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Friday, April 20, 2012

Their Divine Doctor by Heather Rainier

Their Divine Doctor by Heather Rainier
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Full length (190 pgs)
Other: mild BDSM, M/F/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

Emma Guthrie has been playing it safe all her life, watching friends marry and have families. She’s dedicated her life to healing others and now it’s time to heal herself.

Duke Rivers and Gage Randall are intrigued by the blushing doctor, whom they’ve observed in the past making a naughty sex toy purchase. Fate brings them together when Emma treats Gage for an arrow wound to the buttocks. When she moves in upstairs, they decide it’s time to take a chance.

The socially awkward threesome discovers a mutual need to stop allowing life to pass them by, and they embark on a quest to accomplish each item on their “bucket list” together. From the treetops of the North Georgia Mountains to the frozen Canadian Northwest Territories and points in between, they chase their dreams as danger closes in at home. Will Emma pay the ultimate price for loving them both?

Playing it safe has gotten Emma an invite to the local quilting circling and a fear of things outside her comfort zone. Now all she needs is a few dozen cats, a rocking chair, a blanket and at the ripe old age of thirty-seven she’ll be set to slip right on into old age…having never really lived. But ... not if two super cute and awfully sweet geeks armed with a bucket list have anything to say about it.

I simply adore a character I can relate to. It’s not that I have so much in common with Dr. Emma Guthrie on a professional level but I could easily relate to her feeling like she hadn’t done enough, seen enough, experienced enough in her relatively short life. All of that changes when the opportunity to cross off items from her personal bucket list presents itself in the form of cousins Duke and Gage. Not surprisingly, the sexual chemistry was pretty instant; it was the way their personalities matched up so seamlessly on a personal level that really made their story sing.

Do you ever try to picture an actor or actress playing the part of the storybook character? I pictured Sandra Bullock playing Emma. She’s “girl next door” pretty and a bit of an introvert waiting to burst out of her shell. Duke and Gage are the perfect catalyst to literally push her out of a plane, up a tree and into a smoking hot ménage relationship.

I haven’t read many “geek” charming books but if the heroes resemble these cousins I’ll have to reconsider. Don’t get me wrong, these aren’t pocket protector wearing nerds. They’re really just regular (hot) guys who happen to enjoy vegging out with a good Call of Duty game session with friends. Tracking and monitoring potential bad guys can be exhausting so I’d say they deserve some distraction and R&R. Lately, the distraction has been the sexy, sassy doctor downstairs.

Their Divine Doctor is technically a “short story” for Ms. Rainier even though it closes out at just shy of 200 pages. It’s fast paced and covers a long courtship over a short time. The story moves quickly from one month to the next, but Ms. Rainier makes the time change obvious at the beginning of each new section. Emma is a doctor who's on call more than she’s off and the boys tend to work out of town a lot so it wasn’t necessary to throw in conversations, shared meals or quickies for the sake of filling pages. The parts of their story that is given is rich with detail and fun dialogue. Ms. Rainier even works in the background for Gage to give readers a sympathetic understanding of his personality and how he and Duke came to be so close. It’s heart wrenching but with a happy ending.

The main premise of the story is Emma, Duke and Gage getting together and making a connection. However, there’s an underlying, and seemingly innocent, minor plot that causes a major wave in their lives towards the end. Overall, I think it was a necessary experience to show the characters they shouldn’t take their time together for granted.

Mr. Rainer does a splendid job of introducing some new characters and future stories within this holiday romp. I’m particularly looking forward to reading Clay’s story. The young lady who’s injured in front of his store seemed familiar to the clever jeweler and that’s guaranteed to mean fireworks when she recovers. I’m also curious to see if their story will involve another male lead (as all but one Divine story have at least two men) and if so, who will it be??

If you’re as totally absorbed by the folks of Divine as I am, you won’t want to miss Their Divine Doctor. It inspired me to create my own bucket list of things I’ve only thought about doing. As Gage, Emma and Duke discovered, there’s a whole world of exciting things to do and places to go if you just set your mind to experiencing life rather than simply talking about it. Pick up your copy today and be prepared to be swept into a world that is simply Divine.

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