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After Care

A Romance for the Over 40
Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (62 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Breast cancer survivor Edie Williams is ready to live. Divorced. Mother of two. She's planned the vacation of a lifetime for a reboot, only to encounter an awakening adventure - Tommy Carrigan.

Manager of the band Collision, Tommy Carrigan has his plate full. Independent. Carefree. He's on an annual holiday with his band family, when the unexpected happens - Edie Williams.

Love might be just what the doctor prescribed, but can it survive the world of rock-n-roll?

Contains mature themes.

©2018 Laura Dunbar (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Liv
  • Los Angeles metro-area
  • 09-14-18

A refreshing falling in love after 40 romance!

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Cover gush: I wish I met more men aged 40 and over in my daily Los Angeles life who looked like this Tommy cover model. He’s so fit and yummy looking! 😉
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These two weren’t looking for love while on their respective vacations but indulging in a bit of lusty companionship never hurt anyone. Edie certainly deserved a bit of fun after the medical battle she had to fight and luckily survived. I enjoyed how Edie and Tommy’s vacation fling turned into a much more meaningful relationship even if it was initially a long distance one.
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What did I love about this contemporary romance novel?
Easy-to-read / Entertaining / Vacation destination setting / Wonderfully complex characters / Original / Romantic / Steamy / Realistic / HEA / Excellent narration by Coleen Marlo!
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Would I recommend this book?
Yes, absolutely! This was my 2nd read but first time listening to it. In the Kindle format, I had 196 notes & 216 highlights. I have trouble bookmarking while listening to audiobooks, but I enjoyed this romance in this format just as much. It's a definite winner for those of us curious about romance for well-developed fictional characters aged 40 and older.
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What other book might you compare this novel to and why?
I love that this author has chosen to write another romance featuring characters who are over 40 years old. I automatically compared it to her novel The Sex Education of M.E. since it was the first novel of hers I read. It compared well although the former is still my favorite of her novels that I’ve read so far, and I'm still bummed it hasn't been released in audiobook format yet.
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Would I read more from this author? Yes!
The next in the Sexy Silver Foxes standalones is Mid-Life Crisis (released on May 20, 2018 in e-book format), another romance for the over 40 crowd like me. I’m also slowly working my way through this author’s previous book releases and really enjoying her story telling ability. I hope that Audible decides to produce Mid-Life Crisis and The Sex Education of M.E. for those of us who are primarily audiobook readers.

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just what I was looking for.

I love the 40 to 45 books, I enjoy the fact that they are my age and more realistic to what happens in every day life. With a little possess in a little exaggeration here there. But still down-to-earth.
and a litte Steamy as well.
I'm waiting for the next book.

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Everyone Needs A Tommy

L.B. Dunbar has outdone herself with this book. The struggles, growth, and love of the characters in this book take ahold of you and make you feel as though they are your own. The feelings, insecurities, and dreams of them make you want to reach thru the book to soothe and cheer them on. Everyone needs a man like Tommy, someone that makes you thrive and grow, laugh and cry, and brings out the things inside you that no one else can.

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An enjoyable mature romance

I owned this ebook forever so it’s excited that I could listen to it rather than read it. First of all I think Coleen did an amazing job voicing Edie and the rest of the characters. She brought much needed emotion to this book. Maybe it’s because it’s a single POV romance or maybe it’s the way the romance developed but I wish there isn’t so much mistrust and misunderstanding. Tommy came across as rather immature for his age. I do love the friendship between Ivy and Edie and the love Edie has for her children.

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Refreshing Stroke of Realism

I love the romance genre. I read for escapism mainly, and I recognize the escapist value of a finely written romance. That being said, I laugh to myself frequently and admit that I want to be a woman in a romance novel just so I can live a life where I don't have to worry about: 1) shaving my legs, 2) having a headache, 3) eyebrows, bikini line, or chin hairs, 4) being a bit "bloated" 5) wearing the holey underwear, or 6) a really gassy love interest.

That's precisely why I loved this story so much. This novel, featuring the tale of Edie, an over 40 divorced mother of two, and a silver fox named Tommy is positively ripe with the truisms of re-entering the dating scene unexpectedly, suddenly, and with no mental preparation for the realities of those things our brains had allowed us to forget. It's kind of like the things mothers put out of their heads after we leave the delivery room with our bundles of joy. If we didn't file some of these memories some where deep in our brains, every one would be an only child!

But I've digressed again... back to Edie and Tommy. They're a hoot. They sizzle, they pop (yeah, I went there), and they're so passionate they scare themselves. Tommy is a dream. Edie is a reactionary, emotional mess quite often. But Tommy's calm demeanor smooths the ruffled feathers and sets them on a flight neither expected. It's beautiful, sensuous, emotional, and completely fun. The peripheral characters, which include Edie's nearly grown children and Tommy's rock band (he's the manager) are a whirlwind of chaos, humor, and sometimes frustration. It's like a traveling circus and someone's left the monkey cage open. Don't bother to try and close the cage now, though. Just prop your feet up and check out dating for the over 40 set. If you're there already, you'll LOL as you recognize the pain. If you're still young, read this as a precautionary tale and remember to enjoy yourself now!

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I loved it

I love the fact that the main couple in the story are over 40. It’s a great book I look forward to more of them ❤️

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Mature romance with immature characters/themes

I was excited about a romance with “over 40” characters, because I was hoping it would mean I wouldn’t be listening to the same “complaints” or drama as with the NA genre. Unfortunately, that wasn’t really the case here. Edie is 43, has a child in his 20s and an 18yo daughter graduating high school soon. While on vacation in Hawaii she meets and has a fling with Tommy Carrigan.

I get the real insecurities of starting a new physical relationship with someone, especially after having been married for 20 years. But Edie’s insistence on harping her physical
imperfections as well as her unwillingness/inability to have decent communication with Tommy carried on for way. too. long.

I think if some of the interpersonal drama had been curbed in favor of some other type of angst/plot driver ~ I would have enjoyed this more.

I liked Coleen Marlo’s narration. She’s a great fit for a mature voice/setting. Tommy came off as overly creepy sometimes, but I’m not sure if that was the writing or Marlo. I would definitely listen to something she narrates again.

This was on Audible Escape and despite a little disappointment, I enjoyed it. Worth the borrow.

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  • Everett, MA, United States
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So Good!

There is so much to love about this story. It has a strong heroine. Edie is so relatable. She is a divorcee, over 40, a cancer survivor, a great mom on vacation with her adult children, not looking for anything except relaxation and a recharge.

Tommy is manager of Collision and on holiday with the band. He is rough around the edges and speaks his mind. He is immediately attracted to Edie but looking for nothing more than a fun fling.

This was my first book by this author but I loved the writing, the storytelling, everything about this story and I can’t wait to read more. I listened to this on audiobook and loved the narration!
-4.5 Stars!-

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Two thumbs up!<br /><br /><br />

I loved it! It was touching and inspiring.
The narration definitely added to the story by breathing more life into already wonderful characters.
I would definitely recommend it.

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I love a romance with an older couple!

I absolutely LOVE a book where the couple is over 40! Being a mom of a 20-year-old touring musician, many of the stories I have thought about have to do with an older rock star. So imagine my surprise when I read After Care by LB Dunbar! She wrote the book I’d been thinking about! Now I get to enjoy the fruits of her labor without the work of writing it. LOL!

Edie Williams is a 43-year-old breast cancer survivor. After 20 years of marriage, hers ended while she was going through cancer. Now in remission, with her hair starting to grow back, she takes a vacation to Hawaii with her two grown kids. She is befriended by a young woman traveling with her kids, who turns out to be the wife of a rock star. The whole band is there on vacation, including her Uncle Tommy, the band’s manager.

Edie has some self-esteem issues, and I could so relate to her! Not only has she not been naked in front of a new man in 20+ years, she just has a mastectomy and implants. Her hair is just starting to grow back. She is a survivor, but those kinds of things are hard to overcome when faced with getting naked in front of a gorgeous charming playboy, even if he is in his 40s. (WHY do men get better as they age? I mean LOOK at the cover! Can you say HOT?)

"I knew Tommy Carrigan was going to break not just my heart, but all of me"

Since the story was only from her POV, there was only one narrator. She was great at doing Edie’s parts, but Tommy’s parts came out sounding totally cheesy and most of the time, not at all sexy. Now here is where I had trouble. I am not sure if it really was cheesy or not because I can’t separate the narration and the story in this case. The references to age seemed deliberately added, and it made it feel even a little cheesier.

“Actually, you look like a fine wine, aged to perfection, sweet on the palate and lingering on the tongue long after you’ve been swallowed.”

Tommy was quite the dirty-talker. I usually love that, but it just didn’t work that well in her voice and his lines just seemed so much like lines rather than feelings. I did enjoy the story so much though. I love the way they tried to keep it a vacation tryst and it became more. I love the side characters and family dynamics. I love how Tommy brought out the inner spirit of Edie. She so needed and deserved that.

“You’re igniting dreams I didn’t know could exist for me, Edie Williams.”

Likes:
•I love a story with the MCs over 40!
•She is a cancer survivor.
•She had insecurities from her hair and breast surgery.
•Such a relatable story for me.
•How wonderful he was with her insecurities, especially about her breasts.
•He is an alpha and a dirty talker!
•Love the secondary characters.

Dislikes:
•Tommy came off as kind of cheesy, but that may be partly because of the narration.
•Single POV (female).
•They both seemed immature for the ages (but so am I!)
•Sometimes there were weird age references (like describing her skin as wrinkled. She is only 43!)
•Tommy’s love of making her jealous: “...jealousy is an ugly shade of green, but on you, the color is beautiful.”

The Narration:
It was single POV. The narrator was great with the female parts, but I was not thrilled with the execution of the male parts at all.

The Down & Dirty:
I love love love that L.B. Dunbar wrote another book about a 40+ couple. Making it about a cancer survivor with some totally legit insecurities made her even more relatable. I totally loved Edie. Tommy was a dirty-talker with some secrets, and I found him to be a little cheesy, but I am not sure if that is from the narration or his dialogue or both. Even so, I still totally enjoyed the story, and look forward to reading Midlife Crisis, about another 40 something former rocker.

One other thing. Maybe because I’m 51 and not grey with very few wrinkles, I feel like calling someone in their early 40s a “silver fox” was a little misleading (I guess I assume that means an older man 50-60). My husband didn’t have grey till his mid-50s either. I also went with my son when he toured with the Allman Brother’s drummer at 69, and a rocker in their 40s is usually in the height of their career. I feel like these characters might be aging a bit before their time. The next is about a character named Midge. My grandma had a friend named Midge. She would be about 100 now. Over 40 does not mean OLD! I do understand that there has to be references to their ages, but 40s, to me, is still in the prime!

Rating: 4 Stars, 4 Heat, 3.5 Narration