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Life After Joe [Kindle Edition]

Harper Fox
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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...

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 200 KB
  • Print Length: 94 pages
  • Publisher: Carina Press (1 Jun. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003NX7BZ8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,234 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Bestselling British author Harper Fox has established herself as a firm favourite with readers of M/M romance. Over the past four years, she's delivered eighteen critically acclaimed novels and novellae, including Brothers Of The Wild North Sea (Publisher's Weekly Best Books of 2013), Stonewall Award-nominated Scrap Metal and the enduringly popular Life After Joe. Harper takes her inspiration from a wide range of British settings--wild countryside, edgy urban and most things in between--and loves to use these backdrops for stories about sexy gay men sharing passion, adventure and happy endings. She also runs her own publishing imprint, FoxTales.

Harper has recently returned from Cornwall to her native Northumberland, and already the bleak moorlands around her home are providing a wealth of new ideas for future work.
To find out more about Harper and see updates on her current writing projects, please visit

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4.4 out of 5 stars
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 17 May 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
You would think that with the advent of e-publishing and the subsequent plethora of m/m romance books it would be easy to find one actually readable story. Sadly, most of the stuff out there is dreadful, far worse than fan fiction which you can find for free. I'd almost given up trying to find a story that wasn't the equivalent of eating roasted marshmallow, or the flip side of that, skipping through a story that was little more than porn. However, Life After Joe was a delightful surprise. It's extremely well written, has a strong plot and very likeable characters. It's not a long book and I finished it easily in one evening, but what a great read. It is hard to pick a winner out of the dross these days, but this book is definitely worth giving a go. I'm a huge fan of another author in the m/m genre, Josh Lanyon. If you like his Adrien English or Christopher Holmes series, then I think you'd like Life After Joe.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Life After Joe - full of realism. 11 Aug. 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Life after Joe by Harper Fox is a fantastically well written story, the beginning of it shows a realism of the club scene and the pain and idiocy that can come from a split from a long time partner. It shows how easy it is to fall into a despair driven binge of ultimately futile sex and drink in an attempt to fill a space left empty by betrayal. It shows how lonely being in a club can be and in the end it shows how it is possible to come out the otherside of this spiral of meaninglessness with help and understanding. However what I liked about this book, other than the fact it is well written and very descriptive, was it also showed the scars left by the betrayal and heartbreak of a partner leaving, how hard it is to trust again and how this can make moving on so much harder.

The other thing that is good about this book is the fact that the characters aren't really stereotypes - these are instead real men who just happen to be gay and who if you weren't in the clubs or in the know would not immediately assume they were and that is lovely to behold in fiction.

There is so much more to the story, hidden twists and drama, as well as just life going on - and so ok towards the end it takes a turn for the unreal a little but then if it didn't it wouldn't fit the romance genre it's in, but even this doesn't really detract from the story too much because it is still well written.

On the whole this is one of the best gay romances I have read in a while, indeed one of the best male/male books I have read in a while of any of the genres and I shall certainly be looking out for more of Ms Fox's books to come out from Carina Press.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One the best reads for ages 15 Sept. 2013
By Hughie
Format:Kindle Edition
This story is sad. Totally believed in the anguish of Matt. I wanted him to get his life sorted out but could understand his plight due to excellent writing and a well paced storyline. One to read again. If you like heroes with issues this is a story for you. Great to have a British storyline!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best. 6 July 2013
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A beautiful story and a pleasure to read There is a lot of feelings in the story and its
easy to understand the two young men and how they feel.
I will keep this one and read it again If you are a fan of Harper Fox or her books buy this one
its great
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Emotional Rollercoaster 18 Nov. 2012
By Simon
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I had debated purchasing this novel from the Kindle store for a while before finally giving in. I'd read the reviews, I've purchased and read other novels by Harper Fox, yet the advertised length of this story (94 pages) always put me off. The novel didn't appear long enough to be a satisfying read.
How wrong was I? OK, so "Life After Joe" is a short story, but Ms Fox's writing more than makes up for its shortness. A very emotional read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Life After Joe - learning to trust again. 4.5* 11 Oct. 2012
By mack55 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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An endearing romance about betrayal, mistrust and loss - in its different forms - but also a story about new beginnings and learning to trust again.

I've just recently discovered Harper Fox and admit to be very taken with her style of writing. She tells her stories without any unecessary frippery but at the same time still seems to be able to make them lyrical. When the story begins, Matthew is barely managing to exhist after being dumped by his lover Joe, but what makes it worse, is he has left him for a woman who he's going to marry. Matthew sees Aaron in a club one night, sat at the bar, rejecting advances from all the guys cruising him. There is something about him that captures Matts interest and vice versa as Aaron watches Matt having a public sexual encounter with one of the casual hook ups he has been using to try and deaden his emotional pain. From then on they are drawn to each other and in Aaron , Matt finds a rescuer, a friend and ultimately a lover but Aaron is also holding a secret that could shatter Matthews newly found trust and ruin what is turning out to be a true romance between them. The love scenes are sensual but never gratuitous and the chemistry they have is palpable.

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The only reason this didn't get a 5* rating was because I couldn't quite believe that knowing how ' skittish ' Matthew was about Joe's betrayal, Aaron wasn't more careful in keeping certain things about his own secret away from him and then when Matthew finds ' clues ' on his computer and becomes suspicious doesn't just explain and nip the misunderstanding in the bud at that point in their relationship.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I really do enjoy reading a novel by Harper
I really do enjoy reading a novel by Harper. Her characters are so easy to love or loathe and her stories are great. I can lose myself quite happily in one of her novels.
Published 12 hours ago by dave
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good story from Harper Fox
The book is told from Matthew's point of view, whose lover has just left him for a woman. At the beginning I was irritated by Matthew's "poor me" attitude, but as the story... Read more
Published on 3 July 2012 by DarkAngel
5.0 out of 5 stars Can we have some more?
I've just finished my third book, Life After Joe, by Harper Fox and must say I'm finding it difficult to concentrate at work today! This writer takes and transports you. Read more
Published on 27 Mar. 2012 by Islander
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put the book - or rather the kindle - down!
I liked this book. I found it engrossing, the characters engaging and believable. It is one of those books that I could'nt put down - despite trying to ration myself I read it in a... Read more
Published on 14 Mar. 2011 by Graemey
4.0 out of 5 stars Passionate story
Nice story really well told. A classic romantic tale that carries you on a beautiful journey of discovery. Read more
Published on 14 Jan. 2011 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Life after Joe Review
rated 3.5 out of 5
The break up of any relationship is always difficult, it was especially hard on Matt. Read more
Published on 18 Aug. 2010 by Sparklybearsy
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