“Reading All the Different Ways Love Can Feel is like reading a diary. The characters feel like family, like teammates, and like friends. Each story features some take on love and is brutally honest in its portrayal. A writer experiences his greatest successes when his readers can feel or have felt the emotions his characters exemplify.
One challenge of crafting a short story is making the reader care. Everhart accomplishes this brilliantly by deceptively inserting the reader (the father, the mother, the son, the sister, the ball player) into the story. Universal truth is on display. This kind of raw character development is necessary if the heartstrings are to be reached, let alone pulled.
Brilliantly crafted, All the Different Ways Love Can Feel makes me excited to read the next chapter in Everhart’s literary career. This direction is a strong choice; however, I am convinced that any piece that follows will be well-planned, logically pieced together, charming, and deserving of a place on my bookshelf.
–Travis Grooms, Amazon reviewer
“ALL THE DIFFERENT WAYS LOVE CAN FEEL is a smorgasbord of emotion. Love, hate, anger, indifference, angst, happiness, joy, disappointment–all these and many more bleed their way throughout these eleven stories. I found Max Everhart’s writing contagious; a first sentence, or paragraph–never more than a page–and I was drawn into every tale.
Most, if not all, of this collection is autobiographical to some extent. How do I know? I FEEL it! Father and son relationship is a common theme in several stories. The care for and bonding of an older brother with his younger brother; or a brother’s closeness and deep love for a troubled sister, are other paths threading through the pages of Everhart’s seminal work. A few times this former “badass” Marine found himself on the verge of tears. The characters are wonderfully flawed and fleshed-out. The dialogue is sparse and real. The stories are raw with feeling, raw and intense and gutsy.
I became a big Max Everhart fan when I found and devoured his excellent mystery series featuring private eye Eli Sharpe: GO GO GATO; SPLIT TO SPLINTERS (a SHAMUS Award finalist); and ED, NOT EDDIE; and then his rough and tumble crime/noir novel, ALPHABET LAND. ALL THE DIFFERENT WAYS . . . opens up a whole new facet of Everhart’s talent as a writer to be reckoned with. I miss Eli Sharpe and hope to see him in future mysteries. But as long as Max Everhart keeps baring his soul through his words, I’ll be waiting in anticipation for his next book.
Note: I received a copy of this book from the author for my fair and unbiased review.”
–E. Michael Helms, author of the Mac McClellan mystery series