I was provided with an advance reader copy by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Any and all opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. I received no financial incentives to review this book.
Series: Gold Coast Angels
Published by Harlequin Medical on November 1, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Medical Romance
Source: the publisher
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Falling for the brooding doc…
Top-notch plastic surgeon Luke Stanley left Gold Coast City Hospital a proud family man—and returned from his vacation a widowed single father. Now Nurse Chloe Kefes is the only one brave enough to get close to darkley brooding Luke.
Chloe has been through much in life herself, and knows falling for Luke and little Amber is asking for a bundle of trouble. But if she can help bring that laughing, easygoing man back, perhaps Chloe can bring the sparkle into all their lives again.
As I announced last Monday, I will be reviewing the rest of the RuBY nominees – a couple of titles each week, leading up to the RWA Conference in Sydney and the announcement of the RuBY winners.
The first title I will be reviewing is Gold Coast Angels: Bundle of Trouble, a November 2013 title from Fiona Lowe. This book has been nominated in the Short Sweet category.
So, what did I think of Gold Coast Angels: Bundle of Trouble:
If you have read my previous reviews, you will know that I love Fiona Lowe’s straight contemporaries, in particular her Wisconsin-set Wedding Fever series. However, I first discovered her through my love of medical romance.
Bundle of Trouble is a sweet romance – both emotional and uplifting. Both our heroine, Chloe, and hero, Luke, have been through some seriously dark and difficult times – both of late and in the past. So in order for them to find their happily-ever-after, they have a fair few obstacles to overcome. Fiona Lowe has a real knack for creating characters, like Chloe and Luke, that you feel very deeply for, and that you can see the light through the trees in the darker moments.
Chloe’s such a lovely, strong heroine – she could have fallen in a heap after what happened to her, but she picked herself up and dusted herself off, and just kept going. I love that she puts her reservations aside to help Luke out, and there is a lot of her that I think readers can identify with. Luke’s sorrow about his wife, and misplaced guilt over her death, is heartstring-tugging stuff. He does go off-tap a few times, but when you know the character, it makes sense as to why he gets shirty. Seeing him drawn out of the sadness by his daughter, and by Chloe, was lovely. Just goes to show, even when things aren’t at their best, the people surrounding you can be.
As always, the people that surround Chloe and Luke are real, and they don’t seem like they are there purely as Spakfilla for the plot. Even though this is the third in a continuity of eight books, Bundle of Trouble does read strongly as a standalone novel – so don’t fear if you haven’t gotten around to reading the first two.
A quick and immensely satisfying read, Bundle of Trouble is thoroughly deserving of its RuBY nomination – once again, a big congratulations to the author, Fiona Lowe. Best of luck to you, Fiona!