Thursday, April 6, 2017

Dr. Do-or-Die - Lara Lacombe (HRS #1930 - Jan 2017)

Series: Doctors in Danger (Book 2)

Two doctors are on thin ice as they race to save the world from a deadly disease.

Epidemic researcher Dr. Avery Thatcher has studied countless illnesses…but nothing prepares her for what she finds at a remote Antarctic base: the man she never wanted to see again and a mysterious ailment ravaging inhabitants. Avery will do whatever it takes to discover the illness's cause, and she vows to keep her heartbreaking history with Dr. Grant Jones in the past -- even if reignited passion brings them dangerously close.

For Grant, ending this outbreak and regaining Avery's trust are vital. As their hunt to contain a lethal pathogen escalates, he'll put everything on the line to avert disaster. But will another insidious threat stop them both cold?

Terrific second chance story with the added benefit of some excellent suspense. Avery is a investigator for the CDC who is sent to a remote base in Antarctica when several people are taken ill from an unknown disease. The last person she expects to see there is her college sweetheart, Grant. Grant is the head doctor at the base and determined to find its cause and stop it. He's happy to get the assistance of the CDC, but stunned to find Avery heading the team.

I loved the rekindling of their relationship. They had been torn apart ten years earlier, but had never forgotten their feelings or what had driven them apart. Avery has held on to the hurt and anger all these years, while Grant eventually came to terms with his part in what happened. I ached for both of them as they were haunted by their memories. Once they got over the shock of seeing each other again, there was no denying that the attraction between them was as strong as ever. I loved how, with the added maturity of ten years, they were able to talk to each other about what had happened, and clear the air between them. I liked the advice that Avery got from her friend Mallory, helping her to move forward. Then Avery is stricken by the disease. I absolutely loved the vividness of the description of what was happening to her, of her feelings and what was keeping her anchored. The depth of Grant's feelings for her was beautifully portrayed. The sharing of their feelings afterward was so emotional I couldn't wait to see how they would make their relationship work. I loved the ending and seeing how they managed it.

The suspense of the story was fantastic. The fact that part of it was based on a real event, and with the state of today's world, the sense of realism in the book made it even more gripping. With their step by step efforts to pinpoint the source of the disease, and the occasional viewpoint of those behind it, their fears of the possibilities was obvious. The tension increased as the number of cases grew, and they were running out of time to stop it. The final confrontation was intense as I wondered just how it was going to turn out. There was a twist at the end that I hadn't expected.

I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

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