My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The third book in the This Time Forever series is my second favorite. I enjoyed the characters and the story much more than I did the second book, but not as much as the first.
I was wary about Brian. We meet him in Building Forever, as Simon’s douchey ex. Nothing he does in book one redeems his character or personality. I was glad to get to know him further in book three. Turns out, he’s a decent guy. Likable, even. He has reasons for acting out and portraying a certain reputation. Underneath that carefully crafted persona, he’s a genuinely good person, and I enjoyed getting to know that side of him. The way he cares for his nephew really tugged at my heart strings.
Malcolm is gentle and doesn’t see exactly what he’s worth until Brian comes along. I loved the way Brian pursues him and the way Mal asserts himself. Mal knows what he wants underneath his hesitancy, and Brian adores those glimpses of dominance.
I appreciated this coupling more over Frank and Tom in Renewing Forever, but none can top Simon and Charlie in Building Forever. Overall, I enjoyed this series.