Title: After Ben (Seattle Stories #1)
Author: Con Riley
Buy link: Amazon.com (Second Edition)
Genre: Contemporary M/M
Length: 334 pages
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
No more kissing a ghost…
A year after the sudden death of his longtime partner, Ben, Theo Anderson is still grieving. The last thing he’s looking for is a new lover, but as Theo discovers, sometimes life has its own plans.
The strength of his attraction to fellow gym member Peter is surprising. So is how compelling he finds Morgan, a new friend he makes online. Morgan is witty and fierce on the internet forum they frequent, while Peter is physically present in a way that’s hard to ignore.
Both men bring Theo closer to acceptance: he needs to lay Ben’s memory to rest if he’s to start afresh with a new lover.
Getting honest about the reasons for his yearlong isolation means confronting why he lost Ben… only just when he’s ready to commit, Theo finds he isn’t the only one haunted by the past.
Whether with Peter or with Morgan, choosing to love again—after Ben—might not be Theo’s toughest challenge.
Con Riley has a way with words. When I’d first read the blurb for After Ben, I worried because it seemed like it would be a really sad story. It was, but that was just one piece. I was amazed at how much detail there was in the writing. I felt like, even though Ben wasn’t alive, he came to life in the memories told by Theo and was kept alive by the selfless way that Morgan embraces his memory as he gets closer to Theo.
This is a book that is both timeless and comforting. It’s one that I’ve re-read and will do again. The characters in the story are beautifully drawn, true to their characters, and heartbreaking. Yes, you will need tissues, but it’s the good cry. I just can’t say enough about this book. And the new cover is just gorgeous.
If you haven’t read Theo, Ben and Morgan’s story, you really should. It’s magical.