Patient Privilege

Allison Cassatta
Patient Privilege

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Publisher
Silver Publishing
Release Date
August 2012
ISBN
9781614956242
Genre
Contemporary Romance, GLBT, Medical Romance

SUMMARY
Dr. Erik Daniels hasn't had it easy. He lost love and fought addiction to get where he is, one of the best substance abuse counselors people with no money and no insurance can get. Not the dream life he had in San Francisco, but at least he has something to call his own. Everything seems to be on the right track until Angel, a heroine addicted male prostitute, and the kid's lover happen to cross his path.

Erik not only sees a lot of himself in Angel, but he also sees a lot of potential in the kid and he quickly realizes he's willing to sacrifice a lot to get him on the right path, even his own love life.

Book Review by Valentina Heart (author,reviewer)
Sep 30, 2012
66 people found the following review helpful
A great book from a new author for me proved to be worth the risk. While frustrating at times, Allison Cassatta kept me engaged until the very end of this lovely novel and I am thankful for the experience.

Although this story is essentially about Angel and Erik Daniels, it doesn't start out that way. Erik is a doctor who had to say goodbye to his former career and partner, Marshall, when he relied on the bottle too much. Now he's in a different town, sober and with a new life. Angel on the other hand has only known drugs and prostitution since the age of fifteen when he first left home. He has a best friend, Jon, who helps him go on just by being there, but Angel doesn't see much of a future and carries enough of anger inside to shut out the rest of the world.

Ending in a hospital after an accident, Angel is persuaded to go to rehab and things change.

I was bothered by quite a few things in this book despite liking it very much. It happens sometimes that the characters and situations take paths I'm not comfortable with or for which I would just rather strangle them. I felt similar with this book.

I've found that too much attention was given to the former relationships, for both main characters, with a lot of jumps between those relationships being perfect and then unhealthy. It lacked consistency and I had trouble taking it seriously. Time jumps with Angel's rehab cut out the repetitive process of him detoxing and getting a handle of his body and mind again, true, but it also cut on the time spent between him and Daniels. I needed that connecting factor, the introduction into mutual recognition of the attraction between them. But instead there was only a vague sense of appeal and affection from Daniels side, while Angel was disappointed by Jon moving on in one moment and kissing Daniels in the next without any sort of hints that he actually found the man interesting. The development after that was nice and well explained, but it happened too far in the book to have the same impact it would have had sooner.

I enjoyed the whole subject of drug withdrawal, where no details were skimmed and the author gave the addiction the time it deserved. Angel was someone who was defined by his need for a very long time, and just kicking all that aside in a few pages would have been unrealistic. Overall the subject was treated well and I liked the fact that the author did some type of research to make this book better.

Being one of those who actually wanted Erick and Angel together, I was somewhat annoyed with Jon and Marshall. One wanted something he obviously couldn't get but swore he would always be there. I don't know how much time needs to pass for that first visit during rehab, but it seemed awfully fast for Jon to just go back on his word. Marshall was a strange character, someone who left his loved one during the worst of time. I do understand that he wanted to end the destructive relationship, but Erick needed him then, and as someone who has been Marshall's partner for so many years, I think he deserved at least the support of friendship. It seemed kind of bold on his part to just come back after a year and wish for a different outcome of his decision. But then again, Marshall was a conflicting character during the whole book. Because at moments he was so good I rooted for him, then he was somewhat of a self-centered bastard, then even Erik thought bad of him, only to end it all on a happy note where I was surprised by Marshall's courteous behavior.

Erik frustrated me at times because he felt to me like a coward and tended to hide from his problems at times when he really needed to face them. I thought Angel deserved better and in general Angel was my favorite character in the whole story. I wished there was more about him and more chapters from his POV.

So with this long review, I give this book three and a half stars, because the author kept the focus on the subject, led it to where it needed to go and while doing all that, gave us some wonderful characters and a bit of a different twist on the way love finds its way to people's hearts.
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