Callum and Daniel have flown home to face the music, management, press and public after waking in Vegas with a Hangover for life and very much Out. Cal has finally allowed himself to snatch the fate he craved more than he can permit its consequences to count; even a future beond his control and his ability to safeguard it. Whether Callum can now survive the scrutiny of the public and press, Paul's proclamations of doom and the mind-boggling dexterity of the hellfire tongue, unleashed? Is quite another story...
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Publisher: MLR Press
Heat Level: 4
Romantic Content: 4
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Bisexual, Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 26-35
Protagonist 2 Age: 26-35
Tropes: Coming Home, Coming Out / Closeted, Married Life, Queer Wedding, True Love
Word Count: 80,000
Setting: London, England
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Continuous / Same Characters
“Good morning. I have a delivery for Messrs Carter and Flynn,” breezed the far too cheery for-this-time-of-the-morning florist. Talk about stating the bloomin’ obvious. The owner of those dulcet tones was hidden behind the biggest embarrassment of a bouquet Callum had ever seen in his goddamn life. “I have some more in the van for you, if you’ll just sign for these,” she trilled.
More…? Cal hadn’t even begun to get his head around that, when it belatedly dawned on him that the florist was not alone on the doorstep. The assault of flora and fauna had blotted out the sunlight, let alone the press pack jostling for position behind it.READ MORE
“CALLUM!! Caal! How d’you feel this morning?”
Oh Christ…Pissed off.
“How’s it feel to be back home? Are you enjoying life as a married man?”
Bloody Irritating. I had temporarily forgotten; awoken as I was by your fucking racket and a rainforest on my doorstep. Cal didn’t actually say any of that aloud. He did think it very loudly though.
“Where’s Daniel? Was he okay after you socked him one? How’s he finding married life?”
“In bed. Yeah, he’s fine…” Cal sighed. Stone the soddin’ crows…and all the journalists. At least, there were only about half a dozen today. The poor florist, however, appeared to be wilting beneath suffocation by cellophane and the onslaught of cretinous questions, so Callum attempted a somewhat creaky smile of gratitude and relieved her of the flowers. “There’s more?” he asked incredulously. She nodded, teeth glinting in a scary ‘isn’t it delightful, dear’ smile. No, it really wasn’t. Not before a morning cuppa and a smoke.
“Gents, please make yourselves useful and help the lady with the flowers…while I attempt to muster up a few marbles with which to answer your questions.” Two crows with one stone. Not bad for stupid o’clock, on the whole.
The next few minutes might have been highly entertaining, had Cal been in the mood to watch the Carry-On floristry chain-gang rustle up the Attack of the Triffids on the doorstep. He was not. Oddly ’nuff. He did wish Daniel hadn’t missed out though, because his deadly beloved would have been tickled pink by the parade of press that began to trundle up the path, laden with bouquets and bobbing balloons emblazoned with Just Married.COLLAPSE
5.0 out of 5 stars“I can't imagine how life would be without you you make the world complete;
3 November 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
“I can't imagine how life would be without you you make the world complete; you mean the world to me, I can't live without you.” ~ Babee Star
Callum and Daniel, of 'Hangover and Out' by Zakariee Clark, are back home, very married, and their relationship is very out. Callum has worked so hard for his career that he can't help but be a bit worried about his fans’ reactions. His manager, Paul, who knows they are a couple, has warned Callum and Daniel not to come out, tells them that he will try to put a positive spin on it, but isn't encouraged. He had warned them of what may happen when the truth about their relationship is revealed but now that it is, he's working to make the best of it and hopes it doesn't blow up in their faces.
The first morning back, Callum is awakened by a loud banging on their door. When he finally answers it, he's inundated by what appears to be an entire florist shop full of flowers, along with a group of overly eager reporters, all clamoring for his attention. It's all Callum can do to be diplomatic and graceful, especially before his cuppa. When Daniel finally appears, he isn't disturbed by the chaos: he takes it all in stride. From all outward appearances, the initial response to the news of their marriage quells Callum's fears about losing all of his popularity. In fact, it seems to have enhanced it. Yet to come, however, is the biggest litmus test. How will the rest of the band react to Callum and Daniel keeping the real nature of their relationship a secret, even from them? Will this apparent lack of trust in their bandmates be surmountable, or will it be the end of the band as they know it? Initially, Callum expects them to be upset, but he has faith that the close friendship and shared experiences form a bond not so easily broken.
In an effort to “salvage” Callum's career, Paul begins setting up appearances and interviews to get them out there as a couple. It seems everyone is interested in getting an exclusive about how they got together and their plans for the future. Only one of the many interview events will be televised. The day the interview is scheduled, Callum has his doubts about his ability to reign in his “deadly beloved”, Daniel, who says whatever comes to mind. Callum doesn't necessarily want to silence Daniel. He wants him to express himself, but the situation will be more comfortable to keep him away from topics that are typically private, like Daniel's penchant for any opportunity to bring Callum's derrière into the conversation. Knowing that Callum might say something off-limits at any moment, Daniel decides that it will be best if he uses physical seduction to be near his husband.
There's so much more I want to say, but I'd have to go on for pages. I loved Callum and Daniel; their “endearments” are amusing, their love for each other inexplicable. They are unique and together, they complete each other. The excitement and fondness I have for the story comes from experiencing Callum and Daniel's journey from confusion, uncertainty, and fear, to deep, abiding love and trust. It was a hard-earned victory, but they made it. After all, relationships are seldom easy, but the trials and tribulations are worth the final results. Thanks, Zakarrie, for a lovely, zany, eccentric, serious, and beautiful love story. Originally reviewed at Rainbow Book Reviews.