A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about a book called Off Duty. It’s a book written by Ellie Masters and Lucas X Black. The cool thing about these authors and this book is that they were going to done proceeds to the Make-a-Wish Foundation. As of this weekend, they have donated $500 to MaW! That’s pretty damn awesome if you ask me.
When I wrote my last post, I hadn’t read it yet. I have now, courtesy of Ellie Masters. (Thanks, Ellie!) And, I reviewed it on both Amazon and Goodreads. Here is a copy of my review. If anyone wants a link to my Goodreads or Amazon profile, just ask and it shall be given. I review a lot of books, and am working on reviewing everything I can, I’m so far behind though.
Laura is a world-renowned trauma surgeon and Queen Bee at her hospital. She’s called Ice Queen and other not so nice names because she is very private, closed off, and will ream out anyone whom she feels has failed at their job. She demands perfection from herself and no less from the staff and doctors that she works with.
Keith is a paramedic that has been out on the streets for years. He was a corpsman in the Navy and is used to the stress that being out on the front lines can hold. He is rapidly burning out on it though and some of what he sees overwhelms him, like the death of a child.
A death of a child named Caleb is what originally brings Laura and Keith together. They see each other out at a restaurant where they are both eating alone. Laura comes over to share some news about Caleb with Keith and then manages to get blind drunk.
There isn’t really insta-love in this, at least not as it shows up in other stories. Laura and Keith spend several weeks butting heads with each other and yelling at each other. Once they do get really into the relationship, the love happens quickly, but the relationship didn’t happen overnight, exactly.
The M/s story is good. He is very demanding and very harsh at times. Laura likes it, so it’s all good. I mostly liked the book, but I did have a few issues with it. One is that sometimes Laura seemed to be topping from the bottom. She pushed forward faster than Keith did, which leads to my second issue that really her full surrender came fast. But, it’s a book, so I can’t blame it because you can’t spend the time developing the relationship, and the authors did mention that in a warning in the beginning. The characters do acknowledge that it will take time for them to truly know each other, so that takes care of that quibble. That’s just my personal issue, others may not have it, your mileage may vary.
Overall, I do like the story. I think that Masters and Black developed the characters well and showed some of the stress that Laura and Keith would experience in their jobs. I definitely recommend it.