and Tom are in their 40's and they reunite when Frank co
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Ari
Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-romance
actual rating 2,75*

agak-agak geli gimana gitu yah, om-om mendekati 50-an pacarannya pangku2an, terus galo-galoan, ngambek, gengsi... mannnnnn capek gak sih
Lillian Francis
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
That was lovely.
Jess
This book was provided for free by the publisher and Love Bytes 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.

When you know your true love is the first boy you kissed at age 16, and if that boy punched you in the face and never spoke to you again, you may be in deep trouble when you finally meet him again 30 years later. This is Frank’s life now, and even though it can be heartbreaking, it makes for a
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Online Eccentric Librarian
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, contemporary, romance
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This second book in the The Time Forever series is just as good as the first, featuring Frank (best friend of Simon from the first book) and his boyhood best friend Tom. Once again, we have a recurring theme of second chances and protagonists not being what we initially thought - and the ability to look on things differently later in life than when young. I especially liked Tom's very conflicted character here and how co
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Javi reads and reads and reads
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, favs, read-2018, lgbt
I received this ARC in exchange of an honest review from Novel Take.

OMG! I have been screaming to my friends about this book since I started it 3 days ago and I stayed last night reading until I fell asleep on it.

Renewing Forever tell us the story of two childhood friends, Frank and Tom (or Frankie and Tommy), who were separated by life (and choices) when they were both 18. Long story short: Frankie kissed Tommy and earned a broken nose and heart.

Fast forward 30 years (I KNOW) and Frankie is bac
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Thamy
Nov 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Frank and Tom were childhood friends until one kissed the other, the other punched one in the face and they never met again for thirty years. When Frank needs to go back home because he's inherited his uncle's property, he finds out Tom is still there.

2.5.

I liked the idea of best friends in love with each other needing to figure how to work things out instead of the unrealistic love is enough. Both characters were nice and made me cheer for them. I also loved Tom's backstory and how he cares for
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Roberta Blablanski
Building Forever, Book 1 was fantastic--one of my favorites of 2018. I adored Simon and Charlie. They make very brief appearances in Renewing Forever and I craved more of them.

I had trouble getting into Frank and Tom's story. Frank is introduced in Building Forever, and I wanted to get to know him after reading the first of the series. Unfortunately, the build up was a bit of a let down for me. He just wasn't that interesting. He seemed to have lived a fascinating life as a journalist traveling
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Carol
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
RENEWING FOREVER (This Time Forever, #2)


• ⭐:4,5/5


💬: Renewing Forever it's an amazing story of a misunderstanding between teenagers that left both of them with broken hearts and that thirty years later they met again under sad circumstances and rekindle their friendship and maybe more? I simply adored this book with all my heart, loved seeing how much personality all the characters Kelly writes have. And how much she makes me feel with her dialogues and the character's thoughts while the stor
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Joyfully Jay
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sue
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.75 stars


Oh boy, what a roller coaster Renewing Forever was — so many feels! Renewing Forever is the second in the This Time Forever series and while characters from the first book pop up, Renewing Forever can be read as a standalone.

Franklin is nearly 50 and while he has a successful career as a journalist, he can’t help wondering if there’s something more. Frankie likes to pretend he’s full of fluff and a bit shallow, but there’s serious depth to him and when he’s with
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Anke
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
I had problems to get into this story. For me the voices of both MCs were so similar I had problems to keep them apart. I finished, but I have to say these guys were like 20somethings and not the 40somethings they were said to be.

Caz
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review to follow.
Lola
Oct 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book from the author and voluntarily reviewed it.

I was in this weird reading mood where I couldn't quite figure out what to read next and decided to pick up this one as I loved book 1 and had hoped it would bring me out of my weird reading mood, instead it felt like it became another victim of my weird reading mood instead.

Renewing Forever is a good book, but for some reason it just didn't quite work for me. I really enjoy this author's writing style, I liked the
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Sherry
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I’m not necessarily a big fan of second-chance romances, but this one I liked.

This book is the second in Jensen’s This Time Forever series and centers around Frank, Simon’s friend from the earlier novel. Frank inherits his uncle’s resort in the Poconos, and when he goes to check it out, he finds that the only remaining employee is Tom, Frank’s former best friend. The two men haven’t spoken in thirty years, not since Frank kissed Tom the night before he left for college and Tom responded
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ChaosMoondrawn
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would rate this 4 stars.

Frankie kissed Tom when he was 17 and Tom punched him, ending their friendship. Then, Frank left town and hasn't been back in 30 years. When his uncle dies, he has to go back to deal with his inheritance. Tom has been working for Frankie's uncle and has now lost his friend, his home, and his job due to his death. He has given up everything to take care of his mother, who is now in a nursing home. The story has dual POV and their childhood is shared through flashbacks. F
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ButtonsMom2003
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: xd-assigned-read
A very good second chance story with older main characters.

I absolutely loved the first book in this series, Building Forever, so perhaps my expectations were a bit too high when I started to read Renewing Forever. This one started out a bit too slow for me and the back and forth in the timeline threw me just a bit at first. It may just have been one of those situations where my head wasn't in the right place for this particular book – it happens sometimes. Now, having said all that, I am so gla
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Didi
3+ Stars

I got to hand it to Kelly Jensen, she knew how to tell a heartbreaking story. I blamed all the onion-attack through most of the time I read this book. Nevertheless, this second book to her “This Time Forever” series hit me the wrong way compared to the first one. “Renewing Forever” was rather depressing to my liking. In all fairness, the not-so-pretty aspect had reality vibes to it, an as-real-as-it-gets kind. But too bloody real and depressing.

Taking the spotlight on this entry was Sim
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