Thursday, July 6, 2017

Release Blitz Review: Handle with Care by Josephine Myles

Handle with Care
by Josephine Myles
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: July 6, 2017

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

I find this to be a pleasant surprise. Going in, I didn't have a lot of expectation. I thought this is just fluff with a lot of sex without much plot. From the beginning, there isn't any proper set up whatsoever. We dive straight into Ben who was home bound with a medical problem and acquired a fetish with porn DVDs hoping to see the delivery punk twink again and again. However, as the story progress, there are some great character development, some misunderstand and conflict that make me really connect with the characters despite their flaws.

Ben had a medical problem that make him turning into a total hermit with only his porn as his companion. Seeing Ollie, the delivery punk with purple hair is the only action he gets. With his condition, Ben's character had a mixture of vulnerability, self awareness, but pride and stubbornness too. 

Ollie is a ball of energy, super cute twink that I can't really get a read on. He seems fascinated with Ben despite his condition and thought Ben is the coolest guy ever. Ollie seems nice and it give me all the warm and fuzzy feelings that he is making Ben happy. But only towards the second half of the book when we really explore of his history that I really get connected with his character. 

This story is not just about Ollie loving Ben despite his medical problems, is much more than that. We get to see how their relationship growth and how they work past their age gap, their financial status and all the minor misunderstanding and miscommunication in between. Filled with much humor, this is a light hearted read with some emotional moments too.

English through and through, Josephine Myles is addicted to tea and busy cultivating a reputation for eccentricity. She writes gay erotica and romance, but finds the erotica keeps cuddling up to the romance, and the romance keeps corrupting the erotica. Jo blames her rebellious muse but he never listens to her anyway, no matter how much she threatens him with a big stick. She’s beginning to suspect he enjoys it.

Jo’s novel Stuff won the 2014 Rainbow Award for Best Bisexual Romance, and her novella Merry Gentlemen won the 2014 Rainbow Award for Best Gay Romantic Comedy. She loves to be busy, and is currently having fun trying to work out how she is going to fit in her love of writing, dressmaking and attending cabaret shows in fabulous clothing around the demands of a preteen with special needs and an incessantly curious toddler.

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