Title: Out of the Blue
Author Name: R.J. Jones
Publication Date & Length: March 27, 2015 – 186pgs
When everything happens Out of the Blue…
Lt Cameron Cooper has been with the San Francisco Fire Department for fifteen years. He’s seen and dealt with a lot of horrifying situations. He’s always considered himself mentally tough, but when he attends a multi-vehicle accident and sees a dead boy with features remarkably similar to his long-time boyfriend, his mental health takes a hit.
All Jake Montgomery wants is to propose to his boyfriend on their ten-year anniversary. He’s already bought the perfect rings, but when Cameron struggles to look at him after a tragic accident, he has doubts about their future. Cam is withdrawing, and Jake doesn’t know why.
With heated arguments and cold shoulders, Cam and Jake’s life starts to fall apart. Just when Cam thinks he can overcome his issues and finally talk to Jake, memories from Jake’s past threaten to push them apart forever.
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Jake’s crying calmed and after a while his breathing became even. I rubbed soothing circles on his back, and soon he was asleep in my arms. He must’ve been emotionally drained, not only from Cece’s heart attack but from my ill-timed information dump about Luke, and it had all caught up to him.
It had been so long since I’d held him and I couldn’t help but feel selfish. If Cece hadn’t had a heart attack and Jake hadn’t gotten that phone call when he did, would I be holding him now? Or would I be trying to hold myself together? I treasured the feel of him so close to me and committed it to memory, since I might never have this opportunity again.
I had rotten timing when it came to showing Jake the picture of his high school boyfriend, and I had no clue how he felt about it. Was that what he needed to realize that I wasn’t Luke? Or did it bring up such horrible memories he wouldn’t be able to separate the two of us? I didn’t know. All I knew was at that moment, the love of my life was asleep in my arms. I hugged him tighter and breathed in his familiar
“I love you,” Jake whispered against my neck. I tilted my head to look at him, but he was still asleep. Was he saying that to me? Or someone in his dreams. Aunt Cece maybe?
“I love you too, babe,” I answered, regardless of whom he was talking to.
I started as a reader and eventually made the progression to reviewing. It wasn’t until two men pop into mythoughts, insisting on telling me their story that I started to write. It started with one scene. A hot and dirty one in the shower.
My initial thought was if I could write their scene then they’d shut up and allow me to concentrate on other aspects of my day. That shower scene was 3000 words long and three hours of work. But they didn’t shut up. They told me their entire story and I didn’t sleep for days. Sometimes I couldn’t keep up with what they were telling me and I had to keep a notebook by my bed.
Whilst I was writing their story a side character decided he needed his story told too. Then other characters followed suit.
You see the problem? If I ever want to sleep again then I need to write.
I’m a wife and a mother to two boys. Even my dog is a boy.
I am surrounded by males.