Book Reviews

Wake-up Call by Becky Black at JMS Books

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Officers of the Law / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 31-August-2017

Book Blurb

When you live beside a cat café, it’s inevitable the fur will start flying eventually. Derek “Dez” Walker, a police officer wounded in a shooting, feels adrift and isolated as he makes a slow recovery. Others call him a hero, but it’s a title he doesn’t think he deserves.

When Dez intervenes in a burglary at the cat café near his apartment, he meets the owner, Francis “Fran” Green. Though he’s a hero to Fran for his intervention in the burglary, it’s Fran who becomes a strong source of support for Dez. Fran offers friendship to his vulnerable neighbour and, as they spend more time together, Dez comes to rely on Fran ... and his cats.

He begins to find the way out of his isolation, but does he deserve everything Fran offers?

Book Review

Dez Walker, of 'Wake Up Call' by Becky Black, is not expecting to have to deal with a possible burglary while he's recovering from being shot, but when Dez hears a commotion next door, he instinctively reacts, putting his police training in action and ignoring his anxiety. Dez interrupts the intruder, but not before the owner, Fran, is assaulted. He needs medical care but won't go because someone needs to care for his cats. Dez doesn't know much about cats but does understand Fran's concerns. At first the cats are suspicious, but the lure of food draws them in. Dez decides to spend the night so the cats, who have been traumatized by the whole ordeal, will feel safer.

With Fran, like many people who have pets, it's a case of love me, love my pet. He's so impressed with Dez going what he considers is above and beyond. He can't thank him enough. Fran thinks Dez is a hero, but Dez is having none of it. The last thing Dez feels like is a hero; the experience that landed him on medical leave also left him with PTSD. Fran is sympathetic with his plight and tries to think of ways to help Dez find his confidence again.

This a short, uncomplicated story about two men, cats, and a serious message about PTSD. I admire Fran for looking beyond Dez's inability to cope and having the patience it takes to work with him, so Dez can find his way back to living. This story is perfect for sitting in a comfortable chair on a rainy afternoon, along with a cup of tea. Thanks, Becky, for the delightful tale.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 16350 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 08-April-2017
Price $2.99 ebook
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