First New Year’s After the Apocalypse by Jessica Payseur ~ Book Review by Queue

Title: First New Year’s After the Apocalypse

Author: Jessica Payseur

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Catt Ford

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 12/01/2016

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Apocalyptic/dystopian


Wade Turner takes a drunk Jaxxon home after work hoping to get laid. What he gets instead is news that the world as they know it is ending—superbugs are sweeping the nation, leaving high death tolls in their wake, and the president has been assassinated. In this new storm of chaos everyone is referring to as the Apocalypse, Wade decides their chances are better if they stick together.

But when Jaxxon’s ex dies in a hurricane and his daughter goes missing, Wade watches the man he loves slip into despair. Desperate to save his relationship, Wade leaves in the middle of the night on a dangerous journey to save Jaxxon’s daughter—a child he’s not sure is even still alive. If he can put this family back together, maybe there will still be something worth celebrating in the aftermath of the Apocalypse.

My View:

This was definitely not what I expected when I chose to read the story. I was anticipating a feel-good holiday tale but what I got was a realistic, somewhat dark tale about a man risking everything to get the man he loves everything he wants.

There isn’t a lot of world building here but it’s not necessary either. Enough information is given about the apocalypse and how people are living to explain the story. I found this future world fascinating and would love it if Payseur explored it in another, possibly longer story.

Wade and Jaxxon aren’t the most romantic couple but that wouldn’t be realistic in this new world. Jaxxon is hesitant to admit his feelings for Wade or even accept his sexuality. Wade, however, knows how much he loves Jaxxon despite the man’s sometimes cold actions.

Wade risks his life to find Jaxxon’s daughter and doesn’t expect anything in return. I loved the back and forth telling that alternated between the couple’s past and his trek.

This is included in part of Dreamspinner’s Christmas collection but I would hesitate to call it a holiday story. It fits because it ends in the New Year but if the Christmas label is what’s making you hesitant to read this, don’t. Seriously. Check this tale out.


First New Year’s After the Apocalypse on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

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

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

This post may contain affiliate links.
Prism Book Alliance® assumes no liability for the ownership of photos or content used in guest posts and interviews.  The post author assumes all responsibility and liability for this content.

Leave a Reply