Title: The Doctor’s Date (Copper Point Medical #2)
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 18, 2019
Page Count: 448
Reviewed by: Kristin F
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.0 stars out of 5
Sequel to The Doctor’s Secret
Copper Point Medical: Book Two
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.
Blurb summarizes the plot well enough, and I don’t want to drop spoilers, so I won’t rehash.
I enjoyed this installment and had a hard time putting it down. This is my kind of romance – sweet, opposite characters, low angst, and just enough plot tension to keep the story engaging. I was especially drawn in by Owen and Erin’s emotional struggles – similar, yet different. Both men trying to confront their fears both present and past and it was powerful to watch. This tackled the difficult topic of emotional and physical abuse and the long term ramifications it leaves. Overall, I thought the subject matter was well written.
I also had some items that pulled this from a five-star to a four-star review for me. I couldn’t get on board with John Jean’s (Erin’s father) transition from dominating tyrant to contrite and apologetic citizen. John Jean plays a prominent role at the start of the book, conveniently goes out of town, and when the climatic confrontation rolls around, he’s a different person. This transition didn’t work for me. I needed something in the middle.
These next two are my quirks – one guy carrying another guy around and upstairs. I find it emasculating, not endearing. One guy pulling a second guy into his lap. Folks, you pull a child into your lap, not a 180lb grown man.
Finally, I just didn’t care for Nick warning Owen not to hurt Erin. This bugs me every time I see it on the page, well meaning friends confronting a prospective boyfriend and going all threatening on them. It’s demeaning to the main character and shows an incredible lack of trust. I get “why” it’s done, but it bugs me every time.
As I noted in my earlier paragraphs, I did enjoy this a lot. The characters pulled me in, the plot was interesting and moved right along, the sub-plot balanced out Owen and Erin’s emotional journey, our favorite characters from The Doctor’s Secret came back, and…book three was nicely set up. I look forward to seeing the next installment.