Zack Sheldon doesn't have time to be lonely. He's in his last year as a pediatric resident, almost married to the job, and busy with the joys and sorrows that come with providing medical care to children. Professionally, he's confident, accomplished, and respected. But personally he's too insecure to approach a sexy man like Sergio Quartulli, or even to imagine that Sergio might be attracted to him.
Zack spots Sergio from across the gym, and then a chance meeting poolside somehow turns into a date. Before Zack knows it, they've become a couple, but Zack's white coat is his closet at the hospital, and committing to a relationship with Sergio makes it difficult for Zack to continue hiding behind it. On the other hand, he grew up in a small town where being gay was shameful, and he works in an environment that can sometimes be homophobic, so it's hard for him to open up about who he really is. Before Zack can make a choice on his own terms, circumstances force him to make a decision. He can continue to hide, or he can step out from behind his white coat and risk everything for love.
©2013 Jake Wells (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press
I'm actually in the middle of this book right now, and as I write a couple of outstanding review on other books, I find myself wondering why I'm still listening. The story vacillates between tender, intimate moments of self exploration and pages and pages of pedestrian, mundane and boring detail. Almost every moment of the protagonists' day is explored in detail, but when you finally arrive at the moment he and "the object of his affection" finally hit the sack, it's suddenly the next morning.
Closeted pediatrician who is very afraid of being discovered makes a series of mistakes and always apologizing for his faults. Finally he realizes who and what's important to him and this is his story. It is a heart warming read not an erotic romance but a slow burn that you will remember.
Loved his deep voice. Excellent preformance.
This story speaks of life and death it will make you laugh and cry. Truefully his quick wit and banter between co workers makes it very funny.
Go out and read something!
I did enjoy this story. I did. But I have to be completely honest. I think the editor failed to do his job. I cannot express how often I kept whispering " WRAP IT UP". I sware Zack, the main character whines through the majority of his story. I had to skim at some parts because of the repetitive nature of the writing.
I did enjoy some of the commentary between Zack and the other residents, but sometimes I wanted them to simply get to the point.
Sergio was quite entertaining, but the whole Italian stallion deal was a bit too much for me, and I wanted him to zip it.
So, the entire book focused on Zack feeling like his sexuality would cause his colleagues and family members to think less of him. It was a bit too much after the first 100 pages.
Don't get me wrong, there was some beautiful wording here and there, but sometimes, less is more.
I have a couple of coworkers who would probably like it. I sure didn't.
I didn't even finish it, only got about half way through it. So if it had any redeeming qualities, maybe there were in the second half.
Jake Wells has written one of the most intelligent and engaging stories dealing with a young doctor coming to terms with his sexual identify. Wells has done a beautify job of describing his characters that are believable and you care about. I hope that audible and dreamspinner press offers more audible books by Jake Wells. He truly is a gifted writer who could surpass many of the well known authors of mystery, romance, and adventure stories.
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