Reviewed by Susan65
Title: True Blue
Author: R.J. Jones
Series: Out of the Blue #3
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 184 Pages
Publisher: Vivid Blue Press
Release Date: May 13, 2016
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: When being true to yourself means denial is no longer an option.
On the heels of a tragedy, Brandon White shaved his hair, adorned his body with tattoos, and concentrated on his attraction to the opposite sex. Fifteen years later, Brandon is a protective son and a loyal and respected member of the San Francisco Fire Department, bedding anything in a skirt that promises not to stick around afterward.
When his past and present collide in his dreams—including his best friend and fellow fireman, Mason—Brandon knows things are never going to be the same again. He starts to recall that fateful day years before, and the long-forgotten feelings that preceded it. The most important thing he remembers—he’s not as straight as he’d thought.
With help, Brandon learns to accept who he was always meant to be. But when tragedy strikes again, Brandon must reconcile his past and present and deal with his grief if he is to ever be true, not only to himself, but to Mason as well.
**This can be read as a standalone, however it is best enjoyed after reading the first two stories as side characters play a major role.**
Review: This was a pretty great friends to lovers installment to the Out of the Blue series. I absolutely loved the relationship and interactions between Brandon and Mason. The way that Brandon, as a supposed straight man, referred to one section of Mason’s bed as “his side”, and the fact that the “pillows were better” in Brandon’s bed was really cute. He really didn’t see anything off with this thought process because Mason was his best friend and there was none, man nor woman, that he loved more. But he also loved being with the ladies (and I am using that term loosely) a lot.
It was no wonder that Mason was confused and didn’t trust Brandon when he decided to take a walk on the gay side. His slut puppy reputation for sleeping with anything in skirt and heels was proof enough to Mason that Brandon was straight, bored maybe, but straight…that and the fact the he would crawl into Mason’s bed “stinking”. But, Brandon has a history that no one besides his mother is aware. When he finally comes to terms with his past, some fifteen years later, his mother is ecstatic, Brandon is confused, and Mason is disbelieving. The history between these two besties required a bit of a heart-to-heart….and maybe a little test or two, before Mason was willing to change his view of the “real” Brandon.
This story is really well written. The characters are well developed. The plot was carefully constructed, the situations were believable, and the themes ranged from angsty to humorous…and everything in between. I really enjoyed reconnecting with all the boys from the first two books, especially Cam and Jake. Cam is still recovering from his PTSD, and Jake is still his solid wall of strength, but they are in a good place now. One of the things I enjoyed about this story was the Andy character. He was a side character but he was a decent man who saw the writing on the wall and removed himself from the equation. It was nice to see an easy resolution to a situation that could have easily turned hurtful and ugly.
I am not sure if the series ends here, or if another book is planned, but either way, it’s a great series, a great book, and highly recommended. I would, however, like to know if Brandon ever grows out his hair. I think Mason would love something to grab onto.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*