The Doctor’s Orders (Kristin F’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
Page Count: 384
Reviewed by: Kristin F
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.0 stars out of 5


< Sequel to The Doctor’s Date
Copper Point Medical: Book Three

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.

Blurb summarizes the plot well enough, so I won’t rehash.

This is a difficult review to write, in that I struggled to finish this book. While I greatly enjoyed the first two in the series, I completely bounced off of The Doctor’s Orders. I thought several times of just calling it a DNF and leaving it at that, but it’s not an overly long story so I kept plugging away

Lest you think me a total Negative Nelly, let me assure you that I appreciated the setting (“local” for me!), all the previous characters make appearances, we have emotional engagement by way of Nick’s family, and the diversity and maturity in the characters was a pleasure to read.

I bounced off of a couple items – one was the whole elevator breaking/need a new hospital sub-plot. I just couldn’t get behind the premise and the subsequent hospital dramatics spilling from that.

I think what really turned me off (and this is my quirk) was all the crying. Oh my gosh…so much crying. After a while I wanted to cry! This is where I seriously contemplated just putting the book down and walking away.

So, there were some positives (Nick’s family is darn cool), and some negatives (the crying) and at the end of the day, this didn’t work for me and I am sooo bummed because I greatly enjoyed book one and two. I strongly suspect I’ll be in the minority here, so chances are, if you read the first two, you’ll enjoy this one.

Copper Point Medical

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I have been a voracious reader from the time I learned how to read. My Motto: "Never leave home without a book (or two or three)." Though once I learned how to knit that became "Never leave home without a book (or two or three) AND a knitting project." A long-time fan of science fiction, I've since discovered mystery/suspense/thrillers and m/m romance. I love stories that span the universe, paranormal, urban fantasy, mystery, comedy; stories with veterinarian's (yay! animals!) or a men in uniform, a splash of BDSM or a threesome can be fun, and of course, happy ever afters. IF that's not a run-on sentence, I don't know what is... I'm not a fan of historical, horror, sports, plots with children, and New Adult/Young Adult. Thanks for reading my reviews! No two persons ever read the same book Edmund Wilson