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Rapid Response

(Hearts and Health #8)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  112 ratings  ·  51 reviews
A confused straight guy and a gay hookup artist walk into a bar ...

Firefighter Sean Connolly is straight -- until one impulsive night changes everything. He tries to dismiss it as a fluke, but when a fire rescue leads him back to the guy who blew his mind, he's thrown into a chaos of confusion and want. He gives in to curiosity, exploring a new side to himself -- not just
Kindle Edition, 346 pages
Published February 28th 2019
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Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, 2019
3.5 stars
Sean and Jace

An extended story about a straight guy Sean, who had one short sexual interaction with a other guy Jace. Totally in shock he ran away. His whole world turns upside down.
Sean works as a firefighter and Jace as a medical.
Through work they meet again after saving a little girl from a fire. Being her heroes it’s inevitable to go on with life without being involved with this little girl.

Their start together isn’t ideal. It’s awkward and avoiding each other seems a wish but no
Ravenclaw Silverstripe
Oh this was not for me.

Let me start off by saying I did not like Lena. That one scene where she practically forced Sean into an uncomfortable threesome made me entirely uncomfortable. I could have seriously done without that scene. It was utterly unnecessary and I judged Lena’s character wholly and completely because of that. Jace too. It’s like they took advantage of Sean and I’m sure that wasn’t the intended effect, but that’s what I got from that.

It was so awkward because Jace is gay, Lena
Joyfully Jay
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jovan
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars

Depending on how they’re written, a closeted/confused person as a love interest can be hit or miss for me, but D.J. Jamison does an excellent job in Rapid Response. Sean’s journey is relatable, and his conflict rings true to his personality and character. Sean is a sweet guy with a big heart and is a people pleaser and mediator by nature. He hates conflict and the rift in his family caused by Daniel’s hostility puts him in the middle and weighs so heavily on his m
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Jenn for Diverse Reader


I am a fan of this series and was excited for this book! Firefighter Sean Connolly has his entire world rocked when he meets Jace Gillespie one night. Jace and his friend Lena are out having a drink when Sean bumps into Jace. A spilled drink leads to a very strange threesome.

Sean, who is straight, doesn’t understand why he is way more interested in Jace than the beautiful woman with them. After things become uncomfortable for Se
3.5 stars- Rocky start, but an enjoyable story

Truthfully, I was a little worried when I started Rapid Response. This being the first book I've read in the Hearts and Health stress, I didn't know what to expect, but it certainly wasn't the awkward threesome that took place in the prologue. Manipulation is never sexy to me, and I worried that uncomfortable feeling I had during the prologue would color Jace and Sean's relationship for the remainder of the book. Happily, that wasn't the case, but in
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Without a doubt the best one for me in this series and some of the hottest writing that I've read from DJ Jamison.

Everything about this book worked for me, from the detail put into the way Jase introduced Sean to the joys of sexual activity with a man, to the slow awakening of Sean's desires and his acceptance of his own sexuality - even if he never was able to put a label on it, he knew he loved Jase.

The dynamic in the bedroom, in the power exchange and the "not quite" full on submissive natur
Veronica of V's Reads
Firefighter Sean Gillespie thinks he’s supporting his newly out bisexual brother when he attends a drag night at a gay club. Only, his brother doesn’t show up. Still interested in the show, he’s cajoled into hanging out with Jace and his female bestie. They share beers and chat, Sean admitting to his confusing attraction to the performers. Jace thinks Sean is hot, but gets that he’s not gay, still, he lets his gal pal talk Sean into more drinks at Jace’s apartment. And once there she puts the mo ...more
Kendra T
Sean is straight and has never even had any inkling of attraction to a guy. That all changes when he sees Jace out at a bar with his friend Lena. They both want Sean, and they end up going back to Jace’s house. Although Lena was there, she was a non factor in Jace and Sean having a quick moment before Sean freaks out and bolts. A couple of months later, Sean and Jace come face to face again at work and find they are still attracted to the other.

This dealt with Jace coming to terms with wanting
Amy Dufera
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rapid Response is a fun and compelling Gay for You romance by DJ Jamison. The eighth book in her Hearts and Health series, it can be read as a standalone.

When Sean comes home with Lena, he gets more than he bargained for with her roommate, Jase. I didn't like how Lena went about doing things, but I like the results. Sean's always been straight, but his feelings for Jace are something he can't ignore.

Sean and Jace are both interesting guys. Jace is an out and proud EMT, while Sean is a hot firefi
Mar 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
Isabella ~Mikku-chan~
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*

I really liked this book in the series which is extraordinary entertaining because we have a few (re)appearances of well-known characters from the former books. But if you worry you might get lost I can assure you this book is properly fine to read as standalone.
For me, as a reader of not just the Hearts and Health series but also the Ashe Sentinel one I enjoyed the reappearance of Mac from Changing Focus in his fun
Cathy Brockman
I am going to admit the first scene when Jace and Sean meet really threw me off. I liked the Sean was having a reaction to the Drag performers at the club and noticing Jace as attractive, But, why would a straight man go home with a gay man and a woman that was obviously trying to get him in bed. This threesome thing that should have been hot turned me off. Lena was more of a throwaway as neither man even noticed him. Lena just kinda ruined things for me and I saw no real reason for her in the b ...more
Karen Meeus
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a really wonderful OFY romance with a delicious dose of the required angst for this trope, but it’s also very moving and filled with deeper emotions. The story is written with D.J. Jamison’s typical sweet and light touch, and has a lot of humor and heartwarming moments in it. Although she doesn’t make it easy for Jace and Sean to find their HEA and there’s sadness and dark times for them to overcome, still it’s always done with a delicate touch and she never errs to the melodramatic side ...more
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is another great entry in a series I really enjoy. Jace and Sean meet and have their first hook up during an awkward attempt at a threesome with Jace's female friend Lena. Sean thinks he's straight until he reacts more to Jace than he does to Lena. He panics and runs, hoping to put these scary feelings behind him. After all, he has a brother who has recently come out as bisexual, and his other brother is causing strife in their family over that fact. Sean wants to make everyone happy, so he ...more
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
So ashamed to say that this is the first book in this series that I've read after being lucky enough to receive an ARC but I will absolutely be going back to the start and reading them all. This was such a good story with highly enjoyable characters and a plot line that I was quickly absorbed into.
It's Sean's first ever attraction to a man and Jace keeps him wanting to come back again and again, even though he's not out and struggling with how his family and fire crew would take the news.
I lov
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m going to admit up front that the way this story started, and Jace’s friend Lena and the role she played in that start had me wondering how things were going to go. I was not a fan of Lena at all, and frankly I was really glad she didn’t really play a role in the rest of the story. Thankfully, once I overlooked the inauspicious start, things did get much better from there.

You might be thinking, how can someone who is out and someone who is beyond closeted get “much better”, but I can put that
Becky Baldridge
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
I have enjoyed this series from the very beginning with its many wonderful characters and the chemistry between the couples. That said, I had a hard time getting behind this couple. Not that they don't have great chemistry, they do. My problem lay in a scene involving Lena. Now, maybe the intention was to paint Lena in a negative light, which it did for me, but it also turned me off of Jace. However, I did keep going, and the more I read, the more I warmed up to Jace. By the end, I was
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked this GFY story a lot!
Sean has never felt attracted to men before, but as soon as he meets Jace he's drawn to him. He thinks it's Jace's confidence that attracts him, as a friend, but when an impromptu threesome happens, Sean can't take Jace's touch out of his head.
I loved that both characters are not picture perfect. Sean is certainly a people pleaser, so much so that he often lets life wash over him and avoids taking any decision or even necessary steps to avoid making waves. Jace is mo
Beverly Southern Babes Book Blog
Once again DJ Jamison has brought another amazing story for this series. I’ve fallen hard for all of these guys. If you haven’t read the series yet I suggest you start with Heart Trouble and go down the wonderful rabbit hole.

Jace is an EMT. He’s out and proud. His past doesn’t effect him like it use to but it still there. He’s happy with who he is, happy with his life. There’s just one thing missing, someone to love.

Sean the hottie firefighter. He always thought he was straight but meeting a s
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, reviewed, m-m
Sean and Jace meet at a bar. Sean is invited to Jace’s place by Lena, where she instigates a threesome. When Sean and Jace get intimate, Sean freaks out and runs.

They meet again at a fire, Sean is a fireman and Jace is a paramedic. Circumstances keep pushing them together. Jace is still interested but Sean is leery of a relationship with another man. When he decides to take a chance with Jace he is adamant that their seeing each other is only in private. Jace is ok with that because he doesn’t
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is book 8 in the Hearts and Health series and it didn't disappoint. The main characters of this story are Jace , a paramedic and Sean , a firefighter. Sean had always thought of himself as straight until he met Jace. A three way hook up with Jace and his friend Lena had him running, scared and confused. They danced around each other for quite a while, Jace reluctant to start anything with a closeted maybe bi man. Sean could no longer deny his feelings, even as they began to know each other, ...more
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story about Sean, a hunky firefighter in his first relationship with another man, a confident but relationship-wary paramedic named Jace.

After a first encounter that doesn’t bode well, their mutual attraction is too strong to be denied for long and their desire for connection palpable. False starts, family problems and Sean's closeted status are roadblocks to this new and fragile relationship. Vowing to keep things simple and on the quiet, neither is prepared when it become
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book, great series!

I’ve really enjoyed the Hearts & Health series in general, I think this is one of my favorites in the series though!

Jace & Sean have amazing chemistry right from the start. I love how they find their way to each other. I really wish Sean hadn’t felt so fearful but it was so very realistic and relatable with his struggles with work and family. I really enjoyed these characters individually and together. I also liked a lot of the secondary characters, seeing a
Kathryn Manzella
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
DJ Jamison's Rapid Response is the eighth book of the Hearts and Health series, but can be read as a standalone. It's a first time gay romance between a hot Firefighter Sean Connolly and sexy Psramedic Jace Gilespie. One in the closet, one an out and proud hookup king, the story entertains as it takes you through their steamy hookups and watch them figure out how to be together and come out. It's fun and sweet and sexy... a great read. The characters are great - likeable and worthy of a Happily ...more
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
The epilogue for operation makeover got me wanting to read this book. I mean I wasn't interested in Sean, he was no longer in the picture (not that I can remember) after his brother's story. and Jace too. then suddenly the author gave that teeny snippet and I was like I want to read it now... Alas, I have to wait, but it was worth it because Jace and Sean's story is amazing as with her previous books...
Though I admit I want to read Jace's mind when he asked Ridley out that one time... Where, at
Crystal Lacy
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved Sean from Urgent Care and was so happy to see he’d gotten his own HEA with Jace, Ridley’s BFF and former crush from Operation makeover. This story was surprising to me in several ways, because I didn’t expect to fall to hard for these two. I LOVE how they managed to build a relationship and fall in love from the spark of one awkward encounter. I also love that Sean discovered a more vulnerable, submissive side. His exploration of his sexuality in the bedroom with Jace lit my screen on fire ...more
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 out of 5 stars

This book was so well done. The characters felt so real and the emotions were so focused. Sean and Jace have an instant connection - and that's just the problem because Sean is straight. He doesn't like guys. He doesn't know what to do with his feelings.

Though it was hard to watch Jace deal with loving someone in the closet, I really felt like the author did a great job of giving us the real emotions and the real feelings of these characters. I really felt like connected to
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sean and Jace. Two men we've met in previous books in the series and two men we've wanted stories for. To have their story together - amazing. Confused, in the closet Sean and playboy Jace fit together perfectly. Rescuing a young girl from a fire brings them together after a night they'd both rather forget. Family issues, misunderstandings and work situations keep these two in a hover pattern until they don't. DJ Jamison draws you in and doesn't let you go with this one. Old characters return, a ...more
BookPixie's Bookshelf
I recieved a ARC to read and review.

Wow! Seriously wow. I knew going in there was little chance I wouldn't love this book. I didn't expect to love it as much as I do. There is something about Sean and Jace that click for me. Every moment together was something wonderful. Even when they were arguing. I had a few moments that made me smile and chuckle. Some that brought tears to my eye. Especially with Danny.

All in all this was a amazing book and I am so glad I got the honour of receiving it as a
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a really engaging GFY romance. Sean is instantly attracted to Jace, even though he has never had any attraction to men before. For some reason though, Jace just pushes all his buttons from the instant they met, which totally confuses Sean.
Months after their first meeting the pair meet again in the aftermath of a fire they both attend in their professional roles. For publicity they are pushed into spending more time together and their attraction to each other proves irresistible.
I loved
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DJ Jamison grew up in the Midwest and worked in newsrooms for more than 10 years, which came in handy when she began writing novellas centered on a series of love connections between small-town Kansas newspaper staffers, their sources, and their readers.

When she's not laboring over her works of fiction, she's blogging and tweeting about books, reading books or doing that other dreaded thing: her d

Other books in the series

Hearts and Health (8 books)
  • Heart Trouble (Hearts and Health, #1; Ashe Sentinel Connections #6)
  • Bedside Manner (Hearts and Health, #2)
  • Urgent Care (Hearts and Health #3)
  • Room for Recovery (Hearts and Health #4)
  • Surprise Delivery (Hearts and Health #5)
  • Orderly Affair (Hearts and Health #6)
  • Operation Makeover (Hearts and Health #7)