Out of the Blue by RJ Jones is an emotional roller coaster of a book. Cam and Jake have to weather the storm before they get their happily every after. I received a copy of this book at no charge from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.
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Out of the Blue by RJ Jones
Purchase Link: Amazon
Title: Out of the Blue
Series: Out of the Blue #1
Author: RJ Jones
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (April 23, 2015)
Format/Length: 2801 KB/181 pages
Genre: M/M, Contemporary
Heat Rating: 3
Star Rating: 3 1/3
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.
As Out of the Blue by RJ Jones begins, Jake and Cam are happy and in love, having been together for almost 10 years. They are so happy, in fact, that Jake buys wedding rings in preparation of proposing. The future looks bright.
Cam is a firefighter who often sees horrific accidents. It is part of the job and one he usually handles okay. But on one particular call, a young boy is killed who reminds him of his beloved Jake. And he cannot get over it. Slowly, the nightmares, paranoia and panic attacks drive a wedge between them, forcing Jake to move out. He begins questioning everything about Cam that he has come to know and love.
At the beginning of Out of the Blue, I was angry with Cam for letting things spirals so badly out of control. He had to have known that he needed help. I’m sure he wasn’t the first firefighter to suffer like this after a call. The fact that he let it get that bad annoyed me.
As the book progressed I found myself more angry with Jake than with Cam. They had been together 10 years. Why are you letting him get away with this behavior? Go to his supervisor or something! I think he should have fought harder for Cam.
It was a bit slow going at the beginning of this book for me. I had trouble really getting into it. With an established couple and the monotony of day to day living, there really isn’t anything that grabs your attention to keep you turning the page. Not to mention the fact that it was SAD. Seriously, a very emotional roller coaster that was a bit hard to stay with. I think I would have liked a bit more happy to balance the emotional strain somehow.
The book itself is well written, with characters who are likeable and realistic. The secondary characters are well thought out as well and I would definitely read more by this author.
This is a bit of a spoiler alert but I am not sure the whole Kris/Cam drama needed to occur. I think there was enough drama with Jake and Cam to drive the book all the way to the end. I realized that Jake’s history and the presence of Kris gave reasoning to why it was hard for Jake to come back but I think it was just a bit too much drama in an already intense book.
Overall, a good read once I actually got into it a bit. But, while these two guys definitely got a happily ever after, I was still an emotional wreck by the time it was finished.