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Excellent opener in this new small town hospital set trilogy from Heidi Cullinan

The Doctor's Secret (Copper Point Medical #1)The Doctor’s Secret by Heidi Cullinan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So many positive things to say about this new series from Heidi Cullinan, it’s ridiculously romantic, totally sweet, has a wonderfully detailed setting and fabulous secondary characters as well as multi-cultural representation.

My only ‘negative’ and its a minor one at that, is that on occasion it felt like the political awareness elements which Heidi is so good at incorporating into her stories were just dropped in like being hit over the head with a frying pan.

Her stories usually gently educate and inform but one particular passage in this one made me feel like I was being given a history lesson and a lecture on fair behaviour at the same time.

Now, it’s not necessarily a bad thing, it just felt a touch more heavy-handed than I’m used to from this author.

That said, in the whole this book is absolutely adorable, with two compelling and perfectly judged characters who are wonderful together. I loved Hong-Wei and I loved Simon.

The home town man and the Taiwanese doctor brought out the best in each other and the whole premise of personal liabilities and responsibilities married well into the wider plot about integration and the fight with an old-fashioned and controlling hospital board.

I’m not sure if it was because it’s a Dreamspinner publication or not, but this was way less steamy than I’d usually expect from Heidi, with only one on page encounter and then everything else off page or fade to black.

It was a slight disappointment only because of the very visceral feeling of love and emotion between the two men. I missed seeing more of it expressed physically on page.

Still, overall this delivers big time on great plot, wonderful characters and plenty of lead in for the next two in the trilogy. I’m dying to find out more about Owen and Erin (don’t worry, he’s a man even though his name is one I’d almost always associate with a woman) and their definite frenemies vibe.

#ARC kindly received from the publishers Dreamspinner Press in return for an honest and unbiased review.

Book releases April 23rd, pre-order your copy here: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-doctors-secret-by-heidi-cullinan-10296-b

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This might just be my favourite from this excellent author

wicked games-eBook-completeWicked Games by Aimee Nicole Walker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This might just be my favourite Aimee Nicole Walker book ever.

When I first started my journalism career, I had a G4 Mac and one of the games on it was Where In The World Is Carmen Santiago.

I loved everything about this book, but the nods to that classic adventure game might just have sealed the deal.

Heist stories are tough to pull off but Aimee got the pacing absolutely perfect for this one.

I loved the sparks between Ryder and Lucien, I loved the humour, I loved the daring do and action elements, I loved the secondary characters and I absolutely adored Carmen.

I love books with female characters who are integrally involved in the narrative and she was a real surprise.

I also very much appreciated the correct spelling of whisky as it pertained to a fine Scottish single malt too 😉

More please from this fabulous new series! And look at that cover, it’s absolutely perfect for these two gorgeous characters.

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Great intro to this new series from C. J. Baty

Copy of Copy of STARTING OVER Final CoverStarting Over by C.J. Baty

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is quite short but pretty full of detail.

It’s a really nice May to December romance between an older guy who’s looking to start over with his new club and a cop who’s sick of the homophobia he encounters from his family and his fellow officers.

There’s not much angst, it’s medium steam but both Xavier and Seb were nicely drawn characters and their on page chemistry came across well.

There’s also a whole host of other fascinating secondary characters in and around the club which will make up the other novels in the series.

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Loved how Trevor found a home in Jalen

Love Me Tenor (Perfect Harmony, #2)Love Me Tenor by Annabeth Albert

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved this one, I think I preferred it just over book one in the series too because Trevor was just so in need of someone to love him and he found the perfect person.

I also love the idea of these singing reality TV shows (even though I don’t watch any of them in actuality) and I think this worked better than the a cappella version in book one too.

The cast of secondary characters were great, the twin boyfriends Carter and Carson had me laughing but they actually had a lot of depth to them and their relationship, I liked Dawn, it’s nice to have supportive female characters, and our other MC, the delightfully spikey Jalen, was also a serious sweetheart.

Most of the conflict comes from external sources and there’s one character I’d like to hit with a piece of two b’four because of how he treats Trevor and how he gets in the way of Trev and Jalen. Homophobia and religious fervor really grind my gears.

Now to find where the heck I stuck book three because I need M’s story like yesterday!

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