Ben is a 33 year old computer programmer in poor health who raised his younger sister. He works from home and looks forward to the hot young delivery guy who delivers his porn DVD’s every week. He’s on dialysis while he awaits kidney and pancreas transplants. Ollie is the cute young skater delivery guy. He has a big smile and just a good-natured way about himself that makes a reader instantly fall in love. It’s easy to see why Ben is so attracted to Ollie. Why does Ben get porn home delivered instead of just checking it out on the internet? I have no idea. But once Ollie is introduced, I can’t imagine
getting my porn Ben getting it any other way. Ollie also has big dreams, but being so young and on his own, he has trouble with putting all the pieces together to start to really make his way in the world. Neither Ben or Ollie have been successful in past relationships. Whether it’s age, circumstance, or just poor choices, love hasn’t been there for either of them.
I would characterize Handle With Care as a sweet love story. There’s nothing earth shattering here, but after some of the books I have read recently it felt like a refreshing little treat to read this. This book is set in England and some of the British sayings had me cracking up.
Ollie is what really takes this book to page turner level for me though. From his struggling to figure out his life, to his fascination/fetish with the tubes & machines hooked up to Ben, to his determination to go after what he wants yet still very much insecure when it comes to Ben – such a great character. Of course the age difference between Ollie and Ben creates some minor angst in the book. And the two guys have difficulty communicating with each other. I definitely would have enjoyed some more page time delving into the pasts of both Ollie and Ben. Their past experiences make them these richly complicated men. I also had to remind myself sometimes how young Ollie was to keep myself from getting irritated at his insecurities. Overall I enjoyed this book and the characters. This is the second book I’ve read from Josephine Myles, and I will definitely be hitting up her back list at this point.
Ollie huffed and rolled his yes. “Does it look like it bothers me?” He indicated the bulge in his trousers, and I had to admit that no, he didn’t look all that perturbed.