|Cover Artist: LC Chase|
Out of the Blue
by RJ Jones
Expected Publication: March 27th 2015
Length: 60,000 words
Length: 60,000 words
Genres: Contemporary, Gay (M/M), Erotic, Romance
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.
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
When reading a book for review I have a personal policy to finish each story. Some books seem to be failures until the end, when every moment that felt wrong comes together in a rush of clarity. OUT OF THE BLUE is not one of those stories. It was difficult to read emotionally. Jake and Cameron have been together almost ten years. A decade, as anyone who is (or has ever been) in a committed relationship knows, is not easy to achieve. It takes love, commitment, respect, empathy and the ability to compromise. When circumstances between Cameron and Jake began to unravel I anticipated challenges but believed that their long history together, and love for each other, would prevail. I was not expecting this story to become a handbook for what not to do when the going gets tough.
Cameron is traumatized by his experiences during a horrific accident. It begins to change him, and by extension, his relationship with Jake and his co-workers. His experiences and reactions are heartbreakingly well written. He is a man at the end of his rope, desperately trying to keep his life together but lacking the resources to do so.
Jake, the man who claims to love him above all others, reacts with what I consider to be an epic failure to communicate. He sinks deeply into a pit of "poor me" rather than supporting his fragile and hurting partner, firmly laying all the problems in their relationship on Cameron's doorstep, while essentially ignoring his own shortcomings. While shooting venomous arrows of blame in Cameron's direction he doesn't acknowledge that his own dishonesty, selfishness, and pride are equally damaging. While Cameron genuinely suffers, Jake's primary affliction is that of a blatant double standard.
I realize that there will be readers who enjoy this story, but they will be looking at it from the perspective that the situation is fictional instead rather than reality. Without addressing all of the issues that Jake and Cameron face, there is no way for them to fully break free from the cycle of mistakes and prevent them from happening again.
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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