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And Then That Happened
Gay romance, friends to lovers, HEA, soapy, health issues, mental health issues, it’s all in there!
Should you settle for a nearly perfect happiness or put your heart on the line for more?
It’s 1999 and 28-year-old Dominic’s carefully planned suburban life with his boyfriend Luke is perfect. His job as a nurse, his best friend Matt, his relationship with his parents, everything is just right. He and Luke have been together ten years, seen each other through friends’ deaths and their parents’ ups and downs, and even had a commitment ceremony.
Fate throws Gabe into Dominic’s life. Gabe isn’t happy with his boyfriend, but he stays with him, because, well it’s complicated. And then that happened. Gabe’s open relationship, impulsive nature, enthusiasm for life and straight talking advice are fascinating to Dominic. They’re friends, they click over a shared love of Goldie Hawn and Gabe shows Dominic there can be more to life than planned and safe. So why can't he take his own advice?
And Then That Happened is about finding a new kind of happiness, even when what you have is already perfect. And how sometimes perfect isn’t quite what it seems.
This isn’t your typical romance. “And Then That Happened” is a beautifully rendered portrait of the death of a long-term relationship and the long, slow birth of a new one...It is about his whole history with Luke—from college to surviving the horrors of AIDS, to dealing with parents and difficult friends and the constant threat of depression. Livings tackles the full, complicated truth of a young man’s life and flinches at nothing. (Ulysses Dietz, Good Reads)
This is not your typical romance. In fact if I think about it, it was almost the opposite, the telling of a break up story, the beginning, during and aftermath...But the story makes the journey worth it. (Mercedes, Good Reads)
What could be considered a diversion from the norm, the author now takes his readers to the romantic side with the story of Dominic and Gabe. The two lovers who were not. The two men who saw friends die from AIDS. The two men who took their friendship to levels their boyfriends could not understand. Heck, they did not understand it either. The point is, they met, they connected, they loved platonically and they moved on...Is this a romance? Is this gay fiction? I say it is both but not. It is life as from the words of an author who sees and writes about them. This made me tear up! (Multitaskingmomma Good Reads)
This book won't be for everyone, but I loved it...This book...wow, this book...Liam took a delicate subject, attraction to someone who is not the person you had thought you were going to be with. That balance of trying to contain or deny those feelings, trying not to let them affect the relationship you have...I really don't want to spoil the storyline but I think this book really should be considered by everyone, don't dismiss it out of hand. It is going on my favourites shelf, and I hope it makes it on to yours. (Lori, Good Reads)
I loved Dominic. The description of his depression, his careful curation of his feelings to keep himself sane and the way he tries so hard to do what’s right by Luke and his mother, and his father, and his friend Matt, and the crazy Di-Anne woman at work all make him a very sympathetic character...And Then That Happened is a lovely, well written slow burn romance. (Rhoda Baxter, Good Reads)
4 STARS: This is a story of a series of happenings that have Dominic re-thinking his perfect life. He is admirable in many ways. He honored his commitment to Luke, but also knew he was being unfair to him. A wonderful story that is amazingly compelling, try it. (Debbie, Amazon review)
4 STARS: ...a well written book, and I would recommend it for readers who enjoy more realistic stories with a fair amount of drama, twists and turns – not a clear romantic journey (Lucy OC, Amazon)
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