Review: How to Save a Surgeon

cover-how to save a surgeonTitle: How to Save a Surgeon
Author: C.M. Stone
Series: Gambling Hearts #2
Genre: Medical/Contemporary Romance
Length: Short Novel
Available: August 17th


He’s sworn off all women…

When he lost the girl he loved, Dr. Jackson DeMatteo shut down his heart and became the kind of perfectionist surgeon that alienated him from the residents. Now Jackson has a very coveted promotion dangling before him…but it comes with a price. Working with adorably geeky first-year resident Darla Morales is definitely going to cost him. Big time.

She’s just what the doctor ordered…

Completing her trauma residency demands confidence and Darla, who’s already pretty high on the nerd scale, is definitely not confident. Worse still, she’s forced to work with Doctor Dreamy, who makes her even more nervous and defensive. Darla needs to focus on the work and not his bedroom eyes if she ever hopes to become a trauma surgeon.

Source: ARC from Entangled Lovestruck via NetGalley

I’ve always had a bit of a thing for medical romances, so I really enjoyed the depth of medical expertise this book goes into – in the beginning, anyway, it definitely trails off as the story progresses. I liked the romance too, between the ambitious but emotionally aloof trauma surgeon and the smart but sensitive resident who learn not only to work together but work their way into each other’s hearts – and beds, of course.

There’s something so sweetly earnest about Darla that her ambition and stubborn insistence on doing her job comes as a bit of a surprise. She has anxiety issues and low confidence, so I had to admire her for the way she goes to work, even after her initial and not very encouraging encounter with Jackson. She’s sweet but also determined, something which could lead not only to success but to trouble as becomes obvious as the story progresses.

Jackson is both more and less complicated than Darla, in that he has serious emotional issues but solves it all by ploughing forward regardless. Both characters have a lot of unresolved angst relating to their parents, and so surprisingly have a lot in common. I also really loved how easily they transformed into a team at work, once sensitivity and emotions had been put firmly aside.

Having said that, I found their romance both a little rushed and also conveniently lacking in thought of the consequences, at least at first (there is a token resistance moment, but it is swiftly forgotten). In fact it confused me a bit, especially at the end when feelings were hurt and accusations being thrown. For two people so career-orientated, their lack of discussion about what a relationship between them could mean seemed like a bit of an oversight. Although when coupled with Darla’s stubborn insistence on her path regardless of medical issues, perhaps it wasn’t so surprising after all. Perhaps she’s just really good at ignoring the things she doesn’t want to think about.

I also expected more to come of the hospital politics, which at one point definitely seemed to be building towards something, but in the end didn’t amount to much. I don’t know. In fact the more I think back on this book, the more I begin to wonder about certain things…

So I shall stop thinking about it. Instead I’ll remember that I enjoyed this as a good read with plenty of medical moments and lots of heat between two very different characters who actually have a lot in common. They’re both complicated people and their romance twists and turns with secrets and misunderstandings throughout. If you’re in the mood for a bit of medical with your romance, then give this a try. Or if you want a romance with a little something extra, than you might enjoy this. I certainly did and will be looking out for more from this author in future.

How to Save a Surgeon is out August 17th!
Visit C.M. Stone for more details.


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