Friday, July 14, 2017

Review: Hello Forever by Sarina Bowen

Hello Forever 
(Hello Goodbye #2)
by Sarina Bowen
Release Date: July 14, 2017
Genre: M/M Romance


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.

Hello Forever is a stand-alone novel with no cliffhangers. Readers of Goodbye Paradise will get to check in on Caleb and Josh and their clan

This read isn't as intense as Josh and Caleb, but Axel and Cax's story is just as dramatic. Okay, the tone of the book was pretty light despite Cax's family drama. Sarina Bowen never failed to deliver the humor and lightness in her story. Thus, despite Cax's miserable life under all the stress and baggage, this read still give me enough smile and giggles.

Axel and Cax are childhood friends and I love their deep connection and passion for each other. After being caught making out at a church camp (what are they thinking?), they never see each other again until Axel found a new job at the college where Cax is a grad student. I long to see their reunion and how wil Cax react to seeing his first and only crush.

Axel didn't waste any time in engaging with Cax and their tentative friendship is adorable. Cax is deep in the closet with good reason that I totally understand. Axel's character is great in balancing between giving Cax space and pushing some boundaries. Oh and I do love when Axel push and Cax push back as fiercely. 

Cax's dad had a few screw loose and a total asshole. Thank goodness Axel and Cax's pseudo relationship is strong enough to withstand it. Despite some major hiccup that resort to some violence, I'm glad with the direction of the story and a chance for me to get misty eye seeing these two being so loving to each other.