— SYNOPSIS —
Dr. Easton is part man, part myth.
He’s a formidable surgeon. Highly respected in his field.
He also happens to be an ex-collegiate quarterback with a classically handsome face.
Are you catching on yet?
A walking Ralph Lauren ad.
He’s also so off limits he should come with a warning label: This way lies heartache.
Not only is he an attending at the hospital where I’m training, he’s also my brother’s best friend. If you’ve lost count, that’s two reasons why I plan on putting this ridiculous crush behind me. Besides, it’s definitely not mutual.
Dr. Easton has never once paid me special attention. No tempting smirks. Not even one subtle innuendo. To him, I’m just another resident—all but invisible.
For the last five years, I’ve mentored Natalie in the OR, stayed in line, and kept my hands to myself, but it’s been agonizing.
Natalie is trouble in scrubs. A walking temptation I’ve been forced to ignore.
For so long, I’ve wanted her in silence. By the time fate finally gets around to throwing me a bone, my patience has run out.
Natalie’s brother is leaving town, and he wants me to watch over her while he’s gone.
He has no idea how I feel about her.
Neither does she.
But she will.
Haven’t you heard good things come to those who wait, Natalie?
Well… I’ve done my waiting.
— MY REVIEW —
Okay… *pheeew* Just survived another R.S Grey book without too much withdrawals! 😛
If you’re familiar with her books, then you know what to expect—
- Fast-paced storylines.
- Overly detailed, yet funny descriptions of the lead swoony character.
- Banter. Lots of banter!
- Characters pouring out random, crazy thoughts like word vomit.
- A few embarrassing hide-under-a-rock type moments.
- Supporting characters that add an another element to the plot.
Doctor Dearest is no different. This is another, fun, enjoyable, sit-back-and-get-comfy type of read that I flew through at rapid speed. Despite thinking I knew what to expect from another Grey book, I was surprised to see that this story took a turn from secret crush and into a rollercoaster ride of love, hate, love again, nope hate, uhhh no… love again scenario.
Normally I would eat up the hate-to-love trope in my romance books (it’s actually one of my faves) but this one had one too many loop-de-loops for my liking. But I think that’s more to do with Natalie. She’s an indecisive little thing. Lol. But looking back at it now that I’ve had time to let the entire story sink in, I can actually get on board with why she’s that way throughout the book. It’s easy to criticize, question or judge someone’s actions when you’re only a spectator but honestly if I was in Natalie’s position I probably would’ve been just as confused, scared shitless and hesitant of going all in, and so quickly too. So, I’m giving Natalie a reprieve over her flip-flopping ways.
Connor on the other hand was someone I could easily add to my book boyfriend list.. *cough* along with all the other gorgeous, swoony men Grey has conjured up in her books *cough* 😉 😉
Is he perfect? No. Like Natalie, he didn’t always have the best reactions to circumstances. But in saying that, he was sweet, didn’t mess around and all in all a very well rounded, damn good guy! He’s someone you would want to be besties with (that’s if.. if you weren’t attracted to the guy). Because not only is he smart, caring, has a good sense of humor and easy-going— he’s also the type of guy you would be saying ” Oh, his mama raised him right!” about. The man’s a package. Good looks, brains and manners!
He was definitely the more mature one in this relationship. And I’m damn glad he had more sense than Natalie, or else their relationship would’ve ended long before it even got to the juicy bits.
I tell ya though, she has some of the best people doting on her. Besides the protagonists in R.S. Grey’s books, I always look forward to the side characters. They always put the extra oomph in these rom-coms. And Doctor Dearest has some awesome ones included! 😀
Noah; Natalie’s brother (and Connor’s best friend), is one I absolutely would love a book centred on. He’s the cool, bigger brother who loves and protects, but who can also tease and be playful. And based on how Natalie mentions how girls drool over him, I’m thinking he’s not a bad looker either. I’m putting it out there — book gods.. could we get a book on Noah?! Pretty please??
And then you have Natalie’s best friend Lindsey. She’s a hoot. You would never be bored or feel lonely with a friend like her. I love the fact that she was a great sounding board for Natalie. She needed someone who she could vent and cry to and genuinely have support in return. I’ve read one too many amazing romance books but I found a lot of them have annoying friends (ones who are too loud, too out there, too in your face) and who takes a lot of the focus and attention away that it makes you wanna roll your eyes and say, “Oh, shut the eff up. You’re ruining a potentially great story here!”
Lindsey is the complete opposite. I wanted more of her. Book gods? A book with Lyndsey as well, if that’s not too much to ask for? Sigh.
There’s really not much else I can say without word vomiting spoilers. If you love romantic comedies, then this is definitely not one to miss. R.S Grey has perfected these types of romances and honestly, they read like I’m watching one of my all time fave rom-com movies. The blurb is pretty much self-explanatory of how Natalie and Connor start off. It’s all a matter or just seeing how it all develops — like all good, swoony, lighthearted romances go.
Were there parts I found predictable? I admit, yes. But it didn’t bum me out knowing that’s where it was heading. I was actually curious to see how it would be handled.
But were there things I wasn’t expecting? Hmm. Yes and no. There’s one particular thing I was hoping would happen… and when it sort of brushed against the idea I was over-the-moon giddy about the prospect of it. Buuuuuut…. it unfortunately didn’t go any further than I would’ve liked, so my giddiness was short lived.
How did I find the overall backdrop? Natalie and Connor are both doctors working in the burns unit. There’s plenty of terminology, examination scenes, and steps explained on taking care for these victims that made it all the more intriguing and put depth in what would have been an overall fluffy love story. Regardless of this being fictional (and a romance book), the amount of research Grey put into making sure the setting felt authentic, and that Natalie, Connor and all the doctors in this book looked the part and knew the lingo was pretty impressive, in my opinion. I don’t know how accurate all the technical medical mumbo-jumbo was, but to me it sounded pretty on point!
Overall — I loved reading it. It’s great escapism from the hustle and bustle of everyday adulting. I seriously think I was smiling the entire time. Who wouldn’t enjoy a nice feel-good read, am I right?! After reading this, along with the half dozen of Grey’s books I already crossed off my TBR, I realise they always leave me feeling like I stumbled upon another modern day fairy tale— light, airy and one hell of a love affair.
Thank you to R.S Grey and InkSlingerPR for the ARC in exchange for my honest review!
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About the Author
R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of over twenty novels. She lives in Texas with her husband and daughter, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga!
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