Title: The Doctor’s Date (Copper Point Medical #2)
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 18th 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 448 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
The hospital’s least eligible bachelor and its aloof administrator hate each other… so why are they pretending to date?
Dr. Owen Gagnon and HR director Erin Andreas are infamous for their hospital hallway shouting matches. So imagine the town’s surprise when Erin bids an obscene amount of money to win Owen in the hospital bachelor auction—and Owen ups the ante by insisting Erin move in with him.
Copper Point may not know what’s going on, but neither do Erin and Owen. Erin intends his gesture to let Owen know he’s interested. Owen, on the other hand, suspects ulterior motives—that Erin wants a fake relationship as a refuge from his overbearing father.
With Erin suddenly heading a messy internal investigation, Owen wants to step up and be the hero Erin’s never had. Too bad Erin would rather spend his energy trying to rescue Owen from the shadows of a past he doesn’t talk about.
This relationship may be fake, but the feelings aren’t. Still, what Erin and Owen have won’t last unless they put their respective demons to rest. To do that, they’ll have to do more than work together—they’ll have to trust they can heal each other’s hearts.
I loved this! Erin and Owen are the perfect foil for one another. I loved the flashbacks that gave insight into just how long Erin has had a crush on Owen, and vice versa. Misunderstanding each other has been their go-to in the past, but a bachelor auction offers them the opportunity to clear things up and get their romance started.
And, oh, how I loved the hurt/comfort in this! Not too angsty, just a perfect amount of sigh inducing wonderful.
“I dreamed of this, you know. Maybe not this exactly, but of being with you. As I lay upstairs in my attic room, wishing my life were different, I dreamed you would come through the window and be with me.”
There’s a really good side plot mystery too, as Erin and, hospital President, Nick along with Owen and their friends work together to uncover something big affecting the hospital.
It all just plain worked for me. This story had me holding my Kindle close and sighing with how absolutely right it all was in the end. That very, very happy ending.
Dual POV, hurt/comfort, enemies to lovers, fake boyfriend that is actually what they both really want more than anything else in the whole world, romance with some steam and a very happy HEA ending.
While I suppose The Doctor’s Date could be read as a standalone, I would absolutely recommend reading The Doctor’s Secret first. Mostly because it’s a good book too, but also to give you better background on all the players.
Highly recommended. P.S.: I’m really looking forward to hearing these on audio (hopefully soon)!