Wednesday, September 11, 2019

ARC Review: The Divorce by Matthew J. Metzger

The Divorce (Starting Over, #1)From the Blurb:
Sometimes life has to fall apart before it can be put back together. 
Aled is in a rut. Thirty-three, separated from his wife and avoiding his best friend so he doesn’t have to see how well her love life is going doesn’t make for a good time. So, when a friend suggests a one-night stand to shake off the dust, Aled decides to play along. Maybe some no-strings-attached sex is exactly what he needs to get himself going again and give him the energy to get his life back on track. 
But when Aled’s dominant streak meets Gabriel’s flirtatious submission, the one-night stand rapidly spills over into the following days and weeks. And what started out as just sex doesn’t stay that way for long, from the flour fight in Aled’s kitchen to the homemade curry in Gabriel’s flat. 
Happiness is right in front of him—but Aled has to stop looking back if he wants to reach it.

Ky's rating:

When I read the blurb I didn't expect to get the story that I got in the end, so I guess you could say the blurb is not a very good one, but luckily I still enjoyed the story.

Aled is separated from him wife for about a year, but he plans to contact her again and try to rebuild their relationship. Eventually.... In the future.... Some time....

In the meanwhile, he meets Gabriel and they start a passionate relationship. At first everything is casual and carnal, but as they get to know each other better and spend time together Aled starts to realise that he's moving on from his failed marriage and begins to have feelings for someone new.

Two things that I didn't expect to get here based on the blurb are the fact that this is an erotic romance (thankfully with a nice plot to keep my interest and make me care about the characters and what happened to them) and that Gabriel and Aled's relationship is an open one since Gabriel is polyamorous.

There's no confusion about who the main characters are, but at the same time Aled is just one of a few people that Gabriel sees regularly. They talk about what that means and there's no cheating since everyone is aware and accepting of their status.

The book ended kind of abruptly and I was confused, but after checking Goodreads it turns out this is just the first book in a series about three guys and the relationship between them. The series is supposed to recount events that span over five years. So I'm glad this sudden end to the book wasn't supposed to be the end of Aled and Gabriel's story, but at the same time I'm not sure if I'll keep up with the series.

*An ARC of this book was kindly provided to me in exchange for an honest review. *

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