Necessary Medicine (Gigi’s Review)

Title: Necessary Medicine
Author: M.K. York
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: April 24, 2317
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 4792 Kindle locations
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5

With intelligence and humor, debut male/male author M.K. York delivers an emotionally charged slow-burn romance set in a prestigious Bay Area teaching hospital.

In the high-intensity world of hospital residency programs, there’s no room for romance. So it’s a good thing for first-year surgical resident Neil Carmona that his crush on the gorgeous cardiologist Eli Newcombe is sheer fantasy. Not only is the sexy doctor Neil’s superior, he’s also recently divorced.

As Neil’s skill as a surgeon grows, so does his friendship with Eli, and his silent, hopeless longing for more. It isn’t until Neil’s final year that Eli at last admits his own deepest desires. But Neil’s joy is short-lived: Eli has no intention of pursuing a relationship. Their positions in the hospital would make it unethical, even if he was emotionally ready for someone new.

Wounded and furious, Neil is determined to forget about Eli once and for all. But when a near-tragedy strikes, a new question arises: Is a life without love—without Neil—a greater risk than laying his heart on the line?

This book is approximately 78,000 words

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This is Necessary Medicine, by first time author M.K. York. If you are a fan of shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Scrubs and ER, this book is for you! I have no doubt you will love it because a good 90% of the book is dedicated to intern Niel Carmona and how he and his friends handle 5 years as interns at a teaching hospital in California. The book is told entirely (save the epilogue) in Neil’s POV so we don’t get to hear what’s going on with Neil’s crush veteran doctor Eli Newcombe. So, again, 90% of the book takes place in a teaching hospital, over the course of 5 years without even a hint of romance between our main characters or any other characters for that matter. (Interns are busy. They have no time for sex or a personal life.)

The last 10% of the book concentrates on the blossoming passion between 5th year intern Neil and organ transplant specialist Eli. And it is wonderful! The men fall hard for each other and the epilogue HEA is lovely. But this book isn’t a romance.

I think what happened here is that I chose a book to read based on a pretty cover and a blurb that promised romance and relationship angst. Those are the type of books I read. M/M romance with a nice story line, hot sex (when applicable) and a sweet HEA. I am in the wrong demographic for this book, who many will find fits their particular wheelhouse. This book wasn’t meant for me.

I did end up rating the book (I thought about not rating it since I am not the target audience for this one) and gave it 3 stars for an enjoyable medical story line, but I cannot recommend to this to my fellow M/M romance fans. This isn’t a M/M romance.

If medicine is up your alley, I hope you enjoy this!

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