Book Spotlight: Out of the Blue by R.J. Jones
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.
“Jake,” I called as I opened the apartment door. There was no answer, and I wondered if he was even home, though the living room and kitchen lights were on.
Jake stood by the window as he stared out into the black night, his back to me and phone in hand. I could see the tension in his lean frame.
“Hey, babe,” I said, trying to lighten the mood.
“I tried calling. I cooked dinner, but you didn’t answer your phone,” Jake said to the window, his tone quiet and neutral.
“Sorry, I got caught up talking to Kris. I did send a text. Sort of, anyway. I didn’t actually hit the Send button. I’m sorry,” I apologized again.
Jake faced me and I received the full force of his glare. I turned and placed my bag on the ground near the kitchen counter and bent down, pretending there was something in my bag I needed.
“Kris?” I could hear the unspoken question in his tone.
“Yes, he’s new at the station and suggested we have a beer after shift. I didn’t notice how late it was after we got caught up talking. I didn’t hear my phone.”
“How long has he been at the station?”
“A little while. Why?”
Jake looked as though he was weighing my response, but didn’t answer me. I had no idea what he thought.
As I stood and flicked through the mail on the counter, I could feel Jake’s eyes on me. “Have you eaten?” I asked.
“Yes.” There was no elaboration as I looked through the papers with more enthusiasm than I felt.
We were silent for a long minute and the tension between us thickened. My skin prickled as he marched past me, closing our bedroom door behind him.
My chest leaden, I walked to the window and looked out over the bay. I didn’t know what Jake saw when he was standing here, but I was pretty sure it wasn’t the lights of the city below. My guilt over the whole situation threatened to engulf me. I was helpless to stop this downward spiral that was tearing us apart, a ticking time bomb that waited for the detonation.
I knew I needed to give him some space before I went to bed, so I stayed at the window as I watched the play of lights over the water and wondered what to do.
The answer never came.
About the author
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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