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Sequel to The Doctor's Date
Copper Point Medical: Book Three
Once upon a time Nicolas Beckert was the boy who stole kisses from Jared Kumpel beneath the bleachers, but now Jared’s a pediatrician and Nick is the hospital CEO who won’t glance his way. Everything changes, however, when they’re stranded alone in a hospital elevator. Ten years of cold shoulders melt away in five hours of close contact, and old passions rekindle into hot flames.
Once out of the elevator, Jared has no intention of letting Nick get away. It’s clear he’s desperate for someone to give him space to let go of the reins, and Jared is happy to oblige. But Jared wants Nick as a lover in a full, open relationship, which is a step further than Nick is willing to go. They’ve traded kisses under the bleachers for liaisons in the boardroom… and it looks like the same arguments that drove them apart in high school might do the same thing now.
Jared’s determined not to let that happen this time around. He won’t order Nick from his shell—he’ll listen to what his friend says he needs to feel safe. Maybe this time he can prescribe his lover a happy ever after.
Readers who were captivated by The Doctor's Secret and The Doctor's Date will find the concluding Copper Point Medical contemporary a dreadful letdown. This time, it's pediatrician Jared Kumpel and small-town hospital CEO Nick Beckert who couple up, getting a second chance at love. The men have been estranged for decades after first falling for each other as teenagers. They reconnect when they are trapped in an elevator. However, although Nick kisses Jared passionately, he is afraid that coming out will upset his family, jeopardize his relationship with his church, and affect his job reasonable concerns, but his fretting over them is drawn out at excessive length. Nick tries to pretend he and Jared are just roommates, but this arrangement is as flimsy as the novel, which spends so much time on Nick's angst that there's barely any romance. Nick is so self-involved that the lovestruck Jared eventually has an emotional breakdown, which passes for relationship development. There's a subplot involving rebuilding the hospital and possible elevator sabotage, but even this intrigue fails to spark much interest. This underwritten contemporary is a very disappointing end to an otherwise terrific series.