Heart Trouble by D.J. Jamison
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Ben Griggs is weary of relationships thanks to a couple of heartbreak in his past. He sees himself as a filler for someone, not exciting enough to hold their attention for long and needs to protect his heart. His last relationship was a biker who dumped him when someone else came along.
When teacher Gage Evans ends up in the hospital after dumping a motorcycle, the attraction between him and his nurse is obvious. Ben tells him he doesn't date bikers or adrenaline junkies. Gage is far from both but Ben won't let him explain. After a one night stand though, Ben begins to find Gage more and more irresistible.
First of all, I loved both of these characters. They both have trust issues and things in their pasts that have made them vulnerable. Each has a female best friend. Alex and Chloe are the perfect supporting characters for the guys. I wish we got to see them all meet. I loved the sweet vulnerability of Ben. He has such a hard time believing someone could actually want him long term since it's not been his experience in the past. He just needed to open his eyes and heart and realize the men in his past weren't the ones for him. They were the fillers, not him.
Gage had his own issues with his past and his own problems with feeling wanted. He'll do whatever he has to do to prove that he isn't what Ben thinks he is. He keeps his own fears hidden. He's patient yet persistent with Ben. He doesn't want to push too hard, but he doesn't want to lose what he feels could be the best thing either of them has had.
This book was all about letting go of your fears and believing in love and trust. The writing was excellent and it flowed so easily. Overall it was a sweet story with some hot, sexy scenes in the mix. This was book six in the series, but can be read as a standalone. I didn't realize it at the time, but with how good this one was, it makes me want to read the others.
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