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.
This was right British, mate. I was knackered trying to decipher the first couple of chapters, but once I got the hang of it, it went down smoother than an ice-cold pint. And worth it too, innit? An angsty, interesting treat, just fit for meself. Oi, I reckon you'll fancy this book too.
I don't read much J.L. Merrow, so I forgot how utterly British her books sound. However, I was insanely grateful for that fact once I got going because it was like a breath of fresh air.
Wake Up Call felt unique. First of all, I absolutely go gaga for an MC with a disability, and I was beyond fascinated by Kyle's narcolepsy. Truthfully, I didn't know much about the disorder prior to reading this book, but I was insanely curious to learn all about it. I think that the author did a fab job of showing Kyle's condition in a realistic light. I loved how she allowed Kyle to be cranky and imperfect and let his personality shine through, while still giving us a sense of living with a chronic, debilitating disorder.
I also liked Dev and his backstory. He was sort of rough around the edges, but I loved how daring and charming he was. He really won me over with his personality and his way with people, and I felt like I really got to know him.
I thought that Dev and Kyle made a great match, and I loved how they both sort of fumbled through the beginnings of their relationship. It was a little slow burny, and I liked the pacing of their courtship (so to speak).
I wasn't as crazy about Ceri, though not because I thought she was a bad character. I simply thought that there was a bit too much focus on Ceri, and I wasn't quite sure of her appeal at the start. However, I did like how the author integrated secondary characters, and I liked the range of people that we got to meet.
Overall, this was a really well done story that gave me a lovely sense of place in the small town of Porthkennack. I really enjoyed the whole thing from start to finish, and though the British slang through me for a bit, I wouldn't have had the book any other way.
*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*
Enjoy, my friends!