The Next Call Tour Stop!


 Mark Grayson volunteers for an LGBT helpline, the same one that helped him through his teenage years. One day he takes a call from “Ricky,” a suicidal man being forced into a marriage he doesn’t want. For weeks Mark talks to Ricky and provides support, but he’s frustrated by the lack of information Ricky provides and the decisions he’s making. In the meantime, Mark starts a relationship with another volunteer. Then tragedy strikes and Mark takes time away from the helpline, but when he comes back, Ricky is waiting. Mark realizes Ricky is stronger than before and their relationship changes, but Mark isn’t sure what their future holds if their relationship is destined to be at the end of the phone.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24505629-the-next-call?ac=1
This short novel has several main characters although we try to stay focused on Mark, who works at a LGBT crisis hotline part time. And Richard who we first ‘meet’ during the prologue and get reintroduced as a caller five years later, while he is having a major life crisis.   Mark takes a call from a “Ricky” and over the next several months finds out that he not only is he gay but has no control over his life is about to get married. During this time Mark is having personal
crisis of his own.

 

I liked the idea of this story, how it helped me understand how a call center would work. How someone in Richard position would end up exactly as he did. But I just didn’t feel any connection with any of the characters.  The ex-boyfriend always interfering in Mark’s thoughts, not a fan inner dialog, especially when it last through two new boyfriends, at some point Mark should let him go, don’t you think? Overall a nice story.
Sue Brown is owned by her dog and two children. When she isn’t following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop. In fact she hides so she can plot and has gotten expert at ignoring the orders.
Sue discovered M/M erotica at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favorite television series. The series was boring; the kissing was not. She may be late to the party, but she’s made up for it since, writing fan fiction until she was brave enough to venture out into the world of original fiction.

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