Thursday, March 9, 2017

Release ARC Review: Bedside Manner by DJ Jamison

Bedside Manner
Hearts & Health #1
by DJ Jamison
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: March 9, 2017

Dr. Paul Johnston can't get a set of dark, somber eyes out of his head, and the timing couldn't be worse.

The last thing he needs is to fall for a patient. Not now, when he's been put on paid leave pending review of a formal complaint. One that most likely accuses him of sexual harrassment or impropriety of some kind. It's possible he let his newfound freedom as a divorced, out-of-the-closet gay man go to his head, but he's certain -- mostly -- he didn't do anything wrong. Now, he's struggling to handle the reality that his job is in danger and the only guy he wants should be off-limits.

Zane Kavanaugh is floundering, and there's only one man who soothes the storm inside him.

Reeling from an assault that landed him in the hospital and the painful estrangement from his family since coming out, Zane is trying to get his feet under him and find his independence. He moves in with a roommate and searches for a job, all while recovering from a fractured arm and cracked ribs. None of that hurts as much as the emotional damage he's suffered. When he connects with Dr. Paul Johnston outside of the ER, he's drawn to the man's calm, collected manner. It doesn't hurt that Paul's lack of experience with men is sexy as hell, and so are his over-the-top responses when Zane gets his lips on him.

There's no right time to fall in love.

Paul is afraid to start a relationship, and Zane can only handle so much more rejection. Will these two find their perfect moment, or will they realize you can't choose when and how you fall in love? If Paul can't take a risk, he may have to choose: the career he loves or the first man to capture his heart.

Bedside Manner is Book 1 of the Hearts & Health series. This is a spin-off series from the book Heart Trouble and includes characters from that novel, but it can be read as a standalone.

Everyone is talking about the huge age gap between the characters in this book, but while I was reading it, I don't feel it at all. I think it might be due to Dr. Paul Johnston inexperience with men and only just came out of the closet. I wish I actually read the previous book Heart Trouble to know about what he did there that make the nurses in the hospital hate him and resulting in a sexual harassment complaint. I thought Paul is very endearing with his nurturing nature and his protectiveness towards Zane, a patient he hardly knows.

Zane recently got assaulted by his stepfather that landed him in the ER under the care of Paul. When Paul turned up again in his life via their common friend, Zane just sorta hit on him. I find their attraction believable, but there isn't a decent build up before they start jumping each other bones. I did enjoyed reading their friendly and flirty interaction, especially their bedroom shenanigans and their new dog Polka Dot. The only serious issue we dealt with is mainly Paul's career that is hanging by the rope. The last thing he needs while on paid vacation is to hook up with an ex-patient. Zane doesn't expect much from Paul due to his low self worth, but Paul might just prove he is worth fighting for. 

DJ Jamison worked in newsrooms for more than 10 years, which helped tremendously when she began her series centered on The Ashe Sentinel, a fictional small-town newspaper in Kansas. She lives in the Midwest with her husband, two sons and three glow-in-the-dark fish.

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