Title: Necessary Medicine
With intelligence and humor, debut male/male author M.K. York delivers an emotionally charged slow-burn romance set in a prestigious Bay Area teaching hospital
In the high-intensity world of hospital residency programs, there's no room for romance. So it's a good thing for first-year surgical resident Neil Carmona that his crush on the gorgeous cardiologist Eli Newcombe is sheer fantasy. Not only is the sexy doctor Neil's superior, he's also recently divorced.
As Neil's skill as a surgeon grows, so does his friendship with Eli, and his silent, hopeless longing for more. It isn't until Neil's final year that Eli at last admits his own deepest desires. But Neil's joy is short-lived: Eli has no intention of pursuing a relationship. Their positions in the hospital would make it unethical, even if he was emotionally ready for someone new.
Wounded and furious, Neil is determined to forget about Eli once and for all. But when a near-tragedy strikes, a new question arises: Is a life without love—without Neil—a greater risk than laying his heart on the line?
Author: M.K. York
Published by Carina Press Source: Publisher
Published: April 24, 2017
Genres: M/M Fiction
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I feel like I’ve been lied to. This book is not a romance. There’s crushing. There’s a little sex. There is five flipping year’s worth of hospital residency life filled with surgeries, conferences, and some sort of monthly diversity meetings. There’s a happily ever after but all the in between of a love story where two people meet and fall in love is missing. All of this is from Neil’s point of view until the epilogue which is Eli’s point of view.
I mentioned in the above paragraph five years. Necessary Medicine begins while Neil is still in school. This is the first time he ever lays eyes on Eli. Eli is there giving a talk on transplants or something and of course it is love at first sight for both of them. This is where the choppy life happenings that are the majority of the book begin. Well over three quarters of this book is moments in Neil’s life at the hospital. It was jerky. This manner of story telling did not flow well for me at all.
From the blurb I was expecting some sort of Grey’s Anatomy (tv show) like tale with some sneaky man on man loving going on in the call room. I knew there would be a slow burn aspect to the story. Didn’t get slow burn, I barely got a fizzle. The romance was severely lacking. Neil and Eli are friends. They don’t even hang out as friends that much. Nope, not a romance.