Chasing Forever is the final book in the series This Time Forever. Brian and Mal's story is special in all sorts of ways. Even though these books all standalone, Brian has been there since the beginning--as the character everyone loved to hate in the first book, and the character who seemed to have more to him in book two. In this final story, I share who Brian really is, and hope you'll all come to love him as much as I do. Then there's Mal, his other half, my serious soldier who has been waiting all his life for a challenge like Brian. Sometimes we have to be knocked lower than ever before in order to reach that high, and Mal's journey is one I treasure. I hope you enjoy reading this story of redemption and learning to live out loud.
About Chasing Forever
Old wounds, new directions, and a forever worth chasing.
Malcolm Montgomery was a history teacher and track coach until an accident left him with two broken legs. He’ll recover, but life has knocked his feet out twice now. He’s not sure if he’s ready to try again, especially when it comes to love—and slick guys like Brian Kenway. Still, he needs help mentoring the school’s LGBTQ society, so he asks Brian to take some responsibility.
Brian has been hiding behind his reputation as a liar and a cheat for so long that he actually believes he’s that guy—until his nephew, Josh, turns up on his couch, tossed out for being gay. Brian has never considered being a father, but he knows all about being rejected by loved ones. Now Brian wants to be more: a partner for Mal and a role model for Josh.
But when Mal’s recovery is set back and the sad truth of Brian’s past is revealed, the forever they’ve been chasing seems even further from their grasps. It’ll take a rescue effort to revive their sense of worth and make Brian, Mal, and Josh into a family of their own.
Broken (The Chasing Forever Playlist)
I’ve chosen an eclectic selection of songs for Brian and Mal, headed up by what I consider to be their theme song, “Broken” by Lovelytheband. Because this book is about mending, physically and mentally, a lot of the songs have similar themes. But they’re also more whimsical than I could have imagined—and that makes me smile. Brian is altogether too serious and Mal could definitely use some fun.
Listed below are my favourites, but you can view the entire Chasing Forever playlist.
“Broken” by Lovelytheband
First time I heard this song, I knew it was for Brian and Mal. It has that energetic sound I’m sure they’d both roll their eyes over, but the lyrics! So freaking perfect. I can imagine Brian thinking this about Mal and about their relationship. About the broken and lonely parts of them, thinking they’re the only bits that match. Of course, their relationship is much deeper than that, but connecting the way they did meant they skipped to the heart of the matter, quite literally.
“Young Folks” by Peter Bjorn and John
The whistling in this one always catches my attention, but it wasn’t until I listened to the lyrics that I realized it was a perfect addition to this playlist. Every verse reads as though written for Brian and Mal’s love story. And young folks play a really important role in the plot of Chasing Forever.
“S.O.B.” by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
This is another song I chose purely for the sound, which goes for a lot of the music on this list. Brian comes from such a dark place and Mal is trying not to slide into one, so I found myself looking for upbeat music for them. Songs that spoke to their story, but with optimism. I’ll also admit I kind of enjoyed imagining Brian’s reaction to most of these songs. I have the idea he doesn’t actually listen to music often, outside of a dancefloor, where it’s a beat and a means to an end. He’s probably more of an audiobook or silence kind of guy. Sharing a house with his teenage nephew is going to change his life in so many wonderful ways. J
“Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
This is something of an ironic choice, and it’s the lyrics again. Even though they’re sadly inappropriate for Brian, this is what I could have wished for him. For Mal, this is his life. He’s always lived simply and quietly, following the example of his parents. Both Brian and Mal discover that even though they’ve somehow made it to fifty, though, they’re not simple men, and that they could have and can be doing more.
“Demons” by Imagine Dragons
It’s amazing how many of these songs work for both Brian and Mal. When I created their character histories, they seemed to be two entirely different men. But through the telling of their story, I came to realize just how much they have in common, which is why they’re so perfect for each other. And they both have demons. Brian’s are more obvious: he’s a lying, cheating asshole. But Mal has his own darkness—his fight with depression and the struggle to regain his balance after having had his feet knocked out from under him twice now.
“I Am the Highway” by Audioslave
The lyrics, again, but also the beseeching tone with which they are delivered. This song could be about Brian trying to escape his past only to realize everything that came before is what makes him who he is—and that who he is is a pretty cool guy. He’s made mistakes, but he’s not awful. Just unhappy. This is his message to his sister, and to the family who rejected him. For Mal, this song represents the long and winding road he’s had to take to who he really could be.
“Scar Tissue” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Bonus song! I’m pretty sure I’ve used this song before—probably for Charlie and Simon. But this is a song that works so well for anyone who has survived life so far, and has found the wherewithal to keep going.
About the This Time Forever Series
Small towns and second chances.
Simon, Frank, and Brian think love has passed them by. Each is facing down his fiftieth birthday—Simon in a few years, Frank next year, and Brian soon enough. Each has loved and lost. But for these men, everything old really is new again, and it’s only when they return to their roots that they’ll find their second chances and the happily ever after they’ve been waiting their whole lives for.
This time it’s forever.
This series includes:
- Building Forever — released October 15
- Renewing Forever — released November 12
- Chasing Forever — released December 10
About Kelly Jensen
If aliens ever do land on Earth, Kelly will not be prepared, despite having read over a hundred stories about 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, cowritten 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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