A fragile heart needs extra care.
Burned-out social worker Aaron McCoy is on vacation for the first time in years—boss’s orders. Road-tripping to his brother’s wedding with his best friend, Tyler, seems a fun way to spend the mandatory two-week leave, and they set out for Kansas—and a difficult homecoming.
Aaron’s mother was a drug addict, and his adorable younger brother was quickly adopted, while Aaron spent his childhood in foster care. As Aaron mends fences, Tyler hopes to show him that this time, he won’t be left behind to face his problems alone.
Aaron’s opening up to how right it feels to be with Tyler and to the possibility of taking the leap from friends to lovers. But along with the wedding celebration comes a painful reminder of the past. Aaron’s heart is still breakable. Can he put it in Tyler’s hands?
About the Author
Cari Z was a bookworm as a child and remains one to this day. In an effort to combat her antisocial reading behavior, she did all sorts of crazy things, from competitive gymnastics to alligator wresting (who even knew that was legal!) to finally joining the Peace Corps, which promptly sent her and her husband to the wilds of West Africa, stuck them in a hut, and said, “See ya!” She also started writing then because what else are you going to do for entertainment with no electricity? She writes award-winning LGBTQ fiction featuring aliens, supervillains, soothsayers, and even normal people sometimes. You can contact Cari at email@example.com. In fact, please do. She’d love to hear from you. Website: cari-z.net Blog: carizerotica.blogspot.com Twitter: @author_cariz
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
3.5-4 stars- Handle with Care was mellower and different from what I typically expect and previously read from this author. While this wasn’t a hard-hitting suspense full of exciting action scenes, it was an enjoyable read with more of a meandering pace that I’d recommend to those readers looking for a sweet friends-to-lovers story. The friends-to-lovers trope is a favorite of mine because it can deliver all the deep chemistry that comes with knowing a person for a long time. While I definitely got the sense of a strong connection between Aaron and Tyler, I just kept waiting to feel the big spark between the men…it did get there, but it was pretty late in the game. In some ways, I suppose I’d consider Handle with Care a slow-burn romance, but the lack of build-up and tension throughout the novella makes it harder to consider this a successful slow-burner. Although the romance left me a bit wanting, I did enjoy the characters, premise of the story, road trip adventures, and wedding missteps and successes. Fans of this author will also be pleased to know her typical bright banter and writing style definitely came through in Handle with Care. What did surprise me was the fair amount of angst in the story. Though not excessively sad or painful, this definitely wasn’t what I’d consider the typical Dreamspun Desires light and fluffier style. For me, that conflict and depth suited my reading tastes and I liked how the characters developed and resolved their issues in the end. Overall, I found Handle with Care to be a good, quick read with solid characters, even though it missed some of the spark in the romance. *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*