While My Wife’s Away (Natosha’s Review)

Title: Whole My Wife’s Away
Author: James Lear
Publisher: Cleis Press
Release Date: June 20, 2017
Genre(s): Gay erotica, secrets, lies, deception, cheating
Page Count: 240 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

To all appearances, Joe Heath is a typical straight married man, living with his wife and two teenage children, commuting to work, playing sports and going to the gym, enjoying a beer and a barbecue. 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.

While My Wife’s Away recounts Joe’s recognition of his sexual nature in a series of encounters–some short, some repeated, some comic, some sad, all of them extremely hot in the way that only James Lear can make them. Each chapter is a self-contained episode from Joe’s life, but throughout the book we see him coming to terms with what he really is, and struggling with his feelings of guilt and betrayal as it becomes clear that his marriage is over. Much of the dramatic tension in the book arises from the difficulties of negotiating his family life with his new personal life, the awkwardness and potential disaster inherent in each situation.

This is not a book that I would call a romance or a happily ever after book. This is a book that I would say is a book that lets the reader know what not to do if they want to find that happily ever after in their own life.

Joe is a married man with two almost fully grown children. I wife he married at a young age . And a life hat looks to be perfect when outside looking in but could be no further from the truth. Joe and his wife pretty much only exist in each other’s lives. They no longer talk, they no longer have any sort of a relationship. They just pretty much go through the emotions each day but with both members of the marriage completely checking out.

Things start to get extremely complicated for Joe when he injures himself one night at the gtm and a trainer named Adrian helps him out. For the first time in a very long time Joe is aroused and that is because of Adrian. From that moment on it was as if Pandora’s box was opened for Joe and it cannot be closed again.

Because of one moment in time for Joe, Joe decides that it is time for him to figure out just who he is. What he likes. Who he wants to be with. What he is looking for. But the path and journey that Joe is about to take is a journey that he will not be able to turn back from. Joe is about to embark on a path that could and most likely will destroy not only him but everyone in his path if Joe does not get it together.

Can Joe figure out what is the right and wrong things to do before everyone he cares for is hurt or will he continue on as nothing is happening?

This was a good read but I truly hope that there will be another book in the future to follow up on this one. I felt there was so many unanswered questions to how things will come to blow for Joe and everyone in his life. It ended quickly and left me wanting more. So I hope that James Lear has plans for a future book with Joe and his family in it. I feel there is so much more to this story. Other than that it was an extremely exciting read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and believe others will also.

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Galley copy of While My Wife’s Away provided by Cleis Press in exchange of an honest review.


Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time. I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books. Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.