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Chasing Forever

(This Time Forever #3)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Old wounds, new directions, and a forever worth chasing.

Malcolm Montgomery was a history teacher and track coach until an accident left him with two broken legs. He’ll recover, but life has knocked his feet out twice now. He’s not sure if he’s ready to try again, especially when it comes to love—and slick guys like Brian Kenway. Still, he needs help mentoring the school’s
ebook, 333 pages
Published December 10th 2018 by Riptide Publishing
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Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What even just happened to me? No really. I am just floored. Wow, wow, wow.

I am completely blown away by this story. I am still trying to wrap my head around what I just read and come to terms with this overwhelming feeling of unadulterated love.

Ok, let’s start with the dirty. I didn’t want Brian’s book. I wasn’t interested in him. I didn’t like him. What he did and what he continued to do just ugh. He just kept showing up like a bad penny. (I don’t really get that saying but that is what popped
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Intimate, sensuous, and timely!

Chasing Forever is a passionate, heartwarming tale that takes us into the lives of Malcolm and Brian as they each must learn to cope with the baggage from their past, overcome their insecurities, fight for what they truly want, and work together to create a haven for the kids in their community.

The writing is sincere and heartfelt. The characters are flawed, caring, and genuine. And the plot is an alluring, push-pull storyline filled with friendship, family, tensio
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
*4.50 stars*

This series has been a roller-coaster for me. I liked the first book, I wasn’t happy with the second one at all, but I LOVED this one. I’d never have thought that Βrian’s book would be my favorite.

Brian was such an asshole in the previous books. No really, he was the biggest jerk ever. Not only was he the “villain” but he almost didn’t make sense to me.

In Chasing Forever Kelly Jensen managed to redeem Brian without making excuses for him or giving him a personality transplant. Brian
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you for this book Kelly Jensen, just thank you.

I am 48 like Brian, I am disabled with mobility issues that came out of the blue at a relatively young age and changed my world like Malcolm.

I may not be a gay man but I could empathise with so much that these two complex and wonderfully alive characters had experienced and the doubts and fears they lived with.

Getting a redemption storyline right is not an easy task, and while Brian was never a true villain, our gaze as readers had been on hi
Nov 20, 2018 marked it as books-i-wrote  ·  (Review from the author)
Now available for preorder!

Read the first three chapters:

Brian’s story began two and a half years ago when I realized I’d been naming all the cheating exes of my characters “Brian.”


I didn’t know then that Building Forever would become a series. I simply wanted to tell Charlie’s story. But Simon came equipped with a best friend and a dastardly ex, so when one of my first round readers asked for Frank’s story, I began to wonder if Brian might have a stor
Roberta Blablanski
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
The third book in the This Time Forever series is my second favorite. I enjoyed the characters and the story much more than I did the second book, but not as much as the first.

I was wary about Brian. We meet him in Building Forever, as Simon's douchey ex. Nothing he does in book one redeems his character or personality. I was glad to get to know him further in book three. Turns out, he's a decent guy. Likable, even. He has reasons for acting out and portraying a certain reputation. Underneath t
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
That's more like it: the third of Kelly Jensen's CRs with older MCs is a real winner.

KJ's always been able to create rounded characters, and Mal & Brian are no exceptions. There's a solid (but not laboured) back-story for each, which plays intelligently into the plot. Brian, whose ex (Simon) was an MC in the first book, has good reasons for being rubbish at relationships; reasons that make sense of the sub-plot featuring his displaced nephew who unexpectedly lands on his door-step. I liked
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars rounded up

It's always interesting when a villain from previous book ends up being the hero of the next book. Brian Kenway is the serial cheater ex-boyfriend who walked out of Simon Lynley (the hero in Building Forever) after twelve years of relationship. Then Brian shows up again in book two, seemingly trying to make amends.

This time we find out more about who Brian really is and what secrets he keeps apart from everyone else in his life, including his best friend and Simon when they
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
4.5 stars

The mark of an exceptional author is one that can’t take a character that I didn’t like at all and not only convince me he is a good man, but make me have empathy for him as well and then pair him with a man whose entire life had been changed in an instant and was struggling to not only recover, but with his place in the world and you have the makings of a truly beautiful and emotional love story. Chasing Forever was everything I look for in a romance; characters with depth and who show
Joyfully Jay
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sue
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.75 stars

Chasing Forever is the third in the This Time Forever series, following Building Forever and Renewing Forever. I’d say each of the books is a standalone, but the characters overlap and I think you’ll enjoy the books more if you read them in order.

We’re introduced to Brian in Building Forever and we know him as Simon’s ex, a notorious cheater who walked away from their 12-year relationship seemingly without a backwards glance. As a result, we shouldn’t like Brian.
Amy Aislin
This entire series has been like a warm blanket on a rainy day: nice and cozy and real. And by "real" I mean that every book has featured main characters who aren't perfect. They have flaws and quirks and they mess up every once in a while, making them feel like real people.

Brian and Mal are no different. And honestly? I didn't expect to like this book as much as I did, and that's because I didn't much care for Brian in the first two books. But Kelly Jensen made him so damn likeable in Chasing F
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
CHASING FOREVER (This Time Forever, #3)

• ⭐:4,5/5

💬: Brian stole my heart with this book. Of course in a platonic way because the only heart he wants is Mal’s but still, loved to see this side of him. The one that is not such a bad person, the one that cares for others and that has actual feelings.
Malcolm perseverance and strength made all the difference to this new chapter on Brian’s life, specially after the arrival of his fourteen year old nephew. Brian learns how to start a forever while f
Javi reads and reads and reads
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt, read-2018


I just finished this story and my mind is SCREAMING.

I knew I had to get this book as soon as I finished the previous one "Renewing Forever" and OH GOD, I was not disappointed.

The book tells us the story of Mal and Brian... yes. THAT Brian! and how they navigate the beginning of their relationship, which is at first, a chase to get sex. Needless to say, the feels arrive soon after as they realize they really care for each other.

Malcolm Montgomery, Mal for short, is a
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars
I truly enjoyed the first two books of this series but Brian’s story is my favorite of all. It’s got angst, heartbreak, joy, fully-drawn characters plus a setting enhanced by a sense of community. Brian was the cheating ex making Simon so reluctant to commit to Charlie in book one. It was impossible to see how he could be redeemed, yet the author has done it here and done it well. Brian’s personal growth is believably shown from the start. Brian initially panics when his nephew Josh tu
Lillian Francis
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this.

I've thoroughly enjoyed this series. A whole set of stories with main characters that are more mature. Characters who have lived life, made mistakes, have regrets and hang-ups, and are just starting to fall apart a little. Joints ache, tums are a tad soft, no one's getting it up eight times a night, they wear glasses, and dying their hair's not a fashion statement. These people are real and none more so than Mal and Brian. Yes, Brian, Simon's cheating ex from the first book. I adored
Christi Snow
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think this has been my favorite book in the series. Talk about two men with some issues...and I loved them even more for it. I also loved that the two guys are 48 and 50...middle aged heroes? YES, please!

It was a great book with a ton of depth and layers to the story line. So much I didn't see coming...especially falling in love with Brian (who was a jerk of an ex in a previous book). I love that Kelly Jensen kept that real, but the reasons...lovely angst and the way she brought all that out
Amanda at WickedGoodReads
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I didn't realize this was Brian Brian when I read the blurb...and it was only when I got into the book that I was like oh snap, this is BRIAN! How do I feel about that? Well, I felt pretty good about it. I feel Brian was redeemed, and a lot more understood.

And Malcolm. oh, sweet, sweet Malcolm. I adored him. I adored the fact that we have two older men in this story, who, dance around their feelings for each other in the beginning, and then, ugly pasts come to haunt and well, it almost breaks th
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I didn't want to like Brian, but he started working on me just a teeny tiny little bit in Renewing Forever so I knew it was inevitable. What I didn't expect was to adore him - that was a total surprise <3 I also didn't expect for Chasing Forever to be my favorite book in the This Time Forever series - but that just happened too. Well played Kelly Jensen, well played indeed... (Full review coming soon.)
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a book to end this series! I was expecting a gut punch and got so much more than I bargained for.

We met Brian in book one of this series, Renewing Forever. Brian is not only Simon's ex, but he's a cheating, lying ex. A heartbreaker. A destroyer. He's definitely not a character you would have ended book 1 (or book 2) with pleasant thoughts about. However, Kelly Jensen has never let me down with characters before, so I knew she'd be giving Brian a full redemption, explanation and happy-ever-a
4 - 4.5 Stars

I should’ve known - after Brian’s cameo on “Renewing Forever” - that there was more to this man than a serial cheater “Building Forever” (the first book in the series) intimated. He was, unfortunately, cheating repeatedly when in relationship with Simon. “Chasing Forever” peeled his story layer by layer, revealing Brian Kenway in all his complex obscurity, that I couldn’t help to sympathize with him.

Intricately told in dual POVs, “Chasing Forever” followed the unlikely romance betw
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
5 Stars

I absolutely loved this story so much. I wasn’t sure Brian was going to be a redeemable character after meeting him in Building Forever as Simon’s cheating ex, and truthfully, it was touch and go for a good portion of the story. I couldn’t quite figure out what his angle was in relation to how he felt about Mal. Once his past come to light, well, wow, it was simply heartbreaking and I wanted to cuddle him and maybe throat punch the members of his family. Now Mal, I loved. He was sweet, c
Dec 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: lqbtq, moderate-steam
3.5 stars
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Review to follow.
4.5 stars

Though things were tough and they both had struggles, this story was heartwarming. I loved seeing a different side to Brian than we saw in the past two books. I was able to understand him more and got to like him. Mal was great from the start. Bookish yet strong - even with his broken legs.

I loved taking this journey with both of them.

Josh was another great character and was very true to his age. It was great to see glimpses of the couples from the other books as well as meet new frie
I received a free copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed it.

I was so curious about this story. As one of the main character Brian is the cheating ex of Simon, who was one of the main characters in book one. And I wanted to know his story and see if Kelly Jensen could make him likable now that we got his side of the story. And I am happy to say she totally did. I really enjoyed Brian and Mal's story and had a great time reading this book.

Chasing Forever follows Mal and Brian. Brian sees hi
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would rate this 4.5 stars.

This is the third book in this series. They will work as standalones so you don't have to read them in order, although you may get more of an emotional impact for this story if you do. This story focuses on Brian, Simon's ex from book one. He makes a brief cameo in book two. What is known about Brian so far doesn't make him the most likeable character, so the author has her work cut out to flesh him out in a sympathetic way. He's an architect and still has business t
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a first for me from Kelly Jensen. I now know this book is the third in a series but had no clue before reading it and it didn't affect my enjoyment of the story or understanding of anything going on.
Mal is struggling with his mobility, having to use crutches after being hit by a car. As he was very active before, he finds it very hard to cope with the limitations he currently has. Being the shy, quiet man he is, he figures Brian would never go for a guy like him. Brian feels something t
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Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

This book is the third in the This Time Forever series, and it’s definitely my favorite.

The story is relatively simple—two men who are feeling beaten down by life find comfort and hope in each other. Former athlete Mal was severely injured when he was hit by a car and is having trouble regaining the ability to walk without aid. He loved to run, and that may be out of the question now, so he’s feeling crippled and old at 50. Brian has been unable to move on from a long-term relationship;
Mari Cardenas ~ Bayou Book Junkie
5 Stars!

You know, it's kind of weird that just a few days ago I was chatting with one of my co-bloggers about loving the antihero and not really caring if the MCs were flawed, but that they were still likable enough to make the reader care about them. That was exactly what happened to me with Brian. He wasn't a good guy in book 1, and while he didn't magically change and become 'perfect', Ms. Jensen made him real for me. Yes, he still had issues, but along with those we got hints of the hurt tee
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Other books in the series

This Time Forever (3 books)
  • Building Forever (This Time Forever, #1)
  • Renewing Forever (This Time Forever, #2)