Having not read the previous two books in this series, I picked this up for a quick read and found the story works as a standalone without feeling like I’ve missed out on anything. This is a slow sizzle and burn between a doctor who’s looking for a fresh start away from city life, Franceen, and her boss, Scott, a doctor and hospital administrator who has seen people come to the rural area but ultimately leave after missing the city. Both feel like a relationship with the other is a bad idea for several reasons, despite the obvious chemistry that keeps pulling them together.
I really enjoyed the author’s depiction of the scenery and the complications and benefits of small-town/rural living. I found both of the main characters’ protestations to getting into a relationship a bit repetitive; while it wasn’t far-fetched to imagine them having such reservations, they both seemed to recite the same things to themselves whenever the attraction was kicked up a notch with new interactions. When they finally give in to their mutual attraction, a sweet relationship ensues, but I found it a little bit lacking that they didn’t really communicate those reservations they had to begin with. Like, both characters just looked for context around them to accept the obstacles they envisioned might not really be obstacles instead of talking to each other about those things.
It was a pretty good story, overall, though, with lots of sweet points along the way – some of the patients Franceen encounters, Scott’s interactions with his sister and her babies, etc.