Title: Out of the Blue (Out of the Blue #1)
Author: R.J. Jones
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: March 27, 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary/Firefighters/Established Relationship
Page Count: 181
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2 stars out of 5
When everything happens Out of the Blue…
Lt Cameron Cooper has been with the San Francisco Fire Department for fifteen years. He’s seen and dealt with a lot of horrifying situations. He’s always considered himself mentally tough, but when he attends a multi-vehicle accident and sees a dead boy with features remarkably similar to his long-time boyfriend, his mental health takes a hit.
All Jake Montgomery wants is to propose to his boyfriend on their ten-year anniversary. He’s already bought the perfect rings, but when Cameron struggles to look at him after a tragic accident, he has doubts about their future. Cam is withdrawing, and Jake doesn’t know why.
With heated arguments and cold shoulders, Cam and Jake’s life starts to fall apart. Just when Cam thinks he can overcome his issues and finally talk to Jake, memories from Jake’s past threaten to push them apart forever.
Originally posted on Goodreads on March 27, 2015.
Ugg, I am dreading this review. I’m dreading it because I have to admit that this story knocked me on my ass, crushed my heart and didn’t let up, even for a moment. I cried through 90% of it. While a lot of people like that kind of book, one that stirs deep-felt emotions, I’m just not one of them. Hurt/healing/comfort is my favorite M/M romance genre, but there wasn’t a balance here. It was hurt/hurt/teeny-bit-of-healing/little-to-no-comfort.
Anyone that has read some of my reviews or visited my GR profile page knows that I must read each and every new M/M romance firefighter book. And I devour them right away, playing guinea pig quite often. Even at their very worst, they are still more enjoyable for me than probably 25% of the other M/M romance books I read. I do love me those firefighters! But I was a guinea pig on this one and, honestly, if I had known just how angst-ridden it was, I would not have read it. At least not right now. (I have a shelf titled Wait 4 Better Mood for a good reason. One that is personal enough that I won’t be sharing it with a public forum like GoodReads.)
So, those of you that like having your heart ripped out, stomped on and don’t mind not being able to see the light at the end of the tunnel, this is your book!
ETA: Yes, Cameron and Jake get a glorious super-duper-big grand-gesture HEA. Unfortunately for me, it was too late. And I cried during THAT scene too. *sigh*