Author: Atom Yang
Publisher: MLR Press
Genre: MM Disaster
Summary: Herc thought he had the perfect life: a great partner and a meaningful career as a psychotherapist–until his partner left him a week ago and Herc became too depressed to see his clients. When a random meteorite punched a tidy hole in his car’s engine, it seemed like the world had it in for him, but bumping into Pyotr, the handsome older man who’s moved in a couple of doors down and happens to study things like falling stars, things might be looking up for Herc–and more may be falling than the skies in this light-hearted, apocalyptic romance
Review: Herc is a psychotherapist with a great career, living the good life with a partner who loves him. Until suddenly, that life is no longer true. His partner, Jason, has left him and now he can’t seem to get himself together enough to do the job he put before anything else.
When his car is damaged, that is just the icing on the cake and how much more can a guy take. It is the catalyst for getting to know Pyotr, a neighbor who knows things about meteorites. Who is a little older, handsome and kind.
Let’s talk about Herc’s friend, Nestori, the ultimate friend. He is so awesome. He’s there to help Herc try to cope with Jason’s betrayal. And that betrayal is something I really appreciated about the book because unlike many stories with an ex, the truth of the matter wasn’t simple and it wasn’t Herc who was actually hurt the most and for the first time, probably ever, I could sympathize with someone who’s cheated.
I only wish there had been more than a week between Jason leaving and Herc considering himself unable to function, because really, it’s only been a week. That’s seven days to mourn the loss of your relationship, and that’s not much time at all.
Because this is an apocalypse story, the meteor strikes cause some serious damage and it becomes a matter of life and death for the city. Of course, there is an HEA (or HFN, depending) so we don’t worry too much about that.