Title: Midlife Crisis
Author: Rob Rosen
Release Date: August 20th 2016
Genre: Gay fiction, romance, comedy
Jack is thirty-five and single once again. He is not, as he as quick to point out, going through a midlife crisis. Still, it would be nice to have a partner, and so he sets out on an adventure to find the one-time love of his life, Bing, a man he hasn’t seen in more than fifteen years, a man who has seemingly vanished off the face of the planet. With the help of his family and friends, not to mention the family dog and his high school bully, he goes searching for Bing, only to unearth an ages-old mystery that puts them all in grave danger. In this hysterically funny tale, the question remains right on up to the surprise ending: can we return to our past in order to better our future?
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“Now what do I do?”
“Grindr? Craigslist? The bars?”
I shuddered. I was desperate, okay, but not that desperate. I mean, those were fine for that fuck I mentioned, but not for what I was looking for. “Any other ideas? Anyone at work you could set me up with?” Monroe did something dot.com techie that I could never quite make head nor tail of.
“You ever meet my coworkers, Jack?”
I had. My shudder returned. “Plan B?” Though by then I was at Q and fast approaching the dreaded Z.
He finished his second Coke. “Maybe we first need to fix the problem before we find the solution.” He jumped up. He found my photo albums in the living room. I’d always taken pictures, back since I was a kid. He flung the evidence of this onto the table. “Let’s go through them and see what went wrong.”
“Oh joy,” I quipped. “A walk down Ex-Boyfriend Memory Lane. This should be scads of fun.”
He flipped open the most recent album. I guessed we’d be going in reverse. “That’s the spirit, Jack!”
An hour later, and here’s what we’d come up with:
Greg: big dick―both the adjective and the noun, the former trumping the latter.
James: professional magician; fun at parties, not so much when he disappeared with his assistant, never to be found again―not that I looked all that hard, mind you.
John: nice looking guy, but so many issues he could’ve been sold at the newspaper stand.
Matthew: mamma’s boy; went home every weekend, with or without me―mostly without. Though, truth be told, I liked his mom better than I liked him. The lady, after all, made a mean lasagna.
Monroe turned and looked at me. “Maybe that’s your problem: James, John and Matthew. Looks like you have a penchant for dating disciples. We find you a Latino named Jesus and you’ll be good to go.”
“If you’re looking for a humorous and intelligent book to read, Rob Rosen’s Midlife Crisis should be on the top of your list. A tale of going back to move forward, as told by Jack, the story’s main character, is full of youthful and gay witty repartee balanced with the poignancy that comes with adult life. It will make you laugh out loud one minute and get teary the next. Oh, and if you like a good murder mystery, there’s that too. Kudos to Rosen for creating some very memorable characters.” – Julian G, Simmons, Narrator,Widdershins audiobook series
“Rob Rosen does madcap gay humor better than anyone else writing today. Midlife Crisis is no exception.” – Neil Plakcy, author of The Mahu Investigations
“Can you go home again? Rob Rosen explores the perils and promises of renewing a steamy boyhood affair in this witty romance wrapped in a murder mystery, seasoned with a dash of mature but spicy sex. The answer for his hero Jack seems to be “Yes,” but watch out: there may be more “there” there than you think.” – Louis Flint Ceci, author of Comfort Me
Rob Rosen is the author of the critically acclaimed novels, Sparkle: The Queerest Book You’ll Ever Love, the Lambda Literary Award Nominated Divas Las Vegas, which was the winner of the 2010 TLA Gaybies for Best Gay Fiction, Hot Lava, Southern Fried, the Lambda Literary Award Nominated Queerwolf, Vamp, Queens of the Apocalypse, Creature Comfort, and Fate, winner of the 2016 TRR Readers’ Choice Award for Best Gay Romantic Comedy. His short stories have appeared in more than 200 anthologies. You can find 20 of them in his erotic romance anthology, Good & Hot. He is also the editor of Lust in Time: Erotic Romance Through the Ages, Men of the Manor, Best Gay Erotica 2015 and Best Gay Erotica of the Year, Volumes 1 and 2.
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