After the Romance Novel by Susan Laine ~ Book Review by Queue

Title: After the Romance Novel
Series: Before… and After, Bk 1

Author: Susan Laine

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: AngstyG

Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 02/22/2017

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance, New Adult


Romance novels always end with a happy ever after. Right?

Evan and Adam are best friends, but they don’t know everything about each other. For one thing, Adam doesn’t know Evan writes and publishes gay romance novels until he discovers one while snooping on Evan’s laptop.

This revelation changes their relationship in ways neither could’ve imagined. Adam’s reaction to reading Evan’s stories is not what he expected, nor is the new way he’s looking at his lifelong pal. After all, Adam is straight, or so he’s always thought, and that is what Evan believes about Adam as well.

When Evan admits he might be bisexual, Adam suggests he try dating girls to find out for sure, but when Evan follows his advice, Adam is caught off guard by his feelings of jealousy. And when the date proves Evan isn’t bisexual, but gay, Evan’s request that Adam find him a guy might be the last straw.

How can Adam admit he wants that guy to be him? His epiphany will either end their relationship—or change it into something wonderful in their very own friends-to-lovers romance.

My View:

This was a pleasant friends to lovers story and quick enjoyable read.

Adam and Evan have been best friends for years but things change when Adam finds out Evan isn’t as straight as he thought. He discovers this when he reads a story on Evan’s computer–an erotic romance between two guys. Evan admits that he’s been writing books for a while and that he’s pansexual.

That starts a confusing journey for Adam as he realizes he’s not as straight as he thought either. I liked following Adam through the steps in his head as he came to accept the fact that he had feelings for Evan that are more than friendly. He hates the idea of Evan going out with anyone but it’s more than jealousy

I liked that Evan didn’t instantly accept the fact that Adam had feelings for him. His concerns and issues were realistic and dealt with in a realistic manner. The steps they made together and separate made it all the more pleasant when they finally did get together. And when they did? Holy smokes! So much chemistry.

I’ve enjoyed many of Susan Laine’s books in the past and this was no exception. I’m not sure what she has planned for this series–different couples or the same–but I look forward to finding out.


After the Romance Novel on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
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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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