Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Life After Joe
Author: Harper Fox
Narrator: Sam Crisden
Heroes: Matt and Aaron
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: Book – 110 Pages / Audio – 3 Hours, 18 Minutes
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: Book – June 28, 2010 / Audio – November 10, 2010
Available at: Carina Press, Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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…
Review – Book: Matt is in medical school in Great Britain. His one and only lover – they began in high school – has just left him (6 months ago) to abandon the path of evil (being gay) and join the good fight (being straight). Matt is devastated. He drinks himself nearly to death on a nightly basis, has sex with anything with a Y chromosome that will have him and ends up getting thrown out of a bar for public indecency and almost raped as he stumbles his way home.
But… at his favorite club, he meets an alluring stranger who seems determined to be alone, Aaron. There’s a story there and an attraction between them that can’t be denied.
When it looks like Matt is about to be robbed, Aaron steps in and saves his life. This is to become a repeating pattern over the early stages of their relationship, leading to Matt’s sobriety.
The main hurdle here is that Matt is still pining for Joe, Aaron is pining for Rosie, and neither are doing a good job at communicating their feelings.
When a misunderstanding separates Matt and Aaron for what looks like forever, Matt makes a daring and romantic gesture that saves their relationship, and we are left with what looks like a very, very HEA.
Review – Audio: The audiobook is narrated by Sean Crisden, and you’d never believe it! He has an amazing accent that at times is so authentic it’s hard to understand. However… with a little getting used to, it’s fantastic. What I loved was that he did the entire story (since it is told from Matt’s POV) with an accent, not just the dialog.
Harper Fox has a very lyrical style of writing, and you have to listen/read carefully to appreciate the beauty, and Sean’s interpretation only adds to the overall amazing effect.
I highly recommend this story and the audiobook, and I know I’ll be listening to it again in the future.
Overall Impression: It was amazing
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*