Length: 56,000 words
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.
5 out of 5 (exceptional)
Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
I made a new shelf, May/December, just for this book
I thoroughly, and I mean totally and utter fell in love with both Paul, and Zane.
I loved how Paul noticed Zane's eyes first. But then again, Zane was on Paul's gurney in his ER, black and blue all over from a beating by his step father for coming out. I loved that he waited, quite correctly, til Zane was fully recovered. I loved that Zane was determined to have Paul in, not only his bed, but his heart and his life. I loved them separately, and I loved them together.
I loved Paul's back story, how he walked away from his marriage after so long. Loved how he though Zane was the courageous one for coming out so young.
You know what?? I LOVED this whole blooming book! It gave me those warm and fuzzies I'd been looking for, for so long! Been a long, long ass time, since a book was so warm and fuzzy! LONG ASS TIME!!
It has some characters from another book, its a kind of spin off from Heart Trouble (Ashe Sentinel Connections #6) Ben and Gage. Now, when I was reading this one, I was dead sure I had read about Ben and Gage before. They set bells a-ringing and I had to check which book it was but I can't find the review I must have wrote. So maybe, it wasn't THIS Ben and Gage I read about, I dunno. But that just needs mentioning. You don't need to have read their book, they just play a large part here.
Anyways, warm and fuzzies, people, WARM AND FUZZIES!
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* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
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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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