Title: Black & Blühe (Out of the Blue #2)
Author: R.J. Jones
Publisher: Vivid Blue Press
Release Date: July 31, 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary/Firefighters/Rock Stars
Page Count: 178
Reviewed by: Guest review by Daisy
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Grayson Black has never forgiven himself for not saving his identical twin brother, Jet, from a savage beating at their father’s hands ten years ago. Jet’s near-death never would have happened if Gray hadn’t been so focused on his boyfriend at the time. He has sworn to take care of his brother ever since. Gray can’t afford a distraction from his self-imposed mission, the type of distraction presented by the gorgeous blond showing up at their gigs.
Kris Larson is a firefighter with the San Francisco Fire Department. Since splitting from his girlfriend, his favorite way to spend nights off is watching the Black Brothers play in the bars of the Bay Area, especially the guitarist. But it’s not until the brothers are left homeless after a fire at their apartment building that Kris has the opportunity to know the real person behind the brooding façade.
Gray fights his attraction to Kris, but with a meddlesome twin who just wants him to be happy, it’s a losing battle. Before Gray and Kris can have a lasting relationship, though, Gray must learn to forgive himself, let go of the past, and lay more than one demon to rest.
R.J. Jones has solidified her standing as one of my all-time fave authors and she has made her way onto my auto-buy list. Why? Because I kinda liked this book. Huh? Let me explain. This book was all kinds of hurt/comfort and anyone who knows me knows that that is not my bag. It just isn’t. Despite the atrocities suffered by Grayson and Jet … and I do mean atrocities … as well as the plethora of heartaches suffered by Kris because of Gray (and I do mean plethora), I truly enjoyed this book, which says a lot. I thought I’d get sick of Gray’s rigidity and I did at times but my irritation was tempered by the glimpses of goodness that I just knew lay underneath that stoic exterior. On the other hand, I loved Kris from the get-go but I worried that he would silently slip into doormat territory. Although it was close, he didn’t; mostly because he stood up for himself when it mattered and didn’t take all Gray’s bullshit. Kris took lots, don’t get me wrong, but not all. And, Gray came around in the end.