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Bedside Manner

Hearts and Health, Book 2
Narrated by: Kenneth Obi
Series: Hearts and Health, Book 2
Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
4 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 newfound freedom as a divorced, out-of-the-closet gay man go to his head, but he's certain - mostly - he didn't do anything wrong. Now, he's struggling to handle the reality that his job is in danger and the only guy he wants should be off-limits.

Zane Kavanaugh is floundering, and there's only one man who soothes the storm inside him.

Reeling from an assault that landed him in the hospital and the painful estrangement from his family since coming out, Zane is trying to get his feet under him and find his independence. He moves in with a roommate and searches for a job, all while recovering from a fractured arm and cracked ribs. None of that hurts as much as the emotional damage he's suffered. When he connects with Dr. Paul Johnston outside of the ER, he's drawn to the man's calm, collected manner. It doesn't hurt that Paul's lack of experience with men is sexy as hell, and so are his over-the-top responses when Zane gets his lips on him.

There's no right time to fall in love.

Paul is afraid to start a relationship, and Zane can only handle so much more rejection. Will these two find their perfect moment, or will they realize you can't choose when and how you fall in love? If Paul can't take a risk, he may have to choose: the career he loves or the first man to capture his heart.

©2017 DJ Jamison (P)2019 DJ Jamison

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as good as the ebook

The story is always full stars, because if I wouldn't like the story as ebook, I wouldn't listen to the audiobook.

The performance from the narrator is also very important for me. I can't listen to a lot, because my English as a non-native-speaker isn't so perfect to follow a whole story over hours, when the narrator speaks too fast or too sloppy. Normally I have to SEE the person, who is talking to me in English. Kenneth Obi is one of the 2 narrators (so far), I can listen without break and have no problems to follow.

PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!!

To my ratings:


5* - very very good
it's like an A+

4* - very good and will be often re-listening
it's like an A

3* - it's more then a one-time-listening, but not more then twice a year.
it's like a B

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Wish I'd gone just for the print

First off, I think I might have enjoyed this book more had I read it in print, instead of audio. For me, the audio was frequently off-putting, as I did not like the high, squeaky, little girl's voice that Zane was given. I didn't like it at once in the previous book when he was a side character and it did not grow on me with him as a main character. While he's playful & flirty at times, he also has some pretty sexy lines that lost a lot of heat by the delivery given by the narrator, at least in my opinion. It could've been a lot better if he'd been given a voice that didn't sound like a little girl or early pubescent cracking voice - he's 20-21 years old, not 10. The other voices weren't bad though & the overall 3rd person narrator's voice wasn't terrible either. I did appreciate that although Paul is much older than Zane, he wasn't made to sound old in the extreme - other narrators might have gone too old in his voice to emphasize their different ages. After all, 39 is still barely middle age these days, and personally, I felt that some of his more immature traits were actually pretty reasonable for a guy finding himself, and this was balanced out by his periods of real adult behavior.
The story itself was decently entertaining, if a bit unrealistic here & there in some minor points. I think it could've been a much longer story & that might have made it more realistic. I felt that the two fell in love too quickly and there were other aspects that could've been fleshed out & made more realistic, if given the mode of a lengthy novel. Again, I think I might have enjoyed it more if I'd read it in print, so that I could've immersed myself more in the story & imagined a more adult voice for Zane.

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Paul and Zane!

I really liked this one. I liked how the age gap was managed, the coming out story for both of them, and the way both characters are struggling with issues while trying to see if they can make their relationship work.

The family problems on Zane's side and the working ones on Paul's side add tension to the whole situation, so you keep reading/listening non-stop, wanting to know what will happen next :P

I also enjoyed a lot Kenneth Obi's narration :)

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Sweetly Awkward

Not your typical May / December since at 39 Paul is newly out and still unsure of himself and over thinking. Put him in a situation where his job is at risk, and pair him with Zane who at 20 is pretty impulsive and it’s a sweetly awkward love story.

I really liked the story and mostly liked the narrator. As narrator and Paul he was good, but read Zane at a higher pitch that cost him some range of emotion.

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  • Missouri
  • 04-26-19

An unlikable character redeemed

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 listening to Book one and I have read book 8 as well. I want all the stories in this series!
Bedside Manner is Zane and Paul's story. Zane came out in book one to his family. His father disowned him, and his stepfather beat him putting him in hospital inches from death. Paul was his ER doctor.
Paul had just divorced and was trying to live life out of the closet but not going about it in the right way. His advances to Ben were found pervy and out of line causing issues with some nurses.
Paul finds himself in a predicament... choosing between a job that is his life and love or his new romance with Zane.
I absolutely love an Age gap story, though the age gap here was secondary to the possible loss of his job and Zane finding his life and dealing with his dad.
It is a sweet, sexy story with some feels.
I am sure the actual book is good since the story was, but I love the narration by Kenneth Obi. I think he adds a lot of feeling, gives life to the characters and makes it hands-free so you can listen while doing mundane tasks. I highly suggest the audios if you can, but if you are looking for a sweet, hot, book about doctors and college students this is for you!

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Sweet Story

This was a sweet story about Paul an ER doctor who spent most of his life in the closet, and Zane a man much younger who was kicked out by his family and assaulted by his stepfather for being gay. These characters were sweet and I really enjoyed the story.

We met Paul in Heart Trouble, and though it isn't necessary to read/listen to that first it will enhance the story -he was not a well liked character there, so it was nice to see him redeemed. I wish we could've seen him accepted by the ER staff and Gage before the end.

Kenneth Obi as usual does a great job with the narration. I always enjoy his smooth delivery and character narration.

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A rather unlikeable character is redeemed!

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.

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 really mature for his age and Paul, although he is a doctor, is not mature when it comes to loving a man. Paul has been in denial of his sexual orientation for many years and just recently came out after divorcing his wife. Zane is dealing with the aftermath of coming out to his family and the terrifying reaction of his step-father.

Paul Johnston was actually kind of a creepy character in Heart Trouble. I'm so glad that he got his chance to be explained and redeemed in Bedside Manner. Paul met Zane when he was admitted to the hospital after a beating; Paul hated that he was attracted to a patient but their doctor/patient "relationship" was very brief when Paul saw Zane in the ER.

Paul and Zane's relationship has many ups and downs. Paul is still coming to terms with being out and thinks he's too old for Zane. Zane is recovering from the beating he got and trying to get his life back under control. When they are together sparks seem to fly and the sexy time is off the charts.

I did a beta read of Bedside Manner and I could not put it down once I started reading it. I've been following DJ Jamison for a while now and I love her books. Her stories are full of thoughtful, wonderful and sometimes flawed characters. Her writing style is expressive and flows smoothly and her stories are full of characters that I wish were real so that I could become friends with them.

I won a copy of this audio book from the narrator but no review was requested or required.

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fun story with great vocals

DJ Jamison gave us all a funny, yet touching story that Kenneth Obi brings to enjoyable life. They had me giggling and when Kenneth is vocalizing talking to the dog, I can hear his love for his own coming though.

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  • AliE
  • 05-24-19

Unique voices

This is the first audiobook I have listened to without reading the book first and it is a totally different experience not knowing what will happen next! I also haven't read the first book in the series, so I had no preconceptions about the main characters, particularly Paul, or knowledge of any of the secondary characters. This meant that I had to listen more carefully than usual because it was going to matter if I missed something. Kenneth Obi makes it so easy. Every character has their own unique voice that is driven by their personality and everything is so clearly enunciated...important to me as I have some hearing loss.

Paul and Zane both have strength and this is well portrayed. I love that Zane, in particular, pulls no punches and says it like it is no matter who he is talking to. The growth of their relationship from an inexperienced start is sensitively shown and a definite highlight of this book.

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  • Debbie
  • 05-09-19

Really nice continuation of the story

I immediately had to listen to this after enjoying the first book, Kenneth’s narration was brilliant and really brought the story to life, I liked the voices her chose for each character.

Paul is a doctor and following the first book I thought I wouldn’t like him, but he’s character is so likeable you can’t not like him!! His struggles with his behaviour at work is something he works in throughout the book, and the who put in the complaint mystery kept me intrigued as a side story to the relationship better him and Zane.

Zane awww bless him how can you not want to hug him, although he isn’t the usual un confident twink I thought he was, he has guts and isn’t shy on telling people.

Thanks to Kenneth’s narration this story is really easy to listen to and follow even though I read it in bits in the car when I had no passengers, I was able to pick it up where I left off and was quickly emerged back into the story.