I was provided with an advance reader copy by NetGalley 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.
Published by Momentum on January 22, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Medical Romance, Rural Romance
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Escaping to the country was meant to be easy ...
On the surface it looks like busy intensive care nurse Kate Kennedy has it all: a long-term relationship, a great career and a sleek inner city apartment. But appearances are deceiving, and in one fell swoop everything comes crashing down around her. In a moment of spontaneity, Kate leaves her city life and takes a new role as Nurse Unit Manager at Birrangulla Base Hospital, but her dream move proves harder than expected.
Local café owner Joel O'Connor finds himself increasingly drawn to the gorgeous new nurse, but like Kate, he's been scarred by love and isn't looking to jump into anything. Yet their chemistry is hard to deny and after a near fatal incident, Joel and Kate find themselves opening up to one another.
Just when Kate thinks she's found love again, their fragile relationship is thwarted by their pasts. Can they both let go of their guilt and grief to move on to a bright new future?
Rural romance is one of my absolute favourite sub-genres of romance fiction, and I’m happy as a pig in mud when I get my hand on a good medical romance. Rural medical romance? Get it in my eyeballs now!
I have been seeing news about Nicki Edwards’ debut release from Momentum, Intensive Care, for quite a while now – and with it being a rural-set medical romance, I was super-keen to read it. Well worth the wait, I can tell you.
So, what did I think of Intensive Care?
Kate is a fabulous heroine. She’s relatable, real and flawed. I love that she was impulsive, yet not foolish, and that she was not afraid to make some very tough choices. I can see that certain actions she takes in the course of the early part of the story might be a little difficult for some to get, however when you read on (as you very well should), it will become entirely clear that this is the only way she could have done it. There is an element of Kate in every woman.
The relationship that develops between Kate and the handsome café owner Joel is really lovely. Nicki has allowed their romance to develop, rather than rushing them into instalove. Both have been through the wringer, relationship-wise, and there are speed bumps along the way after they meet, so I appreciated that they didn’t jump into each other’s pants inside a week.
Nicki Edwards has captured the life and spirit of the rural setting beautifully, and doesn’t shy away from the tough stuff. There are moments in Intensive Care that will give you a chuckle, others that might just break your heart, however every moment comes together to make a fantastic story. The supporting cast of characters in any story are important, and those in Intensive Care add a real richness to Kate and Joel’s journey.
I am very much looking forward to more from Nicki Edwards, because on the strength of this debut, there is some fabulous stuff to come!