The End of Tomorrow by L.J. Holmes

TOMORROW
The End of Tomorrow by L.J. Holmes
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (7 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

One day you think you’ve got the best relationship ever and then Wham! Mr Wonderful hits you with a blind side. Who in their right mind tells their current partner that his ex-wife wants him to donate his sperm so she can have a baby? I mean…Really?

What’s a girl to do but lost her temper big time on the idiot? The man who stood head and shoulders above every other man she’d ever know suddenly developed feet of clay and apparently possessed not an ounce of gray matter between those perfectly shaped ears.

Okay, maybe running off into the woods wasn’t the best decision she ever made in her life, but it seemed like a good idea at the time…

Jealousy is a powerful emotion, but is everything it whispers true?

Relationships are about much more than the happy times two people spend together. Shelby and Jason have been together long enough to outlast the honeymoon period, but they’ve never had a fight like this one before. How they react to one another in the heat of the moment says quite a bit about their personalities, and I enjoyed seeing how they approach this conflict in their relationship. It’s difficult to include a great deal of character development in such a short story, but I was intrigued by the glimpses of the darker aspects of Shelby and Jasons’s personalities that are present in this one. Neither one is a saint, and I would have loved to know more about whether or not their interpretations of one another’s actions and intentions are accurate.

While I don’t expect a tale this length to delve deeply into the character’s backgrounds or what happens to them next, I would have preferred to see more time spent wrapping up certain plot points. The ending felt abrupt to me because of the author’s approach to questions that the characters ask themselves early on in the narrative.

This short story excels at capturing the smallest details of a fight as it breaks out between two lovers. It’s easy to get so lost in the moment that one forgets everything other than what is happening right this second. Dropping the reader into the beginning of the action in the very first paragraph was a good decision, and I could’t wait to see what would happen to Shelby next as soon as I began reading this piece.

I’d recommend The End of Tomorrow to anyone who has ever flown off the handle at someone they loved. It’s an entertaining, convincing snapshot of the rough parts of being in a longterm relationship.

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