Allie Stapleton left Cinnamon Bay for college swearing to never return to the small town where she'd grown up. A few years after landing in the big city to put her MBA to use, she decided the cubicle and the salary that paid for an apartment the size of her walk-in closet back home just wouldn't do. So she returned. The hospital was hiring a new director and she had the education and just enough experience to be a contender. Her only competition was the resident doctor at the hospital, the boy next door.
Single father, Trace Collins loved being a surgeon and raising his daughter in his home town, but the hours were impacting his daughter in the worst way. His coveted position at the hospital didn't matter– he needed to make a change. Then a position opened up that might just challenge him: hospital director. He applied immediately, expecting to be a shoo-in until he heard Allie was in town.
They'd played doctor growing up, and while competing for the same position should've put them at odds, it only seemed to put them in the mood to take this rivalry to the bedroom instead of the boardroom.
Delve into a new world of romance, mystery, and magic in the quirky coastal town of Cinnamon Bay, North Carolina.
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I love this series
If you’re looking for a romance series that is full of love, friends, and a touch of magic, then the Cinnamon Bay books will hit the spot. Playing Doctor brings together Allie and Trace, who were next door neighbors and friends, until Chelsea decided she wanted Trace all to herself. Now back in Cinnamon Bay from New York, Trace and Allie are both vying for hospital director position. Trace has an adorable daughter, Dakota, and is doing his best as a single dad. Allie still thinks Trace is gorgeous, but decides that they’ll just be friends. Enter the resident matchmakers (Hattie, Trixie, and Birdie) and their mothers, lol. Grab your copy and see what happens, especially when Chelsea comes back to town to claim her man.
Sweet, Gentle Romance that Focuses on Family
In this small-town romance, the heroine returns from the big city in hopes of landing a job as the hospital director of her hometown's hospital. Also up for the job is her old friend, Trace, whom she has always had a serious crush, but things went sideways when they were teenagers. He is now a single dad and thinks the desk job would be better for his daughter as he could keep more regular hours doing that rather than as a surgeon. The book shows how the hero and heroine rekindle their friendship and how it comes to be something more. This story is about family on several levels. First, of course, there is the very important relationship between Trace and his daughter, Dakota. It's his concern for her that drives him to consider taking the desk job even though he enjoys being a hands-on doctor. It's also about the support that family can be for each other. Trace’s mother works to provide a stable home for Dakota along with her son, taking care of the little girl after school and when Trace is working. Trace really couldn't do it without his mom. I don't a hundred percent like the way the book ended. While an HEA seems in place at the end, the book ends much too abruptly. I would have liked to have seen a glimpse of the couple’s future life together. I also don’t think the time frame for Trace to become a doctor is correct; he would have had to get through regular college, medical school, residency, and internship to be a surgeon. That said, this is a sweet and gentle romance with a focus on family, and in general, I found it a very good read.