A hospital orderly explores his bisexuality with an adorably geeky lab tech, but can their sparks lead to love outside the closet?
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. The man is smoking hot, big all over, and sweet as pie.
Their chemistry is off the charts, but a relationship is more challenging. Callum remains stubbornly self-reliant, while Ian tries too hard to be his rock. But 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.
Here’s an excerpt of an app hookup that serves as the catalyst for Ian and Callum’s relationship. Enjoy!
Callum Price swallowed hard, staring at Ian Connolly’s massive … everything.
The orderly was six-foot-four, compared with Callum’s modest five-foot-eight height. Broad and muscled, Ian could toss Callum across the room with very little effort. That sent a thrill of fear through his body and a frisson of excitement straight to his cock.
You are one screwed up puppy.
Callum knew the guy from the app might be someone he knew, but he never would have guessed him to be Ian “straight guy” Connolly.
He licked his lips and raked his eyes over Ian’s chest and stomach, too obscured by the loose scrub top to hint at the goodies beneath. “I didn’t know you were …”
“Me either,” Ian said. Then coughed with embarrassment. “I mean, I’m bi and just now exploring my … curiosity.”
“Bi or bi-curious? They’re not the same.”
“Are we really going to have a serious talk about sexuality in the john?”
Ian had a point. Callum’s pulse raced, sending all his blood south and muddying his thoughts, as he stared at BigBiGuy. Ian. He knew the hospital orderly only through a loosely organized group of hospital staffers who played basketball every now and then. They nodded and smiled hello in the halls, but their paths didn’t cross all that much.
Yet, here they were.
Callum had noticed Ian was a big guy; it would have been impossible to miss. But he’d filed him into the unavailable category with all the other straight men, and as a result, hadn’t fully appreciated the man’s body.
He wasn’t about to miss an opportunity to correct that mistake.
“Take off your shirt.”
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ + half a star 🙂
The new main characters in this book are just as interesting as the characters from previous books. Ian is a divorced dad of a teenager who has been in the closet for most of his life and has finally started to accept his bisexuality. He is an orderly in a hospital, and is content with his job. His ex-wife was not. People think he may not have ambition, but to be happy and content in your job is basically the dream, isn’t it? Adding good pay and conditions on top of that, it is nearly unrealistic.
Callum, on the other hand, is younger than Ian, and a lab technician. Unlike Ian, he is content but does want to advance. But living with his mother and his ex-boyfriend in a house that is in terrible condition, Callum has problems paying for courses that would allow him to advance. He also has good relationship with his boss and does not want to take the job from her.
The first real meeting of the two starts…well, in a hospital bathroom, doing things they definitely shouldn’t. They gradually slip in a relationship, but they both have their own hang-ups and problems.
This book was a bit different than the other ones. The complication here is not just a break-up. Callum is robbed by his ex’s friend and when they try to go to get the items back (something with password for cryptocurrencies about which I have absolutely no idea), things become dangerous! Of course we all know all ends well, but there is danger.
I would recommend this book just as much as the others. It doesn’t get too into the cryptocurriencies thingie – just enough to make sense of the story. And I loved the geeky side of Callum!
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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