Dane McCormick’s job negotiating leases and building out furnished office suites takes him all over the country. He stays until the job is done—and then he moves on. As satisfying as the job is, it leaves him no place to call home and no chance to build a personal life. After arriving in Greenville, South Carolina , for a job, a severe stomach virus knocks Dane for a loop. He finds a local urgent care clinic… and a tall, dark, and handsome doctor who goes well above and beyond his duties to treat Dane. The doctor’s bedside manner makes Dane forget all about his stomach flu.
Carter Baldridge has dedicated his life to caring for others. Since graduating from medical school, he has spent all his time and energy building his urgent care business, But the morning he steps into his examining room and sees Dane McCormick on the table, he realizes it might be time to devote some attention to a part of life he has neglected. The spark is there, but so is a major obstacle in the form of Dane’s peripatetic lifestyle and a bad experience in Carter’s past. Both have to decide if the risk is worth the reward.
One of the things I enjoy most about a Scotty Cade story is that it’s real life problems coming at men who are living their lives as normal, and just happen to find their HEA, perhaps after a time, but an HEA nonetheless.
Meeting the man of your dreams while vomiting in front of him doesn’t seem like putting your best foot forward, but it seemed to be a good start for these two men, one who settled where he was originally from, one who traveled the country for work. From the prologue, I was hurting for these two men, as you see where they will be shortly into the story. Dane, knowing his job would be taking him away from Greenville, still allows himself to fall for Carter, who swore never to have a long distance relationship.
What really hit home on this holiday novella was the fact that their circumstances made sense, and were real. Long distance relationships are tough, even for the most dedicated. But if you decide to let go, and only hold on in your heart, then you never know what will great you at the end. Taking a chance like that was difficult for them both, but there’s nothing quite like an unexpected happy ending to make you all weepy and sappy, and Scotty never fails to give me something to get me weepy and sappy about, including the HEA I’m looking for.
3.5 pieces of eye candy