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Wake Up Call (Porthkennack Book 1) by [Merrrow, JL]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2969 KB
  • Print Length: 278 pages
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  • Publisher: Riptide Publishing (15 April 2017)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B071CJDC66
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
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Wake Up Call,  JL Merrow

Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Genre:  romance, LGBTQIA

I’ve read a couple of JLM novels, and liked the look of this one – and it was great fun to read.

Devan, what a great lad. eternally optimistic, always read to see the good in others, despite the harsh realities of life for kids like him, fostered out to people who sometimes genuinely care, but more often are in it for the money, seeing it as a job rather than wanting to give kids a home. Then at 18 its out, on your own, the state washes its hands. Isn’t that shameful? Still, Dev is just such a wonderful character despite all that I couldn’t help falling a bit on love with him ;-)
He’s on a search for his roots, and its taken him to Cornwall where he meets Kyle.

Kyle, he’s in a bit of a down-spell, recently diagnosed with Narcolepsy and Cataplexia, and like most people he – and I – knew little of the realities. Its not just napping at inconvenient moments, but something that’s unpredictable, hard to treat and lifelong. A couple of medicines and some herbs aren’t going to put his life back to what it was. There is help though, treatment to manage the condition and with some life changes he could still have a decent future, He’s in retreat though, determined not to take anything, not to give in, and yet what he’s doing is exactly that. It takes Dev and his kindness, his sense of fun and adventure to show Kyle there is hope.

Along the way they have hiccups, plenty of them, and sometimes it seems each good time for Kyle and Dev ends in yet another row, another one that has Dev stomping off, only to turn up later with apologies.
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It's rare for me to read a book and get to the end thinking 'wow'. This is definitely one of those books. I can't fault a single thing about it. I just loved it.

JLM creates an atmosphere, describes an emotion and writes a scene in a way that you can imagine and feel what is happening in great detail but there's also a great sense of humour there, it's very dry and sarcastic (which is absolutely my favourite kind) and had me repeatedly laughing out loud. It made me feel like I was there with them.

Dev didn't have the easiest of childhoods, growing up in the care system he has turned out well, all things considered but now he wants answers and having done his research, he has taken a three week holiday to Porthkennack where he hopes to get his information. He doesn't expect to find himself coming to the aid of the local drunk, a man he finds very attractive and whom he suspects doesn't actually have a drink problem at all.

Kyle hates the life he lives, he knows what people think about him and tends to keep himself shut away to save embarrassment. It seems easier to hide his illness rather than put the townsfolk straight. Keeping his secret is easier said than done though, when he seems to keep running into Dev at the worst times, yet Dev isn't put off by Kyle's demeanour and he seems determined to insinuate himself into his life and has a way of making Kyle feel at ease.

Although these two men are the main characters, Dev manages to make a friend in Ceri, a local girl, who has her own set of problems and she plays a large part in the story too. She has a chip on her shoulder and a terrible attitude that doesn't chase Dev away, it just makes him more protective of her.
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I really enjoyed this book!. Wake Up Call is the first in the Porthkennack series which is a fictional town in the south west of England and each book in the series will be written by a different author.

Dev is in Porthkennack for a three-week holiday, his best mate Mal was supposed to go with him but instead goes on a sun seeking abroad holiday instead leaving Dev to come to Porthkennack on his own. Dev also has an ulterior motive for holidaying there and is seeking to find someone from his past.

Dev ends up making friends with a local waitress Ceri when they bond over having oddly spelt names, whilst eating at the cafe Ceri works at he meets Kyle. However, it's not a typical meeting as Kyle collapses on a bench across the road from the cafe and Dev goes over to help. Many of the locals including Ceri seem to be of the opinion that Kyle who has only been in town a couple of months himself is just an alcoholic.

Kyle however suffers from narcolepsy with cataplexy, a sleep disorder that causes him to have daytime sleep attacks and is prone to collapsing when highly stimulated particularly by anger or laughter (as Dev finds out) and is not in fact an alcoholic, he doesn't even drink alcohol or consume caffeine!.

Dev finds himself instantly drawn to Kyle. Initially Kyle seems to re buff his advances but Dev soon realises this is Kyle's misguided attempts to prevent Dev from having to deal with his Narcolepsy. Kyle really struggles with his illness and fairly recent diagnosis and Dev is concerned him being 'just a mechanic' won't be enough for Kyle who prior to his diagnosis was a criminal lawyer.

This book is a fairly slow burn read but it is oh so sweet and wonderful.
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