Friday, February 22, 2013

After the End

Author: Alex Kidwell
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-62380-308-7
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: Recommended Read
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Dragon Minx

When Quinn O’Malley’s partner dies of cancer, he can hardly cope. He withdraws from life, pushes his friends away and cocoons himself in the memories of his ten years with Aaron. He hides behind his grief, working in his comic book store, but he’s lost the joy of life—and forget about his art or dating again.

Despite his reluctance, Quinn’s best friend insists he move on with his life. She arranges a blind date with Brady, a gorgeous party planner, and suddenly Quinn’s world is taking a direction he didn’t expect. Brady’s making him think about possibilities and its scaring him—and making him feel guilty. Can Quinn let go of his hold on the past and take that first step forward into the future and begin anew—with Brady?

After The End is the first book by this talented author that I’ve had the pleasure of reading but it won’t be the last. Okay. I admit it. I don’t often gush about a book but I love this one. A lot. The premise isn’t particularly original but the manner in which the heartwarming story comes across reminds you that there’s always hope. The plot isn’t perfect because there are times Quinn’s attitude got on my nerves but at the same time, it’s everything a book should be. It’s sad, funny, filled with grief and pain, has some snappy dialogue, it’s witty, heartbreaking, has lots of angst and is ultimately highly entertaining. Add to these, great descriptions, wonderful personalities, a smooth plot flow, and even Winston—the cute cat.

Some people might be put off by the amount of angst found in this story but it’s also the reality of life. People handle grief differently and have difficulty moving past the death of the ones they love. So despite the deep pain this story is realistic, but through it all Brady is great, allowing Quinn to work through his feelings at his own speed. Yes, I got teary but this story deserves the emotion. Okay, I’m done. Just know that I’ll be reading this one again in the future.

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