Monday, April 17, 2017

Wake Up Call by J.L. Merrow

Title: Wake Up Call
Author: J.L. Merrow
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Porthkennack #1
Main Characters: Devan and Kyle
Release Date: April 2017
Publisher:  Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
South London mechanic Devan Thompson has gone to Porthkennack to track down someone he’s been waiting all his life to know. But Dev’s distracted from his quest by Kyle, a broodingly handsome local of only a few months, who’s already got a reputation as an alcoholic because of his strange behaviour—including a habit of collapsing in the street.

Kyle Anthony fled to Porthkennack to escape from the ruins of his life. Still raging against his diagnosis of narcolepsy—a condition that’s cost him his job as a barrister, his lover, and all chance of normality—the last thing he wants is another relationship that’s doomed to fail. But Dev’s easy-going acceptance and adaptability, not to mention his good looks, have Kyle breaking all his self-imposed rules.

When disaster strikes Dev’s adored little sister, Kyle steps up to the plate, and Dev sees a side of his lover he wasn’t prepared for: competent, professional—and way out of Dev’s league. With one man determined that they don’t have a future, and the other fearing it, life after Porthkennack is starting to look bleak for both of them.

My Review:
I lived two years in England. Warning: the language and dialect in this book was VERY English. Not that that is a bad thing...for me, I loved it. I feel like I had a quick trip back to England. But I imagine it might be a bit difficult for someone who hasn't been exposed to a lot of English specific phrases to keep track of exactly what's being said. But I could be wrong about that. I will admit that I loved how deeply into the style of language the author went. It definitely added a huge edge of authentication to the story.

So, for this story...what an interesting story line. Devan is in Porthkennack for a three week holiday where he hopes to track down his birth parents. But his first day there, he sees Kyle, apparently passed out on a bench. The locals think he's an alcoholic, but he's not. 

Kyle is a former lawyer, who in the last year has been diagnosed with narcolepsy. Since then he's lost his boyfriend, his job, and relocated to Porthkennack. His family lives in Australia and has no clue about his illness. He's completely isolated and more than a little depressed about his situation (understandably so). But then he meets Devan. 

Devan sure doesn't understand the complexities of narcolepsy, but he feels for Kyle, so he's doing all he can to learn...and sometimes (a lot of times) that means he puts his foot in it. These two certainly don't have a smooth time in the development of their relationship. Kyle is touchy about everything to do with his situation. But Devan is dealing with his own stressors with his birth family. 

This was a completely interesting story. I really enjoyed getting to see a deeper view into what it's like to live with narcolepsy and couldn't help but feel for Kyle. Both these guys come from very different backgrounds and liked that they found common ground despite that. I liked the story and getting to know all the characters. There were some really rich side characters, too...from Ceri to Tasha to Mal. 

Overall, I can definitely recommend this story especially if you want to immerse yourself in the total feel of being in England. Well done to the author for capturing all the nuances that transported me there.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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