Friday, April 28, 2017

Release Blitz: One Call Away by Felice Stevens (Review + Giveaway)

Title: One Call Away
Author: Felice Stevens
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: April 28, 2017


When a brutal attack from a jealous competitor leaves Noah Strauss, darling of the modeling world, physically scarred and emotionally damaged, he quits the runway to become a psychologist. Using his contacts from his time in the spotlight, he creates One Call Away, a radio show dedicated to gay men looking for love, advice or someone to talk to. But with secrets of his own and a mother who refuses to understand the career path he's chosen, the one person Noah can't seem to help is himself.

On a drunken dare from the senior partner's grandson, Oren Leavitt calls Noah’s radio show, pretending to be gay. Only Oren isn't certain if he's pretending. He's left his strict Orthodox Jewish upbringing behind, but the guilt remains. Guilt that his actions have prevented his sister from finding a husband and guilt that he's failed his parents. Talking to "Dr. Noah" helps, and as he finds himself calling the man again and again, he knows he must be honest. But Oren is unsure if he's lying to Noah or himself.

For Noah, trust is paramount; he's been deceived in his personal and professional life and while he desperately wants to help Oren, he also finds himself falling for the sweet and tortured man. Oren is trapped: he risks losing his job and more importantly the love and security of his family but knows he can't hide if he wants to be with Noah. When unresolved heartaches from the past rise up to control the present, Noah and Oren discover that love often comes from the most unexpected places, and sometimes a call for help not only saves a life, it can be a new and beautiful beginning.

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4.5 Stars!!!

After being dared by his supervisor/senior partner's grandson, Oren calls Noah's radio show, which caters exclusively to gay men, pretending to be gay himself. He feels conflicted afterward, both because he might have not been pretending and for the prank call. He calls Noah again to apologize and Noah helps him admit that he's actually gay. Only there are so many reasons why Oren can't come out, his family is Orthodox Jewish and the firm he works at is not precisely gay-friendly. 

After suffering an attack when he was a model, Noah quit the runway and studied to become a psychologist. However, he has trust issues that might make it difficult for him to believe in Oren, especially after the way they started their friendship. Noah can't help but be drawn to the trapped man, though, and wants to help him in any way he can.

I loved Oren so much. I wasn't too sure about him at first, because of him being closeted, but he actually had very valid reasons to be. He was such a great son and brother and my heart broke for him so many times. I actually cried in a very powerful scene with him and his parents and sister. I liked Noah. Although, he lost some brownie points with me with his reticence to accept others' advice and even applying the advice he gave to others in his own life. He was really stubborn sometimes and I wanted to shake some sense into him. Oren and Noah were perfect for each other, though, helping each other through their issues. Nevermind that their chemistry was off-the-charts and their love transcended the pages. 

Now onto the villain, I absolutely hated Harlan with the fire of a thousand suns! He was awful and I would've liked to read more of the aftermath of his poor decisions. I can't say I liked Noah's mom much, but I guess she wasn't that bad. I adored Oren's parents and his sister, Ilana, though! I also loved seeing Ash (#TeamAshForeverAndEver), Drew, Brandon and Tash and I'd really love to read Jeremy and Blake's story, pretty please, Ms. Stevens? *makes puppy eyes*

While the book started a bit slow, the pace evened out soon enough and I was swept into the sweet, passionate love story and I couldn't put it down until I finished, wanting to find out what was going to happen with Oren and Noah. All in all, very recommendable!

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

 Author Bio

I have always been a romantic at heart. I believe that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending around the corner, my characters have to work for it, however. Like life in NYC, nothing comes easy and that includes love.

I live in New York City with my husband and two children and hopefully soon a cat of my own. My day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass or two of red wine. I practice law but daydream of a time when I can sit by a beach somewhere and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there is bound to be a few bumps along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.

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