Thursday, February 23, 2017

Book Review: Heart Trouble (Ashe Sentinel Connections #6) by D.J. Jamison

When Gage Evans gets a look at his hot nurse, he's smitten immediately. Too bad he's given the nurse the impression he's some kind of daredevil. It couldn't be further from the truth. Gage is a college journalism instructor writing a series of guest columns that require him to jump into new experiences -- a fun bucket list, but one that does nothing to convince Ben he's not an adrenaline junkie.

Fresh off his latest heartbreak, nurse Ben Griggs is wary when one of his patients shows an interest in him -- especially when that patient showed up in the ER after a motorcycle accident. Ben's ex was a biker, a friend with benefits, and he dropped Ben cold when someone more interesting came along. Ben isn't the kind of guy who can hold the interest of an adrenaline junkie like Gage Evans for long. The last thing he wants is to lose his heart to the wrong man again.

The more Ben gets to know Gage, the harder he is to resist. He can only hold on for the ride and keep his guard up as much as he can. But Ben's lack of trust seriously gets in the way of building a relationship, and Gage will only be patient so long. Can he trust Gage enough to give him heart, or are they destined to have a fling that goes nowhere?

This was a frustrating read for me. I did not find any fault in the writing or the flow of the story. Everything came down to the characters; well, one character in particular. Gage is a complete delight. He is kind, patient, funny and a total sweetheart. He's willing to do anything for the people he cares for and I admired his determination. Ben, on the other hand, was very hard to like. His constant insecurities, doubt, pessimism and occasional selfishness and manipulative attitude made me wonder why Gage want to be with him so badly. Yes, Ben is good looking and he and Gage shared a passionate sex life, but, in my opinion, that's not enough to put up with all of his baggage.

All in all, this is a nice read, but be warned Ben will frustrate you. However, Gage and side character Zane will give you a nice, calming respite in between Ben's Debbie Downer fits.

I received a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily provided my honest review.

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~ M

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