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A White Coat Is My Closet

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  237 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Zack Sheldon doesn’t have time to be lonely. He’s in his last year as a pediatric resident, almost married to the job, and busy with the joys and sorrows that come with providing medical care to children. Professionally, he’s confident, accomplished, and respected. But personally he’s too insecure to approach a sexy man like Sergio Quartulli, or even to imagine that Sergio ...more
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Published October 25th 2013 by Dreamspinner Press (first published October 24th 2013)
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Mandy*reads obsessively*
Ok, where to start...I'm sure this will be rambling and I apologize in advance for that. I'll try and get all my thoughts down. I was really looking forward to this book and pre-ordered it, sorry to say, it didn't work for me.

At the start I get a pretty unfavorable opinion of Zach. Yes, he's an awesome doctor and an all around good guy, but despite having very low self esteem and constantly thinking he doesn't measure up ( in relation to other men, men he wants to date) he's IMO a snob and conde
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A story about a doctor? A story about a Pediatrician in the training? These alone made me stand up and wished I had this in my hands. Now that I have read it, it more than lived up to my expectations especially after finding out the author himself is a doctor. I was wondering how he would be able to transfer his medical knowledge across into an MM romance novel. Many authors have attempted and quite a few had lived up to their research.
Mia Kerick

Dreamspinner Press

I had trouble starting this review. After considerable thought, the best way I could come up with is to make a polite request to my favorite stories, Bareback, Into This River I Drown, The Locker Room, The Strongest Shape, and Brokeback Mountain, to please move over a little bit on my shelf and make room for Jake Wells' novel, A White Coat is My Closet.

More... Jake's novel about a young pediatric resident dealing with the intensity of his
I had such high hopes for this book! It's written by a doctor, about a doctor, and all the medical details are spot on (which is certainly refreshing!). It even had the stereotypical asshole surgeon, well known to all of us in the medical community. It involves a closeted man struggling with feelings of shame and inferiority because he is gay. He is conflicted about coming out, or continuing to lead a double life. The book is free of annoying typos and clearly well-proofread. So far, everything ...more
3.75 stars.

.75 added for a tremendous good deed, for a worthy cause.

Review to come on Jessewave.
Daniel Torres
Don't know if it's because I have young kids, but tears poured from my eyes on multiple occasions. Zack is one of those characters who hooks you in with his compassion and caring and yet displays a humanness with his personal struggles that everyone can relate too. He's not superman, but he does some superhuman deeds. And at the same time is but an imperfect man.
Real, is how the book comes off. It seems like an inside look into the high intensity/ high stress life of a Pediatrician and doesn't
sk B
Nov 05, 2013 sk B rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m
I really wanted to like this book, really. But there is only soooo much "I think I'm not perfect but my friends think I'm perfect, and really I do a lot of amazing things in my life without thinking that I am, and oh I'm not good looking but I've never had problems with people thinking that I'm good looking, and oh woe is me in my perfect little life were my one flaw is I'm still in the closet, kinda. Please let me tell you about how I think I'm not a perfect human being by telling you all the g ...more
I have to buy this book just because of the blurb. that was the first impuls. the second and more important, it was written by a doctor. so maybe... just maybe for the first time there is going to be something real and not just a lot of nice crap about doctors and nurses and patients. and this book didn't disappoint me. NOT AT ALL.

i read some reviews about zero explicit sex scenes, about zero hotness between main characters and sometimes it is completely alright. i think what i fell love with in
Dec 07, 2013 Alina added it
This book's very well-written and I liked Zack, didn't see him as a snob or condescending person at all.

But overall the story was way too detailed for me. It was like every small and meaningless conversation Zack has ever had with anyone - friends, co-workers or mere acquaintances - had been described in great details. At first it was interesting and I thought helped me to get to know Zack better, but later on it was like the main storyline was drowning in it.

Too much medical stuff :/ I know the
5+ stars! When I read it was a medical drama, I was here we go, a bunch of misinformation....again! And I feared I was going to have to point out errors....NOT! I kept reading and saying to myself, this author must be a doctor or have some serious medical knowledge! Only someone who has gone through residency knows about the one person who dumps but doesn't like to be dumped know that lazy ass person that begrudges you having a good night or day and does nothing to help you get out eve ...more
I read a ton but very seldom take the time to review books… this case, I felt I had too.

I really loved this book and was impressed by every component of it. I thought the love story was heartfelt and well told, I thought the medical part of it was compelling and realistic without being either exaggerated or tedious, and I thought the relationship Zack (the main character and apparently my namesake!) had with his patients was genuinely touching.

Irrefutably, Zack had self-esteem issues but I t
Garry Tuckwell
I really enjoyed this book; it's much more than just an MM romance. The author, Jake Wells, is a doctor. If that hadn't been explained in the 'acknowledgements', it would be clear from reading the book. The medical setting is portrayed with such confidence and accuracy that it is clear that this is the work of someone who knows their stuff! There's a lot of medical detail but none is left unexplained, it all adds to the richness of the story. Also, fair warning... much of the medical plot revolv ...more
Twinsie Jen Robbins
Note: "All royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to Youth Services, because sometimes success in life starts with being given a chance." (from A White Coat Is My Closet)


I really loved this story. Although, this story has a great romance it is truly about a man trying to come to terms with his sexuality and accept who he is. It is a story of a man living a double life, one in the confines of the hospital and the other on the outside of the hospital. Zach is always d
T.M. Smith
Zack Sheldon is an accomplished Pediatrician, of that there is no doubt, it’s his own self doubt that is the issue. He hides behind his title at work for fear of the ramifications if he comes out publically. In fact, only his closest friends and the guys he dates know he’s gay, he hasn’t even told his family.

Sergio is the object of Zack’s affection first at the gym then at the pool. Zack is completely stupefied that someone so sexy could be into him. Soon enough the two are in a relationship, t

Meet Zack. He’s a pediatrician. Actually he’s a recently graduated physician now in his senior year of a high-powered pediatric residency program. He’s smart. He’s compassionate. He loves kids. But Zack has a secret. He’s gay.

So begins the novel A White Coat is My Closet by new author Jake Wells. In it we get to see the story of a professionally confident doctor juxtaposed with a low self-esteem closeted gay man who’s not out to more than a few close friends. He essentially lives two li
The product description told me this was going to be a story about a doctor struggling with his sexuality so I was expecting a easy read. Oh no, this book is full of carefully crafted personalities that put together take your on a journey that is so much more than a doctor and his sexuality.
I laughed and cried and related to the characters in a way I never expected, they are so believable you feel as if you actually know them.
I read did enjoy this story and was captivated from the beginning. I

The author of this book is going to donate all his proceeds from it for a just cause--that alone piqued my interest. Now that I've read it, I don't regret buying it for that very reason, but unfortunately, I liked this book much less than I thought I would.

Mandy expressed my feelings about this book perfectly in her review, so I don't have much to add.

Long winding musings, page after page filled with meaningless blabla, this book was the smack-dab example of telling, not showing.

The second star
Patty Trocino
Amazing, beautifully written. I love this book. Pick it up and you won't put it down. Take the journey with Zack into the high stress world of a pediatric residency. Feel his sleep deprived hours, meet the critically ill children he cares for. This is a heart warming insight into the fast pace life of a resident. The little time Zack has for himself he struggles with coming to terms with his own sexuality, then in walks Sergio with his head-turning masculine good looks. Zack is hooked. They fall ...more
I had a hard time with this one. I did not click with Zack. The story is told from his POV, and I found his inner dialogue to be too much at times, and he seemed overly concerned with whether a person was good-looking or not. Also, there were things that rubbed me the wrong way. For instance, Zack's friend makes a joke about Zack switching from "beans" to "rice" when he takes interest in an Asian guy at a bar, as opposed to his usual Latin guys. Also, Sergio makes a comment about being taken as ...more
Ike Mendoza
a beautiful story about the struggles of what many gay men go through -- to be the " best little boy in the world ". Being very good at one's profession and with one's talent, yet at the same time having the constant internal struggle with one's sexual identity. This is a story of Zack's journey into life, his profession and giving us insight into his relationship with his colleagues, patients and friends ( warning: kids and hospitals make me cry ). Finally, this is a wonderful story about falli ...more
This is on my top 10 best books I've read this year. This book made me laugh AND cry several times. I was pleased there wasn't any graphic love scenes but he could have turned up the Romance a bit more. I appreciate that there was a lot of technical medical info in the story but there were a few times it was a bit much for me. The story was an excellent one and I really loved the storyline of one of the little patients - made me cry. All in all, a great book.
If I was basing my rating on the romance aspect of this book then I would have given it a 3.5. I loved Zack and Sergio and loved how Sergio pushed Zack to be more comfortable with himself and not to always worry how others would see him. Zack was so worried that others would judge him for being gay and when Sergio was shot all of Zack's friends and co-workers stood by Zack and showed him that it didn't matter. What mattered to everyone was what kind of person Zack was and they all had Zack's bac ...more
Caroline Brand

3.5 Stars

This has got to be one of the most difficult books I have ever tried to rate and review.

Zack is a pediatric doctor who comes across as compassionate and driven. He is in the closet at work and with his family and can only really be his true self with close friends. He hasn’t had a great deal of success with relationships and is certainly lacking self esteem where other men are concerned. On the flip side of this he can be quite derogatory about other men
Really great read. Amazing character development and resolution. Have a box of tissues near buy though, the main character works in pediatrics. (view spoiler)
Barb ~rede-2-read~
Note: This audiobook was provided to me by the publisher through Hearts on Fire Reviews in exchange for an impartial review.

This is a very LONG story which is more of a story about an MC who is a pediatric resident in a large hospital than it is about a romance. Each of Zach’s daily trials and tribulations are explained in minute detail as he works his way through one medical situation after another. As a very minor subplot, he’s attracted to Sergio, a man of Italian descent, while at the loca
Dry writing, lots of telling, superfluous details buried what could have been a great story. Full review on booklikes.
Excellent book. Very good character development. I was sorry to see it end.
White Coat is not a fast or light read, but in the end it is well worth the effort. I spent much of the book with a smile on my face. If you like banter between your characters, this book if full of it. I repeatedly found myself chuckling at the absurdity of said banter, but it was all in good fun. Trust me when I tell you that making me laugh, especially repeatedly, is not an easy thing to do. I think one of the reasons I liked the banter is that it wasn’t what I usually refer to “lowest common ...more
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4.5 Stars rounded up to 5

The first chapter is so exciting! The story starts out with Zach helping to develop a body into the world and mediate any complications. There are a lot of medical terms and procedures, but the chapter also conveys a rush and anticipation. The hospital setting is an integral part of the story and this medical novel clearly shows the pecking order in the hospital. Personality, I love the details
It has romance and it is Zach's love of Sergio that triggers it, but this is more a coming out story than a straight romance.

The focus is on what has made Zach the man he is and the life he has forged at the hospital. We see why Zach has remained in the closet and his struggles to live up to expectations, including his own.

I loved the easy love of Sergio and the totally nurturing personality of Zach. Including the detailed stories of patients like 5 year old Christopher really added interest to
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