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Wake Up Call by J.L. Merrow

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Wake Up Call by J.L. Merrow

Book Info

Book Series
Porthkennack #1
About the Author
JL Merrow is that rare beast, an English person who refuses to drink tea. She read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, where she learned many things, chief amongst which was that she never wanted to see the inside of a lab ever again. Her one regret is that she never mastered the ability of punting one-handed whilst holding a glass of champagne.

She writes across genres, with a preference for contemporary gay romance and the paranormal, and is frequently accused of humour. Her novella Muscling Through was a 2013 EPIC Award finalist, and her novel Slam! won the 2013 Rainbow Award for Best LGBT Romantic Comedy. Her novel Relief Valve is a finalist in the 2015 EPIC Awards.

JL Merrow is a member of the UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet organising team.
Author Website
Publication Date
April 17, 2017
Available Formats
pdf, mobi, html, epub
South London mechanic Devan Thompson has gone to Porthkennack to track down someone he’s been waiting all his life to know. But Dev’s distracted from his quest by Kyle, a broodingly handsome local of only a few months, who’s already got a reputation as an alcoholic because of his strange behaviour—including a habit of collapsing in the street.

Kyle Anthony fled to Porthkennack to escape from the ruins of his life. Still raging against his diagnosis of narcolepsy—a condition that’s cost him his job as a barrister, his lover, and all chance of normality—the last thing he wants is another relationship that’s doomed to fail. But Dev’s easy-going acceptance and adaptability, not to mention his good looks, have Kyle breaking all his self-imposed rules.

When disaster strikes Dev’s adored little sister, Kyle steps up to the plate, and Dev sees a side of his lover he wasn’t prepared for: competent, professional—and way out of Dev’s league. With one man determined that they don’t have a future, and the other fearing it, life after Porthkennack is starting to look bleak for both of them.

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Entertaining with thick accents
Dev and Kyle 
Ha...this was funny, witty and also with some serious issues read.
This whole story is written in one thick accent.

Dev arrives in Porthkennack to find and talk to someone. Kyle lives there a few months now to escape his home situation and did not integrate well in Porthkennack yet!
He has narcolepsy, falls asleep just like that. Dev finds him lying on a bench sleeping.
It's hard to live with narcoleptica , he lost his job as a barrister, his partner and his dignity.
Dev has no problem with this fact and has an easygoing way with it, and Kyle is surprised by that.

Dev open and outspoken. Kyle some less open and more serious. They argue a lot and Dev always returns after running away.
Dev think of himself as a simple man, but God he has so much depth. He thinks in layers and they are all really amazing.

The barrister and the mechanic like each other a lot. Kyle thinks they have no future because of his illness but Dev thinks he is more than only his narcolepsy. Even when he collapsed after he comes.....

There is a lot of story going on in Porthkennack. Dev is become friends with Ceri the waitress, there is a lot going on with her. And also with Dev his foster sister and his roommate Mal has a good part in this story. But the biggest part is about Dev and Kyle their story.

When I found out all meaning of the local language and the accents in this story it did read better for me.
Entertaining, original storyline, down to earth and awesome funny. 
The pace was steady and thanks to all the 'lads-mo-Oi-mate-innit-S’pose-you know-aint I- it was a really a great read.

ARC received from Divine Magazine given by Netgalley  
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