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Dr. Black's Patient: Curvy Goddess Series (Volume 2) Paperback – April 25, 2014
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The one bad trait she had, that I can't feel her on was her haters for all white people. Though she has her reasons, she was dead wrong. I would never want to see a prejudice doctor, no matter how good she was. As a professional, she gets through the hate for business sake, but don't make a mistake in her personal life. She is ruthless and carries weight in her purse she dubbed Lucy.
When my boy Sal falls all over himself for her, she is not having it. She makes that man pursue her like an addict. She knows his reputation as a love em and leave em kind of guy. Especially since she is a curvy girl and he only dates model thin chicks. Add to the fact that he is white and homeboy doesn't stand a chance with her. Except that he has gorgeous green eyes, a body that was made to lick and sexy tattoos covering it. The man is a looker.
Sal is not a bad dude once you peel back the layers, but Nya is not interested in entertaining the advances of a playboy white man who she distrusts. She puts that poor man through all kinds of changes until he finally bucks up at her and calls her out on her hate for white people.
Eventually, he wears down her resistance enough to get her to agree to a date. Well, the date goes sideways when his boys get involved in a brawl in the restaurant over her friend Phoenix, but that's a whole other story.
I won't ruin the end, but trust me it is good. I love how the cast of characters from the first book of the series are all still prevalent in this book. They are all connected in their circle of friends and it drives the story line. One thing I will say, I was screaming when Nya finally gets to put Jackie in her place! I lived for that scene. On to book 3- more all about Sal and Nya, but this time they go on vacation!
I've never been to the US so I'm not familiar with African-American culture except from what I've seen in movies and TV sitcoms, but the cultural 'flavour' came through loud and clear in the ladies' voices. I would say that the author is really good at writing dialogue; the way the ladies talked with each other and the slang they used made them come alive to me. But sometimes I wondered if the author was trying too hard to emphasize on that aspect of her characters -- the fact that they are black -- because the ladies were always laughing, joking and teasing each other, and it felt a little over the top. However, I guess that could be how they'd act in real life, too. My culture is very different so I have no basis for comparison.
I did feel that the author didn't distinguish enough between the black and white voices because Sal also sounds black to me. Even Daniel, Vixen's husband, sounds black. The way that Sal reacts when he sees Nya in Daniel & Vixen's house, after the opening scene at the hospital... that really sounded like a black guy talking, at least to my inexperienced ears. Not sure which white guy would say something like, "I woke up with Hitler's mother touching me in my special places!" LOL
I liked all the supporting characters. It was great to see how the ladies all supported each other, and having Nya interact with Vixen gave me a different view of her. I think that was a great idea because otherwise it would have been difficult to stomach the way she treated Sal. Seeing how caring and concerned she is with Vixen showed me that there was more to her than her hatred of white people. Watching her interact with her young patient, Parker, also gave me another perspective on her -- what she's like as a professional. So she was a very three-dimensional character. Sal was harder to get a picture of because the author doesn't show as much of him. In fact I don't even know what he does for a living! All I know is that he's rich and extremely good-looking.
This is an entertaining and amusing book and I would recommend it to others. It would have been four stars if Sal's character had been equally as strongly drawn as Nya's and if he had been given a more distinct voice and identity. Because Nya was so strong, she stole the show and it made Sal fade into the background... he looked rather ineffective by comparison. For me, in a romance I want a hero I can swoon over, one who makes me melt... but Sal didn't. He's a nice guy and all, but that's the problem, he's just NICE, and Nya sort of stomps all over him. So the book didn't give me the kind of 'oomph' I'm looking for in a romance, but it was still a good book and is worth reading!
I understood why Nya felt the way she did about white people, but if whites say the "n" word the way she talked about them then there would be a problem.
But in my opinion was a very good book, it made me laugh and cry and love prevailed in the end. So I will recommend it to others.
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