Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Handle with Care by Josephine Myles

Title:  Handle with Care
Author: Josephine Myles
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Release Date: April 2012
Main Characters: Ben and Ollie
Publisher: Samhain
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
The best things in life aren’t free…they’re freely given.

Ben Lethbridge doesn’t have many vices left. After raising his little sister to adulthood, he wasted no time making up for the youth he lost to responsible parenting. Two years of partying it up—and ignoring his diabetes—has left him tethered to a home dialysis regimen.

He can do his job from his flat, fortunately, but most of his favourite things are forbidden. Except for DVD porn…and fantasizing over Ollie, the gorgeous, purple-haired skateboarder who delivers it.

Their banter is the highlight of Ben’s lonely day, but his illness-ravaged body is the cruel reality that prevents him from believing they’ll do anything more than flirt. Not to mention the age gap. Still, Ben figures there’s no harm in sprucing himself up a bit.

Then one day, a package accidentally splits open, revealing Ben’s dirty little secret…and an unexpected connection that leaves him wondering if he’s been reading Ollie wrong all this time. There’s only one way to find out: risk showing Ollie every last scar. And hope “far from perfect” is good enough for a chance at love.

Warning: Contains superhero porn comics and a cute, accident-prone delivery guy with colour-changing hair. Readers may experience coffee cravings, an unexpected liking for bad mullets, and the urge to wrap Ollie up and take him home.

My Review:
This is definitely not your typical romance novel. Ben is in the middle of dialysis and waiting for an organ replacement after completely screwing up after partying too hard. The dialysis requires a tube through his abdomen and leaves him swollen for a lot of the day. His one highlight of the day is when Ollie, the delivery guy, brings him the latest porn dvd he's ordered. Okay, are you getting this? It's definitely not typical, but it was still interesting to read.

Ollie is a skater dude with the typical wild hair and piercings. He's into and curious about Ben. But Ben doesn't realize this. He thinks Ollie's flirting is just him being nice. He's not even sure that Ollie is gay. Finally things come out and they are set up for their first date which is blown out of the water when Ben's health takes a turn. 

This probably isn't a book that I would re-read just because the medical aspect of it, but I did enjoy it at the time. These are two guys who are definitely in transition as they fall into a relationship. Those life changes would make any new relationship tough. There is also a huge difference in their ages. Ben is in his thirties. Ollie is twenty-one. They have a lot to overcome, but it was fun to follow their journey. 

This book is set in England and I lived there for a couple of years. There was a lot of phrasing of things in the book that took me back to when we lived there which made it fun on an even deeper level. Like I said, it was an interesting read and I had fun getting to know Ollie and Ben.

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