WON'T BE FOOLED AGAIN BY C.F WHITE
Updated: Oct 2, 2019
"Don't do that Cal. We can salvage this car-crash friendship of ours, but anything else...I can't go there again."
It takes more than a shared past to make a future together.
When Kwesi—Kez—Zakari, cardiology consultant secretary at St. Cross Children’s Hospital, hears that his aunt’s building has caught fire, his settled life is turned upside down. Not only is his aunt now homeless, but he’s also thrust back in contact with someone from his past—someone he’s been trying to forget for five years…and failed miserably.
Callum Wright never seems to get things right. He needs to do one more wrong thing before he can get his life back in order. Instead, he undergoes a literal trial by fire, and choosing the path of good returns his old friend to his life. Kez’s council-estate-to-professional-world transformation reminds Callum of how he’s never been able to get anything right…least of all his feelings for the man.
Kez hasn’t got over the reckless act of betrayal that caused their separation five years ago. Atoning for the guilt he still harbours at having turned his back on his friend in the past, he helps Callum get his future in some sort of order—a difficult feat when all those quashed feelings resurface for a man who can’t, and shouldn’t, ever be trusted.
All Kez can do is repeat that this time, he really, seriously, most definitely, won’t be fooled again.
Reader advisory: This book contains references to drugs, threats of violence and scenes of fire and the aftermath of fire. There are references to male sex workers, homophobic insults and verbal abuse of a disabled character.
If I had one word to some up Won't Be Fooled Again by C.F White, I'd use sweet.
Thankfully I have more than one word to use because Wont Be Fooled Again was more than just sweet. It was heartwarming while at some points almost making me cry.
Kez and Callum are complicated at best.
They were best friend, almost like brothers until they were . . . more.
Five years before Won't Be Fool Again takes place Callum did something stupid. In the beginning I thought it might be something unforgivable (or at least something I would have a hard time forgiving) but I suppose it's true love conquers all because Kez did end up forgiving Callum.
Then, he found out the idiot did something stupid again.
For me, Kez anger wasn't justified. I fully admit this might be because of my upbringing and how well I related to Callum's hard choices. He had a rough hand dealt to him early in life and was dealing the best way he knew how, even if his best was piss poor. But then, I suppose Kez wasn't exactly angry. Mostly, early on, I got the impression he was hurt, really hurt because someone he cared about for more than words put him in an awkward position. Then, I realized on top of the hurt he felt guilty about what happened five years ago so . . . anger was understandable on his part.
Both Kez and Callum were lost and looking for their way back to one another. It took a while and wasn't easy but Won't Be Fooled Again had a HEA that I'll be sure to read about again from time to time.
Brought up in a relatively small town in Hertfordshire, I managed to do what most other residents try and fail—leave.
Studying at a West London university, I realized there was a whole city out there waiting to be discovered, so, much like Dick Whittington before me, I never made it back home and still endlessly searches for the streets paved with gold, slowly coming to the realization they’re mostly paved with chewing gum. And the odd bit of graffiti. And those little circles of yellow spray paint where the council point out the pot holes to someone who is supposedly meant to fix them instead of staring at them vacantly whilst holding a polystyrene cup of watered-down coffee.
I eventually moved West to East along that vast District Line and settled for pie and mash, cockles and winkles and a bit of Knees Up, Mother Brown to live in the East End of London, securing a job and creating a life, a home and a family.
Having worked in Higher Education for most of my career, a life-altering experience brought pen back to paper after I’d written stories as a child but never had the confidence to show them to the world. Having embarked on this writing malarkey, I cannot stop.
So strap in, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride…