Review: Heart Like Mine

cover-heart like mineTitle: Heart Like Mine
Author: Maggie McGinnis
Series: Echo Lake #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novel
Available: April 5th



Delaney Blair loves her job at Echo Lake’s Mercy Hospital, where she’s developed a reputation for being smart, fair, and driven. When she’s assigned to cut funding, she has to temporarily relocate her office, put on borrowed scrubs, and go toe-to-toe with Dr. Joshua Mackenzie, the interim head of the pediatrics department. His killer smile and rock-star body are distractions Delaney could do without, but she’s determined to stay focused while she brings his budget into line. It’s not working.

Beloved by his colleagues and patients alike, Josh is too busy caring for sick kids to talk numbers with the sexy, stiletto-clad Delaney. Every time they talk business, tensions run high…but so does a powerful attraction neither of them can ignore. When an emergency brings Mercy to its knees, Delaney and Josh must work together to save lives. But can they also find a way into each other’s hearts?

Source: ARC from St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley

There is an exceptionally lovely feel to this book. I was having a very sad day when I picked it up, but it offered a perfect escape with a warm mix of sweetness, romance and hard work and hard choices. It was just what I needed at that moment, and even though there are ill children involved it’s not a sad or depressing book. It’s pure enjoyment from start to finish.

I really liked both Delaney and Josh. They both work super hard, trying to do the best they can in their respective fields, even if they’re coming at the same issue from different sides. Delaney has her reasons for being as detached as she is, but I really appreciated her capacity to learn and change her mind, as well as to see many different sides to an issue. Josh is pure dedication, which is definitely admirable, even if you wonder how he could ever fit any more time into his days without changing something vital about himself.

The romance itself is a slow, steady burn that might start out with a pretty instant attraction between the two, but allows them both plenty of time to get to know each other before things progress. It’s sweet and enjoyable and I liked how the pacing played out, because there was so much else going on for both of them that any quicker would have lessened their relationship.

If you’re looking for something sweet and satisfying that brings two decent people together in a lovely way, while also telling a tale of modern health care issues and corporate hatchet jobs, then this book could be for you. It’s sweet, interesting and enjoyable, with the right amount of emotional heart-pulling and the kind of ending that made me smile. I thought it was lovely, and I look forward to visiting Echo Lake again soon.

Heart Like Mine is out April 5th!
Visit Maggie McGinnis for more details.


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