Depending on You by J.E. Birk

DependingonYouLGTitle: Depending on You
Series: The Prequel to the Twinkie Ignition
Author: JE Birk
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella (103 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 4th, 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: It all started with a diabetic kid who wouldn’t stop eating cookies. And a best friend who’d just announced his bisexuality and hit on everything that moved. And a kind pediatric nurse with an amazing rack, a lying ex-boyfriend, and a nasty case of the chicken pox.

But mostly, it started at table 42.

When Benjy Moreland almost collapses during his restaurant shift, Dr. Kyle Penners wants nothing more than to take care of him… but if there’s one-thing former foster kid Benjy values, it’s his independence. A dying man and a sick little boy force Kyle and Benjy to work together, and both of them have to make some important choices about what it means to depend on someone

ISBN: 978-1-63216-600-5

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Reviewer: Prime

Review: This book has all types of cuteness and sweetness throughout. I like the prologue, in how that it was written like the MC’s, Benjy Moreland and Dr. Kyle Penners, are telling their story as old men (in my mind). It also conveniently lists all the factors that make this book full of cute and sweet.

We are first introduced to Benjy. His name may sound a bit childish, but he is far from being a child. In fact, he has grown up quite quickly due to his circumstances and now going through university so that he can help people. Kyle, on the other hand, is already helping people. He’s a doctor who works in paediatrics at the local hospital. Their worlds collide when Benjy all but falls into Kyle’s lap, severely ill with an infection. Kyle is a carer-type, the type that doesn’t seem happy unless caring or rescuing someone.

Next on his list is Benjy.

Their relationship sometimes seems antagonistic but it was still very relatable and realistic. There are plenty of characters and subplots. All of them are fantastic. But of course it is the child minor character, the diabetic Brandon, along with his grandfather, who stole the show when it comes to subplots. The only thing that plagues me is Kyle’s epiphany which comes late in the piece. It was brilliant and really good for his character to come to some sort of resolution.

However, I felt that it came on rather sudden, or maybe I missed the slow build towards his epiphany. I think though, there wasn’t much conflict in terms of Kyle need to nurture vs. his ability to nurture a relationship until we are flat out told the source of issues in this regard.

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