Kelli MacCabe is a no nonsense detective with a tough exterior. Only a select few know her as a loyal, loving friend. Committed to her family, her friends, and her job, Kelli puts her needs behind everyone else’s.
As a surgeon, Nora Whitmore is used to being in control. The hospital is her life and leaves room for little else. Respected by her colleagues, but misunderstood by the residents, Nora takes what she needs and keeps everyone at arm’s length. In the process, she creates unexpected enemies.
Tragedy brings them together. As chaos grows around them, the lines between them begin to blur. Despite being from different worlds, friendship grows between them, turning quickly to attraction. Will these two strong, independent women find a way to deal with their individual baggage? Or will they be overcome by it?
Sympathetic characters compensate for slow pacing in Williamson's low-key contemporary. Kelli McCabe is a stubborn, foul-mouthed, intuitive Seattle police detective; Nora Whitmore, a top-notch surgeon, is so emotionally repressed that she's known to her colleagues as "iceberg princess" and "Queen Mean." They meet when Kelli and fellow cop Travis arrive at Seattle Memorial Hospital with gunshot wounds. After Nora's skillful surgery saves Travis's life, she spends some time with Kelli and the warm, congenial McCabe family. Though Nora is accustomed to behaving with absolute professionalism, she's soon "flustered and exasperated" by Kelli's playful banter, while the normally stoic Kelly surprises herself by opening up to Nora. Close third person narration offers both protagonists' perspectives, along with extensive description and analysis of emotions: "Kelli was made up of rough, jagged pieces. In the past, they had cut into others, but oftentimes, they pierced her even more." Subplots include a sexual harassment charge against Nora by two unethical colleagues, and an intervention for Kelli's meth-addicted brother; however, Nora's fear of intimacy provides the only real threat to a happy ending.
I was captivated by the sexual tension of the main characters. The realistic build up really went against what I’ve always read in other hospital lesbian novels, and that’s a wonderful thing. Read this. You won’t be sorry.
I loved it
AMAZING BOOK! I haven’t read something so good in a while.
A must read ...!
It's been a while to read a story that builds up the suspense of everything coming together. Refreshing and beautifully written.
Love the reference to 'moose piss' that was priceless!