Originally published 2016-02-10: The Morning After
Prolific lesfic author puts a twist on the romantic short story — and I love it.
This story is the first I’ve ever read by the lesbian fiction author Jae. (If you’ve never heard of her, you probably don’t read many stories about women who love women.)
After a friend sets her up on a blind date from hell, Amanda has enough of dating. A spur-of-the-moment decision to attend an Anti-Valentine’s Day party leads to an unexpected encounter. She wakes up to a hangover and a surprising complication…
The Morning After is the story of a Valentine’s Day blind date gone horribly wrong. Despite how that may sound, however, it doesn’t go the way you would think. In fact, it takes a new direction that I would never have guessed, and leaves you wanting more.
I really enjoyed this story, and read it in a sitting while in a doctor’s waiting room. When it ended, I was satisfied, but it left me wanting a lot more from the story. Thankfully, it turns out this story is a preface for one of Jae’s novels, Departure from the Script. It’s the first book in a series of connected novels that, from what I hear, stand alone quite well. It’s definitely going on my To Read list.
As for The Morning After, I give it four of five stars and I definitely recommend it for anyone who loves short stories, romances that aren’t what you expect, and LGBT fiction.
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