Wednesday, April 10, 2019

ARC Review : 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?

Christelle's rating :

I always think about Heidi Cullinan as a “versatile” author of MM romance. I’ve already read several of her books, and each time, they have a different flavour and trope, but with the commonality of a writing style to my liking.

As the blurb says, it’s a contemporary romance set up in a small city in Wisconcin where Hong-Wei , of Taiwanese origin, a burned-out but nonetheless brilliant doctor encounters Simon, a sunny male nurse, fan of K-pop music and Asian shows. As the saying goes, opposites attract each other and they mesh well, very well, if it were not for this “no-dating” policy running into the hospital and messing up with their relationship.

It’s low in the angst, low on the steam but full of nice feels. I’m going to be honest, I didn’t really get into this romance: nothing that irked me, but nothing either that brought me into escapism’s mode, despite endearing characters, whether the MCs or the secondary ones, despite the interesting perspective of life from a man who immigrated as a kid and a man deeply rooted into his home-town, and despite a foregone HEA. I liked it, that's all.

It seems it’s the beginning of a series. As the setting is nice and Simon’s friends make for an interesting cast, I will look out for the next instalments.


ARC of “The Doctor’s Secret” was generously provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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