You never forget your first love ... especially when they cause you pain. Chase thought he was doing the right thing when he left Liam years earlier, but when he finds out he was wrong, it might be too late. The trust they once shared may be past the point of repair.
The Forever Kind Of Love is a story of second chances that asks the question -- is a good reason enough to wash away the years of hurt it caused? Chase comes home from the military ready to start his life with Liam. But he discovers Liam’s life has already started without him. Is there a place for him in it? Is the possibility of more pain worth the risk for Liam?
If that isn’t hard enough, they only have the week Chase is on leave to come to terms with their future. Can they find forever in seven days?
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Publisher: JMS Books, LLC
Heat Level: 4
Romantic Content: 5
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 26-35
Protagonist 2 Age: 26-35
Tropes: Bad Breakup, Coming Home, Friends to Lovers, Second Chances
Word Count: 13000
Languages Available: English
Liam walked over to the refrigerator and pulled out the salads he planned to bring to the backyard. He put them on the counter, then headed to the linen closet where Mrs. Alston said she had put the extra napkins. He walked into the hall, and stopped short. Bending down on his knee, he tied his opened shoelace.
The sound of a deeply inhaled breath had him looking up. His body started to shake. Unable to hold his balance, he tipped over. “Chase.” The name was out of Liam’s mouth before he could stop.
The other man stood silently, looking almost like a mirage. Liam couldn’t break his stare.
Someone calling Liam’s name snapped him out of the fog surrounding him.
“Liam, are you in here?”
Before Liam could answer, Phil was standing behind him, bending down. “Are you okay? What the hell happened?”READ MORE
Not giving Liam a chance to answer, Phil put his hands on Liam and pulled him up. “Did you fall?”
Again, before Liam could say a word, Phil looked at Chase with a scowl on his face. “Did you knock him over?”
Chase didn’t say a word. He stood where he was, his eyes going between Liam and the man who currently held him.
“Come on,” Phil said, as he turned Liam around and walked him back to the kitchen.
Still in shock, “Napkins,” was the only word that would come out of Liam’s mouth.
“Where are they, hon? I’ll get them for Sharon.”
Liam pointed toward the hall. Phil headed back that way. Liam heard him say, “Be careful where you’re walking,” to Chase as Phil passed him by. The tone of Phil’s voice sounded none to friendly. Liam couldn’t help, but smile. Phil, his little protector. If only Phil knew who Chase was, and what he’d done to Liam four years earlier, Chase wouldn’t have a chance.
Liam stood in the kitchen in somewhat of a daze when Mrs. Alston walked in. Why hadn’t she told me Chase was coming home? Then he realized, maybe she didn’t know. Which meant at that moment she had no idea Chase was there.
Finding his voice, Liam said, “Mrs. Alston there’s a surprise for you and Mr. Alston in the hallway.”
As soon as the woman passed him, headed to the hall, on shaky limbs, Liam made himself scarce. He headed back outside; he wanted to avoid becoming part of the hug fest he knew would be taking place any second.
He made his way over to Mr. Alston. “Mrs. Alston needs your help inside,” he said, not wanting to spoil Chase’s surprise for the man. Mr. Alston turned around and walked into the house. Within seconds, Liam heard screams of happiness floating from inside.
Liam wanted nothing more than to leave, but taking off after all Mr. and Mrs. Alston had done for him was something he knew he couldn’t do. But knowing he’d have to face Chase again almost had him saying fuck it to doing the right thing.COLLAPSE
We all have moments in our lives or things we've said that we wish we could do over or get a another chance at so when a "second chance at love" story comes across my reading radar there's just something so real and inviting about it. The Forever Kind of Love is a perfect example of second chances because Chase did what he thought was best and even though most of us probably agree with why he did it, the "how" is debatable as to right or wrong. I completely understand Liam's anger and resistance to understand and I love how he doesn't make it easy for Chase to make amends.
The Forever Kind of Love is a short story that may have been even better had it been a full length novel but sometimes we don't have to experience the "whole story" to be entertained so I can't imagine it any different or better than as is. LA Bryce is a new author for me and I can't imagine a better tale to grab my attention. Forever is heartbreaking but equally heartwarming, definitely a must for lovers of second chances and an absolute must for those looking for a well written tale of romance. It may be short on quantity but The Forever Kind of Love is certainly not short on quality