Renewing Forever

Renewing Forever

by Kelly Jensen


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Frankie and Tommy once dreamed of traveling the world together. But when seventeen-year-old Frank kissed Tom, their plans ended with a punch to the jaw and Frank leaving town without looking back. Thirty years later, Frank’s successful career as a journalist is interrupted by his uncle’s death and the question of his inheritance—the family resort where his childhood dreams were built. When he returns to the Pocono Mountains, however, he finds a dilapidated lodge and Tommy, the boy he never forgot.

Tom’s been keeping the resort together with spit and glue while caring for Frank’s uncle, Robert—a man he considered father, mentor, and friend—and his aged mother, who he refuses to leave behind. Now Robert is gone, taking Tom’s job with him. And Frank is on the doorstep, wanting to know why Tom is still there and why the old lodge is falling apart.

But before they can rebuild the resort, they’ll have to rebuild their friendship. Only then can they renew the forever they planned all those years ago.

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ISBN-13: 9781626498419
Publisher: Riptide Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 11/10/2018
Series: This Time Forever , #2
Pages: 302
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)

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Renewing Forever 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
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!
LolaReviews More than 1 year ago
Renewing Forever is a great second chance romance. I really liked the set-up with the lodge that is slowly falling apart and how Frank return to the lodge and reconnect with his childhood friend Tom. I liked the flashbacks and how they gave more insight in Tom and Frank's past. Sadly this book didn't fully worked for me. I think it's partly my weird reading mood. And this book just felt sad somehow, especially the first half, with how bad the state of the lodge was and how these two friends didn't see each other for 30 years. I really liked Frank as a character and how he acted and handled things, but I never fully warmed up to Tom. That also made it hard for me to fully feel the romance, but nevertheless it is a good romance and I liked seeing these two reconnect and grow closer again. The fair scene was great and the epilogue was very sweet too. It was fun to see recurring characters from book 1 make an appearance in this book as well. And the theme or architecture and houses plays a role in both books in this series so far. All in all it was a great read and I liked the writing style, but something didn't fully work for me. I am really looking forward to book 3.
ButtonsMom2003 More than 1 year ago
A very good second chance story with older main characters. 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***