Reviewed by Amber
TITLE: Necessary Medicine
AUTHOR: M.K. York
PUBLISHER: Carina Press
LENGTH: 251 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 24th, 2017
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?
I really liked this story. I read some of the previous reviews so going into it I was a little worried but once I started it, I couldn’t put it down. YES, this is very light on the romance. Almost to the point where it’s non-existent but this author gave me just enough to keep me really interested. Things don’t really heat up until well over half of the book. But the longing was just so damn delicious. The want and need between these characters was palpable.
If you didn’t already guess from the blurb this is heavy on the medical side. HEAVY….most of the terminology was lost on me but it was interesting and I never got bored. I also enjoyed how real this story felt. Common sense tells you med-school/internship is unbelievably difficult…but holy hell…I was blown away. The highs and lows were daunting but also interesting and I loved how the author always brought it back to Neil and Eli…
Dr. Neil Carmona’s whole life is his medical internship. He doesn’t have time for a personal relationships but that doesn’t stop him from crushing hardcore on Cardiologist Dr. Eli Newcombe. Neil believes Eli to be straight so he keeps his feelings hidden. As both men spend more and more time together Neil realizes Eli is hiding something and when his secret feelings are uncovered both men must decide if it’s worth the risks to their careers.
I do want to stress that this story is low on romance mostly focusing on Neil’s career. The story is told from Neil’s POV so I did miss getting Eli’s perspective but their interactions did make it pretty obvious. This was a super low-burn sweetly told story that I really enjoyed.