Life After Joe
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 gorgeo...more
"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."
“Come in. For God’s sake, come in and…f*ck my brains out.”
He put his hands on my shoulders again.
“I’ve done a lot of stupid things in my time,” he said quietly. “But I’ve managed never to screw someone as drunk, stoned and fucked-up as you.”
Amazing! I just finished and I still don't know what to say except...more
I ADORED "Life After Joe". In only 100 or so pages it packed an emotional punch that rivals any book that I have ever read.
Matt has been in a tailspin since his partner since childhood left him for a woman. Meaningless sex, non-stop drinking; life is a blur for Matt at the moment. Only the green eyes of a reticent stranger at a bar seen to draw Matt out from his haze of misery. Aaron seems perfect to Matt; intell...more
The writing itself is lyrical and lovely.
This story was heavy and exhausting, at least most of it.
Matt is trying to recover from his lover and BFF leaving him for a woman, they had been together for practically his entire life, had built a life together and then he finds out not only is Joe 'going straight' but has been seeing the 'other woman' for the last two years.
I was amazed at how nice Matt still was, he was nice when talking and thinking about Joe, Marnie and even Lou, who had known and was silent about it.
Matt's life is spi...more
Throughout this story, we follow Matt's train of thought. Matt's been numb since his partner since childhood left him for the straight dream (wife, kids), and he tries to find remedies for his his pain in alcohol and meaningless sex. The betrayal of both of his best friends, one his ex, one a friend who knew what was going on without telling him, runs deep and his world is askew because it's the same and so...more
Don't let the lovely writing fool you, though. The story is often dark, perhaps too real...more
Matthew has his life shattered when his lover, Joe, decided to pursue a life of heterosexuality, complete with a wife. He tries to comfort himself by drinking and having sex with people he doesn't even remember in the morning. His life is going down the drain -- until he catches the eye of an oil-rig man, Aaron, who is kind to him and treats him with respect. But on the first night they spend together, Matthew hears Aaron whispers the name "Rosie". And he starts to wonder ... does he ha...more
I wanted to read this due to a largely positive review and a new publisher. While I didn’t like the book as much as the other review, Life After Joe is a solid contribution to the genre. It’s not perfect and some of the angst goes overboard while the writing tends to be awkward and wordy. The characters are well rounded and interesting, with depths that are well portrayed among the angst. The story is strongly character driven and those romance fans who love underdog protagonists with a...more
This is truly wonderful book.... My heart was shattered into pieces and then put back again! Breaking up with someone you loved, you wanted, the person who was always with you, for you, can only be devastating. Especially if it's not you who did the breaking up....
So...the things go pretty downhill when Matt gets dumped by Joe...he is devastated, he is ruining himself, until he meets Aaron, who brings him back to life ♥
“It’s all right....more
“Matthew,” he repe
At Matthew's local seedy bar he sees a gorgeous visitor who turns down every invitation as well as his own. Matthew ends his pub visit with exhibitionist sex and vomiting which everyone in the bar can se...more
Favorite Quote: …and when I returned the embrace in kind – hesitantly, because something about him made me shy, even after my recent performances – he smiled against my ear. Ah yes.
Matthew is no longer with the love of his life, Joe who left him for a woman, and he is not handling it well. He spends his days missing school and rounds as he tries to become a doctor, and spends his nights drunk, on pills, an...more
After Driftwood and Scrap Metal Life After Joe was the third book of Harper Fox I've read and enjoyed.
Things go downhill fast when Matt gets dumped by his lover Joe. He is devastated and at the point to ruin himself until he meets Aaron who brings him back to life. Aaron is a dreamy, strong but silent oil rigger who keeps an eye on Matthew every time he visits a gay bar.
I instantly loved the chemistry between the guys. They felt just right for each other.
The plot is high paced and the emotions...more
There was never any review written and now the time has gone. But I remember in any case, what a wonderful fine and nicely told story about Matthew and Aaron this was. A bit special and quite different. A 100 pages novella to remember.
Really good - highly recommended.
I LIKE - emotional and sad but with new hope
I’m also thinking I should never ever look at reviews even sideways before I embark on a book. All of those snippets swirling in my head (“OMG, literature”, “OMG, painful”, “OMG, beautiful”) met with my inner voice’s contradiction as I read. My inner voice is perverse like that. (It makes comforting me a bitch but that’s another topic.)
During roughly the first half this story is a mood piece,...more
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
I instantly loved this couple’s chemistry; they felt just right for each other. But Aaron has a secr...more
Matt has been in a relationship his entire life with Joe. They were friends growing up, then they become lovers and then they moved in together and became doctors. Their life was set... until Joe decides that he wants to be straight. So Matt turns to alcohol and faceless, nameless, meaningless sex with a lot of men. Then he meets Aaron who looks at him and tells him he's better than that. Matt & Aaron the...more
The story is straight forward but wrapped with complex and strong emotions. While the romance is solid and heartwarming to read and I adore both characters, but for me, this story is beautiful torch song about break-up.
The confusion, the devastation, disappointment... the feeling of unlovable and loss sense of worth - anyone who ever has their heart seriously broken could identify. Told...more
Not sure if I would have enjoyed this another time or if It just didn't grab me. It's a shame to because I loved this author's offering in the 'His For The Holidays' anthology.
After this disappointing read, I think it's time to crack open my yearly re-read of JCP Psy...more
Why haven't I read Harper Fox already? (Thanks Plainbrownwrapper for giving me that boot in the ass.) She's been sitting in my TBR shelf for too long. And it wasn't even this book. But I digress, the story's key here.
It had angst, it was darker than I expected and it made me think. Love stories like these. Two damaged men who quietly turn their affections on each other while mucking their way through life and their problems.
Love between a suicidal, damaged, drunk of a doctor resident, Ma...more
Matt is in a downward spiral after being dumped by his longtime lover - and I mean longtime since they've known each other since they were kids and were lovers as soon as they realized what sex meant - and late blooming douchecanoe, Joe, after asshole decided he wanted to be straight. And he didn't just decide to leave Matt as soon as he knew what he really wanted from life. Noooo, he had to line up his options first and conducted a pretty well planned affair for two years. Joe and Pete...more
Matthew, 6 months after being dumped by his childhood best friend come partner of 6 years, is still reeling from the aftermath. Just when he hits about as low as he can go, he meets Aaron, a man with his own emotional scars and secrets. Theirs is not an easy romance, as their pasts leave them with issues or insecurities that seem to rise up and bite them on the ass just at the worst possible time...more
I connected with Matt immediately, feeling his pain and despair through that hazy film of detachment. I ached for him, but once he met Aaron, there was hope. Aaron was more of an unknown, but I loved the hints we get of him, his sweet, car...more
There weren't many likabl...more
The other reviews and the blurb give the story line, so I'll just give my impressions. Matt is deep in a self-destructive cycle six months after the break up of his 6-year relationship with his childhood sweetheart. Because of the way the relationship ended, Matt is left with zero self-worth, fighting a black depression. He turns to alcohol...more