ABOUT THE BOOK
I know everything about brains, but nothing about hearts.
Love isn’t in my future. Romance isn’t in my cards. I focus on my job and nothing else. Neurosurgery doesn’t play well with distraction, anyway. If only my meddling, matchmaking Mom would get the hint.
Accepting a move to Baker’s Creek, getting off her radar and away from any eligible bachelors that she knows should keep me safe, right?
I might not want a boyfriend but I do have a type: broody, angsty, and quiet. And there’s one of those living in this small town.
He’s a military man who’s numbed himself to the point of no return. He’s been forced to choose between love and family one too many times, and I just saved the life of his baby brother.
He fascinates me far beyond his chiseled good looks. I want to know how he thinks, what makes him tick, and if I can make him smile…
But can I learn to read his mind without giving away my heart?
I enjoy a series about families and boy, is this family unusual. Unfortunately, I started at the end of the series and struggled to catch up with what was going on. I recommend you start from the beginning.
Dr. Darren “Dare” Russell is a sought-after neurosurgeon who has been given an opportunity of a lifetime. To get out of San Francisco and become head of neurosurgery in Baker Creek, Oregon. Sounds like a downgrade, right? Not to Dare. He hopes to get some peace from his overbearing family and their lack of boundaries when it comes to his love life. Not that Dare wants love anymore after his disastrous past. Sex with no strings is his thing. It doesn’t hurt that the very hot and sexy brooding Vance Aldridge has been tasked with chauffering him around. Yes, Vance is a volatile and angry guy, but Dare sees through that.
Delta Force Vance Aldridge killed his ex-lover and feels responsible for almost killing his brother. He’s shut himself off from any feelings due to his tumultuous family life and his bad job choices. Now he’s forced to see a psychologist to deal with his feelings in order to get cleared for a consultant in The Organization. Unfortunately, his feelings are being f*cked with due to the annoying and cocky Dr. Dare Russell. The guy can’t keep quiet, he teases him mercilessly, and Vance can’t stop thinking about him.
The chemistry between Vance and Dare is instant, but their relationship takes some time as Dare slowly wears Vance down using his charm and honesty. In fact, Vance’s habit of rescuing people has him saving Dare from his mother’s manipulative ways by making up a fake relationship to stop her incessant matchmaking. With that being said, I thought the romance was a bit overpowered by Vance’s weird family dynamic which includes Vance’s philandering father who has children from six different women and has stipulated in his will that they all live together in Baker Street for a year to get to know each other. And apparently, there are other secrets Vance’s father had that are surprising at best.
There are a lot of supporting characters including Vance’s brothers and Dare’s pain-in-the-ass parents and sisters who don’t have the decency to stay out of Dare’s personal life. I did enjoy the rapport between Vance and his psychologist Dr. Sanders who gets Vance to sort out his feelings.
Overall, this is an interesting story full of complex characters and a compelling family bond. I recommend you read the series in order to understand the multitude of characters and storylines.
Thank you to Ms. Burgoa for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Claudia is an award winning, USA Today bestselling author.
She writes alluring, thrilling stories about complicated women and the men who take their breaths away. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband and her youngest two children. She has a sweet Bichon, Macey, who thinks she’s the ruler of the house—she’s only partially right. Hanna, the cuddliest and cutest Havanese/Maltese, is the one who rules them all.
When Claudia is not writing, you can find her reading, knitting, or just hanging out with her family. At nights, she likes to binge watch shows with his equally geeky husband.