Release Day Review: Island Doctor, by Sue Brown

brown-island-doctorIsland Doctor, by Sue Brown
Series: An Isle Novel; Isle Medics, Book One
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 11, 2016

Rating: 3 out of 5

Buy Links: eBook / Paperback

I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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Dr. Jeff Martin has spent five years as a rural general practitioner on the Isle of Wight, hiding the fact he’s gay. He travels in secret to see his partner, Tris, but when he discovers Tris has been cheating on him, he ends their relationship. Then Jeff meets island native Cameron Gillard. Cameron is down-to-earth, lively, and treats Jeff like he’s the most important person in his life. Jeff blooms under Cameron’s attention, and he decides to come out to his colleagues and friends.

Just when things are going well, Tris reappears out of the blue. Jeff is no longer interested in Tris, but it seems he has two men to convince. Tris, who can’t believe Jeff is serious about wanting to end their relationship, and Cameron, who can’t hide his jealousy of Tris.

Jeff is certain about one thing—the only man he wants in his life is Cameron. Now he just needs to prove it to him.

My Review:

A very sweet novel, but there’s not a lot beneath the surface.

Jeff is in the closet, a doctor in a small town, and has been in a long distance relationship for the last ten years. Somehow, everyone but him knew that his boyfriend, Tris, was a cheating jerk. Jeff finds out, is heartbroken and shocked, and breaks things off.

Enter Cameron, the sexy grandson of one of Jeff’s elderly patients. Within hours of the awful breakup, Jeff and Cameron are already connecting emotionally. Jeff questions how fast they’re moving for about two-point-five seconds, then they fall in love.

And that’s it. That’s the novel. I mean, there’s some minor drama about Tris trying to get Jeff back, and at one point Cameron throws an unrealistic temper tantrum and everyone gets moody and angsty, but it’s a very even-keel novel.

That’s not a bad thing! Cameron and Jeff connect, they have a great relationship, and the people who surround them are fantastic and lots of fun. The sex is well done. The drama never amounts to much, but if you’re looking for a tame novel then this is definitely well-written with good characters.

I think I’d like to read the other books in this universe, since the side characters here were incredibly intriguing.

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