The Doctor’s Orders (Maya’s Review)

Title: The Doctor’s Orders (Copper Point Medical #3)
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 20, 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary, Second Chance
Page Count: 386
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 2.75 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5


Once upon a time Nicolas Beckert was the boy who stole kisses from Jared Kumpel beneath the bleachers, but now Jared’s a pediatrician and Nick is the hospital CEO who won’t glance his way. Everything changes, however, when they’re stranded alone in a hospital elevator. Ten years of cold shoulders melt away in five hours of close contact, and old passions rekindle into hot flames.

Once out of the elevator, Jared has no intention of letting Nick get away. It’s clear he’s desperate for someone to give him space to let go of the reins, and Jared is happy to oblige. But Jared wants Nick as a lover in a full, open relationship, which is a step further than Nick is willing to go. They’ve traded kisses under the bleachers for liaisons in the boardroom… and it looks like the same arguments that drove them apart in high school might do the same thing now.

Jared’s determined not to let that happen this time around. He won’t order Nick from his shell—he’ll listen to what his friend says he needs to feel safe. Maybe this time he can prescribe his lover a happy ever after.

This did not go like I expected. I was reading book no.2 when I hot arc for this one, and I was looking forward to reading Nick and Jared’s story from the glimpses of characters I got. In the end I liked no.2 more.

I didn’t like Nick. I couldn’t sympathize with him. I get that he doesn’t have option to be open about his orientation and consequently his interest in Jared, but he actively interfered when Jared dared to flirt with someone else. It was like he expected that because he was alone and miserable, Jared should be too.
The elevator incident, which kick-started their closer relationship, didn’t ring convincing to me. I struggled to connect with characters and my impatience to figure them out didn’t help the matter.

But the plot concerning hospital is well thought out and I was curious about resolution. I also liked reappearance of characters from other books, but I drew absolutely zero on chemistry. It didn’t feel like romance to me at all.
It’s in convincing portrayal of struggle with internal homophobia and living with someone’s whose dreams and goals don’t align with yours, as Jared and Nick have to work to find the way to be together and be happy. But the focus is on their coming to grip with what being together with mean both on personal and public front, making compromises and paying the price, not on romance.

I like to relax while reading, and this story addressed some heavy issues. If it was a movie, I’d call it family drama instead of romance. It has its appeal. There is a colorful array of characters and small town politics provided an intrigue laden scene.

There were pieces I liked, but overall this is not what I’m interested in.

Copper Point Medical

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