Wake Up Call

Wake Up Call

by JL Merrow

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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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Stories in the Porthkennack universe can be enjoyed in any order -- jump in wherever you'd like!

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157413439
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Publication date: 04/17/2017
Series: Porthkennack , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 427,034
File size: 899 KB

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Wake Up Call 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Warm, fun romance. Cheered for the characters all the way. Hated to see it end. Will go on my favorites list for rereads!
V-Rundell More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars! Devan Thompson is a 24 y/o mechanic who desperately wants to know who his family was. He was given up for adoption, but the family who took him disintegrated when he was young and he was shuffled from placement to placement and group home to group home until he aged out of the system. He recently learned that his birth mother is alive and part of a prominent family in Porthkennack, a seaside town on England's Atlantic coast, so he's come on an extended holiday to attempt to meet her in person, now that his attempts to reach her via email have been ignored. While getting up his courage, and staking out the lay of the land in Porthkennack, Dev meets Kyle, when it seems he's collapsed due to heavy drinking at eleven in the morning. That's what a local girl says, anyway, as the townies see, Kyle, the strange new resident, as a lewd mystery. Dev didn't smell any alcohol though, and some of his "caregivers" were chronic alcoholics, so he's familiar with the signs. Digging deeper, Dev learns that Kyle was diagnosed with narcolepsy and cataplexy, and he is often struck by attacks of either quite suddenly. He retired from his job as a barrister, fearing that he'd have an attack while in court, and not being able to control his situation left him bitter and frustrated. Kyle's unsure what Devan might want with a surly, broken man like himself, and isn't excited to even begin a friendship. But, Devan also knows people, not just cars, and he's got precious little else to do. Reuniting with his mum seems as exercise in failure, and he's glad to have Kyle's shoulder to cry on when it gets ugly. I liked this textured and layered story of two isolated men building a connection that makes them both whole. Devan's sweet and faithful attitude is a balm to Kyle's wounded heart. Kyle has worked his whole life for a career that now seems moot--and he laments giving up on so many opportunities to have a richer life for studies that haven't borne fruit. Kyle has a lot of resentment about his disability, but Dev hardly finds it a challenge; he's searching out ways to accommodate Kyle's attacks and Kyle's touched that this stranger is more compassionate and conscientious than his former lover of several years. Meanwhile, Dev's always lamented his lack of family. He's desired the connections all his friends have--someplace to go come Christmas, and people who build a life around knowing you. His dreams are realized in Porthkennack, but not in the way he anticipated. This is a sweet and tender romance, with some steam, but it's also an interesting story that educated me regarding new disabilities and the insensitivity some have towards afflicted persons. A review copy was provided by NetGalley.
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jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
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. He’s only there for three weeks though, so what comes next, when he lives in London, and they have such disparate backgrounds, can they make things work, is there a future for them. I was so rooting for one, Kyle is a lovely man and he needed someone like Dev to balance him, and likewise he was so good for Dev, even someone so supportive of others needs someone to lean on himself. Along the way we meet some fabulous characters, Dev’s sister and his friend Mal, the landladies, Ceri who works locally in the cafe and is hard to get along with at first. Dev’s not easily rebuffed though and just what she needs, someone who cares and who makes her see all is not lost, she’s had a hard time recently, problems that happen to too many teens. Then there’s her uncle Jago, her dad, the two girls on holiday – its a real mix of characters much like real life. Stars: Five, a real fun read with some serious issues within it. ARC supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and Publishers