Title: How We Operate (San Diego Hope #2)
Author: A.R. Moler
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: April 28, 2017
Page Count: 136
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Chris Kearney is a surgeon working the Emergency Room at a large hospital near the bad part of the city. After operating on and losing a teenaged patient, he runs into Drew Hayden, an undercover vice cop. Connecting over a kid who tried to get out of gang lifestyle and still died, the two men check each other out. When they run into each other at the grocery store, they are more than happy to reconnect and pleased to find that neither of them had read the signals wrong.
It’s hard for a cop and a doctor, especially an undercover cop and an emergency room doctor, to find time to meet, date and do all the other things a burgeoning relationship requires, but somehow Chris and Drew manage. Their lives are full and sometimes difficult. Will they get through the traumas and troubles of the first year and a half of their relationship? And, when they get there, what will the other side look like?
This is, I believe, A.R. Moler’s Mack Daddy hurt/healing/comfort read. The entire plot of this book revolves around how much agony Ms. Moler can lob at MC Chris Kearney, an ER surgeon and MC Drew Hayden, an undercover Vice cop. Seriously, these boys are put through the wringer for our hurt/healing/comfort enjoyment and it is almost sadistically evil on the part of the author, but it is so fucking delicious and I adored every minute.
How We Operate started as a short story titled My Life In Your Hands in an anthology benefiting Doctors Without Borders published in 2010. It was expanded into a full novel in 2012. I re-read it in November 2013 to review for GoodReads. I had originally put this on my favorites shelf and given it 5 stars, and that rating and shelf will stand. Healing/comfort is one of my absolute favorite genres and this story has it in spades.
If you like adorable men falling in love while dealing with everything nasty life has to throw at them, you will love this book. It is an emotional roller coaster with lots of romance and affection. I highly recommend it.