I was sure the entire series would deal with Paradise “drop-outs” but it’s not. This time we’re getting two whole new characters. Caleb and Josh’s tenant in their new house.
I love how Sarina Bowen builds her characters. Always so complex and inspiring.
Axel and Cax have known each other since they were eight years old, during diocese activities. They also both knew they were gay, and both enjoyed each other’s company . But when each discovered the truth about the other and act on it, their lives as they known it are over. Well, as over as they can be for 16 year olds.
Axel, a new marketing graduate has a passion for basketball so he naturally wants to combine the two. His only job offer is a college in Massachusetts. That’s when he realizes his long lost friend is at that very same college.
Cax’s life has never been easy and with an overbearing, violent and cold father, he and his three younger brothers always walked on eggshells. Yes, he is now not under his father’s rule anymore, but if he wants to be able to be a part of his sibling’s lives, his sexuality has to stay in the closet.
There’s a lot that’s going on in this story. A lot of emotional and pretty angering scenes are included, but they all lead to some important turns in the plot. They carry the story forward, and since they’re strewn with some epic love scenes between the two, it’s all good.
A great story about the importance of family, acceptance and tolerance, love and friendship, this story is wonderfully written, beautifully captivating, and devastatingly heartwrenchingly heartwarming.
Highly recommended, right after you’re done reading book one in this series.
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.
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.
With Elle Kennedy, Sarina is the author of the RITA award winning HIM, and its sequel, US, as well as the WAGs novels.
Sarina also has a new Vermont contemporary romance series, True North. She’s also unrolled new hockey novels from Penguin Berkley including Rookie Move.
Sarina enjoys skiing, espresso drinks and the occasional margarita. She lives with her family, eight chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.
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