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Review ~ As the Sun Sets

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Title:  As the Sun Sets

Author: R.J. Jones

Release Date: 24th February, 2017

Length: 152 pages

Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

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A sea change could be just what the doctor ordered.

Doctor Scott Penney used to be a Paediatric Oncologist—until he burned out. Watching children suffer and die took its toll on his mental health. To cope, he used anonymous sex as an emotional crutch, thinking it was better than hitting the bottle. But that inevitably destroyed his relationship with the man he loved.

With his tail between his legs and a year’s worth of celibacy under his belt, Scott accepts a position as an Accident and Emergency consultant, leaving his career in oncology and London behind.

Ben Jenkins is a paediatric nurse who loves his seaside city, his job, and his faithful old Labrador, Happy. When he meets the new doctor, Ben falls for Scott’s kind-yet-reserved personality—not to mention his good looks. Scott is great with the children who come through the hospital, but Ben senses there’s more to Scott than meets the eye.

Scott tries to resist Ben’s sunny charm—Scott’s not boyfriend material, after all—but it’s impossible not to fall in love with the sad looking old dog and his charming owner. As Scott and Ben get closer and the weather heats up, tragedy strikes and Ben is left wondering how much of Scott’s history he actually knows.

For them to move forward, Ben must show Scott that no matter what happened in the past, a beautiful day can always start after the sun sets.

**This can be read as a standalone**

 

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My old Labrador, Happy, followed me everywhere I went. We’d been inseparable since day one. So when I opened the front door after work, it was inevitable he’d be sitting in the front room, wagging his tail and waiting for me to get changed into my runners. Happy didn’t run as far anymore—twelve was old for a Lab—but he was content to lie on the shore and wait for me to come back from my jog up the beach. By the time I returned, Happy had regained his breath and we took a slower pace home.

“You ready to hit the beach, buddy? I’ll be back in a sec.” I ruffled his ears as I kicked the door closed behind me, then took the stairs two at a time to get changed. When I’d laced up my running shoes, we set off towards the sea.

I’d thought of leaving him at home when I ran, but the vet had given him a clean bill of health, saying Happy would probably live for a few years yet. Happy knew when he couldn’t go any further, so when he collapsed in his usual spot on our run, I gave him a quick glance to make sure he was okay, then set off at a faster pace towards the marina.

For the past few days, I’d seen someone patting and talking to Happy, but the guy had always walked away when he saw me coming. At first I thought he’d been planning on dognapping him, but after the first couple of days I saw him, I realised he was harmless. He was just saying hello to an old dog. It wouldn’t have been the first time someone had tried to take him, but when Happy didn’t want to go somewhere, there was no moving him. He’d plant his butt and not move. If anyone tried, he’d bite them. The last guy had to have stitches in his arm. This behavioural trait was the reason why Happy hadn’t made the cut with the guide dogs.

I never got a good look at Happy’s new friend; he always left before I got too close. I had a feeling he wasn’t the kind to chitchat, and to be honest, I was always sweaty and exhausted by the time I made it back to Happy anyway.

But today when the man walked away, I thought I recognised him. Tall and lean, he had his head down and hands stuffed into his jacket pockets as he strode towards the steps that would take him to the road. He looked familiar, at least his back did, but I had no idea where I’d seen him before.

 

 

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4.5*

Scott’s heartbreaking career in oncology burnt him out and went a long way to ruining his relationship with Noah (from Book #1 in the series). I struggled to understand why Scott had turned to anonymous hook-ups rather than the partner he loved. But it seems Noah wasn’t capable of providing the support and comfort Scott needed at the time. But that’s okay. Noah has moved on and it’s clear they were not meant to be. That might sound ruthless and, for a time, Scott suffered because of his actions.

Scott is alone and broken when he starts afresh in Brighton and meets Ben and his dog, Happy. A change of scenery, a new medical focus, and friendly colleagues are just what he needs. I adored Ben! He is such a lovely guy and although he falls for Scott, he is a friend first and foremost and gives Scott the time and space he needs. Their romance is a slow-build, but in the process they get to know each other better. I loved how the dog brings them together. But life is not all plain-sailing in Brighton. Scott has more decisions to make regarding his career and an unwelcoming family to deal with.

I’m really enjoying this series of stories set in the UK and reading how each set of couples fall in love. This one is my favourite so far. Scott and Ben are well-developed and caring characters and that shines through in this story. Their scenes together are a joy to read. I loved Ben’s rainbow accessories and the way he deals with the children at the hospital. His mum is also a fun and vibrant personality.

Kudos to RJ for tackling two sensitive issues in this story and producing an uplifting romance through them. RJ’s writing style is engaging and the storyline and compelling characters keep you turning the pages.

Trigger warning: some readers might find the references to child cancer disturbing. Scott’s cheating occurred before this story begins so that might be more acceptable to readers who avoid cheating storylines.

 

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RJ started as a reader and eventually made the progression to reviewing. It wasn’t until two men popped into her thoughts, insisting on telling her their story that she started to write. It started with one scene. A hot and dirty one in the shower.

RJ’s initial thought was if she could write their scene then they’d shut up and allow her to concentrate on other aspects of the day. That shower scene was 3000 words long and three hours of work.  But they didn’t shut up.  They told her their entire story and she didn’t sleep for days.  Sometimes she couldn’t keep up with what they were telling her and she had to keep a notebook by the bed.

Whilst RJ was writing their story a side character decided he needed his story told too. Then other characters followed suit.

You see the problem? If RJ ever wants to sleep again then she needs to write.

RJ is a wife and a mother to two boys. Even her dog is a boy.

She is surrounded by males.

RJ writes emotionally charged, character driven romances. Her guys will always get their HEA, but it will never be easy.

 

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New Release and Review ~ As the Leaves Fall by R.J. Jones

As the Leaves Fall

by R.J. Jones

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The perfect job or the perfect man. Surely Aiden and Noah can have both, right?

Aiden Turner’s world flipped upside down when his vengeful ex-boyfriend destroyed a major project, costing his uncle’s architectural firm an important client. Feeling guilty, Aiden has since sworn off all romantic involvement with anyone he works with.

Noah Walker is getting ready to interview for his dream role when he catches Aiden’s eye on the London Tube. They strike up a conversation, and even though the attraction sizzles between them, Noah must decline the offer of a morning coffee. The interview is crucial, and he needs to focus on getting the job, not getting a date.

When Aiden discovers the enigmatic man on the train is the same man he is interviewing, he is torn. But he knows Noah is the right man for the job, and he attempts to put some professional distance between them. However, it’s not long before Noah makes his way under Aiden’s skin.

Neither man can afford to risk their employment, but keeping their relationship a secret takes its toll. When things get ugly, they need to decide what’s more important—or if the job is worth the sacrifice.

 

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An enjoyable office romance featuring two  likeable and mature sexy guys. From the start, they face the dilemma of choosing between behaving professionally within their working environment or listening to their hearts.

Noah hopes he’s found his ideal job in a top architectural firm, which he discovers has the added benefit of working alongside a gorgeous hunk of a boss. Noah is certainly well qualified for the position, and despite Aiden’s immediate attraction to him, he still appoints Noah. His intelligent, friendly, and easy going nature makes Noah the perfect candidate.  From the outset, they work well together and Noah soon offers constructive suggestions for the company’s projects.

The men were inexplicably drawn to each other from their first meeting, but Aiden makes it clear any hookup, even in secret, would be a disaster for their careers within the firm. The two men deal with office politics and rivalries, as well as their feelings for each other admirably.  They manage to resist their attraction and work amicably together. Their friendship develops, but it’s a struggle to keep their desire under control. That is until they can’t resist anymore. When they finally give in, we are treated to a hot and steamy love making session.  Noah doesn’t want to be kept a dirty little secret and Aiden is worried about telling his family about them, so everything is far from rosy. There’s no nastiness or tantrums between the two lovers and they behave in a dignified manner to resolve their relationship issues.

The story is written from both characters’ POV, so we understand Aiden’s fear of committing to an office romance that may jeopardize the company’s future, and risk his own career or Noah’s dream job.

As the Leaves Fall is entertaining throughout. The story flows smoothly with a little angst and trepidation along the way, but nothing too traumatic. And the fact that the story is set in London increases its appeal for me. 

***I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.***

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RJ started as a reader and eventually made the progression to reviewing. It wasn’t until two men popped into her thoughts, insisting on telling her their story that she started to write. It started with one scene. A hot and dirty one in the shower.

RJ’s initial thought was if she could write their scene then they’d shut up and allow her to concentrate on other aspects of the day. That shower scene was 3000 words long and three hours of work.  But they didn’t shut up.  They told her their entire story and she didn’t sleep for days.  Sometimes she couldn’t keep up with what they were telling her and she had to keep a notebook by the bed.

Whilst RJ was writing their story a side character decided he needed his story told too. Then other characters followed suit.

You see the problem? If RJ ever wants to sleep again then she needs to write.

RJ is a wife and a mother to two boys. Even her dog is a boy.

She is surrounded by males.

RJ writes emotionally charged, character driven romances. Her guys will always get their HEA, but it will never be easy.

 

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Out of the Blue by R.J. Jones

Out of the Blue by R.J. Jones

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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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 “Things haven’t been great, to be honest. Something’s… bothering Cam. I guess bothering isn’t the right word but… he’s struggling. Something he saw when he attended that accident has him spooked. I’ve asked him and he’s told me about it but not anything that I didn’t already know from the news reports. There’s a vulnerability about him now I’ve never seen before.”

Remembering the distance that had been between us, my shoulders dropped and I lowered my head.

“He’s having nightmares where he’s completely distraught and screaming my name. The first time it happened, it scared the absolute crap out of me. It still freaks me out. It doesn’t happen every night, and I don’t know if he has them when he’s sleeping during the day. If there’s any mention of a car accident on the TV, he changes channel like he’s Flash Gordon. I can’t imagine what he’s like at work.” Sighing, I looked at my aunt, hoping she had an answer for me.

“What does he say is wrong?”

“He doesn’t. He can’t or won’t tell me what it is. He says he’s scared and he has trouble switching the images off in his head, but he won’t tell me what those images are or why he’s scared. I think he believes he’s supposed to be strong one hundred percent of the time. He hides a lot from me about what he’s seen, but I know he does it to protect me. Cam says he needs time and I’m hoping it’s only time he needs. Being here, though”—I waved my hand, indicating the vineyard—“has helped us remember what we used to be like. But being here has also reminded me of how hard it’s been the last month.”

I must have had a grave look on my face to trigger her next question. “Do you think he’s lying to you?”

“Not lying, per se… more avoiding, I think.”

“Avoiding you?”

“No, he’s not avoiding me, I think he’s more avoiding it. Whatever it is.”

Aunt Cece stopped walking, and cupping my face in her hands, her eyes searched mine. “Problems don’t go away by avoiding them. They’re patient bastards: they’ll wait for you. Keep avoiding them and they’ll invite their friends, and they’ll wait for you too.”

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Cam and Jake’s ten year relationship is called into question when Cam suffers PTSD after witnessing a horrific scene in a multi-vehicle accident. As a result, he fears losing Jake, experiences harrowing nightmares, and has difficulty coping at work. His refusal to talk to his partner about the problem provides the catalyst for their breakdown, along with his unwillingness to maintain eye contact with Jake. Cam stubbornly refuses to seek professional help and the situation snowballs when Jake becomes jealous of one of Cam’s work colleagues. Tempers fray as each man reacts to the other’s negative response and finally Jake storms out when he is reminded of a past betrayal and can’t deal with their situation any longer.

When Cam is commanded by his boss to discuss his problems with the work’s psychologist, he slowly begins to deal with his issues. There are several chances of a reconciliation, but frustratingly, each time something is said or done which prevents this and the distance between the two men remains.  Fortunately, neither man wants to end the relationship for good and gradually they work out a way to resolve the split, but it takes time.

The story is not all angst-filled scenes. There are several sweet moments, plus one with a glass dildo that made me chuckle. For much of the story, I wanted to bash their heads together and get them to talk about what was really on their minds. I was frustrated when they appeared to be getting somewhere and a thoughtless comment would make one of them fly off the handle again.  I’m glad they eventually resolved their relationship problems by talking and sharing more as Cam managed to overcome his PTSD and Jake dealt with his trust issues.

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I started as a reader and eventually made the progression to reviewing. It wasn’t until two men popped into my thoughts, 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.

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