Review: Handle With Care by Josephine Myles

Posted June 25, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 12 Comments

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Review: Handle With Care by Josephine Myles
Handle With Care

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Genres: Contemporary Romance, M/M Romance
Published by Samhain Publishing
Released on April 24, 2012
Pages: 149
Format: eBook
Source: Free Book
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What could have been just your average age-difference romance was given life and complexity with well-drawn characters and the issues of severe health issues on the part of one and past abuse for the other.  I was all in and cheering for them to find their way to happy.


Handle with Care is a standalone that I picked up years ago and finally decided to give it a go.  I no sooner encounter Benji, living a half-life in his Reading flat as he waits for a kidney and pancrea transplant.  The highlight of his days is waiting for the chipper and flirty parcel delivery guy, Ollie, in all his skater guy-looking glory to come by for a brief chat and a delivery.  If only Ollie knew how pathetic he was ordering stuff (aka porn) just to see him come more often than just drop off his medicine.

This story is gently-paced, has its stops and starts as these two slowly work things out.  Ben is the sole narrator of the story and this is good because it makes Ollie something of an enigma that has to be discovered as Ben gets to know him and earns his trust.  There are so many complexities and I love how the author didn’t give them free passes on their feelings or words.  Ben is hung up on feeling unattractive and unable to function with another guy because his medical issues like having a port in his belly, his treatments, and his endurance.  Ben works for a software company and is doing pretty good.  They’re opposites really.  Ollie is something of an enigma at first.  He seems like this happy-g0-lucky skater kid, just getting by, who might have a thing for an older guy.  Ollie’s hang-ups aren’t so obvious at first since Ben’s health is the overriding concern of everyone, but as it all comes out, my heart just broke for him.

There are some spicy moments in the book and I chucked about Ollie’s show of a bit of medical kink, but the relationship and the health issues take the front seat through most of the beginning.

In the end, it was heartwarming and hot, more complex than I expected, and a well-written m/m contemporary romance that I was glad to have read and can recommend.


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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3 years ago

I’m surprised this story worked out so well within just a few pages, but it definitely sounds interesting! Hugs…RO

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  RO

Yeah, there were some big issues brought up, but I thought she did a pretty good job of writing them well and focusing on the characters themselves and their relationship so it worked for me. 🙂

Always a pleasure, Ro! 🙂

Anne (The Reading Life)

Wow, this is a pretty short story (with only about 200 pages). I agree, I feel like this book would be perfect when you just want romance haha. Great post!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Yes, it was one that I let set on the shelf until it was a right mood right time moment. 🙂

3 years ago

I feel like I could knock this out in an afternoon and love that it exceeded your expectations! You had me at heartwarming and hot… ! <3

L @ Do You Dog-ear?

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Lindsi

True! It’s not a long one, but the pacing does stretch it out a little.

Hehe! They are definitely two hot and fun guys. 😉

3 years ago

Aw, this seems like a really sweet romance – and it focuses on a “topic” that I don’t read about much, with one of them being so sick.


Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Yes, it was an interesting element to build on particularly when Ben’s background comes out in relation to his health. Definitely a unique one, Lauren!

Stephanie Jane
3 years ago

It’s lovely when a book that has hung around a while turns out to be well worth the wait 🙂

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Stephanie Jane

Yes, exactly. Sometimes when a contemporary doesn’t get read right away it loses its relevancy, but this one didn’t. 🙂

3 years ago

Medical kink lol Sounds like a good one Sophia.

Karen @ For What It’s Worth

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Karen

Ollie was so funny wanting to see Ben’s port and how he took care of his dialysis and Ben was nearly freaked out waiting for Ollie to be freaked out. 🙂