Title: Rapid Response (Hearts and Health Book 8)
Author: DJ Jamison
Release Date: February 19, 2019
Page Count: 346
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Firefighter Sean Connolly is straight — until one impulsive night changes everything. He tries to dismiss it as a fluke, but when a fire rescue leads him back to the guy who blew his mind, he’s thrown into a chaos of confusion and want. He gives in to curiosity, exploring a new side to himself — not just his attraction to a man, but his desperate need to please.
Paramedic Jace Gillespie is a hookup pro, never letting anyone get too close. When he meets Sean, though, he feels a connection right away. An ill-advised threesome seems to kill a friendship in the making, but when they’re thrown together by work, it doesn’t take long for passion to reignite. Sean calls to something in Jace he never knew was there, and together, they explore a dynamic that fulfills them both.
But as feelings deepen, doubts surface. Sean is in the closet, and Jace struggles to trust his promise that it won’t last forever. With family conflict and his career in the balance, Sean finds it difficult to picture his life without secrecy, but if he doesn’t find a way, he may lose the one person he most wants to please.
Rapid Response is the longest novel of the Hearts and Health series at approximately 92,000 words! It can be read as a standalone.
I picked this one because it sounded like its a gay for you trope story, which is one of my favorites. However, it didn’t quite live up to my expectations.
I can’t actually put my finger at what stopped me from enjoying the story. Sean and Jace have somewhat disastrous first meeting, but things move forward from there. It’s slow development and focuses on both men, what they want and what they are struggling with. There is funny dating, meddling friends and coworkers, a little bit of suspense and sexy times.
Sean is trying to deal with his newfound interest in men and repercussions it will have on him, like his family life isn’t already complicated enough. Jace is already out, but he doesn’t have connections with a lot of people and they have been strained of late, so he is unhappy to find himself falling for man who is still in closet.
It should have been interesting but I didn’t overly care about either Jace or Sean. Neither of characters left an impression. Maybe it would have been different if I read other books in series, but they seem to focus on individual couples, so it should have worked as a standalone. Sadly, both men came off pretty bland and it was hard remaining interested in what happens to them.