Life After Joe - learning to trust again. 4.5*,
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This review is from: Life After Joe (Kindle Edition)
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. There is also an incident involving Joe that causes a rift between them later in the story that didn't quite feel right to me considering how much they had come to feel for each other by this point in the story and for a moment dropped my opinion of Matthew .... but it is the catalyst that makes Matthew do one of the most romantic things in a m/m romance that I've ever seen before that lead to a wonderful HEA - so he was forgiven!
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I absolutely adored ' Scrap Metal ' the first book of hers I read, but this comes a close second. I'm now a Harper Fox convert. 4.5*