Title: The First Morning After
Author: Marie Lark
Publisher: Loose Id
Length: 129 Pages
At a Glance: What an awesome book. Honestly, I couldn’t put it down from start to finish.
Reviewed By: Taz
Blurb: For as long as he can remember, Danny Rojas has wanted all-star first baseman Mitchel Finch. And he could swear that in high school, Mitchel was maybe interested, too. But the baseball team made Danny’s life a living hell back then, and the moment he was able, he got out. Five years later at a friend’s wedding, Danny finally has the chance, and more importantly, the courage, to act on his years-long crush.
Mitchel Finch used to have it so good–a brilliant athlete with lots of friends, a gorgeous girlfriend, and a place of importance in his home town. All he had to do was play it straight. But when an injury ends his baseball career, and his best friend’s wedding reminds him of everything he lost, Mitchel jumps at the opportunity Danny gives him–a night to be honest with himself. A night to finally feel wanted for exactly who he is.
The trouble is, neither of their circumstances has changed by morning. Mitchel is still closeted, and Danny is still the town pariah. Can a connection, building for years and forged in one night, survive the first morning after?
Review: What an awesome book. Honestly, I couldn’t put it down from start to finish. This is the story of two protagonists who are both struggling with their pasts and trying to break down the walls leading to a happy future. Both main characters are rich and well-developed. You can’t help but like each one of them separately, and together they are magnificent.
Let’s start with the sex since it was pipin’ hot! Their first encounter literally had me fanning myself. Maybe that had something to do with the fact I was sitting out in the sun, but still…it was amazing. And there were several more scenes like that. But the sex, as amazing as it was, only scratches the surface of what this book accomplished.
More than steam and heat, these characters had soul. They both had reasons to mask themselves and, under the same circumstances, most people would create a shell around themselves, lacking the courage to truly grab what they truly desire. Danny confronts many of his old demons as he returns home, and Mitch confronts the reality of who he is, taking his attraction to men and one-night-stands to a new level in an unexpected and evocative way. Both of our protagonists have moments when they disappoint. They are twenty-three, after all, and I certainly remember being a pretty big idiot in my twenties, but when those moments happen, they each take a moment to cool off, and we are able to witness them acknowledge how they handled themselves poorly and then make amends.
As for the storyline, there could have been more, but I don’t believe the author intended for this to be a full-length novel. Instead, we meet two awesome guys who connect over a weekend and are left with hope that their futures will unfold as both of them want—a happy-for-now with a promise of an ever-after down the road.
You can buy The First Morning After here: