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Chasing Forever

(This Time Forever #3)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  197 ratings  ·  73 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
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 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
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
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Chasing Forever was my first book by Kelly Jensen, and I think maybe it wasn't the best book to be my foray into her work.

From what I gathered, Brian was the villain in at least one previous book, and I fully see why. I got to know him more during the course of the story, but a guy who cheats on his long-term boyfriend many, many times and acts like a jerk really doesn't get a ton of sympathy from me. I wouldn't want my friend dating Brian either.

I didn't quite understand why Brian felt such a
I've given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars

Chasing Forever is the third and final book in Kelly Jensen’s loosely-linked  This Time Forever  trilogy of novels in which the protagonists are all older (late thirties – fifty) men who find true love and happy ever afters.  As soon as I learned this book would feature Brian Kenway, whom I met and didn’t much like in book one, I knew I had to read it; I confess to having a soft spot for reformed bad-boys, and I was eager to see how Ms. Jensen wo
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
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
I've given this a B for narration and a B+ for content at AudioGals

Redeeming a bad boy – or at the very least, a previously unlikeable character – can be a tough sell, but in Chasing Forever, the final book in the  This Time Forever trilogy, Kelly Jensen does it splendidly as she turns her focus to Brian Kenway, whom listeners may recall as the cheating ex of Simon Linley from book one, Building Forever. The story once again features a mature couple who have both been around the block a few t
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 the
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.
Dec 15, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
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Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
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: lgbtqia, read-2018
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
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
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
Lisa The Novel Approach
Two men, both afraid of getting too close and losing again, meet. One, Malcolm Montgomery, has had more than his fair share of knocks in life. His latest left him with two badly injured legs, and learning how to walk again. Countless surgeries, with potentially more to come, find Mal trying his best to see beyond not only the physical pain but also grappling with the depressing belief that he will never really measure up to anyone’s standards, and remain alone. Already fifty, the prospects of fi ...more
Susan Jordan
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Chasing Forever is the third and final book in Kelly Jensen’s “This Time Forever” series, and I have to say it was my favorite of the three. Partly because I loved that characters from the first two books put in appearances in this story. I always enjoy that, it’s like greeting old and dear friends.

As with all of Jensen’s work, her characters pulled me into the story. We had met Brian in the first two books and he wasn’t anyone I wanted to spend time with. Brian came across as something of a nar
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, arc-read
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
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
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
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
After reading the first two books, I was certain I had no desire to read Brian's story. But, seeing how many positive reviews this had left it on my TBR list.

It's been a while since I've read the first two, so the details as to why exactly I disliked Brian had grown faint.

I'm a bit surprised that between Brian and Malcolm, Mal is the one who I didnt particularly care for in this book. I really enjoyed Brian, and his relationship with Josh. I found Malcolm a little quick to judge at times. But
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 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...

So, what tipped me over the edge? It wasn't just one thing, it was a little bit of everything. The glimpse into his past,
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
This was such a wonderful book, there's just something about redeemed characters that always gets me, and Brian definitely needed redeeming. I'd give this 4.5 stars because there's one line that stuck with me negatively and I can't do five because of it.

Mal is just so lovely, I love his quiet strength and that he acknowledges that he has that strength because of the life he's led, including the love of those meant to love him. Brian broke my heart for lots of reasons, but the fact that he took s
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
Maria Rose
What a sweet and really lovely romance. A redemption for Brian Kenway, who had a less than stellar reputation in the first two books ( an ex of one of the main characters in book one)' proving once again that people are three dimensional and that they can change for the better.

Brian is in the tough position of having a new housemate - his fourteen year old nephew he's never met and who broke into his house when his own mother (Brian's sister) kicked him out. It brings back unpleasant memories o
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was given a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

I really, really didn’t want to like Brian. Brian was a complete arse as Simon’s ex in the first book and there wasn’t much of any redemption in the second story. I only gave Brian’s book a chance because I really enjoyed the first two books - and I’m really glad I did.

Brian doesn’t change overnight. He’s slick enough to be off putting when he first tries to pick up Malcolm and his initial reaction to his nephew is pretty
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