Title: House Call
Author: Jane Davitt
Publisher: Torquere Press
Pages/Word Count: 74 Pages
At a Glance: There is lots of promise here, but just not enough steam to really make it great.
Reviewed By: Jules
Blurb: Country doctor Paul Jackson is passionate about his work, but he can’t stop thinking about the chance he took on a one-night stand when he lived in the city. Steve never called, but Paul can’t forget him. Discovering Steve is the grandson of one of his dying patients brings them together again, but Paul’s worried about the town’s reaction. In the midst of tragedy, misunderstandings, and manipulative exes, their love will need plenty of TLC to survive.
Previously appeared in the ‘Bedside Manners’ anthology, published by Torquere Press.
Review: I love the idea of this story. The small town, country doctor. Young… handsome… making house calls…*sighs and stares into space* Hahaha. Kidding aside, it is a great premise for a romance. Lots to play with. You have quaint settings, the townsfolk, handsome stranger from the city…which is where Jane Davitt goes with things in her novella, House Call
When cutbacks cost him his position at a hospital in the city,Paul takes a job as a country doctor in a small town outside of Chicago. He’s trying to get into the swing of things, sort of butting heads with his boss, Dr. Raines, and definitely doesn’t want anyone in town to know he is gay. So, when he runs into Steve, a one-night stand from two years ago, things get a little uncomfortable.
Steve is a great guy. Taking care of his ailing grandfather and making sure his end-of-life wishes are carried out, we get to see a little bit of the kind of man he is. It’s also obvious that he was very taken with Paul during the one night they spent together, so when Paul basically rebuffs him, it stings.
There is lots of promise here, but just not enough steam to really make it great. Paul and Steve have good chemistry – there are a couple of verrrrrry steamy bits, one moment in particular at the end – but, we’re not given enough to become truly invested in them, or form much of a connection. Individually there were some things I really liked: Steve’s job is different and interesting; there was a good moment between Paul and his boss which showed some redeeming qualities; Steve himself is a strong character and had lots of sex appeal. But, Paul’s character was a bit flat to be honest, and collectively, it wasn’t enough.
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