Will a makeover bring his fantasy to life or lead him to a love he never saw coming?
As a professional X-ray tech, Ridley has come a long way from the geeky kid Jace took under his wing in high school. Not that his best friend has noticed. Tired of pining, Ridley decides to show Jace what he’s missing. And what better way than with a newer, more sophisticated look?
Cole’s clients at the salon where he works love him dearly. Men? Not so much. He has dated one mistake after the next, and he’s beginning to wonder if a guy exists who can handle his fabulousness. Then Ridley lands in his chair.
Cole agrees to be Ridley’s makeover guru, and they click effortlessly. But when Cole offers to help Ridley with his sexual confidence, passion flares and boundaries blur.
Ridley’s had his heart set on Jace a long time, but when he’s with Cole it feels too real to deny. Now he has a choice to make: the friend he’s always wanted or the man who’s given him a whole new lease on life.
Operation Makeover is part of the Hearts and Health series, but can be read as a standalone.
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*I received the book in exchange for an honest review*
Hello! I am feeling a bit rusty after a long absence, but I’ll try to do justice to another amazing book by DJ Jamison. My first book by her was Heart Trouble so, the hospital world with all the characters mentioned here, and book by book, my admiration for her works grew. I don’t think any book will top Urgent Care, this one was quite close.
I loved the awkward Riley! In so many ways I imagine he is quite the same as he was in high school where he looked up to Jace, and his Lego hobby is AWESOME as fuck. I also kind of understood the idea of reinventing oneself. The makeover, even though Riley think it’s for Jace, is for Riley. And he was lucky to find Cole. Cole is fabulous and unapologetically gay. Some of it isn’t even his choosing, but he makes do. Except one thing. He is awful at choosing partners.
I loved both characters for themselves and what they could be to each other and I had my fingers crossed that they work it all out. I mean, I knew they would, but here’s the magic, right? The fact that even with knowing that there will be a happy ending, you are still feeling everything. And in this book, DJ Jamison managed that perfectly!
It was a book I adored, with adorkable and awkward X-ray technician becoming adorkable and confident technician and with the fabulous Cole showing his human side, not so fabulous and self-assured all the time.
And I absolutely loved the cameos of the characters from previous books. My heart just about melted at the end 🙂
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.