Thursday, April 26, 2018

New Release-Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: ORDERLY AFFAIR by DJ Jamison

Length: 75,000 words approx.

Hearts & Health Series


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 c*ck.

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.”

Carra's Review

I’ve been really enjoying this series so far, and Orderly Affair really fits in well with the rest of the books.  I loved that Callum was such a sweet, nerdy, and clumsy type of guy; it made it quite easy to identify with him since I’m the nerdy science type myself.  He was adamant about others knowing he could take care of himself, and is not shy about letting others know this.  Unfortunately, he lets others take advantage of him—in particular his ex Doug (who I’d gladly strangle in a heartbeat).

Ian is a caretaker and protector, and wanting to help Callum is instinctual for him.  He’s physically strong, and very even-keeled…not one to rock the boat or bring uncertainty or chaos into his or others’ lives.  Ian and Callum are pretty much opposites, but click together well—a great example of opposites attracting.  As Ian explores his bisexuality, the physical scenes between them become hotter and more intense—no shortage of chemistry for sure ;-)

I’m finding it hard to not say too much about this story without giving anything away.  I definitely found it entertaining, and I truly did enjoy Ian and Callum both separately and together.  I liked having appearances from other characters from this series (especially Ben!), I’m always a fan of those types of cameos.  Even with those appearances Orderly Affair can still be read as a standalone.

This book was a solid 4-star read for me, and I’d recommend it to all M/M romance fans.  The adult language and sexual content makes this story one for readers 18+.  I hope there will be more in the series…honestly in this setting the possibilities could go one for a while!

About the Author

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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