Author: C.F. White
Book: Won’t Feel A Thing
Series: St. Cross, Book #1
Page/Word Count: 179 pages, 64K words
Categories: Gay Romance, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 31, 2018
Publisher: Pride Publishing
It takes more than a doctor to mend a broken heart. Ollie Warne is fresh out of nursing school and working his dream job as a paediatric cardiology nurse at St Cross Children’s Hospital. Wanting to start the New Year fresh from personal heartache and his track record of falling for the wrong man, Ollie’s New Year’s Resolution is to rid himself of emotional baggage and live a life of carefree liaisons.
But before the resolution can even begin, Ollie is called to care for eight-year-old Daisy Mallone struggling after heart surgery. Her father, Jacob Mallone, never leaves her side, apart from the times her mother comes to visit.
The tempestuous, and somewhat estranged, relationship of her parents are cause for concern enough but the brooding nature of the father has Ollie investing far more time than usual for his Room One patient. Striking up a friendship of sneaking takeaways into the ward, card playing until dawn and the occasional break up of domestic fights, Ollie finds himself drawn to Jacob and becomes a confessional sounding board for the man who is harbouring more guilt and past demons than even Ollie is, which is saying something.
The growing attraction makes it hard for Ollie to keep his distance, but he has to—not only do the ethics of his profession demand it… but Ollie is still somewhat involved with another man. One who has a huge stake in Ollie’s life, both personal and professional.
Ollie is risking more than just his job by getting involved with a patient’s father—much more even than the success of his New Year’s Resolution, something that is supposed to ensure that, this time, he won’t feel a thing.
Publisher’s Note: This book was previously released by another publisher. It has been reedited for rerelease with Pride Publishing.
3✨s – Book 1 of the St. Cross series introduces us to Ollie, a nurse on the paediatric cardiology ward. Currently trying to split from a bad relationship and live a New Year’s resolution no emotional baggage. This is tested instantly however upon meeting Jacob, the dad of a new patient of his. A strained and testing relationship with the little girl’s mother causes Ollie to invest himself more than normal in the welfare of the little girl and her father. There’s an instant attraction and connection between the two men but a relationship would be against the nursing ethics code. Things get slightly confusing throughout the book with Ollie’s blossoming relationship with Jacob but also Elliot, his ex popping in and being domineering over Ollie and his choices. Things are revealed as we get through the story that makes it interesting and draw you into the drama of the situation. There are several moments that tug on your heartstrings and a few to make you smile. I didn’t connect fully with the characters as I struggled a little with the to-ing and fro-ing that was happening between Ollie and Jacob, and Ollie and Elliot. However, I did enjoy the overall plot and the struggles that Ollie was going through, with his attraction to a patient’s father, dealing with his own father’s failing health, and his constant battle with Elliot’s refusal to accept the end of their relationship. As well as the three main characters, we have Taya who provides much needed support and lightheartedness. Daisy’s mother, Jacob’s ex-wife gives tension and added grief to the already strained situation. I’d recommend giving this story a go, it’s different in the way it involves three men in the story line and it draws you in with the feelings that it emotes. I received an ARC from the publisher and am happily giving a review.
About C.F. White:
Brought up in a relatively small town in Hertfordshire, C F White managed to do what most other residents try to do and fail—leave.
Studying at a West London university, she realised there was a whole city out there waiting to be discovered, so, much like Dick Whittington before her, she never made it back home and still endlessly searches for the streets paved with gold, slowly coming to the realisation they’re mostly paved with chewing gum. And the odd bit of graffiti. And those little circles of yellow spray paint where the council point out the pot holes to someone who is supposedly meant to fix them instead of staring at them vacantly whilst holding a polystyrene cup of watered-down coffee.
She eventually moved West to East along that vast District Line and settled for pie and mash, cockles and winkles and a bit of Knees Up Mother Brown to live in the East End of London; securing a job and creating a life, a home and a family.
Having worked in Higher Education for most of her career, a life-altering experience brought pen back to paper after she’d written stories as a child but never had the confidence to show them to the world. Having embarked on this writing malarkey, C F White cannot stop. So strap in, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride…
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