The Doctor’s Secret | Heidi Cullinan
Copper Point Medical #1
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
The brilliant but brooding new doctor encounters Copper Point’s sunny nurse-next-door… and nothing can stand in the way of this romance.
Dr. Hong-Wei Wu has come to Copper Point, Wisconsin, after the pressures of a high-powered residency burned him out of his career before he started.
Ashamed of letting his family down after all they’ve done for him, he plans to live a quiet life as a simple surgeon in this tiny northern town. His plans, however, don’t include his outgoing, kind, and attractive surgical nurse, Simon Lane.
Simon wasn’t ready for the new surgeon to be a handsome charmer who keeps asking him for help getting settled and who woos him with amazing Taiwanese dishes. There’s no question—Dr. Wu is flirting with him, and Simon is flirting back.
The problem is, St. Ann’s has a strict no-dating policy between staff, which means their romance is off the table… unless they bend the rules.
But a romance that keeps them—literally—in the closet can’t lead to happy ever after. Simon doesn’t want to stay a secret, and Hong-Wei doesn’t want to keep himself removed from life, not anymore.
To secure their happiness, they’ll have to change the administration’s mind. But what other secrets will they uncover along the way, about Copper Point… and about each other?
Copper Point: Medical Series
Copper Point may be known as a small northern Wisconsin town famous for not wanting to change, but things are certainly shaking up at St. Ann’s Medical Center, the city’s quirky, county-run hospital.
Secret romances, fake relationships, second chances at love, scandalous liaisons in an elevator—all while longstanding and shockingly deep corruption are exposed. St. Ann’s young new leadership and upstanding team of doctors will lead the way to truth, and to love.
Also to come in the Copper Point: Medical Series
The Doctor’s Date
Dr. Gagnon doesn’t do anything but argue with the HR director…until learning Erin’s secret makes him long to protect his former enemy the only way he can think of: by pretending to be his lover.
The Doctor’s Orders
Dr. Kumpel knows there’s no way he’ll get a second chance with the hospital CEO–until they’re both trapped in an elevator and the close quarters and thought of no tomorrow force all the old feelings into the open, ready or not.
Today I have an exclusive peek into The Doctor’s Secret which Heidi kindly introduces here:
Thanks for having me today! In The Doctor’s Secret, Hong-Wei and Simon can’t be together due to a hospital policy, but Hong-Wei is determined to make it work.
Here he is trying to convince the reluctant Simon to give in!
I hope you enjoy The Doctor’s Secret!
“What are you doing?” He fumbled angrily with his keys and tossed them at Hong-Wei. “Go before someone sees you.”
“And what? Spreads a rumor that the surgeon took a drive with his nurse, who he’s also friends with, the same as he is with his nurse’s housemates? Relax.”
No power on earth could make Simon relax right now. Face flushed, hands clammy, stomach doing flips, he fastened his seat belt and stared out the window. “Just drive.”
Hong-Wei didn’t, not immediately. He withdrew his phone, pulled out the earphones, and plugged it into Simon’s stereo system. Soon music began to play over the car speakers—something classical and mournful, with strings and choral voices full of vibrato.
“It’s Poulenc’s Stabat Mater, the ‘Dolorosa.’ I was playing through the entire piece earlier.” He put the car into drive and maneuvered out of the parking lot as he spoke. “This particular version is by the Estonia National Symphony Orchestra and the Estonian Philharmonic Choir.”
“It’s Mary’s lament as Christ is crucified on the cross, so yes.”
Simon had been staring at the musical app on the phone, where a tiny album cover glowed against a black screen, but now he glanced at Hong-Wei. “Are you religious?”
“I guess. I’m Buddhist, though. You?”
“A little. Methodist.” Simon went back to staring at the album cover. “Seems odd you knew about the Stabat Mater but I didn’t, since I’m the Christian.”
“I think it’s more a Catholic thing, so we’re both out. I know about it because I love classical music. In more than the operating room. I always have.” He smiled wryly, his expression distant and melancholy. “I wanted to be a professional musician. I studied piano and violin all the way through high school, right up until I fought my father on what I wanted to major in. When he found out I was applying for music scholarships so I could be a music major, he threatened to take my violin away and sell the piano.”
Simon looked up sharply, mouth open in shock. “That’s terrible.”
Hong-Wei shrugged. “I don’t know. It was the only way to get me to listen. My sister intervened, convinced my father not to act so rashly, got me to use the music scholarship to get into a school with a strong science program and begin taking courses good for a pre-med major. You can go to medical school with any major, of course, but the more sciences the better. So I took some music courses, but also human anatomy and chemistry, and so on, and I was in the orchestra. I ended up with a music minor, but I followed my father’s path after all.”
This was a side of Hong-Wei Simon had never imagined. “Why didn’t you stick with music?”
“Because they were right. It was far tougher than I’d thought, and though I was good, I wasn’t good enough, not to make a real living at it. At best I could have become a professor at a university, or taught high school, or been principal violin in a small city’s symphony, and none of it was what I wanted. I dreamed of being on a major stage, but I was lost in a sea of talent, of people vying for the same dream as me. I gave it up, but I never stopped loving music.”
Simon ached for him. “That makes me so sad.”
“It’s the reality of the world.”
“But it’s still sad. Do you not play at all now?”
His laugh was sharp and bitter. “When would I have the chance? When I wasn’t putting in my residency hours, I was moonlighting or sleeping. My entire life was being a doctor. I’m a better doctor than musician anyway.”
“Who said you had to be the best to do it? Besides, you have more time now. You’re still busy, but you had time tonight to run all over town finding me. You could play violin now, for fun. You could get a piano—”
Simon yelped as the car stopped abruptly. They were in the middle of nowhere, near a stretch of forest heading out toward the lake. He put his hand on the dash and looked around for whatever wildlife had caused Hong-Wei to stop, but Hong-Wei only cut the engine, pocketed the keys, got out of the car, and came around to Simon’s door.
“Come with me.”
Simon allowed himself to be led out of the car and into the woods, but he couldn’t help glancing around nervously. “Hong-Wei, this isn’t the best place. There are bears—”
Then he couldn’t say anything else, because Hong-Wei pressed him to a tree. When Simon gasped in surprise, lifting his arms to push at Hong-Wei, Hong-Wei captured Simon’s hands—lightly, he could get away if he wanted—and held them against the bark.
About the Author
Author of over thirty novels, Midwest-native Heidi Cullinan writes positive-outcome romances for LGBT characters struggling against insurmountable odds because she believes there’s no such thing as too much happy ever after.
Heidi is a two-time RITA® finalist and her books have been recommended by Library Journal, USA Today, RT Magazine, and Publisher’s Weekly.
When Heidi isn’t writing, she enjoys cooking, reading novels and manga, playing with her cats, and watching too much anime.
Find out more at heidicullinan.com.
- Shelter the Sea – Finalist, RITA® Award, Romance Writers of America
- Fever Pitch – Finalist, RITA® Award, Romance Writers of America • RT Reviews Top Pick • Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Nomination
- Dance With Me – Winner, Rainbow Awards, 3rd Place Contemporary • Nominee, Cupid & Psyche Awards, Contemporary • Golden Blush Award from Literary Nymphs • Best Romance of 2011 from Joyfully Reviewed • To-The-Pain Top Pick
- Double Blind – Dear Author, Best of 2010 • DABWAHA Finalist 2011
- Family Man – Recommended for libraries by Library Journal • Smart Bitches Trashy Books Sizzling Book Pick for April 2013