A basketball game changed both their lives.

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 was previously published as It’s Never Over. This is a stand-alone novel with no cliffhangers.

Readers of Goodbye Paradise will get to check in on Caleb and Josh and their clan.

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How would you live your life, if you could never truly be yourself? If what you truly needed in life was the one thing you couldn’t have because the repercussions would categorically destroy your life more so than living an incomplete life?

For most of his 22 years of life, Cax Williams has had to play a role he can’t quite fulfill by pretending to be a straight man in order to protect his younger brothers from his abusive and bigoted father. The one time he gave into his true desires was when he was 16 years old and the fallout from that decision not only broke Cax’s heart, but it also forced him to cutoff all contact with the boy who had always been his truest friend…the one he could be himself with…the one he gave his heart to on that fateful day but could never voice those words because the risk was too great.

Six and half years later, Axel Armitage makes a life changing decision…a game changer not only for his own life but for the life of the boy who held his heart since they gave into their desires and shared a series of kisses when they were teenagers. And while Axel and Cax’s journey back to one another is frustrating, heartbreaking, and lonely, completely walking away is no longer an option even if it’s the safer and less complicated one.

Hello Forever is a story that will resonate with readers who have ever found themselves pretending to be someone that they’re not because the collateral damage is too much. In some ways, from a bystander’s perspective, Cax’s situation could be seen as his refusal to be an out and proud gay man, but because Sarina Bowen concretely showcases just how much he stands to lose by admitting his sexual preferences, no one can question why he does what he does when it comes to his need to protect his little brothers.

Sarina Bowen does an amazing job of illustrating both men’s frustrations when it comes to Cax’s inability to be with Axel the way they both want to be because of his family complications. Axel may logically understand the whys/hows of what Cax is doing, but because he’s not in Cax’s shoes, he doesn’t truly realize what’s at stake until things occur in the story that shed light on just how much Cax is risking for their stolen moments together.

Cax and Axel’s story shows what people are willing to do and endure for love, and despite the trials that Cax and Axel have to face in order to get their forever, they’re able to do so because it’s clear just how much they mean to each other even before they reconnect as men.

4 Poison Apples

Sarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She lives in Vermont’s Green Mountains with her family, six chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.

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