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    Pleasantly Surprised. Medical Drama Romance

    The cover is layered with two men and a blurred scene with an ambulance. While the title sounds like either a children’s book or cheesy porn, the synopsis is actually quite interesting. Title and author font are nicely legible against the doctor’s white coat. The cover did not really interest me beyond telling me it was a M/M. I’d never read anything from this author before, so that was not a factor either. It was the blurb that caught my attention and prompted me to request it. POV ~> Third-person Josh is a doctor from New York. He’d worked in the ER until he was injured on the job and thrown under the bus for it by colleagues and his fiancé. Deciding to uproot himself, he moved to Florida to become a personal house calls physician to an elite clientele. Taking a back road on his way to his new home, he discovered an accident and called 911. Enter Ian. Ian was one of the paramedics responding to the scene. A former military medic with a guilty conscience and major atonement obsession, Ian opened a donor-funded and volunteer-based free clinic in the rural outskirts of town. Outwardly, the two men could not be any more different but their hearts are both in the right place. They each wanted to just help people. The attraction between them was instant, but the buildup was a natural and gradual thing. Ian was a little more spontaneous and forthright where Josh was more of a calculating planner. They balanced one another out well. Secondary cast members were beneficial to the plot, adding depth and dimension without threatening to take over a scene. There were some conflicts along the way that were met maturely and resolved in a timely manner. The concept of the plot was interesting and the delivery was smooth and well-written. I was not disappointed. Predictability was fairly low. The conclusion was solid enough to give the readers a sense of HEA in their future. I’d not be opposed to reading more in this world and receiving updates on their status in the background of another story, but it appears to be a stand-alone title. . Rating: [R] ~ Score: 4.275 ~ Stars: 4 ========================== ⭐ ⭐ **** Disclosure of Material: I received a copy of this book from @Netgalley and the Author/Publisher with the hope that I would voluntarily leave unbiased and unsolicited feedback. I was not asked, encouraged, or required to leave a review - nor was I compensated in any way. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising". ***** ⭐ ⭐
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    3 out of 5 star

    I really wanted to like The Doctor Takes a Detour more but it ended up just being pretty average for me. I could see all the drama and angst coming a mile away, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it wasn't what I was looking for right now. I did enjoy the tension over how medical care is provided for those in different income brackets as well as reading about Josh recovering from being attacked in the ER. But the characters were hard to relate to and I just couldn't latch onto their relationship. Josh in particular was very annoying for me and I never felt like he truly understood Ian until the very, very end. He's also incredibly judgmental and while he has justification for some of his concerns, he's not very good at listening to others first before making snap judgments. Overall, this just wasn't working for me; the writing and plot were simple but enjoyable, while the characters struggled to make a positive impression on me.
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