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….
This was a very enjoyable read. I have really only discovered Carol Marinelli as an author quite recently, and honestly wish I had done so sooner.
On the medical side of things, it seems pretty clear to me that Carol Marinelli knows her stuff. The way the emergency team interacted and performed had an air of authenticity, and the dialogue between the staff flowed really well, without feeling stilted or false.
Of course the medical aspects of this story are important (Dr.Dark and Far Too Delicious is a Harlequin Medical Romance, after all) but what I saw as the real strength of the book were the relationships.
Jasmine has been burned quite badly by a workplace relationship – one that left her with not only emotional scars, but also leaving her a single mother. She is justifiably wary about getting involved with a colleague again. The gorgeous doctor, Jed is testing Jasmine’s limits when it comes to a workplace fling, but even he has a past that holds him back from getting too hastily involved.
As a result, I found their relationship/romance developed rather slowly, but this was by no means a bad thing. Yes, they acknowledged that they were attracted to one another, but they didn’t dive into the instalove lake before checking for hazards. I personally thought their chemistry was real and very sweet.
The family relationships were really well-done. Carol Marinelli gives the prickly, often-contentious bond between Jasmine, her sister Penny and their mother a realism and emotion that I appreciated.
I, for one, am looking forward to getting my hands on Penny’s story, Secrets of a Career Girl. What she reveals about herself in the later portion of the book makes for a compelling story, and it will be interesting to see why she does what she does.
My rating: 4 out of 5
Release Date: 1 July 2013
Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book by Harlequin via NetGalley in return for an honest review.