Reviewed by Donna
TITLE: Building Forever
SERIES: The Rebuilding Year #3
AUTHOR: Kaje Harper
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 80 Pages
RELEASE DATE: October 15, 2017
Four years ago, Ryan and John decided they’d wait to get married until it came with full legal equality. Now, thanks to the Supreme Court, that historic moment has finally arrived. But two hundred miles separate Ryan’s hectic residency from John’s busy campus job. With a son in college, a daughter choosing her future, and a rambunctious Irish Setter needing attention, planning a wedding isn’t simple.
Of course, even the most perfect ceremony can’t solve all their problems. What does it take to build forever?
Kaje Harper is one of my very favourite authors, and The Rebuilding Year is one of my all time favourite series. So being first in line to get my hands on an ARC of this novella was an absolute no brainer. If I’d had to organize a hit to get my hands on one of these golden tickets, it would have been bye bye Charlie Bucket. To my fellow lovers of this series – this book is every-bloody-thing you could wish for. To all those who have yet to pick up The Rebuilding Year (first book of the series), never fear, you still have time to rectify your mistake. Don’t read this story without having started at the beginning of Ryan and John’s love story.
So, if you remember there was discussion in book two of the series about what would happen when Ryan had to leave John and the kids to complete his residency. We pick up the story a year into Ryan and John’s physical separation, as both men struggle through lonely weeks apart, until Ryan has enough consecutive days off for our men to each drive some two hundred miles and meet up at a motel in the middle. This is their life for the foreseeable future, but both men know that any sacrifice is worth being together.
The story covers a period in America when state laws flipped back and forth on whether a same sex couple could be married. Happily we all know the outcome of the Supreme Court’s intervention, but as an Australian, the issue of marriage equality is topical right now. I would say that that added an even sweeter gratification to this story, as I read Ryan’s and John’s reactions at being granted the right to marry.
Of course, being a Kaje Harper story, there’s 80 pages of quality writing here. All of our favourite characters pop back in, and the kids are so grown up. But come on, what we all really wanted to see was the wedding, right!? And trust me, it delivers. The vows, the rings, the outdoors/indoors venue… Every element is perfectly Ryan and John.
I was actually so sad finishing this story, because I don’t want that to be it. Done. I’m going to go now and start the series from the beginning again. I need some more John and Ryan.