Dr. Dark and Far Too Delicious
Too much temptation… Jasmine Phillips is proving that there is life after divorce, and it’s busy! There simply isn’t room in the E.R. nurse and single mum’s day for an attraction to Dr Jed Devlin.
Jasmine has rebuilt her heart as well as her life, but can she risk it crumbling again in the hands of this oh-so-delicious doc? Living in the same town, working at the same hospital, she’s finding the temptation harder to resist….
I’ve never picked up one of the Harlequin Medical books before, but I’ve read and liked books by Ms. Marinelli in the past (particularly A Legacy of Secrets in the Harlequin Presents line, one of the recent Coretti Dynasty set) so jumped at the chance to review this.
First, let me say I’m not in the medical profession, but I feel like Ms. Marinelli did a great job with the medical setting as a backdrop. The emergency room was very much another character in the book, with plenty of incoming and outgoing drama from it (in a good way). I liked the interplay of nurses and doctors and how professional they could be even when dealing with what could be a heart-breaking moment (losing an infant patient, among other nightmares).
I also liked getting to see/feel some of the details of Australian life. Being from the US, it was a little weird reading and associating different terms for things (the biggest stand-out to me was the use of “creche” rather than “daycare” for where Jasmine left her son.
The story was good, with plenty of character interplay between Jasmine and her sister Penny. The two sisters haven’t gotten along in a very long time and when Jas accepts the job that brings her into contact with Jed, she also goes to work in the same ER department as her sister, who is a high-powered, upwardly mobile doctor on the verge of a much better position. The sisters agree to keep their relationship quiet but there is a great deal of tension between them, and until the end, there is little in the way of sisterly love and devotion.
The slow get-to-know-you routine between Jed and Jas was okay, but not spectacular. I appreciate that Ms. Marinelli didn’t make it easy for the two to get together, given they both work in a profession that demands long hours. However, there just seemed to be a lack of anything between them (oh, they noticed each other was attractive, but I sensed no spark, not even after a crisis moment which led to a passionate kiss). Maybe it’s because Jed was so laid back in his own way, not very commanding or typical alpha (which is a requirement in Harlequin Presents novels, but apparently no there), that I just didn’t see what was so attractive about him. Jas…I felt sorry for her and was glad to see her finally resolve her issues with her family in a way that was satisfactory and fit the story.
I will say this: I want Penny’s story! I wanna know why she’s making the choice she is, what broke her and her boyfriend up because I get the impression there’s a LOT more than what Penny told Jas toward the end.
So, over all, this is an okay book (3 star rating), and a good intro to the Medical series by Harlequin for me. I’ll definitely check out some more.
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.