Renewing Forever by Kelly Jensen
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date (Print & Ebook): November 12, 2018
Subgenre: Contemporary Romance
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.
Quotes from the book:
“They weren’t messing around here. They were, but not as teenagers. Sure, they might be recapturing their youth. But if the rest of it did work, then this could be it for them. A place to rest their forevers.”
“Frank met him halfway, his lips already soft and welcoming, and the kiss was one of Tom’s favorites: the sort that lingered without becoming too heated because they each had the time to sit there, breathing in the scent of the man they loved.”
Tom rolled onto his side, facing Frank. His gaze had been pretty steady, focused mainly on Frank’s, but now it dipped slightly. Frank stopped breathing. The forest fell silent, every creature as still as his heart. Even the creek seemed not to burble, caught in this delirious pause. Fingers of unreason pushed at Frank’s shoulders, urging him to just do it. To lean forward, to press his lips to Tom’s. He was old enough to laugh it off if Tom rejected him. He could say he’d been playing. Teasing. That sort of behavior had become second nature. His motto was easy come, easy go.
But this was Tom. Not so easy. Already gone beyond his reach?
Frank found a breath, sucked it in.
Then Tom was there, closing the distance. And it was his breath at Frank’s lips. His mouth. A kiss, as light and crisp as a fallen leaf. Another breath, a second kiss, this one firmer, a lingering touch, a question begging for an answer.
There was no time to debate the merit of it, and Frank wouldn’t have anyway. Not with Tom. Never with Tom. With a soft groan, the simple sound hiding every complication, he gave in to the invitation. He kissed Tom back. Not a peck to the lips, not a return brush. He fastened his mouth to Tom’s and kissed him.
And flinched . . . sure history would rewind and play forward, bringing a fist out of nowhere to land sharply against his nose.
Instead, Tom curled a hand behind Frank’s neck and pulled him closer. Kissed him harder. Then moved, tasting Frank’s lips in small touches out to the corners of his mouth and back again. A looser kiss, openmouthed. The curious graze of tongue. Another invitation.
Frank caught Tom’s shoulder and opened for him. Tom didn’t dive in right away. Instead he seemed to look for Frank’s rhythm, for that pattern of kissing lovers found when their mouths fit in a certain way, and then their tongues were touching, tasting, sliding. The distance between them evaporated. Tom’s thighs were against his, warm and cold at the same time. Water trickled from their trunks, slicking the skin of their stomachs as they came together, arms wrapping around each other’s shoulders.
The kiss deepened, became something other than a hi and hello. Became I want more. A need to get farther inside the skin of the other.
I want to roll you over and fuck you.
About the Author:
If aliens ever do land on Earth, Kelly will not be prepared, despite having read over a hundred stories of the apocalypse. Still, she will pack her precious books into a box and carry them with her as she strives to survive. It’s what bibliophiles do.
Kelly is the author of a number of novels, novellas and short stories, including the Chaos Station series, co-written with Jenn Burke. Some of what she writes is speculative in nature, but mostly it’s just about a guy losing his socks and/or burning dinner. Because life isn’t all conquering aliens and mountain peaks. Sometimes finding a happy ever after is all the adventure we need.
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