After a tour of duty in Afghanistan, ex-soldier Dr Luke Blackman hides his lingering physical and emotional scars. He keeps everyone at a distance – until emotions explode in his ER and he loses himself with the beguiling Kate Bradley in the dark of a hospital supply closet!. Kate is soon an addiction this lone wolf just can’t break….
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Great heroine deserves better
I really enjoyed Ms Beckett's first few novels which were set in far flung places but since she has moved her locations to large cities, first New York and now this one in London I haven't really been as enthusiastic about them.
Obviously being within a few minutes of dying has made a marked difference to Luke's life and the effects of this make him mask his true character and feelings.
It is hard to appreciate the trauma of this nevertheless I somehow found him a bit superficial and insincere and was unable to really take to him.
Kate a straight talking American (Luke is also American) has just made the shocking discovery that her biological father is not the person who has raised her as such, nor was her now deceased mother the person she thought she was and has set out to trace her true parent.
She copes admirably with the upheaval in her life but in becoming involved with Like I would wish better for her.
While sensitively written with nice medical detail and the author portrays the characters' emotions with some panache I really found the whole story somewhat off kilter.
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