Caleb Harris and Ty Smith-Santos are struggling actors who have never crossed paths until their lives take a turn for the bizarre when they learn that a farm in Sunset Hollow, Washington has been bequeathed to both of them. Intent on selling the property, Caleb and Ty clear out the cluttered farmhouse, but soon find themselves falling for the charming farm nestled between two misty-topped mountains, the lonely man who left it to them, and each other. When a real estate developer offers them a hefty payout, will they take the money and run or keep the farm and their budding relationship?
After the Sunset is a sweet novella about Caleb and Ty, vastly different men who have never met before, and yet are chosen as beneficiaries to a strangers will. While they are both at a cross-roads in similar careers (they are actors), they work on different sides of the country and have never heard of each other. Together, they have to decide what to do with the farm that’s been left to them.
I’m not always a huge fan of short stories and novellas because I’m a greedy reader who often wants more. I doubt that’s a feeling that will ever change — but it’s also not a bad thing because if I want more, that means I loved what I did get.
I loved this novella. It was sweet and lovely. It had lovely substories happening, which takes skill to work into a short space. Suzanne’s gift for romcom writing and for hitting strong emotional chords shines in this story. I loved this novella so much that when I reached the end, I cursed the writing gods for not giving me a seven novel series. I want to know more about how their relationship develops. I want to see them working on a little farm, laughing at the goat-tastrophes. I want to watch their dream and their play succeed. I really wanna see what happens with that lube Ty bought (okay, that’s just a joke, I can figure that out. I wouldn’t say no to bonus sexy scenes, because they had wonderful chemistry).
I definitely recommend this novella if you need a sexy, happily after that is imbued with humor and strong characters.
Lilah Suzanne has been writing actively since the sixth grade, when a literary magazine published her essay about an uncle who lost his life to AIDS. A freelance writer from North Carolina, she spends most of her time behind a computer screen, but on the rare occasion she ventures outside she enjoys museums, libraries, live concerts, and quiet walks in the woods. Lilah is the author of the Interlude Press books Spice, Pivot and Slip, Broken Records, and Burning Tracks.
Jude Sierra is a Latinx poet, author, academic and mother who began her writing career at the age of eight when she immortalized her summer vacation with ten entries in a row that read “pool+tv”. Jude began writing long-form fiction by tackling her first National Novel Writing Month project in 2007.
Jude is currently working toward her PhD in Writing and Rhetoric, looking at the intersections of Queer, Feminist and Pop Culture Studies. She also works as an LGBTQAI+ book reviewer for From Top to Bottom Reviews. Her novels include Hush, What it Takes, and Idlewild, a contemporary LGBT romance set in Detroit’s renaissance, which was named a Best Book of 2016 by Kirkus Reviews. Her upcoming novel, A Tiny Piece of Something Greater will be available in May of 2018.