Unlocking the Doctor’s Heart

Title: Unlocking the Doctor’s Heart
Author: Liam Livings
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: January 21st, 2019
Genre(s): Romance
Page Count: 185
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5


Headstrong nurse Davie Penrose has moved to London from a small village in Cornwall to start work in the children’s transplant ward. He left to progress his career, but also to escape the painful memories of his ex-boyfriend, a workaholic doctor.

Ambitious Doctor Leo Westbury is in charge of a ward for now, but he has plans to be a medical director soon. Making use of his charm and avoiding commitment due to a painful past, he enjoys temporary relationships with male student nurses.

Clashing over a request to look around the ward before he starts work, Davie thinks Leo pompous, while Leo finds Davie bossy. Becoming friends over a shared passion for helping children on their transplant wards, they get closer through the inevitable ups and downs of caring for sick children. Physical attraction pulls them together; their pasts push them apart.

Both damaged and hurt in different ways, they might just find their happy ever after together.

Honestly, this was a difficult read for me.

It started out with Davie, a nurse, starting a new job at a hospital in London. He’s trying to get into the hospital for a walk through, but he doesn’t have his staff pass yet, so he’s arguing with the desk clerk. When Leo, a staff doctor gets involved, he takes on Davie as his responsibility and shows him around. When they end up working together in the youth transplant ward, they spend a lot of time together at the hospital, but also forge a friendship out of work.

I felt the potential in this story and wanted it so badly to move me, but it just didn’t get me there. First off, Davie tells Leo he won’t date another doctor, yet every time they spend time together his thoughts are quite the opposite. Leo has an issue to overcome with his ex, but won’t discuss it and won’t have a relationship because of it. So. That leaves them with longing and a slow burn. But this wasn’t the delicious kind of slow burn. I just wanted them to finally get together.

Without completely spoiling the review, I’ll just say that there was an HEA, but it only happened in the last 5% of the story, so I honestly didn’t feel it. I saw more of the characters apart than together, which was unfortunate.

I did enjoy Davie’s character and the compassion he showed for his patients and the ability he had to wear his heart on his sleeve when it mattered most. There just wasn’t enough there to keep me rooting for the romance to happen.

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Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after. Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday
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