Logan Brandish - writer
Brock Kimble - new editor
Janey Caster - LB's housemate
Frances Barlow - newest editor
Vera and Cassie - new friends met in Vienna, go to ROme with LB
Lucille- LB's Mom
Grace Allenson - Ls & Js next door neighbor
Curtis Little - cardboard box guy, Ls ex
Book Blurb: After an accident left him broken in body and spirit, Charlie Howard retired from the police force to teach at a community college. Life has taught him that he’s unlikely to get what he wants, so he’s stopped asking. Instead, he hides from the world in the apartment complex he manages. After all, no one can leave him if he doesn’t let anyone in.
Will, a sexy, classic-film-loving twink, moves into the apartment across from him and—to Charlie’s surprise—makes it clear that he’d like nothing more than to hole up with Charlie and get kinky. Will has no problem expressing what he wants in bed or out of it, but he’s never dated anyone long-term, and Charlie isn’t sure Will’s ready for anything serious.
Charlie is a serious kind of guy. He wants Will and everything a relationship could mean, even if he doesn’t have any experience in that scene—even if that makes him vulnerable. As they grow closer, Charlie realizes that it’s time to start asking for what he wants, and if he wants to be happy, he’ll have to risk everything and ask Will to stay.
Review: While I generally liked the characters in the story, and Charlie is generally one of my favorite types of characters, there was something about the story that made it a little tedious and a bit of a chore to finish.
For me, it stems from my perception of the story seeming like a long string of misunderstandings and miscommunications that made it sound like a slightly sour note rather than a melodious one.
I did like the characters, where they were coming from, and where they might be going to, but the rest of it left me feeling a little wanting.
Other readers might certainly have different reactions from mine and I would read more of R. Cooper's works in the future as this just might have been this work at the particular time I read it that accounted for my reaction.
(Review copy courtesy of Netgalley. Image and book blurb found on Amazon.com, (c) Dreamspinner Press.)
Book Blurb: In a war that shook the earth, the Six gods of Nendor defeated their brother Neldin, god of evil. For the three thousand years since, Nendor and the Seven Kingdoms have known peace and prosperity.
But then a new wizard unleashes the power of Neldin. Meglar, wizard king of Zargon, uses dark magic to create an army of creatures to carry out his master's will.
One by one, the sovereign realms fall. Soon the only wizard who can stop Meglar is Grand Master Farrell, the Prince of Haven, the hidden home of refugees. An untried wizard, Farrell carries a secret that could hold the key to defeating Meglar—or it could destroy the world.
While helping Nerti, queen of the unicorns, Farrell saves Miceral, an immortal muchari warrior the Six have chosen to be Farrell's mate. But Farrell approaches love with caution, and before he can decide how to proceed, Meglar invades a neighboring kingdom. Farrell and Miceral find themselves in the middle of the battle. Farrell pushes himself to the limit as he and Miceral fight not only to stop Meglar but for their very survival.
Review: I really loved everything about this book from the storyline to the characters to the dialogue.
Mr. Gordon has a gift for descriptiveness that I greatly enjoyed. I think my favorite is the endless pocket - regarding which I have just one question: Where can I find one outside of the book? I also like the idea behind Haven, if not the need within the world Mr. Gordon created.
The characters and dialogue are intertwined for me. There are Farrell and Miceral, of course, as the leading men of the story and they lead well. But the supporting characters like Horgon (Miceral's father), Erstad and Wesfazial (Farrell's mentors), Nerti and Klissmor (Farrell's and Miceral's unicorn mounts, respectively) as well as others who also carry the story without fading into the background or coming across as one dimensional. The dialogue between all of the characters throughout the story is, in turn, humorous, serious, loving, and sad as the situation calls for.
Wonderful read and great beginning to a series that I would recommend to a variety of readers.
(Review copy courtesy Netgalley. Book blurb found on Netgalley - (c) Dreamspinner Press. Image (c) DSP Publications).
Book Blurb: Entomology grad student Adam Ellery meets Denver Rogers, a muscle-bound hunk of sexy, when Denver effortlessly dispatches the drunken frat boys harassing Adam at the Tucker Springs laundromat. Thanking him turns into flirting, and then, much to Adam’s delight, hot sex over the laundry table.
Though Denver’s job as a bouncer at a gay bar means he gets his pick of geek-sexy college twinks, he can’t get Adam out of his head. Adam seems to need the same rough play Denver does, and it’s damn hard to say no to such a perfect fit.
Trouble is, Adam isn’t just shy: he has obsessive compulsive disorder and clinical anxiety, conditions which have ruined past relationships. And while Denver might be able to bench-press a pile of grad students, he comes from a history of abuse and is terrified of getting his GED. Neither Denver nor Adam want to face their dirty laundry, but to stay together, they’re going to have to come clean.
Review: I've read a couple of Ms. Cullinan's books before with good results. Dirty Laundry continues that trend.
While certain aspects of the story are not to my taste, they fit within the story's framework and I think something would be lost if they were taken out.
The title of the book is one of my favorite things about the story because, while there is actual dirty laundry involved in the story, it is more of a metaphor for the issues both Adam and Denver have. Issues that need to be communicated before they can have a detrimental effect on the men's relationship.
Another aspect of the story that I really enjoyed is the characters and how they grow and work within (and without) their boundaries and issues. "Seeing" how Denver and Adam grew comfortable in their skins and blossom - especially Adam - was great.
A good read and an interesting way to spend the time.
(Review copy via Netgalley. Book blurb and cover image also found on Netgalley - (c) Riptide Publishing.)
Book Blurb: Sequel to A Matter of Time Vol. 1 and 2
Jory Harcourt doesn't have to go looking for trouble. Wherever he goes, it seems to find him—particularly when his partner, Sam Kage, is working undercover on a federal task force.
After the recession forces him to close his business, Jory goes to work as a matchmaker and event planner. From there, it's only a matter of time before his big mouth and up-front attitude make him the rope in a tug-of-war between a trust fund baby and a drug-smuggling criminal. Then, as if that situation weren't delicate enough, Jory's undercover lover shows up working for the smuggler.
Between the men who want him and the men who just want him dead, Chicago is getting a little crowded for Jory, so on the advice of his brother, his boyfriend, and the FBI task force, he heads for Hawaii... where a serious accident threatens his quality of life. Can Sam and Jory keep the faith and prove that their relationship really is bulletproof?
Review: I had read A Matter of Time, Vol. 1 and 2 for Night Owl Reviews and my reviews can be found there and I really liked them. Yes, Bulletproof is another story about how trouble seems to follow Jory without him looking for it, but it is not stale, repetitive or old. There are so many ways that this type of story can get old (and I have read a couple of series that I wound up quitting reading because they started sounding entirely too repetitive), but Ms. Calmes keeps the writing fresh and Jory is lovable as opposed to being annoying due to his personality. Part of it is the characters, part of it is the humor sprinkled throughout, and part of it is that all of it is balanced with other emotions too.
Another great read from Mary Calmes.
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Book Blurb: “Daddy” is not a title Rue Murray wanted, but he never thought he’d have sex with a woman either. Now he’s the unwitting father of a newborn named Alice. Between bartending and cosmetology school, Rue doesn’t have time for babies, but he can’t give her up. What Rue needs is a babysitter, and he’s running out of options. He’s on the verge of quitting school to watch Alice himself when he remembers his reclusive new neighbor, Erik.
Erik Van Nuys is a sci-fi novelist with anxiety issues to spare. He doesn’t like people in general, and he likes babies even less. Still, with his royalties dwindling, he could use the extra cash. Reluctantly, he takes on the role of manny—and even more reluctantly, he finds himself falling for Alice and her flamboyant father.
Rue and Erik are as different as two people can be, and Alice is the unlikeliest of babies, but Rue has never been happier than when Alice and Erik are by his side. At least, not until he receives an offer that puts all his dreams within reach and he’s forced to choose: the future he’s always wanted, or the family he thought he never did.
Review: I found One Small Thing to be a sweet story filled with humor, wonderful characters, and a wonderful baby. Reading how the characters met, how their friendship developed and blossomed, where they came from, where they would like to go is what really made the story for me.
Of the characters (all of which I liked), I think that Erik is my favorite as I can relate to some of the issues he has. Although, there may be a little bit of Rue lurking around a little bit too.
Look forward to seeing what comes next.
Book Blurb: New York, 1994
What on earth is a live falcon doing in the middle of JFK airport? The answer to this question brings PAPD officer Mark Bowman face to face with falconer Hunter Devereaux, right in the middle of a fascinating field experiment using falcons to keep runways free of nuisance birds. The falcons are intriguing, but it’s arrogant, out-and-proud Hunter himself who really rubs Mark the right kind of wrong. Too bad Mark can’t act on the attraction: he’s deeply in the closet, and since he wants to keep his job, that’s where he's determined to stay.
However, every time their paths cross, Hunter gets a little deeper under Mark’s skin, until Mark can’t deny his feelings any longer. Giving in to his desire makes Mark happier than he can remember being, but Hunter isn't willing to hide their relationship forever. If they’re going to make a life together work, something has to give. Someday soon Mark will have to choose, or life will make the choice for him before he’s ready for it.
Review: I like birds of prey, so the title (and blurb) had caught my interest. I found myself enjoying the story itself, as well as the author's note regarding it's inception. The characters, their backgrounds, how their relationship evolves and the story really worked well for me. I think that, aside from seeing how the characters' relationship develops, my favorite parts of the story was reading about how the birds were flown at the airport and the little glimpses into their care.
Enjoyable read and I look forward to reading more books by Feliz Faber in the future.
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Book Blurb: The night before his wedding, Zander Walsh, his parents, and his husband-to-be are all shot when they return home and interrupt a mysterious robbery in progress. After three weeks in a coma, Zander wakes up to find out he is the only survivor, and his perfect life falls apart in an instant.
Hunky FBI Agent Jake Elliot is investigating the case, and he eventually apprehends the killer—who soon escapes. Following six months of searching, Zander and Jake realize they’re being stonewalled by the FBI... and that they have slowly formed an unbreakable bond that is beginning to turn into much more.
Once they embark on a journey to apprehend the killer for the second time, they’ll discover that one terrible night was much more than just an interrupted robbery. Can big business and politics cover up the truth, or will Zander and Jake’s quest to unravel the mystery be the end of their newfound love and their lives?
Review: Even though I had picked up Bounty of Love before Foundation of Love from Netgalley, I wound up reading the former after the latter.
While I had enjoyed reading Foundation, I found Bounty to be more enjoyable. Part of it stems that, for me, the dialogue had more of a flow and felt less stilted. Another part is the characters. The loss that Zander Walsh suffered is offset by slowly working his way back from his grief. Jake Elliot has his career path set in the FBI, but when things start looking "fishy" for him on the case, he starts looking and the two work together. Which leads to things developing on a personal level. There is also the mystery of why what happened, happened.
I thoroughly enjoyed seeing how the story unfolded, how the characters grew and how their relationship developed.
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A young boy on a beach outing with his two moms answers questions from other kids about who does what at home.
It is a nicely written and illustrated children's book that gives and easily understood look into a non-traditional family.
Good starting point for children who might have questions about why a friend or classmate has two mothers and how similar that family is to a more traditional one.
A book written in question and answer format with illustrations for young readers between a girl and a friend who asks her questions about living with two fathers.
The book was well-written and very nicely illustrated.
A Tale of Two Daddies is a nice way to show how similar a non-traditional family is to a more traditional one.
Good book for young readers who may have questions.
Book Blurb: Veterinarian Seth Davies comes to Senaka, Wyoming, looking for peace and anonymity, trying to escape his past. He’s always been a target for trouble and pain, and Seth has had more than his share of both. Kasey Whitedove takes one look at Seth and assumes the worst. No white man could love animals the way the mostly Cheyenne population expects, and Kasey makes Seth’s first days in Senaka more than unpleasant.
Then an accident puts Kasey in the uncomfortable position of eating crow—and helplessly desiring Seth—despite the danger of Kasey’s life as a werewolf and Seth’s stressful secrets. Chasing Seth down and keeping him safe from his past has just become Kasey's most important job.
Review: Great story with great characters! Seeing Seth blossom, even while his past (in ways he didn't necessarily expect) catches up with him and tries to break him once more was one of the things I liked about Chasing Seth. Seeing how Kasey works through his own prejudices is another. Yet another part that fits into the whole is learning about Seth's past, how it fits into his present, and how it could affect his future.
There is violence, but it's not gratuitous and it fits into the story. Seeing how the characters handle themselves is what makes everything work.
I also liked that not everything is hearts and flowers and I can't wait to see what comes next.
(Galley received via Netgalley, cover picture and book blurb (C)Dreamspinner Press, LLC)
Book Blurb: Quent Jackson has followed Jason Spade's every move in business and in poker since their first day as college freshmen. Eight years later, when Jace finally decides Quent is the one man he can't live without, he sees no reason for that to change.
But as much as Jace believes that poker is life, no one gave Quent the same playbook. After their first passionate night, the real game of love and trust begins, and Jace has been playing alone too long to make teaching the rules easy. Jace only speaks two languages: one of them is sex, and the other one is poker. Between the two, he needs to find a way to convince himself to take a chance on love—and Quent to take a chance on him. It's a lucky thing they’re good at reading the odds, because they’re playing for keeps, and this is one high-stakes relationship that's definitely worth the gamble.
Review: Gambling Men was a very nice read - especially seeing how things played out (pun intended) between the two men. Even though this is a friends to lover story, it stands out because it isn't a necessarily foregone conclusion on how things will work out. All it can take is a hand either way.
Great read and I look forward to reading more of Amy Lane's works.
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Book Blurb: Meet Patrick Cleary: party boy, loser, and spaz. Patrick’s been trying desperately to transform himself, and the results have been so spectacular, they’ve almost killed him. Meet Wes “Whiskey” Keenan: he’s a field biologist wondering if it’s time to settle down. When the worst day of Patrick’s life ends with Whiskey saving it, Patrick and Whiskey find themselves sharing company and an impossibly small berth on the world’s tackiest houseboat.
Patrick needs to get his life together—and Whiskey wants to help—but Patrick is not entirely convinced it’s doable. He’s pretty sure he’s a freak of nature. But Whiskey, who works with real freaks of nature, thinks all Patrick needs is a little help to see the absolute beauty inside his spastic self, and Whiskey is all about volunteering. Between anomalous frogs, a homicidal ex-boyfriend, and Patrick’s own hangups, Whiskey’s going to need all of his patience and Patrick’s going to need to find the best of himself before these two men ever see clear water.
Review: I really enjoyed reading Clear Water, as I have enjoyed reading other Amy Lane books, for some of the same reasons: the story, the characters, the issues, and how well each story's unique elements blend together.
Patrick has ADHD and, because of that, he has issues with how he perceives himself through others' perceptions and treatment of him. When he starts helping Whiskey and Fly Bait with their research, his perceptions start to change and he flourishes. Whiskey has issues of his own, but those too start to change as time spent with Patrick changes him.
I really like how things are resolved in the book. The relationships don't magically resolve themselves - they are worked at, they grow, and they change.
(Galley received via Netgalley, book blurb and image (C)Dreamspinner Press, LLC.)
Book Blurb: Years ago, Wes Stanhope fled his hometown of Charleston to escape the constraints of society and his controlling father, Colonel Robert Lee Stanhope IV. After completing medical school and building a successful practice in pediatric oncology in Seattle, Wes is called home for his mother's funeral and presented with an opportunity to build and run a children's hospital-his mother's legacy-a choice he ultimately makes despite his misgivings about his father's role as chairman of the hospital's board of directors. When Wes begins to build his team, he is introduced to a young, handsome black architect named Tyler Williams. Sparks begin to fly between the two men, and although Wes doesn't identify as gay, denying his attraction to Ty becomes impossible. But Ty won't be a dirty secret: if Wes wants to build a relationship, he'll have to come out, brave his father's racism and homophobia, and risk his chance to continue as the hospital's CEO and realize his mother's dream.
Review: I found myself enjoying this installment of the Love series very much. I quite liked the theme of the prodigal son coming home to fulfill his deceased mother's wish of building a children's hospital. Of course, there are issues to resolve and friction to different sorts between various characters - they kept me reading. While the theme may be a little formulaic, it is interesting enough to keep a reader's attention.
The characters are likable, but I wonder if they may come across as either a little flat or maybe even, in one case, a smidgen stereotypical.
The sticky point for me (which may not be the case for another reader) is the dialogue. To me, it comes across as being a bit stiff and, in places, more of a "saying all the right things at all the right times" rather than a natural flow.
In closing, while I did find Foundation of Love to be an enjoyable read, I did have a few issues with it. Overall, a good addition to the Love series and I do look forward to seeing what comes next.
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Derek Marshall and Sambit Patel meet when both are sent to the Bay City, Texas Nuclear Power Plant after a hurricane strikes the Gulf Coast of Texas and compromises one of the reactors. Derek works in robotics for NASA and Sambit teaches nuclear physics for Texas A&M. Derek is out and proud and tends to be a bit abrasive towards most people while Sambit is calm, laid back and tends to get along with people.
Will this be more of a culture (and personality) clash than the two will be able to handle while trying to stabilize the reactor? Or will they be able to work things out?
I found myself really enjoying the story and characters in Fallout. Derek comes across as an abrasive, take no prisoners kind of character that is more of a cover than anything else. Sambit is almost the opposite - calm, collected, laid back, which is also a bit of a facade, but not as much of one as Derek's. It is a facade, yes, but it is also very much part of Sambit's personality.
Even as Fallout is a story of people who work in dangerous situations, it is a story of two people finding a spark and willing to work in order to have a relationship. It is also a story of finding courage in spite of obstacles and of finding kindred spirits.
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It all began with dreams - some with a tragic ending, some not - for Miles Storrie and his partner, Roger Searle. While the two are on a trip to Greece, Miles begins dreaming that Roger and he are part of the Sacred Band that took part in opposing Alexander the Great. Sometimes they die, sometimes they don't.
On another trip that they take, they go to Massachusetts. While sightseeing not too far from where they rented a home, they encounter folks - mostly regulars - at a gay-friendly cafe that has trouble and Miles, an accountant by trade and mild-mannered in personality, finds that he is unable to turn a blind eye to the trouble facing the patrons. How will things turn out?
I like "underdog" stories and, in a way, this was one. I also like paranormal tales and this story has that too in how Miles' dreams of a past long gone influence his reactions.
While I generally liked the story overall, I found I had a couple issues with the story.
One of them is timeframe. While reading the story, it looks to take place in Greece in the Spring, England in July, and later in the summe. I don't know about other readers, but I do know that European holidays/vacations are structured differently than in the U.S., although I do not the specifics about how they can be arranged (with reference to Miles' accountancy work).
Another issue that I have with the story is how neatly things "fit" (between the dreams, Roger being well-off between writing and trust funds, and Miles' work as an accountant) together which may be accounted for by the length of the story (for me a last "stand out"). I would have preferred for things to be less of a fit in the story and see it in a longer format. A nice, quick read, but would have preferred a longer read.
(Contains mild spoilers in the paragraph regarding Evan.)
Set in an alternate England of 1792, A Wicked Encounter is the story of Christopher Allwyne, the Duke of Bellwood, and Evan de Lombard, a Frenchman, who has come to claim the same property that Christopher believes he might inherit from his recently deceased aunt.
Evan and Christopher had already encountered each other and things go awry when Christopher finds out why Evan is in the area. It remains to be seen if they can work things out.
Let me start off by saying that I liked the book overall and it provided a nice reading break. While I would have liked to see more character development and a meatier storyline, I really enjoyed the author's descriptiveness and vivid writing.
Having said that, I do have a couple quibbles with the reading.
The first one is that, even though the author has stated in the foreward that the storyline is set in an alternate England and France where same sex marriage is allowed during the late 18th Century, I found myself going, "But, but, but...." during a good portion of the first time I read the story. Part of that reaction may come from my habit of reading the last chapter first before reading the story from the beginning. I actually like having that kind of a reaction during reading because it usually makes me evaluate whether it's just me or whether it is something that the author intended. Another part of the reaction, however, may be that, while the author does state in the foreward that marriage is acceptable between a same sex couple though rare, I would have liked to see some of the history of why and how it came to be accepted within the storyline itself. Was Christopher, as a lawyer, part of the movement that made it so? Or did it come to pass before he was even born? If so, how long before and what event acted as the impetus for the movement?
A second quibble I have with the story is Christopher himself. For someone who is, essentially, billed as the head of the family, he comes across as a bowl of quivering aspic and one that isn't entirely well set either. While Christopher is a member of the ton, and a certain different set of rules may apply (never mind the different era), I have had teachers who are/were practicing lawyers in different disciplines and having different personalities and, to me, they were of a stronger character than Christopher.
Another thing that stood out for me is Evan. Or, rather, his name. First, well, his first name. From what the reader finds out during the course of the story is that his mother (who is assumed to be French as her heritage is not mentioned) is married to a Frenchman and has an affair with an Englishman. It is worked out by all parties that the French couple will raise the son and that his English parentage will not be revealed. Now, it may just be me, but wouldn't a name like Evan raise some sort of flag? Then the last name. To my the best of my knowledge, the "Lombard" portion of the name has Italian connotations. I would have liked to see some sort of backstory to explain the history of the name within the story.
Aside from these and a couple other things that are due more to my own personal quirks, I really did enjoy the story provided in A Wicked Ecnounter though not everyone might.
If a reader is looking for a nice, quick read, then A Wicked Encounter is great.
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Elliot Mills is working as a college professor after a crippling knee injury forced him to retire from the FBI. While Elliot has done his best to put his former life behind him, his former life may not be quite done with him when a student goes missing from campus.
Elliot agrees to look into the disappearance as a favor for his father, who is friends with the young man's parents. His looking around brings him into contact with Tucker Lance - the FBI special agent handling the case and Elliot's former lover.
Things did not end on the best of notes between them and neither one of them is the type to back down. As the investigation begins to look less like a missing persons case and, likely, more ominous, the two men must figure out how to go beyond the past and work together. For, as it looks like there are more disappearances, Elliot is targeted by the killer.
Fair Game made for a good, suspenseful read for me and set a good pace. Having read Mr. Lanyon's works before, this was not entirely unexpected.
What really made the book work for me was a combination of the college campus setting, the characters and how they had to work through their differences (and not just Elliot and Tucker), and the twist in who the killer was. The last was especially intriguing in that it is and isn't entirely who you would expect and I like that.
Look forward to future reads from Mr. Lanyon.
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Jonathan Orms is sent by Luther, the dean of his university, to the Galapagos Islands to do field work. On the way there, Jonathan finds himself marooned after going overboard during a bad storm. The island he is marooned on is deserted except for Marcus - a mysterious American inventor.
Marcus saves Jonathan and one of the first things he does for the man he saves is make an improved clockwork arm for the one that was ruined after Jonathan wound up in the sea. From Marcus, Jonathan knows that a ship will be passing by the island in a few months. The question is, as the two men get to know each other and grow closer, does Jonathan want to leave? If he stays, his career is over. If he leaves, he will wind up being miserable.
One element of the story that appealed to the geek in me was the steampunk element. Namely, the clockwork prosthethics that Jonathan had - both the one he left England with and the new and improved version Marcus made for him - and the "tinkering" Marcus did on the island. Part of that tinkering - and also the appeal to me - was the set of mechanical wings Marcus was working on that looked to be an ode to Da Vinci and his drawings and notes on different mechanical wonders.
Another element that held an appeal to me was the setting. Jonathan is, after all, sent to check out the flora and fauna in the same place that Darwin did his research. He finds himself on an island - a tropical paradise - spatially near his original destination. It is a place on which he can still do his research, yet be far enough away from the place that has caused him such pain.
A final element that appealed to me as a reader is the characters. With Marcus it's the acceptance he has of himself, what he needs, and the self assurance that he has.
Jonathan has an appeal all his own in that he grows into himself on what turns out to be a much needed getaway. They each have their strengths and weaknesses that play off of each other.
An enjoyable read that has me looking forward to reading future writings by the author.
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Over the six months since Joe, Matt's longtime lover, had left Matt and started seeing Marnie, Matt has missed more than a few shifts at the hospital, has drunk too much, and has gone through too many men. Matt also does not much care that he is on the razor thin edge of losing everything.
Things change, however, the night Matt meets Aaron. Aaron possesses good looks and has more than the average share of intelligence. While Aaron does not seem interested in being picked up, he doesn't turn away either - even when he sees Matt at his worst.
The more time Matt spends with Aaron, the more he comes out of his slump and starts looking beyond what he had with Joe. Due to a slip, however, Matt starts being suspicious of what he has with Aaron. Will the happiness stay or will they break apart?
For me, the story can - in part - be summarized by an observation Matt has early on in the story: "It's not the breaking up that kills you, it's the aftermath." For him, that most certainly is true. Having said that, Life After Joe is also a story about finding a way out of the aftermath and slowly finding a path away from it. This holds true for both Matt and Aaron.
What I also liked about the story is that it's not presented as all hearts and flowers and that the characters work at it. The work is through pitfalls, misunderstandings, miscommunication and "dealing with" things - both together and apart.
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