Title: Hearts & Health Volume 2
Author: DJ Jamison
Release Date: July 23rd 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 220,000 words approx.
Room For Recovery – Book #4
When Beau James is cornered by two bullies, he’s rescued by none other than the broody Wade Ritter, who he’s crushed on from afar. Despite their family connection, Wade has resisted all of Beau’s attempts at friendship — until now. His protective streak gives Beau an opportunity to get past Wade’s prickly exterior. But Wade is carrying a heavy burden that makes it tough to open up. With Beau’s help, he realizes there’s room for recovery. If he can face hard truths about his sexuality and love himself, he might be able to love Beau too.
Surprise Delivery – Book #5
Dr. Casper Rollins knows how to have fun. The love of his life, Kage Myers, lived every moment to the fullest before he died. Now, Casper goes on adrenaline-soaked adventures when he wants to feel closer to his lost love. Dr. Eric Holtz is married to his work, so much so his last partner left him. When his niece arrives, pregnant and in need of an ally, he has family again. Then her obstetrician suggests breaking Eric of his workaholic tendencies, and a fun and sexy fling ensues. But it’s not long before feelings are in the mix. If these two want a future, they’ll have to embrace the lesson Kage taught Casper long ago: You only live once.
Orderly Affair – Book #6
When Ian Connolly installs a hookup app to explore his long-suppressed attraction to men, he doesn’t expect to connect with anyone he knows, especially not lab tech Callum Price. But from their first scorching encounter, he’s hooked. Callum hasn’t had the best luck with love, and he’s suffocating under a pile of responsibilities. But when he sees an opportunity to blow off steam with Ian, he takes it. If Ian can be honest with his family about loving a man, maybe Callum can admit his own truth: He wants a man he can count on, a man just like Ian.
Today, I’m visiting the blog to talk up Hearts and Health: Volume 2, which bundles up Books 4-6 of my series. All three books were originally released last spring, so you may not have discovered them all yet.
The series focuses on a new couple for each book, and in general, the stories stand well on their own. Many characters do appear in a secondary role before getting their own romance, so if you want to read earlier books, I’ve discounted the first box of Books 1-3 for a short time for new readers discovering the series.
I’ve brought an excerpt of Room for Recovery, Book 4 in the series, which focuses on younger characters who are still struggling to accept their sexuality.
Room For Recovery
“You kissed my sister.”
Beau looked at Wade, bemused. “Pretty sure she kissed me.”
“Still. My little sister …”
Wade was irrationally angry — and not because Beau kissed his sister, but because his sister kissed Beau. Because he wanted to be the one kissing Beau. Not Miles. Not his sister. Him.
“I can’t believe that was my first kiss,” Beau said with a laugh. “A girl. But hey, you could always kiss me,” he said in a teasing voice. “Then I’d have all my bases covered.”
Wade didn’t respond, unable to find words as a wave of want hit him, and Beau was beginning to babble nervously, which wasn’t helping Wade fight the urge taking root inside him. Beau was seriously cute when he babbled.
“The whole Ritter family. I could be like the kissing boy. You’ve heard of the whipping boy? I’ll just be the boy the whole family kisses. Except not your mom because— You know what, I’ll just shut up now.”
Why not kiss Beau? He broke up with Anna. He was single and free to kiss whoever he wanted. Beau wants it too, so what’s the harm of one kiss?
“You want me to kiss you?” Wade asked, his voice sounding distant to his own ears, as if he were speaking in a tunnel. His heart rate kicked up in his chest as the idea took hold.
“Um, Wade, I was just kidding,” Beau said nervously. “I know you’re dating Anna.”
“Anna and I broke up,” Wade said.
“Oh,” Beau said, “that’s … I’m sorry. Do you want to talk about what happened?”
Wade shook his head. He didn’t know much, but he knew he didn’t want to talk about that break-up speech, or the vague suspicions Anna had about his friendship with Beau.
Anna already thinks you’re gay, a voice whispered in his mind. What harm could kissing Beau really do at this point?
Decision made, Wade turned right at the next corner, then drove up the street until he spotted an alley.
“Where are you going?” Beau asked in an apprehensive voice. “School is the other way.”
“You want to kiss me, so let’s do it. What the hell?” he said as he whipped into the alley and slammed the car into park.
Beau spluttered something incoherent, and Wade left him to it as he opened his door and got out. He paced back and forth in front of the car, wondering if he’d lost his mind. He ran nervous hands through his hair, then thought, screw it.
He opened Beau’s door. It was a sign of Beau’s trust that he hadn’t locked it, even as Wade acted like a crazy person.
“I’m sorry,” Beau said, eyes wide. “You don’t have to—”
Wade bent down and clasped his face. He met Beau’s startled eyes.
“You can’t tell anyone.”
“Okay,” he whispered.
Wade closed his eyes and bridged the distance between them. His lips brushed over Beau’s.
They were soft, softer than he imagined. Wade traced his plump bottom lip with the tip of his tongue, and Beau’s mouth parted in a gasp.
He drew back. “Still think my sister was your first real kiss?”
Beau wordlessly shook his head and pulled Wade back to his mouth. Beau kissed him eagerly, making breathy little sounds as their tongues met, and Wade had trouble breaking away.
Beau wasn’t his first kiss; he wasn’t even his first kiss with a boy. That honor went to Carlos Mendez at age fourteen, before his life went to shit. But Wade had forgotten how different it was to kiss a guy. He’d fooled himself into thinking lips were lips, but there was something to be said for an underlying attraction. What he felt for Beau surpassed any feelings he could drum up for Anna. For that matter, what he felt for Beau went much deeper than the crush he’d had on Carlos.
The kiss was everything he wanted, and nothing he should have.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
DJ Jamison is the author of more than a dozen m/m romances, including the Ashe Sentinel series and the Hearts and Health series. She writes a variety of queer characters, from gay to bisexual to asexual, with a focus on telling love stories that are more about common ground than lust at first sight. DJ grew up in the Midwest in a working-class family, and those influences can be found in her writing through characters coping with real-life problems: money troubles, workplace drama, family conflicts and, of course, falling in love. DJ spent more than a decade in the newspaper industry before chasing her first dream to write fiction. She spent a lifetime reading before that, and continues to avidly devour her fellow authors’ books each night. She lives in Kansas with her husband, two sons, two fish and, regrettably, one snake.
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