- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: The Wild Rose Press (August 27, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1601543506
- ISBN-13: 978-1601543509
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,974,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Against Doctor's Orders Paperback – August 27, 2008
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This book also has a Holiday and family feel, great reading for a cold winter night by the fireplace.
I can't wait for the next in the Sullivan Boys series!
Short on suspense, but long on romance, Against the Doctors Orders is a terrifically good book.
Though marketed as romantic suspense, this is largely just a contemporary romance, with a crime that needs solving, but that doesn't drive the plot. Don't worry - you won't feel like you're missing anything, because the romance is strong enough to carry the entire book.
This was my first book by K. M. Daughters and I'm truly glad I picked it up. This author team is overflowing with writing skills and I was glued to the pages of this book. The characters are realistic, flawed and charismatic. I especially loved police officer Danny Sullivan with his smart mouth and loving heart. The way he treated the children in this book truly won me over. Because he was off duty for much of this novel, we didn't really see much of the police's search for the HH Killer, but it was touched upon frequently enough that I was certain (between that and a bit of foreshadowing about one character's hair color) it would eventually be a very important plot point.
What hooked me and held me, though, was the romance. Both Danny and Molly have past problems that affect their abilities to trust someone else with their hearts. Danny was more open, I think, and suspect this was largely due to his huge, loving (and fun!) family. With that much love around, a person's heart can't close up too tightly. Molly didn't have that advantage, though her relationship with her deceased husband was a strong one so clearly showed her that a good relationship was possible.
The two young girls in this story were icing on the cake. Truly, it was the secondary cast that made this book truly great and I can't wait to start reading the second book in the series. The very pregnant Kay, only daughter in a pig pile of Sullivan brothers. Mrs. Sullivan, mom to many and drill sergeant at heart (she'd have to be to keep so many alpha males in line!). Bobbie, nanny to Molly's daughter and truthfully Molly's best friend, to boot. I could go on and on about the crew of people that K. M. Daughters skillfully wove, seamlessly, into this story.
If there was one flaw, it would have to be the "dark moment", the issue that drove a deep wedge between Molly and Danny. While I found that issue believable, I couldn't believe it took them both that long to resolve it and I was frustrated by behavior that seemed out of character for both Molly and Danny - people who typically met problems head on instead of avoiding them.
Still, it didn't detract much from my enjoyment, and the ending was wonderful so I can't complain. The love between all the characters, whether familial or romantic, was enough to keep a smile on my face all through the book. If you're a fan of books with a large cast of characters who charm you, if you like a little suspense with your romance and an ending that makes you sigh, then you should grab your own copy of this book. Me? I'm off to read book two. I can't wait a moment more.
We meet Lieutenant Daniel Sullivan clinging to life with a bullet wound in his neck. As the attending ER specialist, Doctor Molly Jordan's job is to stabilize Sullivan's condition for surgery. Even in his half-conscious state, Sullivan can't help but flirt with the beautiful, blonde doctor. Molly does her best to see Daniel as any another patient. However, the combination of his self-confidence and vulnerability awakens her long silent sexuality. Sullivan, despite his injury, pours on the charm; delighting in the obvious effect he has on the physician.
Meanwhile, a sadistic killer carries on his brutal campaign. The Henna Housewife Killer stalks and murders red-headed housewives. As a homicide Detective, Danny won't sit for a prolonged recovery.
Molly and Daniel cross paths again and again. Neither can ignore the growing sexual heat, nor admit they feel much more than passion. Both have built up walls to protect themselves. Molly is a police officer's widow. She won't allow herself to love another cop. Daniel's wife divorced him for another man. He can't trust women with his heart. He has a serial killer to catch and no time for the strong-minded doctor. She has a stress-filled career and a preteen daughter. Will the two lower their defences and let each other in? Will they give love another chance?
Daughters has crafted an intriguing story, full of detailed scenes and fascinating, believable characters. Crisp dialogue and an even balance of action and drama keep the pages turning.
If men enjoy mystery as much as woman love romance, then Daughters may have created the best of both worlds. The only problem could arise when it comes to deciding who reads the next Sullivan Boys novel first...him or her.
I highly recommend Against Doctors Orders and I look forward to the sequels.
Reviewed by WR Potter for Reader's Choice Literary Reviews
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