Series: Secrets on the Emergency Wing #1
Published by Harlequin Medical on July 1, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Medical Romance
Source: My own copy
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Her pregnancy dream…
With the same work ethic that made her a doctor, Penny is determined to start a family. She's come to terms with having IVF alone, but the biggest obstacle is keeping it a secret from her persistent boss, Ethan Lewis.
Penny thought it was her hormones making her hyper aware of Ethan's dark eyes and sexy smile, but as she confides in him, she realizes it's their sizzling chemistry!
Two days late, but they’re finally here.
The first of the RuBY Review Challenge books that I am reviewing today is Secrets of a Career Girl, the July 2013 Harlequin Medical release from Carol Marinelli.
This is the second in the Secrets on the Emergency Wing duet. I read the first book, Dr Dark and Far-Too-Delicious last year and really enjoyed it. I’d been looking forward to seeing how Penny’s story would unfold, after meeting her in book 1, and I am very much pleased with how things come together for her.
So, what did I think of Secrets of a Career Girl?
The Penny we meet in the first book, and even at the start of Secrets of a Career Girl, is a prickly character. She’s driven, she’s a perfectionist and her people skills could use a little bit of work. But I love that when you peel back the initial layers, Penny is just a regular person with the same hopes and fears as anyone else. While I personally wouldn’t have kept the secret of wanting to conceive, I totally get why she did.
Ethan comes along just as she’s starting her IVF journey, and I loved that Carol resisted putting them straight into a romantic attachment. The way in which she has woven Penny and Ethan’s journey from adversaries to friends, and their growing attraction to each other, is so great. Their chemistry is fantastic, and I really enjoy how they interact with each other as people.
There are some genuinely funny moments, hand in hand with emotional scenes. I have friends who have been through the process that Penny undergoes, and I think Carol has captured that journey perfectly.
I loved the relationship between Penny and her sister Jasmine in this book, as much as I did in book 1. Sure, they get shirty with each other, but they are still there for each other in a pinch.
If you haven’t read book 1, please do so. However, Secrets of a Career Girl is one that can be read as a standalone. Another wonderful medical romance from Carol Marinelli!