Best friends from college. Plus-ones since med school. A chance for something new...
Jace Crawford heals hearts for a living. More than that, medicine is his life. To become the leading cardiothoracic surgeon on the west coast, he’s made sacrifices. No social life. He barely has time to sleep. Love? Forget about it. But when everything goes horribly wrong on his table, and he unexpectedly loses a patient, Jace is suspended from work.
When a man has nothing but his job, what does he do when that’s gone?
Joy Thompson collects unwanted strays. A dog with one eye, a three-legged cat, a bird that swears like a sailor? All part and parcel of her veterinary business. It helps pass the time.
Until Jace calls out of the blue to ask her out on a real date. Spending extra time with him is dangerous. Her feelings for her best friend have always been stronger than simple companionship. If she gets attached, what happens when he goes back to work and leaves her behind?
But as the weeks progress, falling for each other is inevitable. This time, Jace’s heart is the one that will need fixing before both of them end up broken.
Kristen Proby books have a certain feel to them, at least in my opinion. Yes, there is angst, and heartbreak, and emotion. But, it always feels real...and this was no exception. Her books make you feel like you are with the couple, as they fall in love, as they navigate the relationship, as they deal with the changes to their lives with the relationship and the way they end up with their happily ever after.
Jace and Joy are friends. Best friends. The kind of friends who have such a connection that they can keep the friendship strong no matter how long they are apart. It's the kind of friendship that comes from shared experiences, and time, and knowing one another inside and out.
However, the relationship is changing, and both of them feel like their relationship is changing, and that things are moving from friendship to romance. Both of them feel it, but both are afraid to change the relationship, to lose the friendship.
But, as often happens when there is a friends to lovers story, one of them has to make the move, to change the relationship and to take the risk. I absolutely love the scene when this happens and it was one of my favorite parts of the book, although I am not going to spoil it here. It just worked for me, and it showed not only how he was feeling, but also the level of trust between them.
I also loved Joy's father, and his take on the relationship with Jace and Joy. I thought his advice was both insightful and felt real, and authentic. I think, especially in a new relationship, the navigation of the changes the relationship brings about are hard to navigate, and there was an authenticity to the for Joy when the time Jace has for her changes.
I have said more than once that I just enjoy this author's titles, and this was no exception. I recommend this title.
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