Erryn reviews Building Forever (The Rebuilding Year Book 3) by Kaje Harper (Published October 12, 2017, 109 pages). The audiobook was released January 2, 2019. It is narrated by Gomez Pugh and runs 3 hrs and 33 mins. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I adore Kaje Harper and loved book one and two in the series.
Four years ago, Ryan and John decided they’d wait to get married until it came with full legal equality. Now, thanks to the Supreme Court, that historic moment has finally arrived. But 300 miles separate Ryan’s hectic residency from John’s busy campus job. With a son in college, a daughter choosing her future, and a rambunctious Irish Setter needing attention, planning a wedding isn’t simple.
Of course, even the most perfect ceremony can’t solve all their problems. What does it take to build forever?
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I snagged this audio the day it was released and binge listened books 2 and 3. I remembered where book 1 had left off and seamlessly moved back into the world of John and Ryan. This book begins on an interesting note (a nice invective not suitable for children), but the sentiment is one I share. The struggle for marriage equality has been one I’ve watched the United States struggle with for years. Canada made same-sex marriage legal over ten years ago and it was accepted fairly quickly and has never been relitigated. My gay friends have all the same rights that I do and I’m grateful for that. Every time another country legalizes same-sex marriage, I quietly rejoice. When the Supreme Court of the United States pronounced that all people, regardless of who they loved, deserved the rights and privileges associated with marriage, I did a little happy dance.
Many of my American friends did more than just a little dance – they partied.
Which brings me to Kaje’s third book in the ‘Rebuilding’ series. Several years have passed and Ryan is in his residency three hundred miles away from John. They spend as many weekends together as possible in a motel between Minnesota and Wisconsin. And as much as they’ve wanted to legalize their union, they’ve held off, wanting only to celebrate once all Americans have that right. When it happens, they start planning their wedding.
This book has a lighter tone than the previous two because there are no more secrets. The men are open and honest with their relationship. Proud even. They’ve settled into their lives and John’s two children from a previous marriage, Mark and Tori, are also finding their way in the world. Ryan is a great stepfather and the love is so clear. A love I wish everyone was so lucky to have that much love in their lives. Oh, and the dog. Must remember the dog. An Irish Setter rescue who has his own sense of how to live his life and it doesn’t always fit into the proscribed life John and Ryan are trying to set up.
As the synopsis suggests, getting married is definitely a challenge for the two men and I spent the entire book rooting for them to succeed.
10/10 Pots of Gold – Compares to 5/5 Stars
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I was born in Montreal but have lived for 30 years in Minnesota, where the two seasons are Snow-removal and Road-repair, where the mosquito is the state bird, and where winter can be breathtakingly beautiful. Minnesota’s a kind, quiet (if sometimes chilly) place and it’s home.
I’ve been writing far longer than I care to admit (*whispers – forty years*), mostly for my own entertainment, usually M/M romance (with added mystery, fantasy, historical, SciFi…) I also have a few Young Adult stories (some released under the pen name Kira Harp.)
My husband finally convinced me that after all the years of writing for fun, I really should submit something, somewhere. My first professionally published book, Life Lessons, came out from MLR Press in May 2011. I have a weakness for closeted cops with honest hearts, and teachers who speak their minds, and I had fun writing four novels and three freebie short stories in that series. I was delighted and encouraged by the reception Mac and Tony received.
I now have a good-sized backlist in ebooks and print, both free and professionally published. A complete list with links can be found on my website “Books” page at https://kajeharper.wordpress.com/books/.
You can find me and my book reviews on my author page here on Goodreads – I hang out on Goodreads a lot because I moderate the Goodreads YA LGBT Books group. I also post free short YA stories on that group, more than 50 of them so far.
You can also find me on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/KajeHarper