Monday, July 21, 2014

And Call Me in the Evening

Author: Willa Okati
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: www.loose-id.com
ISBN/BIN: 9781623001179
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Zane and Eli have been a couple for awhile but they still have issues—trust and open communication being at the top of the list. They love each other and have a good life together so that should be enough, but not knowing what your partner is thinking can cause more problems than you realize.

That becomes obvious when they’re home from their latest assignment with Medicins Sans Frontieres. Zane loves traveling but Eli is ready to settle down and open his own clinic. Unfortunately, they can’t talk without Zane getting angry and when Eli’s ex-wife comes to town, their problems only get worse. With their life suddenly so unsettled it’s no wonder Eli’s having chest pain—and not telling anyone. Can they work through their problems or will Eli’s pending health crisis destroy their future?

And Call Me in the Evening is the second release in Willa Okati’s And Call Me in the Morning series. Due to the ongoing relationships of the characters, you need to read the books in order.

I can’t believe it’s been four years since we first met Zane and Eli. I loved these guys when they were introduced and feared there’d never be any further books about them. Imagine my surprise when I came across the blurb for their new story and realized the long awaited second book was finally here. I was shocked—and pleased—and happy.

These two are a good match, but each is full of flaws and insecurities. The author did a great job of describing the rollercoaster of emotions experienced, showing they aren’t perfect but full of human failings. They’re really likeable men, dedicated, responsible and loving but they don’t communicate well and that’s where the trouble in their relationship begins. They keep their feelings bottled up and don’t talk. That’s my big niggle. Eli didn’t talk, Zane got angry. I’m not a big fan of using lack of communication for the serious trouble in a characters relationship, while in reality I know it happens. It’s a catch-22.

I liked how the secondary characters are woven into the story. These individuals are wonderful friends to Eli and Zane and its nice seeing them again. The imagery is vivid, the dialogue snappy and there’s plenty of drama. And Call Me in the Evening is well written, full of pain and angst—but most of all love. I’m not going to deny that it isn’t perfect, but overall I found it enjoyable and entertaining, and I want more about these two loving men in the future.

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