Wednesday, December 11, 2013

5 stars!! Playing Doctor by Jan Meredith *Pick of the Litter*

When a fellow RN jokingly predicts that Beth Roberts will meet a tall, ripped and totally lick-o-licious stranger who will fulfill her deepest desires, it’s supposed to be from across a crowded room, not giving CPR to a wedding guest. Given her tragic love life, Beth has no desire to become involved again, but who could have predicted the ponytailed doctor with the mischievous smile would break through her defenses?

Dr. Gabriel North blamed himself for his wife’s death. Now, after two years of battling guilt and meaningless hookups, he’s ready to move on. When he sees the sexy brunette at his friend’s wedding, his attraction is swift and strong, and he wastes no time in pressing his advantage. One night with the woman who makes him feel alive again isn’t enough, but gaining her trust as a man was going to take more than medical school had prepared him for.

Type: Contemporary Romance, novella
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 5 out of 5 *PICK OF THE LITTER*

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Okay, so I can't get the goofy grin off my face after finishing Playing Doctor. Because, damn, *this* is how you write a novella. I loved everything about it. The characters, the set up, the scorching hot sex scenes ::shivers::, the growth both Beth and Gabe experienced. All of it. Meredith knocked it out of the park and has an instant fan.

The gist is that a chance encounter at a wedding, some serious sparks and the words of Beth's best friend still whispering through her mind-- that she needs to let go and live a little-- lead to an agreement of one night of nekkid sweaty good times for Gabe and Beth. Then they'll part ways and never see each other again. Mmmhmm.

Gabe and Beth were both great characters. They're successful, caring, funny, gorgeous and have nice depth to them. Even though it's a novella and a chuck of the time is spent during their 'one night' with each other you really get to know them and what makes them tick. They're good people and just a bit damaged from losses they've each experienced the last few years. They've both shut themselves off in a way from life and it was amazing seeing them open up and share their fears with each other. To actually grow and help each other let go of the past just a little bit. I was just really impressed with them both. They were a nice balance of serious and
Gabe blew out a breath and gave the muscle car one last covetous look. Man, he'd love to get behind all that power just once. As if reading his mind, Beth grinned, held out her hand and offered him a set of keys with a small tag on the ring that read, My foot and your ass need to meet. Her brow quirked. "Would you like to drive mine?"

"Oh yeah." They exchanged keys.

"I'm betting you know how to handle a stick."

"I've never had any complaints." He tossed the keys in his hand. The pink stain on her cheeks acknowledged the sexual innuendo. The flash of heat in her eyes said she was interested. Yeah, things were looking up.

"He likes a soft foot on the clutch and a heavy one on the gas." Her voice was a little breathy, an octave lower than usual. He might not make it through the drink.

"I'll be gentle."

She smoothed her hand over the fender, but her eyes remained steady on his. "Don't be, he likes it rough."

Oh, fuck yeah. 
Okay. Aaannnd the sexy. Holy hell. These two steamed it right the hell up and it was amazing! I wasn't expecting it at all. The sex scenes were just scorching hot but they also had that incredible emotional element to them too. Yeah, it was supposed to all be just one night of nekkid fun together but right from the start you could tell it wasn't going to come even remotely close to that. It never gets *too* out there or wild but damn it was down to your toes make you tingle good.

Meredith absolutely nailed creating a feel good, heat you up, make you believe in true love romance. While the ending wasn't a complete shock and I saw it coming it was just perfect. It fit them, didn't go too far into the unbelievable and just left me smiling and happy for these two. I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for everything she writes in the future. There were some eye catching secondary characters I can't wait to see more of.

Have you read Meredith? What did you think?
Do you have a favorite "one night only" romance?

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