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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Against Doctor’s Orders by Radclyffe

Against Doctor’s Orders by Radclyffe
Lesbian Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (November 18, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626392110
ISBN-13: 978-1626392113
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There’d been a Rivers at the helm of Argyle Community Hospital for six generations, and Harper Rivers was set to take her father’s place whenever he decided to hang up his shingle. Unfortunately, the board of directors had other ideas—they accepted a buyout offer from a health care conglomerate with plans to close the hospital’s doors to the community that depended on it. And Presley Worth, a high-powered corporate financier, came to town to oversee the closure. Funny thing was, no one asked Harper, and she had no intentions of following anyone’s orders but her own—no matter how beautiful, smart, or commanding the new boss might be.


Radclyffe is a born story teller I loved the setting and the people they came vividly alive. I think the only disappointment for me was I needed to see Presley be a stronger character I needed an epic ending to go with this epic story.

A truly wonderful book with strong, intense, multi-faceted characters in a plot just the way I like it: collision, change, discovery and learning who you are and what you stand for. Both main characters had their discoveries and lessons learning what, for them, was important - and what was important to them was, in the end, about themselves, not about what the neighbours say. The plot at first seemed to be of the sexual-attraction-and-intense-dislike kind - but it wasn't. And it kept delightfully surprising me by taking the road less travelled by and avoiding stale clichés. It moved with the characters, not the other way round, and treated them seriously. I am always pleased when coming across a writer who treats their charatcers like human beings instead of puppets or jokes and allows them their own voice. Plus settings so vivid I felt as though I was sitting in Ida's kitchen or the hospital's cafeteria and a supporting cast of wonderfully viviv secondary characters. A truly enjoyable book. I will need to check out what else this author has written. :-)


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