Title: Midlife Crisis
Author: Rob Rosen
Publisher: Fierce Publishing
Release Date: August 20, 2016
Genre(s): Mystery / Suspense, Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 182
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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 set eyes on 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—plus the family dog and, of all people, 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 of romance and self-discovery, the question remains right on up to the surprise ending: can we return to our past in order to better our future?
35-yr-old Jack – “single, college professor with the paid-for condo and thirty-inch waist” – has just broken up with yet another boyfriend – “Greg: big dick – both the adjective and the noun, the former trumping the later.” Jack wonders if maybe he “needed to find the problem with me before I could move on” and decides to track down his high school boyfriend, Bing. However, Bing has disappeared off the face of the earth – no Facebook, no Instagram, no Twitter – so Jack moves back home with his parents for a few weeks to track him down. What could go wrong?
Rob Rosen’s writing style is light and incredibly funny and “Midlife Crisis” is populated with off-the-wall, very funny and well-developed characters – Jack’s parents, Chompers the deaf exceedingly gassy basset hound, Jack’s friend Monroe and Dave, Jack’s former high school bully, who now looks like Bradley Cooper.
“You want to have sex with me, don’t you?” I blurted out, but I was simply stating the obvious. […] He nodded. “For, I don’t know, maybe the last twenty years or so, give or take.”
Without revealing too much of the plot, Jack and his parents encounter close-mouthed townsfolk, the FBI, drunken Shriners and more on their way to a bittersweet conclusion … as well as a happy ending.
- At the point when the book moved from finding Bing to solving a murder against all reason, the pace of the book really slowed and lost focus. Also, the ending was beyond improbable, but it actually sort of fit the tone of the book.