Series: Echo Lake #2
Published by St. Martin's Press Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance, Small Town Romance
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Delaney Blair loves her job at Echo Lake's Mercy Hospital, where she's developed a reputation for being smart, fair, and driven. When she's assigned to cut funding, she has to temporarily relocate her office, put on borrowed scrubs, and go toe-to-toe with Dr. Joshua Mackenzie, the interim head of the pediatrics department. His killer smile and rock-star body are distractions Delaney could do without, but she's determined to stay focused while she brings his budget into line. It's not working.
Beloved by his colleagues and patients alike, Josh is too busy caring for sick kids to talk numbers with the sexy, stiletto-clad Delaney. Every time they talk business, tensions run high…but so does a powerful attraction neither of them can ignore. When an emergency brings Mercy to its knees, Delaney and Josh must work together to save lives. But can they also find a way into each other's hearts?
So this book appealed to me because it just sounded like a set up for two people to be antagonist to each other. I mean you have Delaney being assigned to cut the budget of the pediatric department, and you have Joshua being the head of the pediatric department. Plus you know it sounded like Joshua is one of those guys who devoted his life to kids, and to me that’s kind of hot in a guy.
So the first thing I noticed about the book was that the characters were pretty well developed, and they were both really easy to like and pull for. I liked how quickly I took to the characters, and I liked how the situation pulled both of them together. Delaney I liked a lot because she was really interesting, I mean she ended up basically doing the accounting for the hospital because even though she has a medical background with her dad and hospital in general, she found that it was a career for her. And Joshua, well he was just so easy to like. I mean this guy spends his life taking care of sick kids, and even when he isn’t suppose to be at work, he spends his time doing the nicest things for his patients, like sitting up with them and rocking them all night long. Joshua is just a really nice, good guy, and he wants what is best for his patients.
While I liked both of these characters individually, they shinned in how they interacted together. I honestly can say that I was expecting that the two of them would have this super combative relationship right from the beginning, but even though the two of them were on opposite sides of the fight, they didn’t come off as being overly hostile towards one another. The patients in this story didn’t take away from the story at all, I mean they really enhanced the story. The patient stories really helped humanize what was going on. There were also some really interesting sub-characters that kept things interesting. Some were more meddling characters, and then there were characters who had some great senses of humor which helped being a smile to face when things got to serious with the story.
Overall, I thought the book was a really heartwarming story. The characters were so easy to like, so easy to want to pull for their happy endings. For me I like my romances to be a little bit more explicit in the bedroom, but this book kind of skips right over all the intimate times between the characters, which was kind of a bummer, but they characters were really well developed so it was easy for me to overlook that. If you like wholesome, sweet romances, then this is for sure a book you should check out.