Hello Forever by Sarina Bowen – Jenn’s Review


Two words… Sarina Bowen.




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 M/M book by Sarina Bowen, originally published under a different title with a pen name. This book was not on my radar when it first debuted, but I am so glad Bowen re-released it so I could have the absolute pleasure of reading it. Axel and Cax engaged me from the very first word. This was a truly magnificent story of young love, torn apart by bigotry and hatred, only to be brought back together by the strength of that love.

Everything about this book was perfect. From the moment we meet Axel and Cax we are taken by their personalities, their strengths, and their weaknesses. Multi-dimensional doesn’t even begin to cover all that they are. They are both such wonderful men. They put others first, especially Cax. He is willing to completely ignore who he is in order to keep his brothers in his life. ( Yes, his father is that big of a d**k.) Axel is willing to wait for Cax, knowing that his feelings haven’t waned in the least in six years.

These characters are just so likable. It feels as if you were hanging out with old friends. Even though years had passed, they easily fell in to their old friendship. Axel patience was a beautiful thing. His love for Cax was evident. Their banter had me giggling throughout the story, and kept me hopeful during the heavier scenes. Hello Forever was a sweet, endearing story that I devoured in one sitting.  I highly recommend it.

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