Best one yet with a delicious second chance romance

Urgent Care (Hearts & Health #3)Urgent Care by D.J. Jamison

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this one, there’s something truly delicious about second chance romances, especially when the ground work is laid down for the separation being down to circumstances or misunderstandings.

Here we have two men reconnected more than a decade later, one wondering if he made the right decision not to go to college and the other absolutely knowing he should never have walked away.

I liked the premise behind Trent’s realisation he should never have left Xavier under the circumstances in which he did. Acceptance that you turned your back on love and screwed up is a favourite trope when it’s done well like here. I also liked that Xavier accepted his part in their separation too by not confessing his money fears at the time.

Their new romance was a lovely slow burn with lots of conversations as well as red hot sex and it worked very well.

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Jamison successfully redeems her jerk doctor from book one

Bedside Manner (Hearts and Health, #2)Bedside Manner by D.J. Jamison

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5*
I loved how DJ successfully managed to transform book one’s slightly creepy and somewhat jerkish Dr Paul into a truly kind and caring man.

Misunderstandings, fear and inexperience had led him to act like an idiot but meeting Zane after he’d been assaulted by his step-dad gave Paul a jolt and watching this unlikely pairing fall in love was lovely.

There’s also double virgin sex in this one which was handled with care, emotionally rewarding and fully of passion.
Another beautiful cover helps to add to the attractiveness of this series.

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Sweet romance with two likeable characters

Heart Trouble (Ashe Sentinel Connections, #6)Heart Trouble by D.J. Jamison
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This one was originally part of the Ashe Sentinel series but it now being used by the author to kick off her new medical set series.

It’s a sweet romance with low level angst and not much drama added in just for the sake of plot, instead we are given a nice relationship hiccup which felt believable given the two MCs backgrounds.

There’s a lovely epilogue to bring things forward a few months and give the reader the happy ever after this story deserves.

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Well crafted but not a traditional romance

Necessary MedicineNecessary Medicine by M.K. York

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5*

This is an exceptionally well written book, well crafted, detailed and knowledgeable about the world of medicine. I’m just not sure that it really qualifies to be designated as a romance though when the romance element of it doesn’t occur until the final 20% of the book.

Having said that, there is a fair bit of UST from about 30% in but, for the overwhelming majority of this story, it focusses on the difficulties of being in the final stages of training necessary to become a surgeon.

Now, that doesn’t make this book unreadable, on the contrary, this book is eminently readable, it’s engaging and Neil, the protagonist, is a very likable chap, he’s dedicated to his calling, he’s frustrated at his lack of personal life and he’s aching with the attraction he has for a senior colleague.
But nothing happens, absolutely nothing at all, for pretty much three quarters of this book. Yes we get glimpses into Neil’s head and his pining for Eli, but that’s it, apart from one stolen kiss which causes all sorts of angst.

The romance, when it does eventually come, is so well done I felt cheated to have not had more of it. Neil and Eli eventually realise that love is something that they should be willing to fight and make sacrifices for and, if they don’t, they could end up an eminently respected – but incredibly lonely – medical expert.
The book also covers a long time span but the jumps are well done and never feel jarring, the segues from one year to another are logical and explained well in the narrative.
I did feel the secondary characters were also well developed, although they were sort of pushed to the side a little once the romance did kick in.

The epilogue goes some way to mollifying my pouting over the romance because it is beautifully done and a real HEA where we find out just how aware each man had been of the other and it picked up nicely on what was happening with the secondary characters from earlier, which was again a great touch.

Overall this is a very impressive debut novel, I just wish it were perhaps better signposted that it’s not a romance in the traditional sense, at least not until near the end.

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