Title: The Doctor’s Secret (Copper Point Medical #1)
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 23rd 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 250 pages
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Copper Point Medical: Book One
The brilliant but brooding new doctor encounters Copper Point’s sunny nurse-next-door… and nothing can stand in the way of this romance.
Dr. Hong-Wei Wu has come to Copper Point, Wisconsin, after the pressures of a high-powered residency burned him out of his career before he started. Ashamed of letting his family down after all they’ve done for him, he plans to live a quiet life as a simple surgeon in this tiny northern town. His plans, however, don’t include his outgoing, kind, and attractive surgical nurse, Simon Lane.
Simon wasn’t ready for the new surgeon to be a handsome charmer who keeps asking him for help getting settled and who woos him with amazing Taiwanese dishes. There’s no question—Dr. Wu is flirting with him, and Simon is flirting back. The problem is, St. Ann’s has a strict no-dating policy between staff, which means their romance is off the table… unless they bend the rules.
But a romance that keeps them—literally—in the closet can’t lead to happy ever after. Simon doesn’t want to stay a secret, and Hong-Wei doesn’t want to keep himself removed from life, not anymore. To secure their happiness, they’ll have to change the administration’s mind. But what other secrets will they uncover along the way, about Copper Point… and about each other?
I thoroughly enjoyed this lovely story of two professional men trying to have a relationship in a small town.
Dr. Hong-Wei Wu left Houston, Texas to transition into a position as a general surgeon in a small town in Minnesota. He left behind his family, shying away from the guilt that manifest at letting them down. He was going to start fresh, make something of himself, and finally get his father’s approval. But things didn’t really go according to plan from the minute he gets off the plane.
Simon Lane, an OR nurse, has no plans to ever leave Copper Point. He’s lived there his entire life and his friends stayed and took positions at the local hospital to be with him. Nothing could take that away…. except the new addition.
The hospital hierarchy is a bit muddled. To say the least. The board runs the show. Or does the CEO run the show? Or are they related? Yes, to all. When news of inter-hospital romance will result in the loss of a job, the staff is ever watchful. So, starting something new is a very bad idea.
The flow of the story was perfect. I loved how the relationship grew organically and how so many friends helped hide their affair. It was slow and sweet and wonderful. The supporting characters in this story were so fun and invested.
I think my favorite character was Hong-Wei. He was just so free, yet caged. His burden was heavy, being in the spotlight and new. His family was always on his mind, yet he just wanted Simon so badly. I really felt the need in the writing and he was so sweet and tender.
Awesome story, great feelings, a bit high on the politics for my taste, but I’d recommend the read.