Monday, August 12, 2019

The Doctor's Date by Heidi Cullinan

The hospital’s least eligible bachelor and its aloof administrator hate each other… so why are they pretending to date?

Dr. Owen Gagnon and HR director Erin Andreas are infamous for their hospital hallway shouting matches. So imagine the town’s surprise when Erin bids an obscene amount of money to win Owen in the hospital bachelor auction—and Owen ups the ante by insisting Erin move in with him.

Copper Point may not know what’s going on, but neither do Erin and Owen. Erin intends his gesture to let Owen know he’s interested. Owen, on the other hand, suspects ulterior motives—that Erin wants a fake relationship as a refuge from his overbearing father.

With Erin suddenly heading a messy internal investigation, Owen wants to step up and be the hero Erin’s never had. Too bad Erin would rather spend his energy trying to rescue Owen from the shadows of a past he doesn’t talk about.

This relationship may be fake, but the feelings aren’t. Still, what Erin and Owen have won’t last unless they put their respective demons to rest. To do that, they’ll have to do more than work together—they’ll have to trust they can heal each other’s hearts.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the second book in the series, and I would recommend that you read them in order, as the story continues from book one. The underlying plot revolves around St. Ann's hospital; it involves the Board that governs it and the staff who work there. There are questions arising as to how such a successful hospital can be suffering financial woes, and as Dr. Wu tries to upgrade it, the issues become more acute. The romance centres around three friends since school, Owen, Simon, and Jared, who all work at St. Ann's – book one gave us Simon's happily ever after, now it is Owen's turn to find love from a very unexpected quarter.

At the end of book one, Erin, the hospital HR Director and son of the Chair of the Board, unexpectedly revoked the unpopular non-fraternisation policy. This allowed Simon and Hong-Wei to openly date and showed that Erin may not in fact be a replica of his hard-hearted father. Owen found this rather confusing, as he had decided that Erin was a man he only wanted to argue with, not find to be a man of principle.

Erin finally finds the courage to act on his crush since youth and bids on Owen at a fundraiser. Everything else follows on from this bold, but frightening move. We soon get to understand just how awful Erin's life has been, and still is – and Owen has to revise all his preconceived notions and finds Erin to be a man he wants, not hates. I really liked how the trio of friends took Erin into their lives and as the issues of budget problems at St. Ann's becomes urgent, it is teamwork that helps deliver a solution to save the day.

I enjoyed the hospital drama and intrigue and how it mixed together with the nascent romance between the very innocent Erin and the damaged Owen. A strong reminder that what goes on behind closed doors is often very different to the image portrayed to the world.

The second book in the Copper Point Medical series serves up a little less romance and a whole lot more hospital politics. Erin and Owen were highly entertaining when they sparred in the first book and I loved them even more in their own story.

Owen might be my favourite character in the whole series – he’s surly and a bit miserable but funny, loyal, and kind at the same time. He’s an unlikely hero but he’s a perfect fit for Erin. Erin finally found his backbone at the end of the first book and it was fun watching him grow into himself in this story. Both Erin and Owen have survived difficult and somewhat similar childhoods and I love the way they care for each other as adults. Like the first book, this is a pretty low heat read. The focus of this book is probably more on hospital politics than on the romance between Owen and Erin but there are some sweet moments between these two.

This is a medical romance without much medicine. The focus of the story is on the struggle between the hospital staff and the hospital board members who control the hospital’s finances. Erin, Owen, and their friends spend much of the story fighting outdated policies and tracing money that has been embezzled from the hospital. It’s an exciting story but not quite what I’d expected. I love the relationships that continue to develop between Owen’s growing group of friends.

This is the second book in a trilogy and readers will definitely need to read the books in order. Like the first book, this is a sweet and fun, vanilla romance that lacks the heat and the kink I’ve come to expect from most of Heidi Cullinan’s writing. I've really enjoyed this series, but this is quite different from other writing by the author and fans may want to download samples before committing to the series.

Also Available in the Copper Point Medical Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our The Doctor's Secret post.

HEIDI CULLINAN has always enjoyed a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. Proud to be from the first Midwestern state with full marriage equality, Heidi is a vocal advocate for LGBT rights. She 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. When Heidi isn’t writing, she enjoys cooking, reading, playing with her cats, and watching television with her family. Find out more about Heidi on her website.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Doctor's Date (Copper Point Medical #2) by Heidi Cullinan to read and review.

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