Title: While My Wife’s Away
Author: James Lear
Publisher: Cleis Press
Length: 240 Pages
At a Glance: This book isn’t going to be for everyone. The main character is a married man who cheats on his wife, and it doesn’t have an HEA, but it was well-written and interesting.
Reviewed By: Queue
Blurb: To all appearances, Joe Heath is a typical straight married man, living with his wife and two teenage children, commuting to work, playing sports, enjoying a beer… But there are things about Joe that his friends don’t know. For one thing, his relationship with his wife has deteriorated to the point that they’re sleeping in separate bedrooms, only staying together until the kids have left home. And there’s something else: for the last few years, Joe has wanted to have sex with another man.
A chance encounter with a trainer at his gym launches Joe on a series of encounters – some casual, some serious, some comic, some dangerous, all of them erotic in the way that only James Lear can make them. Soon Joe is living a double life: breadwinner and father by day, sexual adventurer by night⎯his hunting ground the online dating sites that give him access to anyone and anything he wants.
While My Wife’s Away is a hot read, but it’s also an odyssey of self-discovery, as Joe tests the limits of his new freedom. Can he survive in a world of instant sexual gratification? And will he ever find someone to love?
Review: James Lear writes amazingly erotic sex scenes, there’s no doubt about that. However, there have been times where his books don’t have enough plot. I don’t expect much in erotica, but I like at least some character development. This book had the perfect amount of sex-to-plot, with most sex scenes having a point in the growth of the main character.
Having gone through a similar experience myself, I enjoyed reading Joe Heath’s journey of self-discovery. His life has become stale and boring, and he isn’t sure that his marriage is going to last when he begins to wonder what sex with a man would be like. I was so happy that Joe didn’t immediately jump into anal sex, which happens a lot in books. Instead, in a realistic experience, he begins with getting a blow job, and it goes from there.
Watching Joe experience and accept his sexuality was fascinating and hot. There are all sorts of sex scenes here, even some BDSM stuff. There’s even a sad scene where Joe’s emotions damaged.
This book isn’t going to be for everyone. The main character is a married man who cheats on his wife, and it doesn’t have an HEA, but it was well-written and interesting. If hot sex scenes are your thing, then I definitely recommend this one.
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