The Best Medicine

Tracy Brogan
The Best Medicine
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Montlake Romance
Release Date
May 2014
Book 2 of Bell Harbor
Chick-lit, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy


Everyone in Bell Harbor thinks career-minded plastic surgeon Evelyn Rhoades needs a husband. Everyone, that is, except for Evelynůsort of. Even if she did want a husband (which she doesn'tůmost of the time), she'd never let something as intangible as fate determine who she marries. No, if she's going to find someone to spend her life with, she'll do it scientifically: with a carefully crafted list of criteria and an Internet dating site.

But when intoxicated, law-breaking Tyler Connelly crashes into her life by way of a stolen Jet Ski, unruly emotions defy common sense. Sure, he's sexy, charming, and determined to win Evelyn's affection, but all evidence points to him being the worst possible choice. He's too young for her. Too irresponsible. Too underemployed. And, oh yeah, he's her patient.

But Tyler knows firsthand how the best-laid plans can crumble under the weight of destiny. Now all he needs to do is to teach Evelyn that, in matters of the heart, love often supersedes logic.

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Jul 08, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
99 people found the following review helpful
THE BEST MEDICINE is a humorous, contemporary novel with a bit of a chick-lit vibe. The plot features a May-December romance between a 35 year-old plastic surgeon heroine and her seemingly opposite hero, a 27 year-old patient whom she meets in the ER after he crashes a stolen jet ski while intoxicated. I thoroughly enjoyed this small town romance, which makes you rethink what is truly important in life.

When Evelyn Rhoades moved to the beach community of Bell Harbor, she seriously underestimated the couple ratio and gossiping tendencies of its residents. Having just had a significant milestone birthday, everyone seems to be fixated on her need to find a husband. Even her long-time divorced, extremely successful, surgeon parents get in on the act, when they jointly take her out for a birthday dinner which doubles as a "when are you getting married" intervention. Evelyn, however, just can't seem to find the time for a man, as her focus has always been on establishing her career and saving up to buy her dream house.

As she is fighting this hurricane of concerned Bell Harbor citizens and her parents' change of heart, destiny intervenes and Tyler Connelly ends up in her exam room. Irrespective of his good looks and the undeniable attraction between the two, Evelyn knows he isn't husband material. After all, she has made a scientific list of all the necessary qualities she requires of a husband (advanced degree, economic equality, intellectual compatibility), and Tyler, an EMT who never finished college and is struggling to make ends meet, meets none of them. But Tyler will not be deterred, and fate keeps bringing them together, so Evelyn finally capitulates to having a last fling to get Tyler out of her system before finding Mr. Right.

Even as Evelyn starts to get to know Tyler, she takes a dual path to find true husband material via an Internet dating website. After a few comical escapades on dates with Mr. Wrongs, and with the help of co-workers, she eventually finds a man (a doctor, just like her at that) who meets all of her criteria. But by this point she has started to develop feelings for Tyler and has begun to realize that while Tyler may not have a graduate degree or a lucrative career that would put them on equal financial footing, he is nonetheless nothing like what she at first believes him to be and, in fact, bears many traits that she has actually always longed for, even if she never previously realized how important they were. But can two people from such different worlds ever cross all the hurdles in the way to finding a HEA?

THE BEST MEDICINE was a truly enjoyable read on so many fronts. At one point I laughed so hard I was nearly rolling on the floor. At another, I found myself contemplating the qualities that I feel are necessary for a HEA. Moreover, as a professional woman, I got many of Evelyn's "list-making" qualities and could commiserate with her character as I've known a lot of women like her who have had to make the impossible choice between pursuing career success at all costs and a fulfilling family life. Then there is Tyler. Based on the book description, I never thought I could come to love him, but Ms. Brogan does a great job of developing his character such that by the end, I was convinced Tyler was one of the most selfless heroes ever!

If you are looking for a well-developed romance that will make you laugh and remember the qualities that you should be seeking for in a life mate, then I highly recommend THE BEST MEDICINE.
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