Eoin is doing great. He’s 27, gainfully employed and in a long-term relationship with his boyfriend Rich.
Okay, so his best friend Jax is diving into yet another disastrously bad relationship and Eoin’s going to be the one dealing with the eventual fallout. And his boss at the café, Rebecca, seems to have vanished, so somehow Eoin’s left managing the place. And to be honest, he’s not got much else going on.
But still, he’s got his boyfriend Rich – steady, sensible and dependable Rich. That is, until Eoin’s world is turned upside down when Rich announces that he wants an open relationship. Terrified of losing the man he loves, Eoin reluctantly agrees to this new arrangement, and stumbles into the world of dating with no strings attached.
What could go wrong?
“Moriarty perfectly captures the sometimes wasteland years of your 20s when the pressure to get your life sorted, the comparison to how peers are faring, the whiplash contrast of nights out with friends, and yearning for deeper romantic connections, can be discombobulating.
It is one of Moriarty’s talents to gradually reveal the charm of the world and characters he has created. Chief attraction is Eoin himself, who is a mixture of wit, touching humility, and burgeoning self-confidence, which combine to make him an extremely endearing hero. As Eoin’s romantic relationship becomes strained, it opens up space in his life for others, and friends and family move in.
His supporting cast of quirky co-workers, possible love interests, one-night stands through Grindr, and friends hosting knitting circles, are well drawn and hugely entertaining. I was so drawn in I abandoned an entire day to reading it, just-one-more-chaptering my way through until I found I had completed the thing.” - Liadan Hynes, Irish Independent
“So refreshing, with characters that make you whoop and cheer throughout. Moriarty is such a warm writer, every word glows on the page.” - Hannah Tovey
“Moriarty’s uplifting debut has much in common with Ephron’s classic novel, HEARTBURN, covering as it does, long-term love, casual sex and heartbreak.” - Tanya Sweeney, Irish Independent
“This debut novel is delightful. It’s entertaining, often funny, but also makes you think about relationships, loneliness, and how to find out who you really are… The novel is laugh out loud funny at times, especially the description of chaos in the coffee shop one particular morning. Anyone who has ever worked in a bar or a café will really enjoy that vignette… SOUND LIKE FUN is fun – it’s also a novel which captures the differing ways individuals deal with loneliness, full of characters the reader will care about. It won The Irish Writers Centre’s First Novel Award. Hope the second one is published soon.” - Irish Examiner
"So refreshing and compelling, and the characters are all so well written and relatable. I can't wait to buy hard copies for everyone I know - hard recommend!" - Lucy Vine
“I raced through it and loved spending time with this whole cast of characters… a witty, warm, contemporary read.” - Niamh Hargan
“An absolute delight of a book. You will totally fall in love with Eoin.” - Olivia Beirne
“Hilarious and heartbreaking in equal measure, this is a refreshing, honest and real take on a traditional romance.” - Kirsty Eyre
“An absolute treat. A pacy plot with plenty of laughs and a cast of characters who jump from the page. I adored every minute.” - Hannah Doyle
“A funny, tender and nuanced look at open relationships, perfect for fans of Justin Myers, Laura Kay and Mhairi McFarlance.” - Amy Richards, The Bookseller
“Warm and welcoming, Moriarty’s debut has the effortless informality of a friend confessing his reluctant foray into an open relationship…If you enjoyed Kate Davies’ IN AT THE DEEP END, this book should indeed sound like fun!” - Lily Lindon, author of DOUBLE BOOKED
“Full of wit, soul-searching and poignant observations on queer life… A warm and bittersweet novel about love, loneliness, coffee and the pitfalls of an ill-advised selfie.”
- Irish Country Magazine
“I adored this. It’s funny yet poignant. Eoin’s work life and friendships feel utterly authentic.” - Sue Leonard, Irish Examiner