- File Size: 1268 KB
- Print Length: 236 pages
- Publisher: Davina Jamison (March 7, 2017)
- Publication Date: March 7, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XGXZYNJ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,904 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The patient is Zane – and he’s been brought into the ER after coming out to his parents, neither set of whom had a positive reaction to the news – including the beating by his step-dad. His coming out has led to him having a new understanding about his parents, he has to find a new home, and figure out what to do with his life – growing up almost over night.
This is a May-December romance, that feels like at times it could be inappropriate in nature – but never crosses the line. In fact, as the story goes on, the age and how they met disappears totally, and all that matters is the two men that they are. Even with all of the struggles they have on their own and with being together, they are well-suited for each other and compliment the other nicely.
One of my favorite things about this book is how “real” both characters get at different times. This isn’t a shiny-happy portrayal of people, but real life showing up on the page. Paul is a little clunky in the beginning and is at times, almost hard to read, but as he grows, he becomes more of who he is supposed to be and so does his relatable factor. A few bumps in this story for me, centered around Paul’s “history” at the hospital. I won’t give much away here, but it seemed SO out of character and random, that it wasn’t even necessary, and definitely distracted me from the actual story. I understand why it was put in, but it felt false – in a book that rang so true.
This is a great read for anyone who loves a May-December romance and reading about the courage to come out – regardless of the consequence.
This setup gives the characters a chance to not only work through the expected age-gap issues (he’s too young for you, you still have your whole life ahead of you; he’s too old for you, you should stick with guys your own age—of course these things being brought up by people other than Paul and Zane themselves), but to also have a bit of role reversal thanks to their individual experiences. They both help guide each other on their individual journeys, while in the end sharing the journey together as a couple.
Paul and Zane are a bit awkward together at first, and the review Paul is under at work puts quite a bit of strain on both of them and their new relationship. When they are together, the chemistry sizzles—but the issues they face keep cropping up to leave doubts and interfere, even more so than their friends and family. Gage and Ben’s characters added quite a lot to the story, from their unconditional support of Zane to their disapproval of Zane and Paul’s relationship, to their eventual acceptance. Zane’s father was more difficult to deal with, not so much in regards to Zane and Paul being together, but just with the fact that Zane is gay. All of these things lent drama to the story—balanced out by the sweet, fun way Paul and Zane are when they are together.
I really enjoyed this story, and would recommend it to any M/M romance fan, especially if you like age gap romances. Bedside Manner gets a 4-star rating from me, and I look forward to reading more in this series. This story is for readers 18+ for adult language, M/M sexual content, and touching on some serious subject matter regarding coming out and Zane’s assault-which was handled quite well within the story.
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I made a new shelf, May/December, just for this book
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