From the blurb:
After years spent suffering under the weight of his father’s expectations, Max Castillo-Grant is celebrating his shiny new law degree by drinking, partying, and bed-hopping around Seattle. Max isn’t stupid—he knows the good times never last—but if the world’s going to bring him low, he might as well enjoy the high.
Six years ago, a broken heart and a deep loss turned Ben Greer bitter and reclusive. Formerly the life of the party, he quit his job, rejected his friends, and hid from the world. Now, he spends his days alone, working on occasional custom carpentry commissions, with only his dog, Judith, for company.
Two severe weather events conspire to leave Ben in need of a full-time caretaker for his injuries, and Max in need of a respectable job. Despite a rocky start, Ben is begrudgingly won over by Max’s good humor, and the two form a lasting connection. But emotional wounds leave deep scars, and both Ben and Max are damaged. Can they find a way to heal hurts that go far beyond the physical before it’s too late?
The second book in the Living Situations series, Bedside Manners is a gay romance featuring an age gap, light BDSM, and 4-6 terrible puns about woodworking. If you like steamy situations, hurt/comfort, and grumpy mountain men, then you’ll love Ella Fenn’s latest novel.
Red's Book Reads Review:
I really enjoyed Bedside Manners. Max is under pressure from his father to get a job and knows he can’t keep crashing at his friends house. When Ben is injured in a storm it seems the perfect opportunity for Max to get out of his friends house and to earn some money for a while to keep his father happy.
I loved how caring Max was and that he managed to work his way past Ben’s grumpy exterior to the caring man underneath. Their whole relationship was just so lovely and I didn’t want to put the book down once I started reading!
Rating: 5 Stars
Bedside Manners was a slower burn than the first book, mostly because Ben's injuries are the catalyst for this relationship, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't get deliciously steamy once he's recovered. I like how layered the relationship is between Max and Ben - standoffish at first and growing closer as we learn more about each of the men...
The book features some of my favourite tropes - Age Gap, Grumpy/Sunshine, Hurt/Comfort, a little bit of forced proximity and of course BDSM... it can be read standalone, but you do see Colin and Simon from the first book pop in at regular intervals and book one was so delicious why wouldn't you want to read it... but if you want to start here, you'll be able to keep up with the storyline easily.
I raced through Bedside Manners in just a few hours and found that I just didn't want to put it down.
Rating: 5 Stars