Auckland Med Series, Book 1
By: Jay Hogan
Narrated by: Gary Furlong
Two years ago, I made a mistake, a big one. Then I added a couple more just for good measure. I screwed up my life, but I survived. Now I have the opportunity for a fresh start. Two years in NZ. Away from the LA gossip, a chance to breathe, to rebuild my life. But I’m taking a new set of rules with me.
I don’t do relationships.
I don’t do commitment.
I don’t do white picket fences.
And I especially don’t do arrogant, holier-than-thou, smoking hot K9 officers who walk into my ER and rock my world.
One thing for certain, Dr. Michael Oliver is an arrogant, untrustworthy player, and I barely survived the last one of those. He might be gorgeous, but my daughter takes number one priority. I won’t risk her being hurt, again. I’m a solo dad, a K9 cop and a son to pain-in-the-arse parents.
I don’t have time for games.
I don’t have time for taking chances.
I don’t have time for more complications in my life.
And I sure as hell don’t have time for the infuriating Dr. Michael Oliver, however damn sexy he is.
Overall – 5 out of 5 stars
Performance – 5 out of 5 stars
Story – 5 out of 5 stars
I really liked this book when I read it so listening to it was a no-brainer, especially when I found out who was performing it. I will listen to anything Mr. Furlong performs.
4.5 Stars so rounding up to 5.
Here is my original review of the book after reading it.
I’m impressed with this first-time author. The story moved at a good pace…the romance and the suspense. I liked all of the characters (except Josh’s parents), flaws and all.
Michael is a bit of a mess after trauma in his hospital in the States and after reading the opening scene he doesn’t appear to have much under control still. He’s a good guy but he’s buried that and gives the world his devil may care attitude. He’s immediately attracted to Josh but Josh wants nothing to do with him. Unfortunately for Josh, they’re forced to be around each other…and they cannot deny the sexual attraction and chemistry. When they finally give in to their attraction they’re fantastic together. I didn’t like their lack of communication about their true feelings (I never like that in any book) and I thought Michael was a huge coward near the end of the book. Thankfully Josh took over and fixed everything. 🙂
The suspense plotline was good and not over the top…there was even a late twist which surprised me (and that’s not easily done). I really, really nope Mark and Cam get books…they are both REALLY outstanding. The ending is pretty perfect!
My one complaint surrounds Michael and him being an American (and I’ll admit it’s a bit nitpicky). I suppose it’s possible Michael picked up the dialog and slang in the time he’d been in NZ, but he definitely didn’t sound like he is from the States.
This is definitely a must-read by an author that should be on your radar!
Jay Hogan is a New Zealand author of mm romance and romantic suspense and a 2020 US Lambda Literary Award Finalist in Gay Romance for her novel, Digging Deep.
I consider myself very lucky to be able to write and bring LGBTQ romance stories to life. It’s a community I’m proud to be part of. I’m a born and bred New Zealander, but like most Kiwis, I’ve traveled extensively. I’ve lived in the US, Canada, France, Australia and South Korea, and I’ve worked as an Intensive Care Nurse, Counselor, and Nursing Lecturer. I m now delighted to be able to write full time..
I’m a cat aficionado especially of Maine Coons, and an avid dog lover (but don’t tell the cat). I like to write character driven romances with a heavy dose of realism and a dollop of angst —some more than others.
Welcome to my world.
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