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Midlife Crisis

Midlife Crisis - Rob Rosen

Jack is a 35 year old college professor and unwanted single. Again. Not that his last boyfriend of 6 months was his dream man - actually he has mixed feelings about their break up: relief and concern. Because a good fuck is not the same thing as a good relationship. And at thirty-five Jack wishes for nothing more in his life than to find Mister Right. At last. Like Monroe, his best friend since after college, who is happily married and ten pounds overweight (but since he is already married and doesn't have to worry about).

I think we all have situations or just moments in our lives, when we wonder how our first love/date/kiss/sex is doing? Is he/she happy and how it would be to meet her/him again?


It is exactly what Jack thinks in the aftermath of the recent relationship crisis.

Bing O'Malley was his first kiss, first fuck, fist boyfriend. He hasn't thought of him in years, and now, going through the photo albums (with Monroe), he suddenly realizes that they have never actually broken up, Bing went to college, Jack went to college, they left their home town and since then never spoke again. But what if Bing is single now and what if he is THIS Mister Right? What if the first love is our last one?

I am envy of college professors/teachers because they have summers free.
The fact that Jack became single in the beginning of summer gives him a splendid possibility to go back to his home city to find Bing.

What seemed like an easy summer-searching-for-the first-love fun at the beginning turned into a case full of secrets, lost endings, withheld information and life-threatening danger. And not only for Jack, but also for his parents! Murder mystery sends its greetings!

Without giving too much away, what will happen to Jack:

image He'll find Bing
image Jack will fall in love
image Jack will be in deadly peril

I adore the first half of the book, but I have a problem with HOW the events developed in the second part of the book, and how the story ended. I had more eye-roll-moments later than laugh-moments. I think it is a matter of taste, and I can't blame the author for lack of imagination, but I personally don't like how he interpreted a comedy genre. You might find it creative and clever, I found it kinda a turn off.

But it is my subjective opinion.

All in all:
If you're looking for something hilarious(the first part of the book) and murderous(that is mostly the second part of the book), you should give it a go.

***ARC provided to Gay Book Reviews by the author in exchange for an honest review***