Series: Book 6 in ‘The Colorado Fosters’.
“Love isn’t easy, but when it’s right….when you know deep in your gut that you’ve found the right woman, leaving words unsaid will haunt you. Every damn minute of every damn day.” ~~ Tracy Madison (Book: From Good Guy to Groom)
Sometimes I end up taking a dislike to a title for reasons unknown. This book is one such book. I’d not find anything wrong with it, but all I thought about was – meh could’ve been better?
Anyway, let’s find out a little about the story of ‘From Good Guy to Groom’…
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Mills and Boon.
Main Characters: Andrea Caputo, Ryan Bradshaw.
‘From Good Guy to Groom by Tracy Madison’ ~~ Synopsis:
After getting injured in the hospital shooting, trauma nurse Andi is looking forward to spending a few months away from her job to recover emotionally & physically.
Andi doesn’t like to advertise that it’s not just her leg that got injured in the shooting. But she’s also having trouble overcoming the death of her mentor on that day.
Her inability to move away from the incident emotionally is giving her sleepless nights. All the sleepless nights are not helping her recover as soon as she wants to.
That’s one reason she moves to Steamboat Springs to recover in peace and away from the scary memories.
The physical therapist Andi has chosen to see for the treatment is not ready to let her get away with not revealing how she’s fairing emotionally.
Andi doesn’t want to share with the therapist her emotional struggles after the incident and the fact that she’s not sleeping well since that day.
Ryan moved to Steamboat Springs after his breakup and with the desire to start his life afresh near his family. He loves his new practice and the slow pace of the small town.
When he meets his new patient Andi, it’s clear that it’s not just her leg that needs healing. But his new patient is too stubborn and not ready to discuss what’s bothering her.
Ryan has seen more than his share of stubborn patients and he’s ready to wait till Andi feels comfortable enough to tell him more. They have a few months, so there’s no need to pressure her to share what’s bothering her.
While he’s busy treating her, Ryan begins to like Andi and wonders if he’s making another mistake by falling for his patient. It didn’t work out the first time. He surely needs time to figure it out.
Andi can see Ryan is a dedicated professional who wants to help her recover. Maybe in time she would share with him what’s bothering her the most. What to do with their pesky attraction?
She is like him all too aware that it’s too easy to fall for someone helping you recover. Are their feelings for each other real or just infatuation?
I don’t have much to say about this unbearably boring story. Maybe I should have allowed the boring title of the book to cue me about what’s to follow inside.
Let’s talk about characters: Andrea and Ryan. Ryan is too good to be true even for a fictional character. What shall I say about Andrea’s character?
Apparently, she’s self-reliant and independent. So much so that she doesn’t understand that when a patient asks for a help from a doctor or caregiver like Ryan, he/she is not being needy or dependent.
Her definition of independence is all about hiding what’s keeping her from moving on from a horrible incident in her life.
Anyone would understand some form of reluctance in a patient to discuss everything with a doctor frankly. But Andi crosses the line one too many times to get the benefit of the doubt.
This character comes across as not independent, but someone who is needlessly hooked onto drama and dragging others with her, in this case, Ryan.
In real like, doctors or therapists are not there to catch you when you are about to fall flat on your face from the exhaustion (due to your own fault) then why it should be like that in fiction.
Oh… I know…because its fiction and hero’s main job is to catch the heroine? I hated the overuse of ‘Oh and Oh’.
But is it necessary to make her seem supremely stupid? If this character was truly independent then she would have understood that to maintain that independence she should do everything to get well soon. She’s also a nurse, so her attitude towards her own health made no sense.
Then there are too many boring secondary characters to increase the length of already yawn worthy story. Also, there are no emotions.
“It’s smarter to rely on your own capabilities than expect other people to save the day or pick up the slack or whatever.” ~~ Tracy Madison (Book: From Good Guy to Groom)
Hit or Miss: Miss.