Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A White Coat Is My Closet

Author: Jake Wells
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-62798-255-9
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs reviewer: Dragon Minx

Being in the final year of his pediatric residency doesn’t leave Zack Sheldon much time for a personal life. He’s too busy taking care of sick kids to do little more than spend an afternoon at the gym. That doesn’t mean he can’t admire a sexy guy when he sees him. Unfortunately, Zack’s too personally insecure to think a man like Sergio Quartulli would be interested in him.

It’s only by accident they meet at the pool and Zack’s shocked when Sergio agrees to a date. Suddenly they’re spending time together and before he knows it, they’re a couple. It doesn’t mean after living his life in the closet that Zack’s comfortable with the idea of his co-workers at the hospital knowing he’s gay. Sergio’s not happy with the lies but is willing to give him time to work through his issues, but Zack doesn’t have much time. An unforeseen circumstance forces him to make a decision—and he has to make it now.

A White Coat is My Closet is the first book by new author Jake Wells. Coming from the medical world I’m always worried a book in a hospital setting won’t’ reflect the reality of what goes on within its walls. Sick patients and how they are dealt with—both good and bad, and the suffering they experience are often glossed over to the detriment of the story. Not in this case. As a practicing physician, Jake Wells handles these issues nicely—with care, compassion and finesse—allowing the characters and the plot to grow and develop as the story progresses. It also gives the reader a chance to think and reflect on what’s going on—how similar situations could impact their life. Can you tell? I enjoy books that make me think and that aren’t necessarily easy to get through. 

I enjoyed the imagery, especially the detailed scenes with sick little Christopher. Talk about tear-jerker pages. It was difficult to get through those, but I loved the humor and kindness shown in how to deal with a scared child. Very nicely done. The pace is smooth, there’s great banter between Sergio and Zack and their personality development is good. Maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised but the crisis in the later portion caught me totally off-guard. I couldn’t stop reading. Zack’s a mess in a lot of ways and he’s definitely not an ideal ‘hero’ but he’s also portrayed as a real person. I hope you enjoy him as much as I did. 

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