Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Black & Bluhe
Author: R.J. Jones
Series: Out of the Blue #2
Heroes: Grayson Black/Kris Larson
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 178 Pages
Publisher: Vivid Blue Press
Release Date: July 31, 2015
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Grayson Black has never forgiven himself for not saving his identical twin brother, Jet, from a savage beating at their father’s hands ten years ago. Jet’s near-death never would have happened if Gray hadn’t been so focused on his boyfriend at the time. He has sworn to take care of his brother ever since. Gray can’t afford a distraction from his self-imposed mission, the type of distraction presented by the gorgeous blond showing up at their gigs.
Kris Larson is a firefighter with the San Francisco Fire Department. Since splitting from his girlfriend, his favorite way to spend nights off is watching the Black Brothers play in the bars of the Bay Area, especially the guitarist. But it’s not until the brothers are left homeless after a fire at their apartment building that Kris has the opportunity to know the real person behind the brooding façade.
Gray fights his attraction to Kris, but with a meddlesome twin who just wants him to be happy, it’s a losing battle. Before Gray and Kris can have a lasting relationship, though, Gray must learn to forgive himself, let go of the past, and lay more than one demon to rest.
Review: I must be on an identical twin kick because three of my last five books contained a pair…or two. This is a story I’ve been waiting for because I really loved the first book and couldn’t wait for Kris to get his own story. It didn’t disappoint.
Grayson and Jet Black are identical twins who have been to hell and back. Gray is completely committed to his brother because he blames himself for not being there when their father nearly killed him. Jet has lasting repercussions from that horrific beating, but he doesn’t blame his brother and he is more than capable of looking after himself. Now, to convince Gray that he could have a life and stop worrying so much. Easier said than done.
Kris is the firefighter we met in the first book, the bi-sexual friend and co-worker of Cameron in Out of the Blue. I didn’t particularly like that he hit on Cameron in that book, but it ended well, obviously, and I finished that story looking forward to seeing Kris get his own man. But, man did the author make him work for it. I was almost beginning to root for Jet to be his significant other and not Gray. Gray was a hard man to love.
Gray wanted a man of his own to love, and to love him in return. Gray really wanted Kris. But, Gray needed to protect Jet more than anything. Kris has a major uphill battle to fight to get Grayson to open up. And it required a lot of manipulation by his brother Jet, but when Grayson finally lets go of the past and allows himself to be loved it was incredible. It wasn’t smooth and it wasn’t instant but it was worth it.
This story is one about homophobia, bigotry, regret, compassion, and fighting for the ones you love. It was hard to read in some places, and sometimes I wanted to kick Gray in the ass, but I adored Kris and I totally fell in love with Jet. Once Gray’s entire story was told and his reasons revealed, and he allowed himself to move on, I fell in love with him, too.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*