Publisher Carina Press
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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