Heart Stop (First Responders, #6) by Radclyffe

If you are a Radclyffe fan, you’re going to love this one. The romance of Heart Stop has all the right elements. Fantastic main characters, delicious romantic tension, and just enough angst to keep you riveted to the storyline. I adored this book!

Dr, Jay Reynolds is lucky to be alive. An almost life ending accident has changed the direction of Jay’s life. Jay was born to be a surgeon. This was her life plan for as long as she can remember. In the blink of an eye, everything has changed. Jay is no longer physically capable of surgery. She can’t stand for long periods of time and not to mention the tremor in her hands. A push from a friend Jay changes her medical career into the field of pathology.

Assistant chief medical examiner Olivia Price is 100% the job. She expects excellence not only from herself but everyone around her. Burned by her first love, Olivia has completely written off all aspects of love, nope, this is for others, not for her. She spends her time focusing on the dead, and giving them final respects and answering clues on how they met their end. She is fine with that. Of course, this all changes when a new student, is thrust upon her.

Right off the bat, you have two things, a lot of tension and a lot of attraction. Let me tell you, I loved every second of Jay and Oliva’s story. It’s interesting, it’s hot and Radclyffe gives you just the right amount of push and pull to keep you riveted to their story. Secondly, there is a crime element of this book. If you have followed Radclyffe’s books you are going to meet up with a lot of past characters. Rebecca Frye and Catherine Rawlings, Dellon Mitchell and Sandy Sullivan, Dr. Ali Torveau and Beau Cross are all in here somehow connected to our main characters and looking for who a fatal synthetic heroin has ended up on the streets of Philadelphia. I think when you have a book that includes past characters you walk a thin line of whose book is this. Radclyffe does a good job of their cameos tying in directly to the story as a whole.

I always love a Radclyffe book, and this one I must say was a delight. I really, really liked Jay and Oliva’s dynamic.

4.25 out 5 stars

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Secret Hearts by Radclyffe

A classic Radclyffe is what Secret Hearts is. A sweet story, with well-developed characters and enough chemistry to keep you 100% committed to the end. You know what you’re getting with this author and she doesn’t let you down.

Catherine “Kip” Kensington hails from a very prominent, well to do New York family. Her last name and the work she does for the Department of Defense forces her to keep a low profile. Unfortunately her brother, Randy does not follow her lead. Addicted to drugs and “borrowing” cars, lands not only himself but Kip in lockup. A childhood tragedy shaped both Kip’s and Randy’s life, and the young man has taken refuge in nefarious activities as a way of masking his pain. Kip plays the mother role and tirelessly tries to help Randy out of jams even though the price she pays is a criminal record and a ton of heartache.

Jordan Rice is developing a community garden project in the heart of Manhattan. She works tirelessly to plant her crops and make contacts to supply her produce to the city’s restaurant industry. With a heart of gold, and an iron will to succeed, Jordan doesn’t make room for anything else but work in her life. She’s given up on meeting anyone and fills her time with making the world a better place.

Jordan and Kip meet in a super awkward way. Kip is assigned by the courts to do 400+ hours of community service for driving a stolen vehicle (thanks Randy!). This caring do-gooder takes her licks and heads over to the community garden, unbeknownst to Jordan that the garden was getting a helper. Tension increases as the office building has just been broken into, which causes Jordan to almost attack Kip, the perceived thief.

This age gap romance has a lot going for it. You have two level-headed, intelligent leading ladies who really work well together. Life throws them some curveballs sure, but these to have a synchronicity and a natural flow. They just work well together in all sense of the word. Even though Kip is used to holding a bit of herself back, Jordan has a way of looking past that and finding out who Kip really is. Through Jordan, Kip learns to let Randy stand for himself, even if it’s a painful process, to watch someone you love take the hard road. This is a feel good story that is most definitely worthy of your time.

 4 out of 5 stars

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Love on Call by Radclyffe

Love on Call is the third edition of the Rivers Community romances by Radclyffe. If you haven’t read the first two, this is a standalone, but you will be a bit in the dark on some of the periphery character’s backstories. If you are like me, Radclyffe is one of your go-to writers. While not always knockouts, Radclyffe is known for a quality story with interesting characters and engaging story lines. Love on Call will not let you down in this aspect.

Love on Call brings in a new character Mari Mateo, a physician’s assistant who has moved across the country for a chance to start over. Rivers offers Mari a chance at a career and life on her terms. Hailing from an intolerant family, Mari leaves her Los Angeles home to begin again. You find out pretty early on that Mari has had a rough go of it lately, harboring a secret that weighs heavily on her heart and mind.
The other main character is Glenn Archer, a recurring character from the last two books in this series. Glenn is a former Army medic who is now taking her new role as PA program director at Rivers hospital. Glenn is your brooding, heartthrob how is instantly likable but is more comfortable in the background than center stage.

Mari and Glenn hit it off right from the beginning. The work well together and become fast friends as well as colleagues. You can tell these two feel attraction towards the other, but both are skittish about taking it to the next level. Two very easily likable characters, that as the reader, you can’t help but root for them to overcome their self-imposed obstacles, and take the chance on love.

While their chemistry isn’t overwhelming and palatable, it is there. The romance is well thought out and interesting. These two characters have personal baggage, and it was delightful to see how they helped the other carry the weight, and see new perspectives on life. The compliment each other very well, and it was an overall good romance.
The only downfall in my opinion, to this story, is that you don’t get enough time with Glenn and Mari. Carrie plays a dominant role, and you are drawn to her story and what will most likely e the next romance in the series. Also, Blake and Margie, take a chunk of the story as well. As much as I loved the two mains of this book, my mind kept wondering what Carrie’s story will be, how will Blake and Marie’s romance unfold. I never was fully engrossed in this book, more wondering what the set-up for book four will be.

If you are a Radclyffe fan, you won’t be disappointed in this one. While not her best, this certainly will keep you entertained for the duration of the book. Definitely worth the price of admission!

3 stars out of 5

I was given this book by the publisher, BSB, in return for an honest review.

Love on Call (A Rivers Community Romance)
by Radclyffe
Link: https://amzn.com/1626398437

The Color of Love by Radclyffe

This is by far one of Radclyffe’s best works. The Color of Love is an absolute delight. I literally could not put it down. I’m talking reading into the wee hours into night. Guess what, it was totally worth the exhaustion of the next morning. The characters are delightful, their backgrounds are interesting and the conversations between each other delectable. Radclyffe was firing on all cylinders with this one!

Emily May is a literary agent at one of the big publishing houses in New York owned by the Winfield family. Emily is used to being alone, hard work and a positive attitude have helped her reach success and therefore achieving financial security. While having money is always important in some regards, for Emily it is dire. She needs to be able to pay for her invalid sister’s constant care. For Emily her life changed drastically as a teen. Losing both parents in a plane crash and her sister forever changed has given her a unique outlook on life. Even as her immigrant residency status, Emily is positive, polite and caring. This woman is epitome of class and grace with a killer wit.

Derian Winfield is a rich and powerful playgirl. Derian has spent all of her adult life chasing fast cars and even faster woman. Deep down inside where no one can see Derian is so lonely and sad she pushes the limit on her body and her lifestyle to keep from feeling this despair. The only one in her family that gives her unconditional love and support is her aunt Henrietta, (also Emily’s boss). When Henrietta suffers a sudden heart attack, Derian rushes back to New York to be by her side. This is where she will meet Emily, the woman that changes everything for her.

This book reminded me a lot of Faded Love. No so much in the plot but in how the characters were taken with each other and had chemistry that just sizzled right off the page. The dialogue between Derian and Emily was fantastic. You really felt the power of their connection. These two are opposites in many aspects, but both appreciate each other for who they are. You will love way Radclyffe crafts these characters. You’re sure to fall in love with them while they fall in love with each other.

5 out of 5 stars

I was given this book by Bold Strokes Book in exchange for an honest review.

The Color of Love
by Radclyffe
Link: https://amzn.com/1626397163

Wild Shores by Radclyffe

Radclyffe delivers one hell of a good book with her latest installment of her First Responders series, Wild Shores. This book has it all, great characters, strong plot, and a steamy romance. Needless to say, I loved it!
Dr. Gilliam “Gem” Martin is a microbiologist/ornithologist. She is a professor at Yale and when she’s not teaching, she spends her time researching avian diseases at a wildlife sanctuary. This super smart lady is also very personable, but prefers to spend her time in solitude. Past relationship disasters have kept her from opening her heart again. This also changes when Austin Germaine bumps into her.

Austin Germaine is a corporate fixer. Think the Olivia Pope of a big oil company. When all hell breaks loose, it’s Austin’s job to make sure the best course of action is taken. While Austin is charismatic, and a sometimes flirt, she has a longing to be loved. She feels as if she has never been enough for her family, for her lovers, she has never been someone’s number one.

This book will hook you early. Radclyffe weaves a chance encounter into all out steamy romance. This strong, dynamic women have great conversations, and fantastic chemistry. While there is an environmental element to this book, (oil spill), it never takes on a preachy, soap box sound. It is foremost a romance, built on great characters who have CHEMISTRY!!! You will not go wrong reading this one.
4.25 out of 5 stars

Against Doctor’s Orders by Radclyffe

Against Doctor’s Orders is the first book in the Rivers Family romance series. I, of course, read this book second, for some reason I keep doing this. I absolutely adored it. The story follows the Radclyffe formula, but is hands down is better than most of her later material. I felt like she had her spark back. You could tell the writer loved the scenery of upstate New York, and through Radclyffe’s descriptions could just see the picturesque farmland.

Family and practicing medicine are the cornerstones to the Rivers family. The 150 year old Argyle Community Hospital (aka The Rivers) is their legacy. The only problem is that the local hospital has become a money pit and the profitability has become nil. The board of directors is forced to sell the hospital to SunView.
Presley Worth is a corporate financier. She is the VP of Operations at her family’s company SunView. She is sent to decide what the best course of action is for Argyle Community Hospital. Presley see’s the hospital in terms of numbers, will it become profitable or should she shut it down. The Rivers family, and acknowledge that she has a job to do, they just try to show her why their way is important. Presley comes from a background where your worth in life is measured solely by your successes. She is a commanding character that is driven, exceptionally intelligent, and is set to climb corporate ladders.

Dr. Harper Rivers is the oldest of four daughters. Harper is an old school physician, taught by her father, and his father before that to do house calls, the country way medicine used to be. She loves this lifestyle, even though it is physically and mentally demanding. Harper enjoys the simple things in life. It is almost as if she was born in the wrong era, a character that would have been right at home in the early 1900s.

Harper and Presley’s romance was very well done. I enjoyed their story very much. Now it’s not the best Radclyffe’s ever done, I felt as if this was one of her better books in the last couple of years.

Rating 3.75 out of 5 stars

Against Doctor’s Orders
by Radclyffe
Link: http://amzn.com/B00OS4WOE4

Prescription for Love by Radclyffe

Prescription for Love is a signature Radclyffe romance. A Radclyffe book is always a good read, with quality characters, and it always leaves you with a smile. Prescription for Love is no exception!

Dr. Abigail Remy has left Manhattan, for a chance at a new start as the new ER chief for Argyle Community Hospital. Abby has been a single, working mom since she was 20. She has spent her young adult years alone, studying, then working, all the while raising her son Blake. She leaves New York behind and moves to the rural community to give Blake a chance at start fresh in a new community with new friends.

Dr. Flannery Rivers is the head surgeon for the local hospital. She is a ball of energy, constantly in motion. Flann is all work, with an occasional fling on the side. Flann is easy going, with a wild side. She is startled to find out that the hospital administration has hired a new ER chief, taking away one of her many responsibilities. She is not looking for Mrs. Right, but she just might have found her in Dr. Abigail Remy.

In my option the two main characters, Abby & Flann are great. They are both strong, independent women with hearts of gold. There is however a lot going on in this book, the love story of course, but also a hospital being revamped, a tornado’s destruction and the stories of other sub-characters.

I found myself reading and wishing more of the story was about Blake, Abby’s son. He was fascinatingly told by Radclyffe as a young teen in the beginning stages of a gender transition. His emotions were so compelling. I literally could not get enough. I wanted more scenes between him a Margie, Flann’s younger sister. While definitely not the heart of the book, these characters were by far the most gripping.

Prescription for Love is a good read, and is totally worth your time, even though the ending felt rushed. Fingers crossed that one day hope Radclyffe writes Blake’s story.

3.75 out of 5 stars

Publisher: Bold Strokes Books                                                                                  http://www.boldstrokesbooks.com

Prescription for Love
by Radclyffe
Link: http://amzn.com/B015DGN9E4