Sunday, May 5, 2019

ARC Review: The Doctor's Secret by Heidi Cullinan

From the blurb:

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?

Heather's rating:

I love, love, love Heidi Cullinan, and I enjoyed The Doctor's Secret a lot, but it didn't quite hook me like some of her other books have in the past.

I had to read The Doctor's Secret for many reasons. First of all, I was extremely excited about a hot Asian doctor MC. Plus, I haven't read many hospital romances (because I get super irritated when authors get medical facts wrong), and I knew Heidi would be able to nail the details. I was totally right on that front.

I really, really enjoyed Simon's character. He was goofy and an open book, and I loved his obsession with Asian dramas and K-Pop. He was adorable. I liked Hong-Wei as well, but I thought he was a tough nut to crack. He felt aloof to me, even when we were in his head, and he spoke very formally, even to his friends, which I found to be strange.

I also loved the medical details. Heidi clearly leaned on her husband, Dan, for a lot of the details (and don't think I missed that shout out to him in the story as the pharmacist!), and it felt extremely accurate, though I'm not a medical expert in that field. I liked the feeling of the hospital, and I could have used even more surgery and action details.

What I struggled with was the pace of their relationship. I felt like it went from elbow touches to "totally in love" super fast. I felt like I was missing something in their relationship, something that added the depth that I usually look for in a romance. The actual trajectory of their relationship was very sweet, but I didn't feel like I got there organically, as a reader. Also, this book is very low steam for an adult romance from Heidi Cullinan, just a FYI for readers.

I think Heidi produced a polished, well-written romance that just missed the mark for me. Still, a very solid effort and a joy to read.

*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

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