Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Sequel to The Doctor’s Secret
Copper Point Medical: Book Two
The hospital’s least eligible bachelor and its aloof administrator hate each other… so why are they pretending to date?
Dr. Owen Gagnon and HR director Erin Andreas are infamous for their hospital hallway shouting matches. So imagine the town’s surprise when Erin bids an obscene amount of money to win Owen in the hospital bachelor auction—and Owen ups the ante by insisting Erin move in with him.
Copper Point may not know what’s going on, but neither do Erin and Owen. Erin intends his gesture to let Owen know he’s interested. Owen, on the other hand, suspects ulterior motives—that Erin wants a fake relationship as a refuge from his overbearing father.
With Erin suddenly heading a messy internal investigation, Owen wants to step up and be the hero Erin’s never had. Too bad Erin would rather spend his energy trying to rescue Owen from the shadows of a past he doesn’t talk about.
This relationship may be fake, but the feelings aren’t. Still, what Erin and Owen have won’t last unless they put their respective demons to rest. To do that, they’ll have to do more than work.
When I was reading the first story in this series, The Doctor’s Secret, I was loving the world that Heidi Cullinan was building and the characters she was introducing us too. It’s never just a couple, but a foundation of friends, family, a network of co workers and townspeople that form a tapestry that make a place and people come alive for us. I did get wrapped up in the courtship and romance of Jack and Simon but…and so remarkable and Heidi Cullinan like…there were two characters I couldn’t take my eyes off of.
Like lightning bugs in the darkness, flashes of brightness flickering away, the characters of Owen Gagnon and Erin Andreas kept pulling my attention towards them when it should have been solely situated on Simon and Jack. There was something about these two argumentative and yes, oddly broken men that I could never look away from. And I wanted their story…badly.
So here came The Doctor’s Date (Copper Point Medical #2) and honestly? It’s my new favorite story. I’m hugging this thing so hard because it’s everything I look for in a romance and more. It’s love, and healing, and self discovery, and finding the perfect someone and a home, and even redemption. The author picked up the pot of narrative contemporary romance perfection, gave it a toss or two, and out came Owen and Erin’s story.
There were scenes from The Doctor’s Secret where your heart just broke for Erin, especially as he prepared to stand alone against his father. That fight continues here. Both Owen and Erin have to face huge issues in this story dealing with their fathers, abuse, and their upbringing. Cullinan writes so realistically about the impact childhood abuse has on adult men that your heart shatters for them over and over. Just as realistically, it’s been dealt with, at least by one of them with years of therapy and in some cases medication. This is a element I’ve seen lacking in far too many stories. They include the abuse but not how the characters have dealt with the impact authentically. Here we believe it and in them.
There are so many moments here from the auction to the important elements with the violin which swing from comedy to deep angst to tissue laden scenes that will leave you weeping for joy.. I read and read until this story was finished and then started it over again.
From the serious issues with the board (suspense and white knuckle action) to the hilarious competitive bromance between Owner and Jack to the novelty socks that carry such meaning, The Doctor’s Date is one book that is a treasure chest of story threads to keep exploring read after read.
And the next one is already coming out. I think Copper Point Medical series just might be my new favorite Heidi Cullinan series. This story definitely is. I highly recommend it. It’s now on ;my comfort reads list. Pick it up, the first story too. I bet they will make yours as well.
Cover art: Kanaxa. As cute as that model is and as perfect as it brands the series, there is one glaring omission that almost ruins the cover. No socks! Socks, novelty socks, for both men, is a huge element here, and the model is sockless!!!!! I would have photoshopped something onto his feet at least. Utter fail. See Heidi’s guest post on socks here.
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Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published June 18th 2019 by Dreamspinner Press
Original Title The Doctor’s Date
Edition Language English
Series Copper Point Medical #2