Atlas Memorial: Love, Lust & Saving Lives by Krista Harper
ABOUT THE BOOK
Recent college graduate Stella Reynolds has sworn off men in order to focus on passing her nurse residency, but when she gets caught up in a steamy love triangle between a gorgeous new physician and the playful paramedic next door, her ability to concentrate takes a backseat to love and lust.
Will she miss out on a chance at romance and risk losing her nursing career before it even begins? Or will she pick the best suitor while also mastering her nursing skills in a high stress unit?
It’s just another day of love, lust and saving lives at Atlas Memorial.
Here’s what you can expect from Atlas Memorial:
Quirky & Hilarious Female Lead
Sexy New Physician vs Swoony Paramedic Love Interest
Fast-Paced Urban Hospital Setting
Laugh-Out-Loud Romantic Comedy
Stella had big plans to move to Monroe and build her career as a nurse. She had no time for a super hot neighbor or a super hot doctor, and her career isn’t what she hoped it would be with bitchy co-workers and little to no mentoring. Her plans were falling apart.
Stella is a bit of a fish out of water with her new job at Atlas Memorial Hospital. Her week started with stumbling into hot men, puking at the sight of her first dead body, and being ridiculed by some nasty women, but she fumbles on in her delightfully quirky way. She is also very focused on her career as she dodges flirty, sexy men with issues of their own. If only, right?
Travis is her extroverted and kind neighbor who wants to be more than friends with her, but she’s not into casual relationships. And Ryan is a doctor in training who kindly helps her get her bearings at work, but needs to get over his ex who happens to work at the hospital, too. Whether you are team Travis or team Ryan, I believe she chose wisely. Surely, you don’t think I’m not going to tell you who she picks? 😉
I absolutely enjoyed this fun rom-com with a bit of a love triangle. It gives a realistic portrayal of working in a busy hospital and dealing with the long hours, unruly patients, and a multitude of good and bad co-workers. I only wish the story was longer.
Thank you to Ms. Harper for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.
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I stood inside the automatic doors; hands clenched. This is it. Taking a deep breath, I took a step forward, dodging a group of men in surgical scrubs, and taking a sharp left towards what I thought was the elevator bank. A few steps in and I quickly realized I had gone the wrong way. Instead of elevators, a coffee cart with a line of customers wrapped around the corridor stood in its place. Shit. I must have gotten turned around and needed to go right, not left. I spun around to change course only to plow directly into someone holding a fresh cup of scolding hot coffee.
“Oh my god.” I stumbled backwards, my heel catching on the toe of my other shoe.
“Hot. That’s hot.” The guy swiped at his chest, coffee running down the front of his shirt and tie.
I looked up into the face of one of the most gorgeous men I had ever seen. “Oh my god, you are hot.”
“What?” He pulled at his clothes.
“I mean, er, yes. Your coffee.” Shit. “It’s super hot. I’m so sorry.” Heat spread across my cheeks for the second time this morning. I reached over the counter for a stack of napkins, trying to remove all evidence of our meeting from his shirt. “Did I burn you?”
“No it’s… I’m fine. I’m good.” He tossed the empty cup into the trash and took the remaining napkins from me.
“That was completely my fault. I’m gonna be late and I got totally turned around and I wasn’t paying attention to where I was going and…”
“It’s okay.” He smiled. “Apology accepted.”
His voice was deep and sensual, forcing my thighs to squeeze together at his words. For a split second I took the risk of looking him in the eye, but quickly decided my knees weren’t strong enough to handle it. His complexion was a creamy sand and his black pearl eyes were warm but mysterious. Longish onyx hair, a direct contrast to the professional business attire, fell slightly into his face as he looked down at me. My insides melted into warm pools when he reached for my hand, shaking it firmly in his grip.
“Ryan,” he said, licking his lips.
“Stella.” I breathed, barely audible. Whoa. Electricity passed between us as my heart fell into my stomach. Who was this guy?
“Well it was nice meeting you Stella, but I’m running late myself.” He dropped my hand. The warm burn remained like a phantom ghost in my palm. “Have a good day.”
“You too,” I said.
He disappeared through the crowd of visitors pushing in through the Emergency Department and I inhaled a deep breath, allowing my heart to slow down to a normal rate. Several stunned moments passed as it took me to realize that what I had experienced just then was in fact not an out of body experience. That guy, that… Ryan really existed. I caught my reflection in the window and saw my face and chest were still burning a deep red. Plus I was pretty sure my loins were hanging out completely exposed. Not a good look for a positive first impression. I took another deep breath and got myself turned in the right direction, realizing I was supposed to go right instead of left to find the elevators. I was never going to make it on time but at least I wouldn’t be lying when I claimed that I had gotten turned upside down, and not just by the building.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Krista Harper is a contemporary romance and romantic comedy writer.
The first in her family to attend college, she received a practical degree in nursing before pursuing her MFA at the age of 40.
A Chicago native, Krista currently resides in the Colorado mountains with her husband, two kids and four rescues, where she enjoys being nature adjacent.