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    A very good second chance story with older main ch

    I absolutely loved the first book in this series, Building Forever, so perhaps my expectations were a bit too high when I started to read Renewing Forever. This one started out a bit too slow for me and the back and forth in the timeline threw me just a bit at first. It may just have been one of those situations where my head wasn't in the right place for this particular book – it happens sometimes. Now, having said all that, I am so glad that I kept on reading. BTW, characters from book one make brief appearances in this story but you won't feel lost if you haven't read it. While the story started off a bit slow for me it just kept getting better and better. I loved how this book was about second chances and also that the MCs (main characters) were nearly 50 – older couples deserve love and happiness, too, and I think romance writers/readers sometimes forget that. Tom and Frank were childhood best friends but came from different economic worlds. Tom was being raised by a single mother who was an addict but loved her son very much. Frank came from a family that was much better off and his uncle owned a resort in the Pocono Mountains. Frank returns to the Poconos after his uncle dies and leaves him the resort. Frank never knew why Tom punched him when he was getting ready to leave for college and he never understood why Tom never answered any of his letters. The author is a bit cagey about giving us the answers to questions brought up in the blurb and it's quite a bit in before we learn everything. The more I read this book the more I didn't want to put it down. It was almost heartbreaking to learn that such a close friendship as what Frank and Tom had just completely dissolved in one moment of lost temper. Frank is surprised to learn that Tom has been working at the now broken-down resort. Once they start to get their friendship back on track, they begin making plans for rebuilding the resort. But Tom is hiding a lot of stuff from Frank and when he learns about it, he isn't happy; it nearly ruins the second chance they've been given. I really loved these characters and I hope there will be more books in this series. An advanced copy of this book was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author. ***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com***
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    Second chance friends to enemies to lovers

    I would rate this 4 stars. Frankie kissed Tom when he was 17 and Tom punched him, ending their friendship. Then, Frank left town and hasn't been back in 30 years. When his uncle dies, he has to go back to deal with his inheritance. Tom has been working for Frankie's uncle and has now lost his friend, his home, and his job due to his death. He has given up everything to take care of his mother, who is now in a nursing home. The story has dual POV and their childhood is shared through flashbacks. Frankie is still caught in the sadness of the past. Much of this book is sad, reminiscences often are--of dreams lost, bad decisions made, the things you can't take back. As Frank and Tom start to relive the good times they shared as boys, rather than dwelling on the incident, you would think it would liven up, but for me it doesn't. I am not a fan of second chance romances. I tend to think things didn't work out for a reason. I am not a fan of nostalgia or glorifying the past. But avoiding dealing with things from your teenage years until you are nearing your fifties is not healthy. While my heart ached for both men for different reasons, I was frustrated with them too. Tom has let fear rule him for so long; after fighting it, he finally gives in and decides to explore what they have. Frankie was hard for me to relate to for some reason. His demisexuality seemed to keep him isolated from deep relationships and even his friends didn't really know him. There was a little bit of comic relief about 60% in when they tour a neighboring resort. I wish that type of interaction had been included more. The best parts are having them recapture their love of the woods and each other--sharing the dream of remodeling the resort.  While this was interesting and well written, I felt removed emotionally at times. That's okay, because I like to read books that are about many types of people. How boring would it be if we were all alike? It's a good reminder that other people's logic and life experience can be completely different and will affect their decisions and outlook. Charlie, Simon, and Brian from book one show up. Brian seems the next one to be paired off, but as he cheated on Simon over and over for a decade, I am not much enthused by this prospect. It will take a lot to redeem this character in book three, but if any author can do it, Kelly Jensen can.
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    Poignant second chance romance!

    This is a poignant reunion romance for a pair of childhood friends who, as teenagers, moved a step closer to becoming more - an event that caused a rift and then separated them for decades. Frank and Tommy may have secretly been lusting after each other but couldn't translate that into a teenaged love affair. Now Frank is back to deal with his deceased uncle's falling down resort property, and discovers that Tommy had been taking care of his uncle in his dying days, and the property too. Neither has forgotten the other, nor have they had serious relationships with others in the interim. Dealing with what happened to split them apart is a tricky topic to bring up, and it takes a while before they trust each other enough to hash things out. Plus Tommy is keeping some other secrets from Frank that must be shared before they can get to a happy ending. There are some sexy scenes, emotional moments and complicated family dynamics to get through. Cameos from characters in book one, Building Forever, (another book I thoroughly enjoyed) were lovely and the happy ending is very satisfying. I look forward to every Kelly Jensen book because I know it will be worth my time. Can't wait to read the next in this series!
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