**The 2nd edition of this book has recently been published by Ylva Publishing so I wanted to bring the review back. My original review was posted on December 27, 2011.
I’ve asked the publisher and the content of the book hasn’t changed so this review is still relevant. Well, it’s still my opinion of the book after I read it awhile ago. The cover art has changed. I like the new cover!**
This is the first book I’ve read by the author but I will certainly be picking up another. Just wanted to get that out of the way…
L.A. Metro was selected as the Book of the Month over at the Mostly Lesfic Goodreads group. I’m not sure I would have picked it up otherwise. I’m not a huge fan of the medical dramas. No real reason, I just never choose them if I’ve got something more humorous or action/adventurey available. Yes, I know that “adventurey” isn’t really a word but this is my review so I can do as I like.
Back to the story. Dr. Kim Donovan is a psychiatrist who is new to L.A. Metropolitan Hospital. She’s looking for a fresh start after some drama at her last hospital – and with her family and her closeted ex-lover, Anna, who was the Chief of ER at Memorial where they both worked. Dr. Jess McKenna is the Chief of ER at L.A. Metro and has her own load of baggage from her ex and other emotionally devastating encounters. Jess and Kim are immediately attracted to one another but, because of their insecurities and emotional issues, hide it from each other and focus on being friends. No, it’s not a new plot but Nolan does, in my opinion, a great job of bringing the characters to life.
I was drawn into the story immediately and it held my attention from beginning to end. I felt the internal struggles of both main characters and wanted to see them work through their issues to be together. There’s plenty of interaction with secondary characters and it’s enough to give us a clear idea of the true personalities of the protagonists without having to rely on inner monologues. The dialogue felt natural and let us feel the connection between Kim and Jess. The others that we meet in the hospital keep the story moving along but we don’t have to get too far into their lives or issues, which was nice. Kim had a little fan club of admirers that I had hoped would have disbanded a little sooner than they did but, honestly, it wasn’t that big of a deal and it didn’t make me want to put the book down or anything like that.
There were a few things an editor should have caught – a few misused words – but nothing major. All in all, I enjoyed the book quite a bit and will absolutely pick up the sequel when it comes out. I understand that this was originally posted on the web as an uber and has three parts. I also understand that it’s no longer online. Sorry…