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Handle with Care

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  1,604 Ratings  ·  251 Reviews
The best things in life aren’t free…they’re freely given.

Ben Lethbridge doesn’t have many vices left. After raising his little sister to adulthood, he wasted no time making up for the youth he lost to responsible parenting. Two years of partying it up—and ignoring his diabetes—has left him tethered to a home dialysis regimen.

He can do his job from his flat, fortunately, bu
ebook, 149 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
~BR with Eleftheria who WILL make me galaktoboureko one day~

I loved the writing, because this is Jo Myles, and her stories always work for me.

I liked that one of the MCs, Ben, isn't perfect; indeed, he's bloated, unhappy, and quite ill.

When we first meet Ben he's on dialysis for his failing kidneys and on an organ transplant waiting list. He fills his time by working from home (he's a software developer), watching gay porn, and oggling his delivery guy, Ollie.

Ollie is 20 to Ben's 33; he skates
Jan 02, 2014 MishyJo rated it liked it
Almost instantly I cast Jake Bass as Ollie in my imagination.

Young, tattooed, pierced, on the smaller side... Jake with purple hair is not that hard to imagine.

Beyond that pleasing visual, however, though, I really liked Ollie and how multidemensional he was. He was more than just a cute skater kid. He was artistic, had a vision for his future. But he is young. He knows what he wants but is afraid to ask for it. He is carrying emotional baggage from a bad relationship not even knowing what a nor
3.5 Stars

Nice and easy.
The quirky induces a smiley face.
Very enjoyable British humour.
Perfect post horror book.

A sister who ruffled my happy. Grr...
A unique manga-styled hero. Adorable.
A big hairy vulnerable bear of a man. Meh.

A few niggles but overall it was ... nice :)

I'd read more by Ms Myles, I like her style. Recommendations welcome.
Heidi Cullinan
Apr 25, 2012 Heidi Cullinan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
Bought this on pre-order and squealed when I saw it appear on my kindle last night. Myles has become an auto-buy and she didn't disappoint. My only complaint is that I read too fast and the books should be longer so it takes longer. Either that or she like many people need to write faster!

Book is uber cute and thought provoking. Kidney transplant hero? Skate punk twink boyfriend? Why yes, it was lovely, thank you, I'll have another.

***Edited after I read other comments/reviews***

So, I know I don
While Handle with Care had a promising little romance at its core, it had an unfinished feeling. Novella-length stories can work well without feeling incomplete, but this one definitely lacked something. It needed more plot, more conflict, and more character development. I felt like I was reading an early draft of a novel instead of a finished work.

There was very little conflict in this novel, except for a few contrived misunderstandings between the main characters that always seemed to be glos
3.5 stars

An okay read which could have been pretty special but didn't deliver IMO, the relationship didn't grab me like I thought it would something was missing there. Ben and Ollie were poles apart and complete opposites I never feel that deep connection or spark between them. Also the sudden fix in terms of Ben's kidney transplant which was resolved too quickly for me. As for Ben's sister she grated on my nerves and the less I saw of her the better. All up the storyline was promising and the M
That's a 3.5, but somehow I can't bring myself to err towards the 4*.

I liked the concept of the story very much: older bear and young sprightly twink with depth manage to overcome physical and mental problems with becoming a pair. I also really adore Josephine Myles' writing style, though you can see that she has made lots of progress during the past years.

What I liked:

Ollie, all the way and back. He was rather adorable in his optimism, prickliness, fears and daring.

The sex was hot and not too m
Apr 19, 2015 Ele rated it really liked it
Shelves: disability
BR with Dani, who will someday eat the best galaktoboureko ever. The real thing;)

3.75 stars
Ben.He is 33 years old but lives the life of a much older person. He is diabetic but ignoring his illness for too long has led him to kidney failure. Now he is a recluse, the disease is taking a toll on his body, he is on home dialysis while waiting for an organ transplant. His only pleasure these days is watching porn. This and crushing on the delivery guy, Ollie.

Ollie. I loved him so hard. 20 years old,
Apr 30, 2012 Arthur rated it it was amazing
In the hands of some other writers, this book would have been an angst porn. If not an angst orgy. The very symbolic title, referring to Ollie's occupation as well as their relationship and respective heart, tells us all.

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Spider the Doof Warrior
Apr 10, 2015 Spider the Doof Warrior rated it really liked it
So this book was delightful. I'll take sweet, lovely gay romances over That Book that Shall Not Be Named or AKA Book Voldermort any day. The men in this book made an effort to communicate with each other. It was a nice, sweet, simple story about a skater boy and an older man with bad health who fall in love with each other. There's some slight emotional baggage, but some very hot scenes between these men so it's worth reading if you like M on M.
Mandy*reads obsessively*
May 06, 2012 Mandy*reads obsessively* rated it liked it
Recommended to Mandy*reads obsessively* by: Anke

When I first started this book, I thought I knew what was coming, but I was wrong! :)
It was a nice, enjoyable read and far more upbeat than I thought it would be! :)
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Aug 02, 2013 Debra rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-free, m-m
This is the story of 33 y/o Ben and 20 y/o Ollie. When we meet Ben he is working from home suffering from the effects of kidney failure and diabetes and hoping to receive a kidney and pancreas transplant. He rarely leaves the house and relies on his almost daily deliveries of gay porn DVD's to keep him entertained, with the bonus of seeing the delivery boy, Ollie, with the purple hair, tattoos and beautiful smile. Ollie always exchanges pleasantries with Ben while Ben secretly lusts after him. A ...more
Aug 15, 2012 Ery rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
In Handle with Care, the author takes an interesting step into an area not typically covered in m/m romance. Illness is generally avoided in this genre, and if it is addressed, it is usually off page. Here, the author tackles this story head-on, making it central to the story line. For that, I applaud the author. And although my knowledge in this area is limited, the author appeared knowledgeable and with but a few minor quibbles, did a great job of projecting the medical reality without draggin ...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Holy moly! Free today at Amazon US! 8/1/13!
May 28, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it
This review is brought to you by the letter H :)

Yet another book I picked up thanks to BINGO. This week I needed a book title that began with H. How lucky that I stumbled upon this one. I really enjoyed it!! I enjoyed Ben and all his self-doubts. (I think we can all relate to that!) I like that he recognized he's not the person he used to be. A person that was *not* very likeable. And I loved Ollie with his youth and exuberance! I liked that he was able to see past Ben's condition and fall for
May 07, 2012 mw138 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m-romance, age-gap
I thought the overall premise of this story was interesting, but after the initial flirting between the two main characters, I just couldn't connect with them any longer. Ben isn't particularly likable and his medical problems seemed to be resolved rather quickly. Ben's sister, Zoe, was even less likable as she took cautious and protective to annoying and extremely silly, juvenile levels. The only bright spot in the story was Ollie who, despite all of the crap thrown his way by Ben and Zoe, seem ...more
Apr 02, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, gay, done, arc, ebook, 2012
Very good m/m romance about a diabetic computer programmer who works from home because he's on dialysis, and the high point of his days is when the cute purple-haired skatepunk stops by to deliver a package. Bonding over a shared love of the X-Men, they become friends... and then everything changes in a day. I must confess that there was something I really felt needed to happen that didn't, which was what prevented this from being a five-star read for me.
Jan 22, 2013 Tina rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Warning: Contains superhero porn comics and a cute, accident-prone delivery guy with colour-changing hair. Readers may experience coffee cravings, an unexpected liking for bad mullets, and the urge to wrap Ollie up and take him home... LOL Now I'm curious...
Apr 13, 2016 Gabi rated it really liked it
Darum geht’s:

Durch seine eigene Schuld hat Ben sich seine Gesundheit ruiniert. Er ist auf Dialyse angewiesen und verlässt selten das Haus, denn er kann auch von zuhause aus arbeiten. Nur die regelmäßigen Bestellungen von Porno-DVDs lässt er sich nicht nehmen und dass ein sehr niedlicher junger Kerl die ausliefert, versüßt Ben den Tag. Ollie verdient sich nur vorübergehend seine Brötchen als Paketzusteller, denn eigentlich hat er andere Träume. Dass Ben krank ist, stört ihn nicht.

So fand ich’s:

Jo * Smut-Dickted *
May 14, 2012 Jo * Smut-Dickted * rated it it was ok
I liked the idea of someone medically fragile - because that should create a conflict that both parties have to resolve and deal with. The younger/older man is also a fave of mine as the contrast between the two usually makes for interesting reading. So why the "it's o.k." rating? Because the relationship between the two characters just wasn't that plausible to me. We are told repeatedly that Ollie almost idolizes Ben yet, as far as I can see, Ben has done absolutely nothing to earn that idoliza ...more
This cover, I love it. Not only does it stir up the gooey emotions of boy love for me but it is SO Ollie and Ben.

Ben, the hermit due to health problems with a insatiable taste for porn delivered to his door and his crush Ollie, the delivery boy with the bright hair and even brighter, cheeky grin. *sigh* These two were so stinking cute together. That is what I kept saying while reading this, OMG they are so cute.

I loved Ben; his fantasies, his love for comics, porn and above all his adorable cr
Stomach-churning MM romance between a diabetic tech guy with kidney failure (Ben) and a delivery boy with big dreams (Ollie).

There is a lot of graphic detail about Ben's daily dialysis routine and as much as I took it as a warning and prayed that no one I know ever develops kidney disease….I just wish some of the details had been left to the imagination, especially since it negatively affected how I visualized the two MCs making out.

I also felt that the flow of the writing was generally a bit s
Aug 19, 2012 Shannon rated it really liked it
Shelves: already-lent
I love a sweet story involving a hyper twink-like MC. We definately had one of those in Ollie the skater delivery boy. Basically, a love story between Ben, an older sick man waiting for a transplant and Ollie, a young energetic man finding his way. I loved the interation between the two and the fact that the book was not based only on sex. That is not to say there weren't some amazing sex scenes, but they were the backdrop to a budding romance. Not angsty or overy emotional, just entertaining an ...more
Apr 24, 2012 Jenre rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, contemporary, romance
This book is a bit different to some of the other books I've read by this author - for a start there are no canals featured in this story :) and the tone was perhaps a little more subdued than some of her other books. This isn't a bad thing, in fact I liked the change of tone and pace.

The story follows Ben, who went off the rails a little when younger and caused a major kidney failure. His day to day life is severely restricted as he has to adhere to a strict regime of filling his body with dial
Gennie Gee
Apr 09, 2012 Gennie Gee rated it really liked it
Handle with Care by Josephine Myles is a really sweet story. Ben is a great guy who, at the age of 18, stepped up to the plate to take care of his baby sister (twelve years his junior) when their parents were killed in a car wreck. Ben worked hard and made a good life for Zoe and himself, but the one drawback was Ben’s diabetes. However, he kept that under control for Zoe’s sake, but when she moved out, Ben decided to party and do all the things he didn’t get to do as a young adult, which includ ...more
Becky Condit
Apr 28, 2012 Becky Condit rated it it was amazing
HANDLE WITH CARE is a character-driven novel. The plot is a wrapper for the characters, one of whom is Ben, a thirty-three year old software designer seriously ill with kidney failure and diabetes and the other of whom is Ollie, a twenty-year-old purple-haired twink who was abused as a teenager (he doesn’t think of it as abuse) and is now trying to build his life around his own internal strengths and interests. The story is told in first-person from Ben’s perspective.
I loved that Ben never saw h

If you know me, you know I love pretty men and beautiful boys. I like them a lot! I also love people, all types of people and I’ve been told by many a friends that I love a lot. So when I read M/M romance, I love all pretty men and the beautiful cocks and all that, but sometimes I just wanna read about love. I read it in Handle With Care, love in it’s purest form that just makes you want to smile and say thanks for writing this.

Ben is ill, and not the flu type of ill but the serious my body
Nov 01, 2012 SueM rated it liked it
Cute story about Ben, a 33 year diabetic and on peritoneal dialysis, and Ollie, a 20 year old delivery driver. Ben and Ollie's attraction to each is given a major boost when Ben receives a combined pancreas and kidney transplant. As they grow closer, both men must learn to overcome their self-doubts and past if they want to stay together.

While I enjoyed the story, and found the health issues accurately portrayed (being married to a renal physician, lol), I did find Ben's poor self-esteem issues
May 01, 2012 Anke rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comfort-reads
Yesterday I said, I just want to read one good book, not a meh one and not one leaving me in a not-so-nice-mood. Thank you whoever made me choose to read this one! What a gem. From beginning to end it's a wonderful read. The way Ms. Myles dealt with serious issues - just perfect. This book went onto my comfort-read-shelf and will be perfect to read again when feeling a bit down.
Jul 04, 2013 Candice rated it liked it
2.5 - This was just an okay story for me. While I liked the characters, they didn't grab me and I really didn't feel a good connection between them. I guess I kept expecting something to happen to add to the story, but even Ben's medical problems went smoothly. Not a bad story, just didn't work for me.
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