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.
Review by: Jennifer
Paul is an ER doctor, that is fresh off of his divorce and trying to live life out of the closet. Zane was a patient that he saw in the ER, and there was something about him that made Paul want to try for more. Zane has had a rough go of it, his step-father having beat the crap out of him, his mother deciding to stand by her man and not her son, his father not wanting to accept that Zane is gay. The only bright spots on his horizon are Gage and Ben. When Paul comes to help Zane move his stuff, both are unsure as to what to think, but Paul wants to try for more, more with Zane. But between the age gap, Paul possibly losing his job, will they even have a shot, or will this be doomed from the get go? Will Paul have to choose between Zane and the job he worked so hard to have?
So I felt like I was dropped straight in the middle and had to catch up. I didn't realize there was another book, but there has to be as the beginning is a bit confusing. I do think that if I had read the previous book, it would have made this one way better than what it is. I wanted Paul to be more Alpha than he was, don't get me wrong it was a bit endearing with them both fumbling around so to speak, but with that much of an age gap, you just sort of expect one to be more dominant, and less unsure. With some ok sexy times, and some drama, I give this 3.5 stars.
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