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M/M Life After Joe by Harper Fox

in Male Male Romance 10 Comments

Genre: M/M Fiction

Publisher Carina Press

Kindle $3.19

requested review from netgalley

It’s not the breaking up that kills you, it’s the aftermath.

Ever since his longtime lover decided he’d seen the “heterosexual light,” Matt’s life has been in a nosedive. Six months of too many missed shifts at the hospital, too much booze, too many men. Matt knows he’s on the verge of losing everything, but he’s finding it hard to care.

Then Matt meets Aaron. He’s gorgeous, intelligent and apparently not interested in being picked up. Still, even after seeing Matt at his worst, he doesn’t turn away. Aaron’s kindness and respect have Matt almost believing he’s worth it-and that there could be life after Joe. But his newfound happiness is threatened when Matt begins to suspect Aaron is hiding something, or someone…

I found out about this new to me author lurking at my favorite m/m author site, LB Gregg.  So, of course I had to read it. I did have a little bit of trouble initially getting into Life After Joe, I think it was due more with the sentence structure. This is probably more of a style issue, but I often lost track of where the sentences were going, which made it difficult for me to find my pace up until Matthew meets Aaron.  Once the book shifted more with dialogue it was easier for me to find my reading pace.

Matthew is in a world of hurt and numbness, his long time partner Joe left him for a woman who he plans to marry. We glimpse the world Matthew chooses to live by, meaningless sex, fights, all night drinking; until he sees Araon at a local gay bar/club. After almost being beaten on his way home, Aaron saves him and takes Matthew back to his place to recuperate. Where he starts to see maybe there is life after Joe…

For all my misadventures, I was here and well, my blood clean,, with nothing worse than a fading hangover to mar Christmas. I didn’t know what I was to Aaron, but to me, he was – oh God, so much –warmth and life, proof I could, despite all post-Joe expectations, find it in my heart to fall in love again.

Life After Joe is an emotional read that leaves you thinking about it long after you’ve read the last page. If you are looking for a story about redemption and picking up the pieces after a broken heart, this is a great debut novel from Harper Fox.

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  1. I really enjoyed this one, too, but it took me a bit to “get” the sentence structure – it made me realize how used to reading books with very simple sentence structures.

  2. I’ve got this one on my eReader. Sounds good, looking forward to it.

  3. @Chris oh phew I thought I might be the only one who had trouble with the beginning.

    @lily can’t wait to read your thoughts on this one

  4. Nope. Just took a little bit for me to adjust to the language, but I still found it very readable. I recently read an m/m historical that illustrated the difference between complex yet readable sentence structure, and complex and obfuscating sentence structure.

  5. Nice review! Sounds a little heavy though. Might have be prepared emotionally first :)

  6. You all made me curious now about the sentence structure. I hope it’s not too obstructing for me as a non-native speaker… as this book is already on my ereader. Better start reading it soon to find out :) Fab review!

  7. Oh, you’re pushing buttons here KC. I love emotional reads and now I MUST find out how Matthew finds his way back :D Heading towards the Carina E-store now…

    You always know to shake the last dollars out of my pocket to buy another story LOL

  8. @Fiction Vixen I will hold your hand through the angsty parts.

    @Janna your english is better than mine ;) I don’t think you’ll have any problems, it was more of a style difference – after the main heros meet the pacing of the story is better.

    @Leontine I bought Bareback because of you and am *still* recovering, lol. I’ll email you my bank statement on how many books I’ve bought because of you!!!

  9. I hate it when the pacing is “off”. I do know what you mean. I’m glad it picked up and became perfectly angsty for you. :)

    Don’t you just love NetGalley? So far I’m really enjoying it. I only have one more book from them to go and I’ll have to lay off there for a bit since my tbr must read is HUGE and I’ll be reading and reviewing like a mad woman. “sigh” What a problem to have. ;)

  10. @Melissa I’m only allowed to go onto NetGalley once a week, otherwise KC gets a little out of control ;)