Friday, April 28, 2017

Release Blitz Review: One Call Away by Felice Stevens

One Call Away
by Felice Stevens
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 28, 2017

When a brutal attack from a jealous competitor leaves Noah Strauss, darling of the modeling world, physically scarred and emotionally damaged, he quits the runway to become a psychologist. Using his contacts from his time in the spotlight, he creates One Call Away, a radio show dedicated to gay men looking for love, advice or someone to talk to. But with secrets of his own and a mother who refuses to understand the career path he's chosen, the one person Noah can't seem to help is himself.

On a drunken dare from the senior partner's grandson, Oren Leavitt calls Noah’s radio show, pretending to be gay. Only Oren isn't certain if he's pretending. He's left his strict Orthodox Jewish upbringing behind, but the guilt remains. Guilt that his actions have prevented his sister from finding a husband and guilt that he's failed his parents. Talking to "Dr. Noah" helps, and as he finds himself calling the man again and again, he knows he must be honest. But Oren is unsure if he's lying to Noah or himself.

For Noah, trust is paramount; he's been deceived in his personal and professional life and while he desperately wants to help Oren, he also finds himself falling for the sweet and tortured man. Oren is trapped: he risks losing his job and more importantly the love and security of his family but knows he can't hide if if wants to be with Noah. When unresolved heartaches from the past rise up to control the present, Noah and Oren discover that love often comes from the most unexpected places, and sometimes a call for help not only saves a life, it can be a new and beautiful beginning.

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I love the title of this book, just charmingly beautiful. The heroes in this book first engaged through a radio call, what a start to a romantic tale, right? This story deals with some heavy issue about sexual identity, coming out within a religious family and dealing with family expectation. Although it sounds heavy, the author had a way of delivering it that make it heartfelt and touching without the stress and anxiety of angst.

Noah is the Radio Doctor, a psychologist that has his own radio show helping the LGBTQ community. However, prior to this, Noah lived a totally different life, under the limelight being a successful model. But helping people is what Noah enjoy best rather than living a the high life. 

Oren is a young lawyer, coming from an extremely religious community. Being gay is plainly not accepted and due to his inability to deal with his family expectation, Oren left home to pursue his career, but still keep a close contact with his family. However, Oren is still very much hiding a big part of himself. 

Both of them deals with different issue but the underlying cause is about their family expectation of them. Noah played a pivotal role of encouraging Oren to own up to his feelings and sexuality. On the other hand, Noah also deals with an underlying sense of insecurity about himself.

I did find the outcome was slightly mellow, I don't actually witness much drama at the end. A lot issue that are dealing with especially with Oren is all preconditioned in him. However, reading about these two lost soul finding love and navigating their lives through these challenges are an emotional journey.

I have always been a romantic at heart. I believe that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending around the corner, my characters have to work for it, however. Like life in NYC, nothing comes easy and that includes love.

I live in New York City with my husband and two children and hopefully soon a cat of my own. My day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass or two of red wine. I practice law but daydream of a time when I can sit by a beach somewhere and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there is bound to be a few bumps along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.

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