Handle with Care by Josephine Myles 4*
BLURB: The best things in life aren’t free…they’re freely given.
Ben Lethbridge doesn’t have many vices left. After raising his little sister to adulthood, he wasted no time making up for the youth he lost to responsible parenting. Two years of partying it up—and ignoring his diabetes—has left him tethered to a home dialysis regimen.
He can do his job from his flat, fortunately, but most of his favourite things are forbidden. Except for DVD porn…and fantasizing over Ollie, the gorgeous, purple-haired skateboarder who delivers it.
Their banter is the highlight of Ben’s lonely day, but his illness-ravaged body is the cruel reality that prevents him from believing they’ll do anything more than flirt. Not to mention the age gap. Still, Ben figures there’s no harm in sprucing himself up a bit.
Then one day, a package accidentally splits open, revealing Ben’s dirty little secret…and an unexpected connection that leaves him wondering if he’s been reading Ollie wrong all this time. There’s only one way to find out: risk showing Ollie every last scar. And hope “far from perfect” is good enough for a chance at love.
My Review: I was drawn to this because my husband has diabetes and incipient Kidney failure, so I was interested in how the author portrayed the problems these conditions can bring. I have to say she did a bang up job of being totally honest and above board about them and still give the reader a wonderfully romantic story. I loved Ollie and, after reading about his past, I so wanted to give him a big cuddle or something. As for Ben I loved how he was so tender and caring and could also be so dimwitted at times, it made him so easy to love. If you like gritty realistic romance with lots of sappiness and a great growth of relationship story then you need to read this one.