Sunday, May 29, 2016

Book Review: Healing Her Heart (Stanton Family, Book 3) by Audra North


About the Book:

Informing the next of kin of a patient's death is hardly cardiac surgeon Greg Stanton's favorite activity. Tired of spreading bad news, he decides to take a week off and enjoy a few extra curricular activities—one in particular that hopefully involves a certain blonde director.

Carrie's experience as the Director of New Beginnings, an Assisted Living Residence, has taught her that the wisdom of the elderly is often more healing than any drug. So when Greg drops by her office to tell her one of her residents passed away and mentions he's taking some time off, Carrie suggests that he spend the time volunteering at her facility.

Greg is in need of a way to de-stress. After being burned by her ex-fiance, Carrie needs a little fun. What's a little sex between friends? But when their casual arrangement is complicated by real feelings, one of them will have to step up to save what could be something special before they both tear it apart.

Series Order:

Book #3 Healing Her Heart
(Review Below)

Book #4 A Lesson in Temptation
(Review Coming)

My Review of Healing Her Heart:

Greg Stanton is an overworked cardiac surgeon.  When he has to tell Carrie, the director of a local assisted living facility, that the resident she just brought into the ER didn't make it, Greg decides to take a week-long vacation.  Greg then finds himself volunteering at the assisted living facility at Carrie's suggestion.  There's always been an attraction between the two, so when Greg offers up a week of no-strings-attached, Carrie's deliberation time is short before deciding to go ahead and take him up on his offer.  At the end of the week, will this arrangement have ruined the friendship that Greg and Carrie have built?

I didn't find Healing Her Heart to be as interesting as the other 3 books in the series (yes, I accidentally read book 4 before book 3 - oops.  Fortunately, it wasn't a problem reading the books out of order).  The pairing up of Greg and Carrie seemed unnaturally rushed - even for a novella length story.  Only seeing each other in the ER while Greg is trying to save one of Carrie's residents doesn't really constitute relationship-building - at least not to the point that they can be where they are at by the end of their week-long arrangement.

I did enjoy the competitive nature of Greg and a couple of the residents when it came to chess.  I enjoy socializing with older ones in our society and their inclusion in this story made me happy.  I also liked the activity that Carrie developed to make the new residents feel more comfortable at the facility.  Even though I never really connected with either character, I found that I enjoyed Greg and Carrie more when the scenes didn't revolve around sex.

Review copy courtesy of the publisher at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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