Title: And Call Me in the Morning
Series: And Call Me in the Morning, # 1
Author: Willa Okati
Length: Novel (264 pages)
Publisher: Loose Id. (15 Jan 2010)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Blurb: Take two, and call me in the morning.
Eli and Zane. Colleagues at work and close friends, though on the surface it’s an unexpected friendship between an odd couple. While Zane took the “high school to college to med school” track, medicine is Eli’s second career and the best choice he ever made. He has work that he loves, an extended second family of colleagues and friends, and Zane.
So why does everyone make such a big deal about the pair of them?
Yes, they spend a lot of time together. It doesn’t mean they’re a real couple. When teased about it one too many times by their colleagues, Zane challenges Eli to set the record straight with a kiss to prove there’s absolutely no chemistry between them.
Neither expected a spark to ignite between them. More than a spark. Desire. Passion.
Zane wants to try getting up close and personal again to see if it was a one-time fluke or something more. Eli thinks he’s too old to jump the fence now, but he can’t say no to Zane and he doesn’t want to.
Truth be told, Eli’s not so sure they can set the record straight after all.
Product Link: http://www.loose-id.com/and-call-me-in-the-morning.html
Review: For me when it comes to Willa Okati’s books they can be a bit hit and miss, but Call Me in the Morning is easily one of my favourites from the author. This is perfect for anyone who likes to read a nice (mostly sweet) story about two friends realising they are really in love.
Eli and Zane are both doctors who work at the Immaculate Grace. They’re basically two peas in a pod. Eli’s wife left him when their marriage broke down (amicably too!) and Zane doesn’t seem to have any attachments whatsoever. The running joke between some of their friends/work colleagues is that Zane is Eli’s wife. There’s a lot of “where’s your wife?” jokes where Eli replies about his ex.
These guys are in their early forties, well Eli definitely is and furthermore, Eli change career to become a doctor later while in his thirties. So when you see a somewhat mature relationship with very little angst, it’s both relatable and believable. The romance between them is both sweet and gentle, despite the fact that these guys are exploring their sexuality at the same time. However, it is quickly obvious that Zane is more open to these changes in their relationship than Eli. After all, it is Zane that suggests that they kiss – purely for scientific purposes, of course.
I liked that some of the drama in the book actually stemmed from events outside of the relationship and had no bearing on the ultimate outcome for the most part. If I must make one criticism, it is that Zane is too sensitive to Eli’s tendency to put his foot in his mouth, for the most part friends are desensitized to this sort of thing or else we’d be continually fighting with our friends. That really did bug me a bit because Zane was all for exploring his feelings for Eli but if Eli said something wrong Zane flounced off and then Eli was the one that went to fix things.
The supporting characters are also wonderful. We get to know the guys friends, also doctors, Diana and Holly, as well as younger guys Taye and Richie. This is enjoyable to the end and HEA ending to make us happy.
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