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    A New Voice in M/M Romance
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  • Published: Jul 10th, 2010

Life_After_JoeLife After Joe
Harper Fox
Publisher: Carina Press

Dear Reader:
I didn’t know what to expect when I picked this one up. However, it wasn’t long before I found myself thoroughly immersed in the world of Matt, Joe and Aaron.

Life After Joe is told from the first person POV giving us a very intimate look at a man who has lost the one person he has spent his life loving.  When Joe leaves Matt after almost a lifetime together, Matt is left to pick up the pieces of his life and start anew.  What follows is a downward spiral of emotional pain and self-degradation that almost brings Matt to his knees. It’s when Matt meets Aaron that he begins to see a glimmer of hope and a life after Joe.

What I found wonderful about this book was Ms. Fox’s ability to bring us into the emotional story through Matt’s voice; and he has a very distinctive voice.  You are easily transported into his world and feel at once a kinship for his longing and heartache.  I was particularly engaged in Ms. Harper’s honest portrayal of Matt. He is a vulnerable and flawed character reacting to the circumstances of his life and there are no apologies for it. This makes him a perfect set-up for Aaron. Aaron is not a person who  ‘re-acts’, rather he’s a man who thinks before he takes action.  The juxtaposition of these two characters brings into sharp relief what has been missing in Matt’s life and the question becomes can he finally  take stock of his life and once again become fully engaged in life and not someone who is purely mired in his own grief.

Ms Fox has drawn with fine lines the world of a man who is at a crossroads in his life and the choices he makes to find a way through to a life after heartbreak. Life After Joe is an intimate and engaging book and I’m looking forward to reading more from this author.

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