Once a week for a good while now I visit a set of old girls at a care home and read to them and every couple of weeks I drag all my old books or books that I have collected over a period of weeks into the home for the ladies to read.
I try not to discuss them on here because for one – they are the bane of my existence – they are cheeky, opinionated and just plain embarrassing and I cannot imagine my life without them.
Something happened with us last week and for a few days I was not only trying to get over the fact that I had exposed these ladies to their first m/m books which they took it in their stride and like a duck to water, but that they still have what to takes to embarrass the hell out of me.
While delivering my latest set of books to the home – the girls decided to give my bag a good old search, I have given up on them, it’s no use telling them not to do it, I just check to make sure all the incriminating stuff is left at home.
Anyhow I had my ereader (Fitzroy) with me and the first book on top was none other than Willa Okati – And Call me in The Morning. By the time I came back to where we were set up to read they were already on page seventeen ( they do know how to manipulate my Fitzroy, we have all been together a long time).... So my entire plan to read Charlotte Lamb – Runaway Wife went right through the window.
I should have realised that something was up when the care worker asked them what was up and their response was – “They were checking out my Alternative reads”… That’s the code for risqué reading material (once again, we have been together too long, we have codes)
Anyhow it took me two lots of reading session to get through the books – but it was the discussion after that made this day one of the best and one of the most embarrassing since a long time.
I am just going to give the highlights of this book for me and the girls, but to read a sum up of the book itself check out Jesse review of it…
While they took the teasing in stride, at times it was frustrating that no one believed they were just friends. One day while out with their colleagues the constant teasing became unbearable so Zane suggested privately to Eli one way to put a stop to it. His plan: that they kiss each other and hopefully find it a horrible experience,…..
Jesse © Reviews By Jesse Wave
And Call Me in the Morning
Genre: LGBT Erotic Contemporary
Take two, and call me in the morning.
Eli and Zane. Colleagues at work and close friends, though on the surface it's an unexpected friendship between an odd couple. While Zane took the "high school to college to med school" track, medicine is Eli's second career and the best choice he ever made. He has work that he loves, an extended second family of colleagues and friends, and Zane.
So why does everyone make such a big deal about the pair of them?
Yes, they spend a lot of time together. It doesn't mean they're a real couple. When teased about it one too many times by their colleagues, Zane challenges Eli to set the record straight with a kiss to prove there's absolutely no chemistry between them.
Neither expected a spark to ignite between them. More than a spark. Desire. Passion.
Zane wants to try getting up close and personal again to see if it was a one-time fluke or something more. Eli thinks he's too old to jump the fence now, but he can't say no to Zane and he doesn't want to.
Truth be told, Eli's not so sure they can set the record straight after all.
Let me declare straight off that Willa Okati work is a hit and miss for me, but I was lead to the Book by Kris from Kris 'n' Good Books because of the cover - I was loving it. It is following in the vein of a set of recent releases where the story line is about mature men and the cover is reflecting this. I was pleased.
Once the book was finished the girls wanted to know if this is what I read when I am home – I of course said yes and I have been reading it for a long time. This led to them wanting to know why they were not aware of this.
I cut straight to the point and told them I was not sure if they could handle it and I was not sure how open-minded they would be to m/m lifestyle and the books in general. I could see the hurt in a few of them, just by their shoulders and a little drop in their devil may care attitude – but I explained as best as I could and we had a little chat about it and I am not sure if we are OK, but we moved on and chatted about the book.
To say I was impressed by how they took this book apart is an understatement.
- The book started with guys who are comfortable with each other and are not shy about this, so a good start.
- Enough differences between them – but they are mature enough to appreciate the commonalities and have fun with it.
- No double talk was in this – once the guys decided to have ago at figuring out what was between them, they didn’t pussy foot around - plain speaking all round.
- Supports cast - well done, well places, very defined and lots of balances at work eg.
.Younger guy being very insightful and counselling older guy
.Female cast was not the obligatory hateful creatures – I loved the two ladies in this – they meant well and they acted it and made a difference to both Eli’s and Zane’ life.
.I Loved the sort of hero worship thing that was happening in this as well – so underplayed, but there none the less and it was really sweet.
.We got a look at the men at play and at work and it was clear they had something between them.
- Some genuine issues were dealt with – topical, suited the plot and dished out in such a way that even the ladies who are used to a different type of health care system could understand.
- One thing I absolutely loved in this book was that there was none of the standard overuse words – Like, mine, yours, forever etc… not one was in this book… such a refreshing change.
Where the ladies fell in love with Zane and Eli.
Zane waved from his position stretched out on the couch, arms crossed under his head.
He'd loosened his tie and rolled up his shirt sleeves, taken off his shoes, but was otherwise
ready for anything. Right now, that seemed to be lying still with his eyes closed, listening to
something jazzy and bluesy wafting from his speaker system. Eli glanced at the iPod dock
and wished, for a moment, they still did records. A phonograph and a scratch every now and
then would make the picture perfect.
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“Still in my scrubs. I was so fucking spaced I didn't even think to shower, much less
change to my streets. You had me all tied up in knots, you know that?”
“Yet you're here,” Zane said.
Eli was better with the silences, not the words—quelle surprise, that—and it took him a
second to interpret this. “Where else would I want to be?” he asked, stating the plain facts.
“After a rough day, all I want is to go home.”
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The embarrassing moments
The ladies range from the ages 67years to 82years and I was sure there was going to be some embarrassing questions and they didn’t let me down.
Eli chuckled at himself, took the washcloth back and did a proper—better, anyway—job of
clean-up. That done, he collapsed on his back. In the wet spot. Bah; he couldn't be bothered
to move. He held one arm out at his side, silently beckoning Zane in.
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When we got to this part – they promptly asked me why the wet spot would be such a big deal
This was how it was phrase - “I have slept in loads of wet spot before”.
and I wanted to die….
I barely had time to recover before they wanted to know why the fingers were used….
At this point I thought - just kill me and be done with it..
I couldn’t take anymore…
Yup – I did not touch that topic - I packed up and told them next week we will discuss it…
I am dreading next week…
What did I get myself into..
I got this book specifically because of the cover. The cover suited the book but I was even more impressed with the book itself. I thought Ms. Okati took a well trodden product, used what was available to her, namely the characters, the support cast and some well place angst and made this book a winner.
She drew me in with the fun loving, but practical attitude that she gave her cast, the straight talking that she allowed them to toss out at will and used some topical issues to explore the strength of their characters.
With little to no fluffing around she literally cut right to the chase and produced a tightly written books with barely anything to moan about.
If you are looking for a book with a hell of alot of difference this is it. For me this was a wonderful reintroduction to Okati’s work.