Monday, August 5, 2019

The Doctor's Secret by Heidi Cullinan

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?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I’ve been a huge Heidi Cullinan fan for years and I was so excited to see that she’s written a medical romance trilogy. And this is ROMANCE complete with love at first sight, big dramatic declarations, and loads of chemistry. Full of references to Asian dramas and K-pop music, I think this is as light, fluffy, and kink-free as Cullinan gets.

I love Hong-Wei as a leading man. His experiences and struggles as a first-generation immigrant ring true, as do his professional struggles. Simon provides a lovely counterbalance to Hong-Wei’s anxieties. He loves his work but chose a less demanding path as a nurse. Simon enjoys the lifelong friendships he shares with his best friends and a close relationship with his family. The connection between Hong-Wei and Simon is instant and I love the way these two balance each other perfectly. I also love that there is a refreshing lack of angst between Simon and Hong-Wei. Together they are up against a hospital no-dating policy, but they work together and not against each other.

This story offers an interesting look at medicine in small town America. Cullinan is always brilliant at details and St. Ann’s medical centre comes alive beautifully. As always with American books, I was horrified by the idea of critically ill patients having to pay or go into debt for care but I loved the staff and enjoyed the politics and relationships between the doctors, nurses, and management.

This story will appeal to romance fans – it’s a softer, gentler side of Cullinan’s writing that I haven’t seen before. It’s sweet and full of small town feels and quirky characters. There is a tiny bit of heat, but it is pretty much kink free. I will always enjoy Cullinan’s writing, but I have to admit that I love her kinky side best. This isn’t my favourite of her books, but the writing is still brilliant and if anyone can win me over with a fluffy vanilla romance it will definitely be Cullinan.

This is the first in a series set in a small town, based in its hospital. There is some world building, but it is mostly done within the story – and that is facilitated by the lead, Dr. Hong-Wei Wu being a newcomer to the town, so we learn about the politics and the people in part through his eyes. We also get to experience some of the racism that he experiences, but also some of the richness of his Taiwanese family and values.

Overall this story has a sweet and smooth romance, with an issue of a hospital policy against relationships between staff, but plenty of Simon's friends are supportive and careful to help the men try to maintain their privacy until the issue can be resolved. The camaraderie is vital to the story. As we start to understand the dynamics and politics within the hospital, we can see that there are some serious issues which are affecting the success of the organisation. Knowing who is on your side and who can be trusted is very important. It sets up some excellent storylines for future installments too.

I enjoyed the fact that the romance is centred around a tight knit group of friends, all working in a small hospital. The arrival of the new super-talented doctor and the reasons for his relocation all add to the interest in this new romance. I am moving directly onto book two!

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 Secret (Copper Point Medical #1) by Heidi Cullinan to read and review.

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