Last Dance with Mary Jane by John Goode ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

LastDanceWithMaryJaneLGTitle: Last Dance with Mary Jane

Author: John Goode

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Bree Archer

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 04/29/2015

Length: Short Story (<15K)

Genre: Gay, Gay Fiction


2nd Edition

Peter was devastated when he lost his love, Shayne, in a car crash. Though he knows nothing will bring Shayne back, Peter takes solace in listening to Shayne’s voice mail, just to hear his voice one last time. He’s not prepared when one night, Shayne answers the phone.

A Bittersweet Dreams title: It’s an unfortunate truth: love doesn’t always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears.

First Edition published by Silver Publishing, 2012.

My View:

I am not entirely sure how to review Last Dance with Mary Jane by John Goode. It is a departure from what Goode fans are used to, but the quality doesn’t suffer for it.

Basically, what you have is the story of one man’s attempt to move on with his life after the loss of his lover of over a decade. Mary Jane is a love story. It just doesn’t have a traditional ride off into the sunset happy ending. What it does have is a much-needed catharsis and breakthrough for the main character.

Much of the story is spent in a state of confusion. The reader isn’t exactly what is going on. However, this is by design because the main character is in a state of denial. In a state of uncertainty. In a state of grief.

Mary Jane is beautiful and sad, but in the end it is restorative.


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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