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REVIEW: “And Call Me In The Evening” by Willa Okati

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Eli’s still not great at wearing his heart on his sleeve and Zane’s still got trust issues, but they manage just fine. It’s all good. Right?

Yes and no. When the doctors find themselves grounded between trips for Medicins Sans Frontieres, things begin to change. Zane’s making plans for where they’ll go next, but homesick Eli discovers the opportunity to open a clinic of his own in his old neighborhood. He’d have thought Zane would be all over that, but Zane’s not listening. Meanwhile, there’s trouble in paradise between protégés Taye and Richie, and Eli’s ex-wife Marybeth has come back to town, bringing a heaping helping of hassle with her. Eli figures it’s no wonder he’s been having a heck of a time with chest pain—which he hasn’t told anyone about.

There’s something to be said for setting the story straight, it’s true. Eli knows he and Zane have a good thing going even if keeping it that way is the hardest—and best—part.

REVIEW:

After a guy fell in love—with his best friend, no less—what came next?

That’s exactly what I want to know! We got the small bit of Eli and Zane with their HFN at the end of “And Call Me in the Morning,” and now we have the chance to see how these best friends to best lovers are doing? You bet I jumped on that chance.

So Eli and Zane are together and have been for a few years so what’s been happening? They are now on again, off again residents of Chicago when they aren’t off saving the world as hunky yet humble doctors of Medicins Sans Frontieres, but this time back at home things are a bit different.

Zane has taken a teaching job at the University and Eli is left to meander around after an illness and trying to find something to do with him since the good folks at Immaculate Grace don’t want to take the risk of hiring the good doctor back only to have him leave again.

Holly and Diana are pretty much still the same but Taye and Richie or as I like to call them; Eli and Zane the second coming, are not in a good place. I was more than curious to find out what riff could cause these two young boys who are so head over heels for each other to hit a rough patch. I wanted them to kiss and make up after I learned there was trouble in young love paradise but I was made to wait. Boo.

I loved seeing Zane and Eli with each other this time around. They are more comfortable and settled in their relationship and just adorable as ever. The small steps even years later the Eli takes to show Zane and the world that they are together were so endearing. It’s not easy for the ex-cop now doctor to ever show his feelings, let alone that he is in a relationship with his best friend and a man, but the want in Eli to do so, I just loved it.

You can’t tell the heart who and what to love, or even when or how. Try it, and you end up withered and wrinkled and cold and sour.

The boys still have great chemistry together and their intimate moments were hot once again. The self-imposed UST with Eli drove me bonkers because I wanted it. Not only because it’s one of my favorite things with boys but I just wanted it for Eli because he wanted it so badly and the wait was well worth it.

There were communication issues with Eli and Zane, typical from the first book but I hoped they would have developed that within the relationship more over the years. It wasn’t my favorite thing but it’s believable, the non-communication, and the boys work through it well.

The big flip from the first book of who was in “danger” made me pause but after reflecting on it, again I could see it as being something that could happen. I liked the dreams Eli had about Zane and Marybeth and everyone in the room but I would have liked Zane there more. I mean, Eli was there when it was Zane and I really thought… but then I get it even when my heart wanted more.

I would have given this a higher rating but a couple things nagged me:

• The constant mention age and being old, got old. I know that Zane and Eli aren’t young men in their 20’s but they aren’t in their 70’s either. They are still at a good age and the repetition of how old they were, of not looking their age etc. started to wear me down.
• The conflict with Taye and Richie was so mysterious that I thought it would be a more involved side story but the reveal was just tossed out there like it was nothing. A lot of foreplay with their story and no release. *sigh*

But… I did had a few favorite parts but one that stands out the most for me was Eli’s declaration to Zane about labels;

“I’m just Eli. And I’m with you. Does anything else matter?”

As many times in GFY storylines boys are forced into being gay, bisexual etc. and this time, Eli was just a man who was in love with his best friend. I really liked that. It was simple, matter of fact and well done.

And Call Me in the Evening was a nice follow up to see where the boy and the gang are. I was happy with the end and wish Eli and Zane nothing but versatile happiness.

RATING: 3.5  STARS

BOOK INFO:

22493381Title: And Call Me in the Evening
Author: Willa Okati
Publisher: Loose ID
Pages: 145
Release Date: June 17, 2014
Purchase Links:  Loose ID, ARe, Amazon, B&N

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