Doctor Scott Penney used to be a Paediatric Oncologist—until he burned out. Watching children suffer and die took its toll on his mental health. To cope, he used anonymous sex as an emotional crutch, thinking it was better than hitting the bottle. But that inevitably destroyed his relationship with the man he loved.
With his tail between his legs and a year’s worth of celibacy under his belt, Scott accepts a position as an Accident and Emergency consultant, leaving his career in oncology and London behind.
Ben Jenkins is a paediatric nurse who loves his seaside city, his job, and his faithful old Labrador, Happy. When he meets the new doctor, Ben falls for Scott’s kind-yet-reserved personality—not to mention his good looks. Scott is great with the children who come through the hospital, but Ben senses there’s more to Scott than meets the eye.
Scott tries to resist Ben’s sunny charm—Scott’s not boyfriend material, after all—but it’s impossible not to fall in love with the sad looking old dog and his charming owner. As Scott and Ben get closer and the weather heats up, tragedy strikes and Ben is left wondering how much of Scott’s history he actually knows.
For them to move forward, Ben must show Scott that no matter what happened in the past, a beautiful day can always start after the sun sets.
**This can be read as a standalone**
You really can't help but love Scott, he has chosen one of the hardest careers paths for a doctor - a paediatric oncologist. This is one character that you really do want to reach into the book and just give him a huge hug. After he burns himself out, he decides to give himself a chance to recover, and gets out of London, and moves to Brighton - well away from everything and I guess everyone too, especially his ex-boyfriend.
Scott gets on well with the people he works with, but he totally shuns any person who tries to get closer to him. The only real close friend he seems to have is a dog on the beach aptly named Happy!! However, the owner of Happy is none other than the paediatric nurse from the hospital Ben.
Ben is attracted to Scott, but is keenly aware that Scott is deliberately keeping himself apart from the others. It takes a while, but Ben - with the help of Happy - seems to be slowly piece by piece taking down the wall Scott has built around his heart.
Just as things begin to go well, Scott's past comes back to haunt him, in the shape of his ex boyfriend, but the blunt talking to he gets from him, makes Scott realise what he has been doing, and he knows he has to change. It is soon after Scott realises that he has fallen head over heels in love with Ben.
However, his past has another chance to haunt Scott, and again it seems like Scott is pushing Ben away - however, Ben isn't going to be so easy to deter this time. Will Scott ever realise that Ben wants everything, the good and the bad??
Although I needed a tissue a time of two with this book, I really did love it. I have no idea how the author manages to get so much emotion on each page, but she does, and this keeps me coming back for more!!
Nope. Not today. I hit ignore and focussed on the two in front of me.
I couldn’t stop the small smile that formed on my lips even if I wanted to. “Hey there,” I said, squatting to give Happy a good rub behind the ears. I received a lick up the side of my face in exchange.
“What do you have there?” I stood, nodding to the bags Ben carried.
“Dinner. Breakfast.” Ben frowned. “Whatever you want to call it. I’m cooking while you shower, sit on the couch, and drink tea. Happy will keep you company while I work.” Ben smiled hesitantly, the knowledge that I might tell him no shining in his eyes.
I glanced at my feet. “You heard.”
“I did. Doctor Ranna called me a little earlier. Figured you could do with some company.” Ben’s reassuring hand landed on my shoulder. He seemed to do that a lot. “We both did everything we could. You should know that sometimes even our best efforts aren’t going to be enough. All the equipment and knowledge in the world wouldn’t have been enough to save Arani. We need to take solace in the knowledge that we gave her family a chance to say goodbye.”
Sunil had come in to see me earlier during my shift to give me the news that Arani’s mother had given consent to turn off the respirator. I had taken a deep breath at the time, thanked him for telling me, and bolstered my resolve. I threw myself into my work, for fear that if I stopped, I would think.
My coping mechanisms had been getting stronger since moving to Brighton but mentally I wasn’t where I wanted to be. I remembered a conversation with my psychologist in London, who said the first death after leaving oncology would be the hardest. She wasn’t wrong. Now that I had finished for the day and I didn’t have anything to occupy my mind, my heart was heavy. I wondered how I would be able to walk home under its weight.
Swallowing heavily, I leaned into Ben’s touch. It was warmer than ever. I was suddenly thankful he was there. “Come on. I’m keen to see what you have in those bags.”
RJ's initial thought was if she could write their scene then they'd shut up and allow her to concentrate on other aspects of the day. That shower scene was 3000 words long and three hours of work. But they didn't shut up. They told her their entire story and she didn't sleep for days. Sometimes she couldn't keep up with what they were telling her and she had to keep a notebook by the bed.
Whilst RJ was writing their story a side character decided he needed his story told too. Then other characters followed suit.
You see the problem? If RJ ever wants to sleep again then she needs to write.
RJ is a wife and a mother to two boys. Even her dog is a boy.
She is surrounded by males.
RJ writes emotionally charged, character driven romances. Her guys will always get their HEA, but it will never be easy.