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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Reviews: "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
Ma shook her head. “Something is definitely fishy here.”
I nodded. “The Pacific should be so fishy.”
Dad also nodded. “So what do we do now?” He was longingly eyeing the car. I had a sinking feeling we’d be on the road again in no time, no zoo, no celebratory milkshake at Burger King, no walk for the old dog even.
Then again, with Ma around, I had a lifesaver to save us from that sinking. “I bet she remembers me,” she said.
Ma being nearly impossible to forget, I readily nodded my agreement.
“Maybe let me approach her next time.”
“Next time?” Dad said, less than eagerly. People asked for root canal more eagerly, in fact.
“When the services are over,” she replied. I could tell he was about to object to what she was implying, but then he seemed to catch himself. That is to say, he knew better―or perhaps had simply learned the hard way. In any case, he hung his head, and said, “And what, pray tell, do we do in the meanwhile?”
Ma grinned and pointed to the church behind us. “Good word for it: pray.”
Dad looked at her as if she was crazy. Ma was indeed crazy, but this seemed certifiable.
“In there?” I asked, dumbfounded. “That’s a church, Ma.” I imagined us burning upon impact at the entrance. Seemed an awfully painful way to go, if you ask me.
She slapped my arm. “I’m well aware of what it is, Jack,” she said, indignantly. “I was married in one, you know.”
I didn’t know. In fact, I never would’ve guessed. Never. I always pictured more of a pagan affair. “Did you lose a bet or something?”
She started to slap me again. I ducked and weaved. Dad did, too, in case he was next. Smart man.
“Inside, the both of you,” she commanded. “It’s for the greater good.”
I laughed. “One gay man looking for another gay man?” I laughed again. “Times have indeed changed.”
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. Links: Website | Facebook | Goodreads