Flannery Rivers is content to let her sister Harper carry on the family dynasty—at the Rivers hospital where they both work and on the home front. Now that Harper is settled and soon to be happily married, Flannery can ease back into her life of casual flirtations and find all the excitement she needs in the ER. She’s even got her next playmate all lined up, or so she thinks.
Abigail Remy is a city girl who accepts a position at the imperiled country hospital in the hope of finding a stable, safe community for her teenaged trans son. Unfortunately, when she arrives to work, she discovers the current ER chief is less than happy to be replaced by a fresh-out-of-residency newcomer.
Add unexpected attraction to the incendiary mix of city and country, fire and ice, tradition and change—and the prescription is combustible.
In this thoroughly enjoyable sequel to 2014's Against Doctor's Orders, set among the medical staff of a community hospital in upstate New York, Bold Strokes publisher and longtime author Radclyffe shines the spotlight on Dr. Flannery Rivers, a surgeon who's used to handling a wide variety of tasks at the hospital her family has run for generations. When Dr. Abigail Remy, the new ER chief, first shows up, the two experience a brief clash of personalities before settling into a pleasantly flirtatious dynamic, with Abby resisting Flann's more forward manner. As they get to know one another through family gatherings and assorted emergencies, the initial sparks ultimately ignite into an irresistible passion. Radclyffe populates her small town with colorful characters, among the most memorable being Flann's little sister, Margie, and Abby's 15-year-old trans son, Blake. A familiarity with the first volume is helpful, but not essential, for understanding the dynamics of major supporting characters. The relationship between Flann and Abby is slow-burning and satisfying, built from a playful give-and-take rather than outright lust; even so, things move quickly once they finally give in to their desires. This romantic drama has plenty of heart and soul.