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Bedside Manner

(Hearts and Health #2)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  594 ratings  ·  119 reviews
This is an alternate cover edition of ASIN B06XGXZYNJ.

Dr. Paul Johnston can't get a set of dark, somber eyes out of his head, and the timing couldn't be worse.
The last thing he needs is to fall for a patient. Not now, when he's been put on paid leave pending review of a formal complaint. One that accuses him of sexual impropriety of some kind. It's possible he let his ne
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 241 pages
Published March 7th 2017 by Davina Jamison
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
Supposedly, this book can be read as a standalone, but I felt like I was missing something.

Paul and Zane's story begins in the last book of another series. Paul, who comes out of the closet and gets a divorce at age 39, is an ER doctor who hits on a nurse, Ben, at work.

The backstory is summarized here, but the consequences of Paul's behavior (he's put on paid leave while a sexual harassment suit against him is investigated) are the main plot point.

Zane, a college student, is violently attacke
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very Nice Surprise

I was very surprised that I liked this so much. We were introduced to Paul in book 1, and he came off as a pervy creep to me. I really didn't know how he would redeem himself. It turns out, he is just lonely and scared. He is going through a divorce after denying his sexuality for his whole life. He has almost no experience, and is overwhelmed by his freedom to try dating. He ended up being a stand up guy. Zane has aged overnight after coming out and being rejected by his famil
Everyone is talking about the huge age gap between the characters in this book, but while I was reading it, I don't feel it at all. I think it might be due to Dr. Paul Johnston inexperience with men and only just came out of the closet. I wish I actually read the previous book Heart Trouble to know about what he did there that make the nurses in the hospital hate him and resulting in a sexual harassment complaint. I thought Paul is very endearing with his nurturing nature and his protectiveness ...more
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-romance
Well that was different. I honestly can't decide if I kinda liked it or really did not. The author's writing style was actually very good, but the characters were decidedly unlikable. I definitely didn't really care if they got their HEA or not, and I wasn't 100% sure that wasn't actually the author's intention all along..? A part of me has a morbid curiosity to read the story of Gage and Ben - but I probably won't. There are too many great books out there to waste my time. ...more
Sep 28, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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I was really happy when I got the info that Zane got his own book.
We get to know him in Heart Trouble, the 6th book in the Ashe Sentinel series.

Zane is a really interesting figure, I was wondering how he is displayed and we knew he didn't have it easy.

This fact is taken in the book and it's the first thing we get to know when we start the book as reader.

It is really great, how D.J. Jamison developes the book, how sh
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bedside Manner takes an age gap romance and gives it a bit of a twist. Zane is a young college student, but after coming out to his family, then being assaulted, he’s been through a hell of a lot more than most guys his age-giving him an unexpected level of maturity at his age. Paul is a successful ER doctor, but he is pretty new to his out-of-the-closet status-so even though he is almost twenty years older than Zane, he is inexperienced in this new aspect of his life.

This setup gives the chara
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jamison successfully redeems her jerk doctor from book one

I loved how DJ successfully managed to transform book one's slightly creepy and somewhat jerkish Dr Paul into a truly kind and caring man.

Misunderstandings, fear and inexperience had led him to act like an idiot but meeting Zane after he'd been assaulted by his step-dad gave Paul a jolt and watching this unlikely pairing fall in love was lovely.

There's also double virgin sex in this one which was handled with care, emotionally rewar
What a great book.

I appreciated this story for its sense of realism right from the start. Both MCs are both frustratingly lovable and terribly flawed, each with detailed and justifiable backstories that shed light on the development of these juxtapositions within their personalities. They are also perfectly mismatched, if that makes any sense. With an 18 year age discrepancy, they are in glaringly different stages in life, a sobering reality both are all too aware of. To complicate things furth
There is likely more going on in this book than there needs to be even though the topics here are interesting.

The central romance between Zane and Paul is engaging. With the other plot lines of the sexual harassment accusation and the family drama, those characters and moments needed more depth to fulling engaging and Zane's friends did not always act consistently.

So, this book ended up just being okay.
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-from-author
A rather unlikeable character is redeemed!

Bedside Manner is about two secondary characters from Heart Trouble. You don't need to have read Heart Trouble to enjoy this one but I recommend doing so because: 1. It's a great book and 2. You will gain some background information on Zane and Paul before reading their story in Bedside Manner.

Bedside Manner is a perfect May/December type of romance. Zane is 21, Paul is 39. Now some people might think that big of an age difference is creepy but Zane is
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-read, m-m
3.5 Stars reviewed as part of 3 volume set.

I struggled with this one a bit because the author included some great, very thoughtful topics, from both Zane and Paul’s viewpoints. It was about coming out in the midst of homophobia and fear, Zane’s experience as a young man, and Paul as an older, once married, closeted man, and the way other people judge and make assumptions. I disliked some of the plot’s execution, such as too many scenes of Paul pushing Zane away, but really liked the portrayals o
JD Crittendon
Nov 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Sometimes, Priorities can be the Key to Love!

Trauma, involuntary paid leave, dysfunctional family dynamics all play a part in the Zane & Paul love story. I liked the MCs, although Paul was a bit passive-aggression and a bit immature. The pacing was a slow wind. I didn’t quite feel the I loves were authentic. However, this was a readable, somewhat sweet tale.
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I have been waiting for this book!! After reading Heart Trouble, an I recommended reading Heart Trouble first. I have been wanting Zane's story.

Zane has had a lot of life altering things happen to him. He's a college student trying to make it in the world. He just wants to be who he is and not hide. He thought coming out to his parents would be a good thing. He was so so so wrong. After his dad kicks him out he goes to his mom. His step-father beats him near to death for telling them he's gay.
Apr 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.
Second book in the Hearts and Health series, this is a book about Zane - the young man we met in Heart Trouble and a Paul, the ER doctor who treated him. Zane is twenty and Paul thirty-nine when we meet them but this isn't a typical May-December romance. Paul is coming off a failed marriage and is only newly out as gay, Zane has been rejected by his family and beaten for coming out - both have their issues but I definitely felt that Paul was the more emotionally immature of the two, d
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun age gap story between newly-divorced ER doctor Paul and Zane, a victim of a violent anti-LGBT assault by his stepfather. Paul initially resists the advances of the young man who was briefly his patient in the ER, but Zane is persistent... Ben and Gage (from Heart Trouble - HH#1) are here to offer support to Zane, who turns up the heat on Paul. The prescription written is for a love potion that must be filled... despite an obstacle or two. The audiobook narrated by Kenneth Obi, who gets all t ...more
Sara MacRae
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you’re not into younger/older romances – this one revolves around 21-year-old Zane and 39-year-old Paul – then this one isn’t for you. I frankly have no issues with it – in fiction as in life, you don’t pick who you fall in love with or why – and Zane is wise beyond his chronological years, even if he still harbors some youthful relationship insecurity. Paul is just learning how to love – really, also learning how to freely live his life as the gay man he is, instead of hiding beyond others’ ...more
Amneris Cesare
Poor story, poor plot, poor reading too.
that's it.
Cee Brown
♡☆(¸.•♥´4.5 bedside stars

I have a special place in my heart for this book, especially as I got a chance to hold it close and be a part of it. That being said, onto the review.

Out of left field, author DJ Jamison left the newsroom of Ashe Sentinel and rolled into the city's hospital. We are reintroduced to Zane, who had been Physically attacked in by his stepfather in Heart Trouble (Ashe Sentinel Connections #6) and treated by the infalliable Hot Doc, Paul Johnsto
Denise GremoryKohta
All the books in the Ashe Sentinel Series are good. I mean real good. This one however tops them all. What a way to start a new series. After meeting Both Paul and Zane in Heart Trouble I want them to get their stories. Having it be them together in this one was even better. Seeing how they both overcome their pasts and insecurities in the journey to be together was an emotional ride. I felt anger and sadness and at times, joy and happiness. Some places I laughed out loud. I especially loved get ...more
Lee Rey
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book*
The story we have been waiting for since Heart Trouble. The story of the obsessive doctor and the lonely student. They seem like an odd couple yet fit perfectly with each other. In this book we explore the past of Paul and get an understanding of his actions in the previous novel. We learn that he is new to being free and his feelings of inferiority when it comes to being with Zane. Zane on the other hand is dealing with being rejected his by
Carlos Mock
Bedside Manner (Hearts and Health #2) by D.J. Jamison

This is a very shallow book with one-dimensional characters. At first, it seems like it's going to be a love triangle: Dr. Paul Johnston., a 39 y/o divorcé who recently came out as gay, and who in book one had a swing for a nurse, Ben. Paul feels very attracted to Zane Kavanaugh, a college student who just came out to his family and ends up been rejected by his real father and beaten to a pulp by his stepfather. Zane had a crush on Ben and the
Love Africa Book Club
This is a sweet story about student Zane, who ends up in the ER after being assaulted by his stepfather and older doctor Paul who treats him.

Paul is protective of Zane right off the bat but things get complicated when Paul is off work on paid leave pending an investigation into accusations made against him. This emphasises Paul's insecurities as he was previously married to a woman and only recently started living as a gay man.

I enjoyed Paul and Zane together. it was cute that Zane was more cer
~nikki the recovering book addict
Zane and Paul!!

I was several pages into the first chapter before I realized it was part of the Ashe Sentinel world! I was so excited!! It's especially interesting because Paul was this creepy, douchebag doctor in Heart Trouble. I think it's always more intriguing to see the turnabout of a character and Paul definitely redeemed himself here.

I wish it went on longer though. The ending seems a little unresolved for me. Perhaps I expected something different? Either way, I loved it!
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Fairly formulaic, and rather dull. The one striking thing about the relationship, the huge difference in age, is not explored at all in any depth. They might just as well be the same age. The language is adequate, but there are some appalling mistakes as well, such as "he had went". Overall, bland, readable (just), and ignorable. ...more
Ken Cook
Doctor patient relationship

Interesting as it almost deals with the issue of coming out to one's family, the violent aftermath triggers the development of a pairing. That the doctor is new to his orientation lets both characters deal with questions and insecurities to introduce angst into the equation. Three stars as much seems contrived.
May 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3 out of 5 stars

I had to pick this book to review just for the title. I love books with medical characters, or medical settings. The book was well researched (although I disagree to some extent with how conservatively the author interpreted the ethics of doctor/patient romantic involvement) and well written. The conflicts were plausible, as were the resolutions. I just never really connected to either of the characters as much as I would hav
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a review of the audiobook.

Overall 5
Performance 4
Story 5

This is the third book performed by Kenneth that I've listened to. He performance was very good but I thought his voice for Zane sounded a bit too effeminate and at times I thought the same about his voice for Paul. I definitely enjoyed listening to this story and I was reminded me of how much I loved it when I read it two years ago.

Below is a copy of my original review from when I read the book when it was first published.

A rather u
Mel Bradley
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a surprising 4 star read! It’s the first time I’ve read this author and I’m not usually into the doctor jargon thing, but this book surprised in the best way possible! In his late 30s, Dr. Johnston is finally trying to be himself – only to have his life fall apart again, right before his eyes. He is an excellent ER doctor, but his personal life is in shambles following a divorce from his wife… after knowing he was gay for all of the years they were together. And in his ER room, rolls in ...more
Cathy Brockman
First, I want to say, though this says it can stand alone... for full understanding you really do need to read or listen to Heart Trouble. There both Zane and Paul were introduced, and you know more about why Paul is under investigation and why and what happened to Zane and how they met. There is some backstory, but I just don't feel you get the full effect without reading the other first. Now having said that on with this review.
I did like this book. I fell in love with the author after listeni
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DJ Jamison writes sweet but spicy M/M romance that most readers consider relatively low-angst. She grew up in a working-class family, and many of those influences can be found in her books: family drama, workplace conflict, and of course, love! DJ lives in Kansas with her husband, two sons, a timid snake, and a sadistic cat named Birdie.

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Other books in the series

Hearts and Health (8 books)
  • Heart Trouble (Hearts and Health #1)
  • Urgent Care (Hearts and Health #3)
  • Room for Recovery (Hearts and Health #4)
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