Slick’s Review & Giveaway – Midlife Crisis by Audra North

I want to applaud author Audra North and Riptide Publishing for Midlife Crisis, a gay romance about people over the age of 45, a part of the population who still enjoys romance, sex, relationships AND enjoys purchasing books and reading about couples in this age bracket. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures 

Giveaway
To celebrate the release of Midlife Crisis, one lucky winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on September 2, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

About Midlife Crisis
Cam McGhee grew up like any other small-town Texas farm boy: he played football, went to church every Sunday, and married his high school sweetheart. But thirty-five years after he said “I do,” Cam finds himself nursing a beer in a gay bar, thinking about what might have been.

Dave Montoya is confident, self-assured, and cautiously single. But when he meets shy, uncertain, and clearly-still-not-out Cam in a coffee shop in Austin, his reservations about getting seriously involved again disappear. Cam is everything he’s looking for in a partner . . . almost, anyway.

No matter how much Dave wants him, and how good they are together, Cam can’t bring himself to openly embrace the life he was meant to live. After all, when his secret finally gets out, he faces the very real possibility of losing everything that kept him going for the first fifty years of his life, just like he’s feared for so long. But with a little faith—and a lot of love—his dream of living fully, truly, as himself might finally be within reach.


Midlife Crisis was a poignant story of one man finally embracing who he really is while on a sabbatical from his “real” life. There were many ups and downs and twists and turns and I appreciated that Ms. North didn’t sugar coat the realities of someone “coming out” at age 53 after 35 years of marriage to a woman, two children, and a small town who would not approve.

All of his life Cameron McGhee did the right thing, a loving son, he put aside the need he felt towards men and married the woman who was his friend and accepted by his family. He “loved” his wife as a friend, and while he knows they made a good life for their children following her death he feels guilty that he wasn’t the time of partner she most likely wanted and needed. With his son home from his time in the Army following college, Cam has taken three months and moved to Austin to finally act on his attraction to men then he will move back home and continue his “normal” life. You’ll I felt so bad for this man who never once acted on his true nature or cheated on his wife during their 35 years of marriage. When he meets Dave Montoya an out and proud gay man, the attraction is undeniable. The more time he spends with Dave and his friends, the more he realizes how much he’s missed in his life.

Dave was the perfect man for Cam as he explores his sexuality for the first time; he is patient, kind, and understanding of Cam’s hang ups.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching the relationship build between Cam and Dave over the course of this book and the pacing of it was perfect for this couple. I love that they took the physical aspect of their attraction at Cam’s pace and that Dave understood what a big deal this was for him.

While I will admit I was a bit disappointed in the actions of some of the characters in this story (and I’m not saying more because I refuse to spoil it for anyone), I could also understand them and was happy to see how things were resolved over time. My one complaint about this book is I wanted more time with Cam and Dave after they figured it all out.

Emotional, intense, and moving, Audra North’s Midlife Crisis was one man’s amazing journey into accepting his true identity and learning that happiness and love is worth the sacrifice.

Review copy provided for a voluntary review.

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About Audra North
Audra North is a contemporary romance author of more than twenty romances, including the Stanton Family series, the Hard Driving series, and the Pushing the Boundaries series. She is the owner and publisher of Pink Kayak Press, which focuses on the publication of diverse romance works. Winter Rain, a Pink Kayak Press anthology, won a gold medal in the 2015 Independent Publisher Awards.

Audra enjoys speaking to writing groups and at industry conferences. She is also an avid jogger and loves running marathons. She has three children and lives with her family outside of Boston.

For more about Audra, and to sign up for her newsletter, visit audranorth.com.

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Giveaway
To celebrate the release of Midlife Crisis, one lucky winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on September 2, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

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4 thoughts on “Slick’s Review & Giveaway – Midlife Crisis by Audra North

  1. Thanks for the review, Slick! This sounds like something I would enjoy. Off to Amazon!!

  2. You haven’t failed me in any of your recommendations so far. So, I’m going to give this one a try. I hadn’t read m/m until the Cut and Run series. That is a truly fantastic series and opened me up to a whole new genre. Thanks, again, for introducing me to a new to me author!

  3. Thanks for the review! I added to my tbr list. It’s not my usual cup of tea but it sounds good.
    serena91291@gmail(dot)com

  4. Congrats, Audra, and thanks for the review, Slick. As a Texan who came out in mid-life, I can identify with this and am interested in how this story unfolds.. – Purple Reader,
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

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