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Life after Joe Audio Download – Unabridged

4.3 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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  • Audio Download
  • Listening Length: 3 hours and 18 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Carina Press
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 10 Nov. 2010
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AF3FOL2
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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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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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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 developes you understand the depth of the betrayal he has suffered. And when he started to turn his life around, I began cheering him on. Aaron is a much more shadowy character and it's hard to get a take on him, at times he seems too good to be true. But on the whole its a good story and one that I'll probably read again.

I liked this story, but The Salisbury Key by the same author, is better.
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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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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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I bought the audiobook only. Sadly Sean Cristen, the narrator, is a bizarre choice here as he is an American English speaker trying valiantly to do a Geordie accent for a first-person story.This is not easy (even for British English speakers) and it shows. Ironically this morning I heard Georgie Fame, the Geordie singer of several hits in the 1960s, being interviewed on the radio and he has just a trace of Geordie vowels in a neutral north-of England voice, and this would have worked well - the character is supposed to have been to university and it's unlikely he would have kept a strong local accent anyway - and in the interests of comprehensibility I would have accepted a standard northern accent (but then I am a southerner). Apparently some US listeners thought they were listening to a Scottish accent while others could not make sense of the words at all. I found the inauthentic accent so distracting I could barely follow the story. See other reviews on the Audible site if you want to know more. The book itself has been fully reviewed by others.
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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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