Reviewed by Amber
TITLE: Hello Forever
SERIES: Hello Goodbye #2
AUTHOR: Sarina Bowen
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 213 Pages
RELEASE DATE: July 14th, 2017
A SINGLE BASKETBALL GAME CHANGES EVERYTHING…
When they were only teenagers, Axel and Caxton were caught making out in the woods at church camp. And afterward, Cax had disappeared from all the youth group activities.
Six years later, Axel is astonished to spot his first love’s face in the crowd of a college basketball game he’s watching on TV—at a school which has just offered him a job. It’s a thousand miles away, in a tiny rural town. But suddenly, he can’t wait to get there.
Cax can’t believe his eyes when Axel appears in the same Massachusetts town where he now lives. And he’s still just as drawn to Axel as ever. But he can’t let himself go there again, because loving Axel will mean giving up everything else he holds dear.
Both men have so much to lose. But as far as their love is concerned, it’s Hello Forever.
Needless to say I really enjoy Sarina Bowen as a M/M genre author. She builds these amazing connections between her characters that withstand time, distance and outside forces. I really love how she weaves her stories from past to present. Hello a Forever has the same sort of feel that I’ve really loved in the past by this author. However, for some reason Axel and Caxton as a couple was a little disappointing. From the very beginning of this book I just felt like something was off. Good writing but the emotions and feelings that Sarina Bowen inspires in her readers was lacking in this book.
Axel and Caxton have known each other since they were boys. As time went on their young friendship started changing to attraction which left both boys confused. An innocent kiss rips the boys apart without either of them being able to say goodbye.
Years later Axel takes an opportunity to reunite with Caxton but Axel is unaware of the lengths those close to Caxton will go to keep them apart.
Knowing Caxton is deeply closeted, Axel respects Caxton’s boundaries but he can’t change how he feels towards him.
I was not expecting the extreme homophobia from Caxton’s father. It was awful and you can totally see the need for Caxton to hide that part of himself.
I think Caxton being so deeply closeted because of his fears really hindered my ability to feel the chemistry and bond between Caxton and Axel as men. I get how they loved each other as friends when they were younger but I really didn’t feel the emotions between them as men. I admit it was disappointing because I know how amazing this author can make the bond between her characters.
Overall, I think any fan of this author will enjoy this one too. I’m interested in seeing what will be next in the series.