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Home is…

For most people the question, “Where is home?” is simple to answer. Maybe they’d tell you their address, city of residence, or the country they’re a citizen of. Or, perhaps, they’ll tell you a special place of the heart, like a grandparent’s house, or the area their family came from.

An overcast afternoon in Kingston, Jamaica

If you ask me that question, I’d have a hard time replying.

Where I live now in Florida is home, but so is London, Ontario, Canada, and Kingston, Jamaica. I miss them both when I’m not there, although I’ll be the first to say I’m ecstatically happy where I am now too.

It’s tug-of-heart-and-soul, to be honest.

Hibiscus, Runaway Bay, Jamaica

The pandemic really put pay to any plans I had to go to either Canada or Jamaica, and I can’t tell you how excited I was to go to visit my kids in Canada last year. Then, just this month, I finally made it back to Jamaica—and I suddenly felt complete again.

Beautiful day at the beach, Discovery Bay, Jamaica

Renewed.

Invigorated.

Although I’m still trying to recover physically from the trip!

Sunset over the airplane wing- Jamaica, goodbye. Until next time…

It really made me think, though, about that question of home. Is it really a physical place at all? Or, like love, is it where the heart lies? And, like love, is it okay to have many focuses of your attention? If we can love parents, spouses, children, and friends, can’t we love all the places we have unbreakable bonds to—call them all “home?”

I rather think we can.

And I know I always will.

Donkey cart along the Mandela Highway, Spanish Town, Jamaica. Both donkey and mule carts used to be common on the streets and highways, but this was the only one I saw on this trip.

I’m excited to share with you the cover for my July/August release, One Night Fling in Positano. I love it!

Walk underneath the Mediterranean moonlight as you fall in love with Ann McIntosh’s latest Harlequin Medical Romance!

Can one night of passion… …change her whole life? Nurse Kendra lives a jet-set life. Who needs a home and family when they only let you down? So when meeting gorgeous Massimo in Positano results in one unforgettable night, Kendra has no regrets—until he turns out to be her new boss! Continuing their fling is risky, but also irresistible… Under the red-hot Mediterranean sun, will Kendra realize it’s not her fling that’s at risk but her no-strings-attached relationship rule?

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels, New Releases

February New Releases

Happy February and Happy Ground Hog Day for those in North America. I’m writing this as a massive snowstorm tracks across my area. Schools are closed, black ice and just BLEH. However, new releases means I can cozy up and read some great books!

Congratulations to Annie Claydon on her 35th book!

Wed for Their One Night Baby by Karin Baine

Shock #1: their baby
Shock #2: his proposal!
Pediatric nurse Emmy and consultant pediatrician Sam put their friendship on the line the night they just couldn’t resist their long-standing desire anymore. The resulting baby bombshell has truly turned their world upside down! Emmy’s turbulent childhood means she would do anything to ensure her baby’s happiness. Still, she doesn’t expect Sam to propose! Can Emmy risk a convenient marriage when all she wants is a real happily-ever-after with him?

Their Marriage Meant to Be by Louisa Heaton

The only thing that can heal them?
Each other!
The day they lost their son, veterinary nurse Bex’s and vet Ethan’s worlds were left shattered. Struggling to cope, their marriage fell apart. Now, five years later, Ethan is back in Bex’s life…to treat a critically ill horse in her care. Being in each other’s company again reminds Bex of every single thing that she loved about Ethan. But will it prove they are meant to be together—forever?

The Perfect Mother for His Son by Emily Forbes

A doctor and his son…
…could she be the nurse to complete this family?
Pediatric nurse Daisy has never reacted to anyone the way she does to new doctor Ajay. She’s stunned by their outrageous chemistry—and ­the way he instinctively understands her on a level she’s never experienced before. It has perfectionist Daisy throwing her usual checklist straight out the window! Are this single dad and his adorable son the ready-made family she’s never allowed herself to want?
 

Bondi Beach Medics quartet
Book 1 – Rescuing the Paramedic’s Heart
Book 2 – A Gift to Change His Life
Book 3 – The Perfect Mother for His Son
Look out for the next book
Coming soon

The Midwife’s Miracle Twins by Caroline Anderson

Special delivery…
…for the midwife!
Midwife Georgie loves her job. But the belief that she’ll never hold a baby of her own makes her life on the maternity ward bittersweet. So, while the arrival of obstetrician Dan is a distraction Georgie isn’t looking for…it’s exactly the distraction she needs. After a difficult delivery, they find comfort in each other’s arms. Yet just as they try to dial their relationship back to purely professional, Georgie discovers the incredible consequences of their night!

Risking It All for a Second Chance by Annie Claydon

Can a charity car rally…
…drive these exes back together?
A week with an ex sounds like a nightmare, but it’s Dr. Emma’s reality when her partner in a charity classic car rally bails last minute. Now, with surgeon Josh acting as her replacement navigator, the confined space forces them to confront just what went wrong between them. And as tensions mount, so does the temptation to start right where they left off!
 
Miracle Medics duet
Book 1 – How to Heal the Surgeon’s Heart by Ann McIntosh
Book 2 – Risking It All for a Second Chance by Annie Claydon
 

How to Heal the Surgeon’s Heart by Ann McIntosh

Is this surgeon ready…
…for another chance at happiness?
For billionaire Dr. David, his transplant foundation means everything. It’s how he battles against the painful past that torments him. But when a special case brings him together with nurse Valerie, she has his attention—and his heart pounding… Trust isn’t something that comes easily to either of them, but a secret romance to explore their mutual attraction could be the perfect place to start!
 
Miracle Medics duet
Book 1 – How to Heal the Surgeon’s Heart by Ann McIntosh
Book 2 – Risking It All for a Second Chance by Annie Claydon

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

New Year. New Beginnings. New Books!

It’s Hannah, here. I’m Mills & Boon Medical Romance’s Assistant Editor and delighted to be back on Love is the Best Medicine. I hope that you have had a wonderful start to 2022! Do you have any New Year traditions? I do! My favourite way to say hello to January is to pore over bookseller and book bloggers’ ‘The Books You Need to Read This Year’ lists.

So, I would love to share my New Year tradition with you! During the first three weeks of January, I have been busy creating a list of great miniseries to read at the start of 2022 from Mills & Boon Medical Romance. From new families to new jobs, the miniseries I’m about the mention offer the ultimate in that ‘New Year, New Beginnings’ feeling!

Nashville ER

After a busy shift at Nashville’s Saint Dolores Hospital, AKA St Dolly’s, Avery Whittacker and Lia Costa love nothing more than meeting up for gossip, guacamole and a pitcher of Margarita. The friends agree on almost everything, including that neither have room in their lives for romance…But the New Year brings two new doctors to their busy ER, who make waves in the department and set the friends’ hearts fluttering!

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Miracle Medics

Now celebrating its fifteenth anniversary, Dr David Kennedy’s GDK Foundation organises a classic car rally through the UK countryside to raise funds and awareness for transplant surgeries. It will also give David a chance to spend some quality time with his adopted son, Dr Josh Kennedy, a transplant specialist, as they work together as navigator and driver. Or, at least, that was the plan…

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Two Tails Animal Refuge

Welcome to Two Tails Animal Refuge, in Australia’s beautiful Blue Mountains! Vets Hazel and Kiara have one goal: to rescue and re-home vulnerable animals. The refuge staff work around the clock. So, there’s no time for Hazel and Kiara to think about love. Until a vet and a surgeon lead them to ask: “Is it time for my Happily-Ever-After?”

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What miniseries are you excited to read first in 2022? I would love to know!

Lots of Love,

Hannah

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November New Releases

Happy November!

Halloween is over and winter in Canada is starting to get ready to come. As I’m typing this, I’m getting alerts that it may snow this week. Sigh.

So, to ignore the threat of looming snow, we have brand new releases for you to enjoy.

We also have a couple of milestones to celebrate! Congrats to Traci Douglass on her 10th book Costa Rican Fling with the Doc! Congrats to Emily Forbes on her 35th book A Gift to Change His Life!

The Nurse’s Christmas Hero by Karin Baine

Has the boy who broke her heart…
Become the man to mend it?
Widowed nurse Shona has returned to the safety and familiarity of her Scottish childhood home. Getting roped into playing Chief Elf to lifeboat crew leader Alasdair’s Santa wasn’t part of the plan, but his delicious smile has the power to tempt her out of her comfort zone… She still hasn’t forgiven the reformed bad boy for once breaking her heart—could he now be the one to rebuild it?
 

From Best Friends to I Do? by Sue MacKay

Can their heartbreak…
…lead to wedding bells?
Best friends pediatric nurse Maisie Rogers and policeman Zac Lowe have always been there for each other. But since they’ve moved back to Queenstown, something’s changed—their connection has become supercharged! They’ve both come home to heal, but Maisie is wary of risking her heart after her divorce. So it’s up to Zac to convince her that happiness is just a short walk down the aisle with the man who has forever been by her side…
Queenstown Search & Rescue novel
 
Queenstown Search & Rescue trilogy
Book 1 – Captivated by Her Runaway Doc
Book 2 – A Single Dad to Rescue Her
Book 3 – From Best Friends to I Do?

December Reunion in Central Park by Deanne Anders

From first love in London…
…to forever in New York?
When London-based doctor Scott learns he’ll be joining Brooklyn Heights Hospital’s team in New York, just for Christmas, his first thought is nurse Felicity, the woman he almost found forever with—until a tragedy ripped their relationship apart… Now Scott’s back in Felicity’s city and in her hospital. Can he, with the help of a little festive magic, win back a place in her heart, too?
The Christmas Project novel
 
The Christmas Project quartet
Book 1 – Christmas Miracle in Jamaica by Ann McIntosh
Book 2 – December Reunion in Central Park by Deanne Anders
And look out for the next books, coming soon:
Book 3 – Winter Nights with the Single Dad by Allie Kincheloe
Book 4 – A Festive Fling in Stockholm by Scarlet Wilson

Costa Rican Fling with the Doc by Traci Douglass

Sometimes the future…
is just a fling away!

For single mom Sara, life has been all about raising her now adult son. But volunteering for a medical charity in Costa Rica is finally the nurse’s chance to focus on her passions. Only, her guarded new boss, Gabe, stirs something deep in her that she’d thought long forgotten… And as the devastatingly handsome doctor sends all her senses into overdrive, for once sensible Sara can’t help wondering—what if they didn’t resist temptation?

Christmas Miracle in Jamaica by Ann McIntosh

’Tis the season
For surprises!
One unforgettable night with surgeon Sam Powell signaled a newfound independence for freshly divorced neurologist Chloe Bailey. She never thought she’d see Sam again, until a new assignment takes her to stunning Jamaica for Christmas and Sam is there, too! But when Chloe discovers she’s pregnant, it’s life-changing for both of them! Sam will always be the father of her baby, but is he about to become a whole lot more?
The Christmas Project novel
 
The Christmas Project quartet
Book 1 – Christmas Miracle in Jamaica by Ann McIntosh
Book 2 – December Reunion in Central Park by Deanne Anders
And look out for the next books, coming soon:
Book 3 – Winter Nights with the Single Dad by Allie Kincheloe
Book 4 – A Festive Fling in Stockholm by Scarlet Wilson

A Gift to Change His Life by Emily Forbes

Sun, surf…
…and a seven-year-old secret!
Lifeguard Jet Carlson’s heart skips a beat when paramedic Mei Chen shows up at his beachside rescue. They shared a soul-stirring connection during their teenage summer fling—and then real life beckoned. Jet doesn’t want to let her go again, but his commitment-free lifestyle means he can’t offer more. Mei makes it clear that isn’t enough—because it’s not just herself she must protect this Christmas…it’s their daughter, too!
Bondi Beach Medics novel
 
Bondi Beach Medics quartet
Book 1 – Rescuing the Paramedic’s Heart
Book 2 – A Gift to Change His Life
Look out for the next book, coming soon:
Book 3 – The Perfect Mother for His Son

Happy Reading!

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How to Have a Never-Ending Holiday!

Hello! It’s Hannah here. I’m the Assistant Editor for the Mills and Boon Medical Romance team. I’m so excited to be back on Love is the Best Medicine and to talk all things Medical Romance.

First things first! How was your summer? It’s been a busy – but exciting! – time at True Love Towers. From the Love to Write competition in search of romance writers from underrepresented ethnic backgrounds (the deadline is Monday 4th October so, aspiring authors , you still have time to submit!) to the Mills and Boon team’s return to the office, we were hit (as we always are!) by just how lucky we are to work in the world of romance.

So, as we soak-up the last of the late-September sun (after the soggiest summer ever in the UK!), we thought now was the perfect time to show that just because Autumn in fast approaching, it doesn’t mean that the chance to travel the world (through Mills and Boon Medical Romance’s latest books!) – has. Here’s your ticket to unlimited armchair travel!

Island Fling with the Surgeon by Ann McIntosh

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From fake to forever?

When Dr Genevieve convinces nurse Zach to enter a fake relationship to help keep her meddling mum at bay, she’s confident there’s no danger of it turning into more. But is their ‘fake affair’ at risk of becoming all too real?

Hawaiian Medic to Rescue His Heart by Annie O’Neil

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Tempting the single dad!

Firefighter and paramedic Zach is looking forward to a quieter life in Hawaii and building a brighter future for himself and his son. But his beautiful, kind, vibrant new colleague, Lulu, has the potential to derail all of his plans…

 

Reawakened at the South Pole by Juliette Hyland

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A reunion of a lifetime!

ER Nurse Helena wants to break free from her parent’s perception of the fragile premature baby she once was. Her new, South Pole-based job is the perfect solution. But, Dr Carter’s arrival proves you can’t erase the past. He once disappeared from her life, leaving no trace, but he never left her heart…

 

Costa Rican Fling with the Doc by Traci Douglass

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Temptation in paradise!

For single mum Sara, life has been all about raising her now adult son. But, volunteering for a medical charity in Costa Rica, it’s finally the nurse’s chance to focus on her passions. Only her guarded new boss, Gabe, sends all her senses into overdrive, for once, sensible Sara can’t help wondering – what if they didn’t resist temptation?

 

What destination is #1 on your bucket list? We’d love to know!

With love,

Hannah

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Excerpt: Island Fling with the Surgeon

I have a dear friend who has been super-supportive of my writing career, buying my books whenever they come out and even recently asking me to sign my latest, which she swears is her favorite. While I definitely have more than one friend who buys my books, her love of Island Fling with the Surgeon means a lot to me, because she’s one of those people who doesn’t hesitate to give her honest opinion. Well, maybe she just wouldn’t *say* anything if she hated it, but she wouldn’t say she liked it if she didn’t!

As I keep saying, this was a fun book to write. My impulsive, mischievous heroine and steady, loving hero are the kinds of people I’d love to hang out with, and I want to party with their extended families. While we can’t make it back to the Caribbean just yet, or have the opportunity to visit far-flung family and friends, I hope this book will remind us all of what awaits once we can again!

Excerpt: Island Fling with the Surgeon

Zach leaned back as the deepening shadows cast Gen’s face into a mysterious, gorgeous study in gray scale. They were sharing companionable silence, while she watched the final colors of the setting sun fade from the sky, and he found himself equally enthralled by her profile. The more time he spent with her, the more fascinated he found himself becoming.

It was all well and good to say they were play-acting in an effort to fool the people around them, but he knew, for him, the acting was starting to feel far too real.

Leaning over her earlier, he’d realized he was tempted to kiss the top of her head or her cheek.

It had been a long time since he’d felt drawn to another person the way he was to Gen. He could spend hours with her and never feel bored or uncomfortable—except when his body reacted to hers in untoward ways, like when they’d danced together.

Whew.

That had been far too real for comfort.

She’d moved like silk in his arms, her lush body swaying in perfect time with his. It had been easy to imagine they really were a couple, and all he had to do was dip his head and she’d lift hers for a kiss.

Which was something he’d been thinking about way too often.

Kissing Gen.

It had crossed his mind repeatedly that kissing her on her cheek when her mother was around would seem highly unusual. After all, they were supposedly in the midst of a months-long relationship. Wouldn’t it be more natural for them to greet each other with a kiss on the lips?

But that was a direction he was chary of going in, since he wasn’t sure he was ready to take such a step.

It seemed far too dangerous to go down that path, especially with his heightened awareness of the attraction building toward the beautiful woman across from him.

What he was beginning to feel for her was way too close to desire to be entirely comfortable, despite the fact it would make his performance all the more realistic.

Shaking the thoughts away, he got up to turn on the lights in the house and catch his breath.

“Would you like some pudding?” he asked, as a way to distract himself. “I have some stewed local plums and ice cream.”

The sound of her little chuckle made him smile too.

“That’s not pudding. That’s fruit and ice cream. But no, thank you.” Her chair creaked as he watched her get up. “I’m going to head home. I’m operating early tomorrow morning.”

As she spoke, she came into the kitchen, blinking at the brightness of the light. When she rubbed her left eyelid, he realized she was probably more tired than she was letting on.

“Okay,” he said, his brain unerringly going back to his previous thoughts about kissing. “Drive carefully, and let me know when you get home.”

“Will do,” she replied, taking up her handbag. “And why don’t you come by my place tomorrow evening for a change. I’m so in love with your house, I keep coming here, making you cook for me. It’s time I returned the favor.”

He chuckled. “I don’t mind. I like cooking.”

And he liked having her there. She brought new life to the house, blowing away the cobwebs of his previous funk.

“And I very much like eating your cooking,” she agreed serenely, as they walked to the stairs. “But come by anyway. I have a hankering for steak, done on the grill.”

“I’d like that,” he admitted, and it was no lie. He’d only glimpsed the inside of her town house when he’d gone to pick her up for one of their excursions. It would be nice to get a more intimate look. “You need me to bring anything?”

“Nope.”

They were at the foot of the steps when she paused, looking up at him, and something in her expression froze him in place.

“Zach,” she said softly, coming a little closer. “I’m going to kiss you. If you have any objections, now’s the time to voice them.”

His throat was suddenly so tight it rendered him unable to voice anything at all. So instead, he opened his arms to her, reminding himself it was all just play-acting, even as his body hardened and his heart rate went into overdrive.

She smiled slightly, but it had an uncertain edge to it, and he saw the color staining her cheeks just before she stepped into his arms.

And even though he tried to hold back, he couldn’t resist moving his mouth against hers, deepening the kiss in minute increments until he felt the tip of her tongue touch his lower lip.

Then all bets were off.

New Releases

August New Releases

Happy August! I can’t believe this summer is almost over for us in the northern hemisphere.

Congratulations to Ann McIntosh on her 10th book with Medicals!

It’s shaping up to be a whirl wind year and to that end we have some great new releases for you:

The Princess and the Pediatrician by Annie O’Neil

One Caribbean night together
One pregnant princess!
When Dr. Lia Trelleburg—aka Princess Amelia of Karolinska—meets hot pediatrician Oliver Bainbridge at a fundraiser, she decides to break the habit of a carefully controlled lifetime and indulge in a breathtaking night of passion. Only, Lia falls pregnant, and Oliver stuns her by agreeing with palace protocol—yes, they must marry! Despite the odds, could they really find the happiness they desire together…as a family?
The Island Clinic novel
 
The Island Clinic quartet
Book 1 – How to Win the Surgeon’s Heart by Tina Beckett
Book 2 – Caribbean Paradise, Miracle Family by Julie Danvers
Book 3 – The Princess and the Pediatrician by Annie O’Neil
Book 4 – Reunited with His Long-Lost Nurse by Charlotte Hawkes
 

Taming the Hot-Shot Doc by Susan Carlisle

He’s lost everything…
Dare he risk his heart?
When renowned Chicago surgeon Matt Chapman agreed to testify against a notorious crime family, he lost his family, his fiancée and his career. Now he hopes to start again in an idyllic Mississippi town. But his efforts to keep to himself are threatened by his new boss, Dr. Shay Lunsford, who seems just as alone as he is. Dare Matt get closer to Shay and risk his heart again?

Reunited with His Long-Lost Nurse by Charlotte Hawkes

An unexpected reunion…
…in paradise!
Leading heart surgeon Liam Miller has come to St. Victoria to perform lifesaving surgery. He never imagined the distraction of bumping into the woman who loved him and then left him without a word! Avoiding nurse Talia Johnson is far harder than he thought—especially when their inconvenient but still-burning attraction keeps boiling over! As their painful secrets come tumbling out, are they ready to finally confront the truth?
The Island Clinic novel
 
The Island Clinic quartet
Book 1 – How to Win the Surgeon’s Heart by Tina Beckett
Book 2 – Caribbean Paradise, Miracle Family by Julie Danvers
Book 3 – The Princess and the Pediatrician by Annie O’Neil
Book 4 – Reunited with His Long-Lost Nurse by Charlotte Hawkes

Island Fling with the Surgeon by Ann McIntosh

Make-believe?
Or more than she bargained for?
When Dr. Genevieve Broussard convinces nurse Zach Lewin to enter a fake relationship to help keep her meddling mom off her back, she’s confident there’s no danger of it turning into anything more. Her first priority has to be her surgical career, and both Gen and Zach are still reeling from recent betrayals. But as the summer heat in the Caribbean loosens inhibitions, their fake “affair” is at risk of becoming all too real…

Falling for the Billionaire Doc by Amy Ruttan

Two polar opposites…
…a once-in-a-lifetime connection!
Dr. Kiera is on a mission: to save her hospital! She simply can’t let this lifeline for the local community vanish. There’s just one problem—surgeon Henry. He’s certain that a new, bigger hospital is the key to saving lives, not Kiera’s small hospital, which is just like the clinic where his fiancée tragically passed away. But it’s when Henry suddenly finds himself in need of a temporary fiancée that their worlds truly collide!

A Single Dad to Rescue Her by Sue MacKay

A tempting paramedic…
His second chance at love?
Called out to an avalanche, firefighting chief Jamie comes to strong-willed Kayla’s rescue. He’ll never forget the way Kayla gripped his hand. Or how the gutsy paramedic instructed him on how to save her! But he’s vowed not to pursue a relationship until his boys are grown. None of them can suffer another heartbreak. Yet Jamie feels an unrelenting pull toward Kayla. Might it be her turn next to save him?
Queenstown Search & Rescue novel
 
Queenstown Search & Rescue trilogy
Book 1 – Captivated by Her Runaway Doc
Book 2 – A Single Dad to Rescue Her
Book 3 – From Best Friends to I Do?

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Friends to Lovers!

Here at Love is the Best Medicine, we love tropes!  So we’ve been asking our Medical Romance authors to tell us their favourite tropes, and to choose one of their own books as an example.  We’re starting with Friends to Lovers, and Ann McIntosh and Annie Claydon have given us their thoughts…

Ann McIntosh

One of my favourite tropes has always been friends-to-lovers.  There’s just something so delicious about two people who, having known each other for a while – and knowing where a lot of the secrets lie – suddenly start seeing each other in a different light.  Whether it’s when one party has been in love with the other for years, or the pair have simply been buddies, that moment when things change does it for me every time.

Ann has chosen her book Best Friend to Royal Bride 

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Realizing her world is dramatically falling apart, surgeon Mina’s childhood friend Kiah offers her a fresh start on the beautiful Caribbean island he calls home. She’s beyond grateful for his help in regaining the spirit and purpose she feared she’d lost. But when a long-denied attraction spills into their friendship, they must decide whether to risk everything on the breath-taking passion that’s quickly unravelling between them!

 

Annie Claydon

Best Friends can say anything to each other, right?  Or maybe not quite anything…  I love the dynamic between friends who suddenly discover that there could be more to their relationship, and who don’t quite know what to do with that realisation.

Annie has chosen her book Best Friend to Royal Bride

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When two friends break the rules…

…the consequences are irresistible!

Best friends Marie and Alex have been inseparable since medical school. Until one impulsive kiss changes everything…and Alex reveals his long-kept secret: he’s king of an exiled royal family. Marie knows she doesn’t belong in Alex’s privileged world but now neither can deny their unexpected and intense connection. And Marie must decide if she can risk it all to stay in Alex’s arms…as his queen.

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A Return to St. Eustace

In July of last year, one of the favorite of all the books I’ve written was published. Being a tropical girl, I’d wanted to set a book on an island in the Caribbean, yet couldn’t decide on a specific one. After going over it in my head again and again, I decided to create a fictional island nation, called St. Eustace, (not to be confused with the Dutch island of Sint Eustatius) and set Best Friend to Dr. Right there.

Then, as is the way of authors, I moved on.

But that world, those characters, the setting kept calling me back.

The fact is, the Caribbean is a rich, multicultural area, which attracts so many people for so many different reasons. Centuries ago it was an area people ran to, to hide, to escape, to reflect, to prosper, and it’s really little different now. That aspect of the Caribbean is one that fascinates me and that fascination led me to a new storyline, and back to St. Eustace.

So, Island Fling with the Surgeon was born, and will be released in August 2021. In it two flawed but delicious characters navigate their way through a faux love affair, that becomes oh, so real! There are also glimpses of familiar characters from Best Friend to Doctor Right. I hope you enjoy the excerpt below!

Make-believe?

Or more than she bargained for?

When Dr. Genevieve Broussard convinces nurse Zach Lewin to enter a fake relationship to help keep her meddling mom off her back, she’s confident there’s no danger of it turning into anything more. Her first priority has to be her surgical career, and both Gen and Zach are still reeling from recent betrayals. But as the summer heat in the Caribbean loosens inhibitions, their fake “affair” is at risk of becoming all too real…

Excerpt

The drive over to Coconut Beach took only about fifteen minutes, but Zach found his thoughts repeatedly going back to Genevieve, no matter how he tried to keep them on other matters. So much so that, on turning into the car park next to the beach, he thought perhaps his eyes, following the lead of his brain, were playing tricks on him.

That couldn’t be Dr. Broussard sitting on the bonnet of her car waving to him, as he pulled into a nearby space, could it?

It most certainly was, and as she hopped down from her perch and made her way toward his car, bemusement had the muscles in his neck tightening.

What the heck was going on?

He had hardly closed the car door behind him before she started speaking.

“Hey, I’m sorry to stalk you like this, but I really needed to talk to you, and the hospital wasn’t the best place to do it…”

Although she stopped to take a breath, Zach didn’t have a chance to utter even one word before she asked, “Would you be my boyfriend?”

Gen hadn’t meant to blurt it out like that, but she was so nervous her palms were sweating, her knees were weak and the words just tumbled out of her mouth. The look of shock on Zach’s face just made it all worse. Heat climbed the back of her neck, and she rubbed at it, trying to dispel the prickling sensation.

“I’m sorry?” he said, his voice clipped and terribly precise, sharp enough to cut. “I beg your pardon?”

“Oof,” she replied, then wished she could pull the inarticulate sound back into her mouth, especially when his eyebrows contracted into a fierce scowl. Who would have thought she’d won prizes for elocution in the past, if that was the best she could come up with? “No, I’m sorry. I know it sounds crazy, but will you give me a chance to explain?”

He was still wearing that scowl, and the searching nature of his gaze made her wonder if he thought she was nuts.

She was wondering the same thing herself and couldn’t blame him if he were!

“I’m waiting with bated breath for you to do just that,” he said, with a hint of sarcasm overlaying the words.

She rubbed at her nape again and tried to regain some hint of composure.

“I’m not propositioning you, although I know it sounds like it.” The urge to start babbling again had her stopping and taking a deep breath. After blowing it out, she continued. “The truth is, I lied to my mother and told her you and I were involved in a relationship.”

“You what?”

He said it softly, but he couldn’t have sounded any more dangerous if he’d shouted.

Gen held up her hands. “I know. I know. It was stupid, but Mom is always on at me about not having a social life, and one night I just couldn’t take it anymore. So, I made up a story to get her off my back.”

Not the entire truth, but close enough under the circumstances.

“Why me?”

Now she could hear curiosity warring with his outrage, and it made her embarrassment deepen, if that were at all possible.

“I don’t know for sure,” she replied, trying to be honest. “I think it was because you’d just arrived, and I’d worked with you in the OR for the first time, so your name just popped into my head.”

Zach shook his head slowly, still giving her a suspicious glare.

“And now—?”

“Now Mom’s coming to visit, and I can’t let her know I lied.”

His nostrils flared slightly, as he drew in a harsh breath. “Just tell her it didn’t work out, and we’re not friendly anymore. Wouldn’t that solve the problem?”

“No!” Yikes, now she was barking at him. She had to get a grip. “It would make it worse—for me anyway—because then the whole cycle would start again.”

His gaze made her feel like a recalcitrant child, and now her entire body flushed hot. Looking around, she spied a small gazebo farther along the beach and gestured toward it.

“Can we sit down and talk about it?” Yeah, she was pleading, but although it felt weird, she was willing to do whatever it took to get Zach on board with her plan, no matter how crazy it was.

He didn’t reply for such a long interval she was absolutely sure he was going to tell her to get lost, but finally he nodded and waved his hand in the direction of the hut.

“After you.”

“Thank you,” she said, as they started walking that way. “I really appreciate it.”

“Don’t thank me yet,” he said in that cool, cutting tone. “I haven’t agreed to anything.”

“You agreed to at least hear me out,” she pointed out, perhaps more sharply than she should, all things considered.

That earned her a stern, sidelong glance, but he was gracious enough to say, “That’s fair.”

By the time they sat across from each other at the shaded table, she was struggling with what she was going to say. It had sounded, if not sensible, at least reasonable when she’d rehearsed it all in her head, but now all that she’d planned to say fled in the face of that interrogatory gaze.

“Well?” he said, not breaking eye contact. “What do you have to say for yourself?”

She was suddenly catapulted back in time to the principal’s office, where she was supposed to explain how one of her many escapades had gone awry—and the sensations were still the same.

Embarrassment.

Shame.

But also, the unmistakable high of an adventure unfolding.

The last made her smile, and Zach’s scowl grew even more ferocious.


Cover reveal, Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

Musings on Spring, and a cover reveal

It’s officially spring here in the Western hemisphere, but I’m not feeling it. I hate to admit it, but at this time of year I actually miss living in Canada. Just to be clear, I often miss Canada but usually for very different reasons, which usually include the family and friends I’m away from. Especially now, after a year of separation and at what I hope is the tail end of the lockdown.

No, Canadian weather isn’t something I usually miss, now that I’m living in Florida. Any of my Canadian friends will tell you that I don’t like winter. Ice on the ground? Snow blowing sideways? Days and days of grey skies and then, when the sun comes out it means the temperature drops? Ah, no thank you.

Sometimes, even when it’s supposedly spring in Ontario, that includes the occasional snow flurry, along with very cold rain. Often spring seems like just winter’s younger, just as ugly brother. Here it’s 84 degrees, while in London, Ontario, where I used to live, it’s about 48 degrees, at the time of writing. Now, I prefer warm over cold, usually, but the reality is that spring in Central Florida actually often feels more like summer come early.

One of the things I enjoyed in Canada was the visual evidence of spring slowly but surely coming into its own. Red buds on the trees, showing the first tentative evidence of leaves bursting forth. Little green sprouts courageously pushing through winter’s grime, reaching for the sun.

Then, suddenly, front gardens showing hints of color, as the bulbs begin to bloom. Tiny little wild flowers, which some gardeners may consider weeds but I love, peeping through the grass. And then the glory of the cherry and crabapple trees in full glorious blossom outside the office I worked at.

Once cameras on phones became a thing (yes, my sweet summer children, once upon a time this wasn’t even conceivable LOL!) I loved taking pictures of these signs, and my heart was happy. It was a tangible way to know another snowstorm was unlikely, and I’d turn my face up to the sun (when it was around) sort of like a flower myself, yearning for new beginnings.

Please don’t think that where I live now doesn’t have its own particular beauty, and signs of spring. I still take pictures of tiny flowers and some not so tiny ones, but now it doesn’t quite have the same meaning. Before it was a transition from a season I disliked to one that held the promise of really warm weather on the way. Now it’s Florida ramping up to become ever-so-slightly unbearable, unless you’re in a boat, on the water, slathered in sunscreen.

Yeah, now I’m left asking myself, “What on earth are you complaining about? Boating season is around the corner…”

Now, for the promised cover reveal!

Here is my M&B UK cover for Island Fling with the Surgeon, which will it the shelves in August. I love it! This book takes readers back to my fictional island of St. Eustace (not the be confused with the very real island of Sint Eustatius, in the Dutch Leeward Islands), first introduced in Best Friend to Doctor Right. Here’s the blurb:

Make-believe?

Or more than she bargained for?

When Dr. Genevieve Broussard convinces nurse Zach Lewin to enter a fake relationship to help keep her meddling mom off her back, she’s confident there’s no danger of it turning into anything more. Her first priority has to be her surgical career, and both Gen and Zach are still reeling from recent betrayals. But as the summer heat in the Caribbean loosens inhibitions, their fake “affair” is at risk of becoming all too real…