Reviewed by Desere
Running from your past is something we all do, either by avoiding the subject or taking off when ever the past comes knocking. It is of course never the answer, facing it head on and dealing with it is the only way to truly get rid of it, this takes courage, strength and determination many of us do not have.
But what if you come face to face with a person that sees beyond the image of free spirit and picks up that you are indeed running. Would you stick around and try to brush off their attempts to get to know the real you and help you face your past, or would you simply use sex as a means to draw their attention away from getting the low down on what happened and then move on?
In the debut read from new Mills and Boon Medical author Amalie Berlin this is the situation Imogen faces, she has been running from her past all her life, she keeps moving in order to remind her to never look back and never ever get attached, when attachment forms it gets messy, complicated and in her experience it is sure to end with heartache.
The only friend she has ever really been attached to is Amanda, and when Amanda needs help Imogen is ready, willing and more than able to assist. Only the person that requires the assistance is no other than together-we-can-move-mountains-in and out of bed-Wyatt, and he does not want her help as in ever!
But with her go getting attitude she pushes and persuades him into letting her stay and be his temporary nurse until Amanda can make her comeback, but soon it is a decision she regrets, for Wyatt wants into her past, her soul and her body, not long term so should be perfect right? That is until her free spirited self takes a tumble down the mountain and love rears it's head and it is time to face her past, but getting the man to come around to the same conclusion proves harder than logging timber down a mountain top.
The characters or Imogen and Wyatt were both so realistically written by the author that they truly felt to me as reader like real life popping out from the pages! They both played out so many emotions that there was never a dull moment in the read. I am talking passion, heartache, sadness, happiness, funny humour,drama, sweet, sensual and oh so sexy, the read had it all.
Imogen's feisty always pushing to get what she wants attitude was terrific, but at the same time as reader I was absolutely entranced that she pushes to get what she wants but does not use that same push to face her past, the contradiction was extremely fascinating and very entertaining, brilliantly done Amalie!
Wyatt's many masks relating back to his past made him one of those hero's you want to grab hold of and dig till you learn why he is so tied up in knots but at the same time you are thinking that if you know you might not like it very much.
The dialogue was extremely emotional, it had me in tears, laughing out load and gasping for air! I loved how the author lets both main characters have a past that is secret and not really spoken of, but more importantly she does not fully hide both their secrets right throughout the read, she rather let me as reader be able to figure out the one's secret but keeps the other one's till almost the very end. It kept me on the edge, wanting to know the why, how and where.
The backdrop settings of small towns with funny and ridiculous names gave the read that homey kind of feeling, that let me as reader know that when help is needed no matter the distance or the situation these characters from all over would pull together.
The secondary character of Amanda was written in such a manner by the author that you know there is a story and a it is guaranteed to be a good one, and am hoping the author brings us her story and soon!
I am taking away a message of past and future can seem blurred when you bring the two together and the line between learning to trust and to rather walk away becomes a beacon in the dark that will either motivate you to get up and fight or let you fall into a hole there simply is no getting out of.
I highly recommend this read for any and all lovers of romance, even if you prefer the non medical related reads from Mills and Boon and no messy blood here and illness there, this read will grip you every step of the way.
A true emotional roller-coaster read that not only delivers a powerful message but a story of love found in the most unexpected places with the most unexpected type of person. I was carried away to a world of romance and emotion so strong it left me craving my very own mountain doc!
A sexy, sensual, romantic, heart-warming and pure emotional romantic bliss filled read.
I very much look forward to this author's next read and being transported to a world of pure romance brilliance!
5/5 star review
" Chipping away mountain to find the diamond of love"
Reviewed by Nancy Crocker
This debut novel had it all for me. I have to say I really enjoyed it. I know for this reader I always feel that little bit of apprehension when I read an unknown author. But Amalie Berlin came through with a wonderful novel.
Set in the mountains of Appalachia. The story is one of Dr. Wyatt Beauchamp who drives a bus around to the surrounding and isolated areas providing medical treatment for those that not only can’t afford it, but have no way of getting to the medical help. He is the strong and silent type and one sexy doctor.
Imogen Donally, has arrived at sexy as sin Doctor Wyatt’s Beauchamp’s property. Now she is hoping to be able to stay focused on the job at hand for the next 6 months and not lose her heart to the doctor. But first she is going to have to convince him that she is just what he needs to help him while her best friend Amanda is on maternity leave. After agreeing to a trail period they are off. And soon “e mma –Jean” “Emma –gee” is winning over the people.
This debut novel had it all for me. You will find laughter and tears. Along with some unique ways to treat patients. Toss in some steamy passion. Add a rescue that had me holding my breath. Throw in some secrets to be revealed. What more could a reader want?
I also loved how a little bit of Amanda’s story was woven in, just enough maybe to hint of a story down the road. Maybe learning who the baby’s father is.
“I learned that if you want something and you’re told no, you should do other stuff that they don’t want you to do. Worse stuff. Until they reconsider your first, sensible request. Or you should just keep asking until they give up from exhaustion.”
I received a copy from the Author in exchange for an honest review.
Reviewed by Shirley
There is a saying that you can run from your problems as fast as you can, but when you stop, they will still be with you. Your locales may change, but the problems and memories cannot be left behind. Such was the case with Imogen and Wyatt. Different reasons for running and different reasons for stopping only showed them one thing; their woes must be resolved to set them free.
Stubborn, sassy, and unconventional, Imogen Donally didn't do forever, temporary was the name of the game: jobs, friends, sexual liaisons. Amanda, her only long term best friend, was the only exception and she needed her for six months. Promising two or three months longer than she usually stayed in any one place, she had bit the bullet and come to these Appalachian Mountains to help Amanda's boss, also her cousin, with his two person traveling clinic. There was only one drawback. Just how many faces did Mr. Tall, Dark and Sexy have? She had seen grumpy, grouchy, stubborn, serious, thoughtful and helpful, but the one she liked the most was desire. She felt the chemistry and wanted to taste it for herself, but he kept blowing hot and cold. Throughout all the face changes, she had also glimpsed pain and heartbreak. She knew in her heart he needed healing, but could she do it in the short time she had allotted herself? And a more honest question, did she really want to?
Smart, muscular, and handsome, Wyatt Beauchamp had run away from these mountains twenty years before, trying to escape the memories of pain, suffering, and heartbreak, only returning for his father's funeral. Realizing he missed his mountain and his neighbors, he opted to stay utilizing his skills to open a traveling clinic. Slowly building a practice among the region, only one problem- one big problem- was in his present time frame: his nurse's replacement. His cousin, also his nurse, had recommended her best friend for the job, and she was just unacceptable for so many reasons. As far as he was concerned, the main ones were the mountain folks wouldn't respect her, or identify with her, or open up to her no matter how skilled at her job she was, but the biggest reason, she represented danger to the carefully constructed walls around his heart. She also lit a blazing inferno under his libido, and that was just unprofessional. Was he strong enough to resist the charms of Miss Stubborn, Sassy, and Gorgeous or would she destroy him, then move on?
From the first page to the climatic ending, well developed characters weaved an excellent story of understanding, love and acceptance. An intricate plot smoothly melded the present while slowly revealing their past lives to show why they each had so many issues. I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. I laughed, cried, sympathized, and empathized with each character as the story unfolded. A definite page turner.
I would recommend this book to any reader of romance who wants an interesting and exciting love story.
I received a copy from the author for an honest review.
5/5 stars Should you stop and take another chance or keep on running???