The Doctor’s Secret (Belen’s Review)

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: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 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 really enjoyed this!

The dual third-person POV works so well here. I liked the relationship progression, thought the main plot worked well and flowed easily, and the supporting characters are absolutely terrific. I would have loved to have seen Simon meet Hong-Wei’s family on page, but maybe we’ll get a little freebie later? (hint, hint)

I had only a few really small niggles…

For example, one thing I was waiting for, but didn’t ultimately happen, was for Hong-Wei to correct Simon’s mispronunciation of his name, or someone to pronounce it correctly in front of him. He thinks at one point about how Simon is mispronouncing but decides not to correct him because he’s trying really hard, but that left me wondering how Hong-Wei’s family or the staff at the restaurant react to hearing Simon mangle his lover’s name…but, I digress.
Ultimately, nothing that impacted my enjoyment, I just wanted more. I’m greedy for the next book!

I sped through The Doctor’s Secret, would easily recommend, will probably be re-reading it again soon, will definitely pick it up on audio, and I’m really looking forward to the series to come.

Copper Point Medical

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Galley copy of The Doctor’s Secret provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I'm happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand. I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I'm in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA! My biggest no-no's are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

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