Reading Level: Adult Romance
Release Date: May 23, 2011
Publisher: Silhouette Desire
Pages: 192 pages
Reviewed By: Kate McMurry
Dr. Trey Weldon is a brilliant neurosurgeon who is hero-worshipped by everyone at his hospital but his primary surgical assistant, a talented scrub nurse named Callie Sheely, who actually teases the too-serious Dr. Trey about his fawning fans. Associating with Callie has gradually loosened up Trey over their months together, and he is extremely impressed with her skills as a nurse. She is so in tune with him during surgery that it is like she reads his mind.
Callie has had a crush on Trey for most of the year they’ve worked together, but she comes from working-class roots and Trey is from a wealthy, aristocratic family. She assumes he sees her as beneath him. In truth, Trey is very attracted to her, but he considers a workplace romance a stupid move, and he never permits himself to make any kind of mistake, whether professional or personal.
This is a Kindle re-issue of a Harlequin short-contemporary romance published under the Silhouette Desire (SD) imprint in July, 2000. The Kindle edition is done well. It has no typos or formatting issues. I was able to check out this book from the online, digital portion of my local public library. Once I checked out the book, it was a simple, two-click procedure to download a Kindle edition of this book through Amazon, and I had a full three weeks to read it. I am a happy convert to the digital revolution!
In the 1980’s and 1990’s, I was a big fan of Barbara Boswell and read everything she wrote because she does a terrific job at adding clever touches of humor to her romance novels without ever resorting to slapstick. This book has many funny moments, though it doesn’t include one of my favorite motifs of Boswell’s work, quirky family members who lead the heroine on a wild dance and complicate her romance with the hero. I assume that wasn’t made a part of this book because it is written mainly from the hero’s point of view as part of an editorially created series about the Weldon Bachelors for “Man of the Month.” This was a SD book from their monthly lineup written primarily from the hero’s point of view. The various books in the Weldon Bachelors series were written by multiple romance authors and they followed the “story bible” created by the publisher, not the individual authors.
Even burdened with these heavy constraints, Boswell’s trademark humor shines through. She also does a great job, as in all her romances, creating sensuality through emotional intensity rather than detailed descriptions of sexual acts. Though this book was part of a series, it has no cliffhanger, and can easily stand alone. Fans of Barbara Boswell, or fans of short-contemporary romance in general, will enjoy this terrific example of Boswell’s work.