China Davis is happy. She’s in control of her own life. Yet when new hot-shot-doc Payton Jenkins arrives her control is seriously tested! Payton left Chicago the moment he recovered from cancer, desperate to live a full life. With beautiful China hiding even from the simplest of pleasures, can Payton show her just how wonderful life can be… ?
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An agreeable story in an unusual setting of a medical centre in a coastal town in Mississippi.
Written with the author's usual warmth Payton recovering from a life threatening illness is by no means a wimp but you just want to mother him and is just the man to put some oomph into China set in a rut and dominated by her family.
While it may lack the level of spark of many of the author's previous books there is sufficient medical detail and local action to hold your interest.
Seven point five out of ten
Reviewed by Desere Steenberg, South Africa
Everyone knows that we all love to be in control of our own lives, but when we lose that control the world seems out of balance and we fight to get that control back no matter what.
But what if we think we need the control back and then suddenly the control doesn't look all that great?
This what the heroine, China Davis is facing , she is really happy, her family is a big old mess but still she is as happy as can be, because she is in control of her own life and that's what is most important.
But then hotshot Doc Payton Jenkins arrives on the scene and her control is seriously tested, she wants to hold onto control but the more she tries the more she loses her grip. And Payton, well he escaped death once and he is determined to life each day to the fullest and China Davis is on his radar and indulging in the pleasures she hides is his number one priority, but he has to get her to let go of that blasting control first and he knows just the way to do it.
I fell in love with this author's books not long ago and let me tell you, she knows how to take any reader on an emotional ride of romance, sadness and passion. I adored the way the author took me into the mind of how a survivor deals with the aftermath, the worry, the tension of will it happen again, the " this is the time I need to get up and get out and live my life " element was beautifully portrayed.
Of course this being a medical romance read , I bawled my eyes out, especially for Payton, the poor man certainly had found his new zest for life but after so much heartache it will tear at any reader's heartstrings and make you want get up and go out and find adventure even if you have never come close to death ever before.
China was a really neat character , I laughed so hard at her attempt to keep control , and I saw myself through her, I love being in control but even I know there comes a time in life where being in control is simply not possible and you need to loosen the strings just a little in order to gain a step in the right direction. Reading about how the author let's China fall from her little always in control pedestal was really entertaining.
I am taking away a message of life is short and when you have the chance to live, grab hold of it with both hands , always seek adventure because tomorrow might never come. And most importantly never try to control everything in life, if you do you will never experience the joy of being in wonder and awe, and things that can simply materialize out of nowhere, let go and see what happens!
I recommend this read for all fans of medical romance reads, it's a stunning story of a second chance in life and that special magic of falling in love and letting the unexpected guide you to the road of happiness.
5/5 star review
" He lives life like there's no tomorrow, she wants to control tomorrow, can he get her to let go?"
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