Reviewed by Kat
TITLE: Code Blue
SERIES: The Sierra View Series (book 3)
AUTHOR: Max Walker
PUBLISHER: Walking Press
LENGTH: 230 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 26, 2017
Ethan Winter’s world is rocked after a tragedy leaves him an empty husk of who he once was. He lives his days focusing solely on his patients and not much else. He used to have it all and now found himself empty handed. There was nothing that could make him feel any better. Crow Kensworth is ready for the time of his life. He just recently came out of the closet and is preparing for his first national tour, his music career taking off. Things couldn’t get any better. When Ethan’s world crashes into Crow’s everything gets thrown off course. Suddenly, Ethan is reminded of how good it feels to hold someone. At the same time, Crow is learning how good it feels to be held. The two men start believing things actually could get better. Then the letters begin, and Crow’s world is threatened by a stalker who seems to have their eyes fixed on the swoon-worthy singer. Both Ethan and Crow will need to find strength in each other as the stalker becomes more and more desperate for Crow’s heart, going to lengths that neither of them imagined possible.
I am a big time fan of this series and was really excited to get Crow’s story after meeting him in Red and Caleb’s story, Code Red.
Crow is finally on the way to stardom. He has his big break with a three-month national tour singing live in concert and meeting his fans. At his kick off concert his eyes meet and lock onto the most incredible pair of blue eyes across the bar. He is instantly attracted to this man. After the concert they meet up and talk but that seems to be all he is getting besides a smoldering hot kiss goodbye. That and an incredibly bad hangover. Fast forward to the next day and it is all turning bad. The doctor that they have to have to look after “Troy’s medical issue” is suddenly unavailable for the tour. Enter the doctor he met and was lusting over, Dr. Ethan Winter. Code Blue is the story of these two men and how they interact when on a cross country tour in a tour bus.
I liked these two men. I knew that I would like Crow because I already did in the previous book. He was Red’s personal assistant but we knew he was leaving because he had got his big break. I kind of felt like Ethan’s back story was strung along a bit too long and I was growing tired of the “mystery”. Even though there was instant attraction between these two, I like that they took time to get to know each other first before they went to the next level. It fit them. I will say that their chemistry and eventual sex scenes were hot. What I did love was Crow’s interactions and appreciation of his fans. He was truly humbled by them. I also loved that he was an inspiration to the LGTB+ youth. The way he took the time to talk to his fan that he meets at the doll museum, despite the disgusting parents with him, was sweet and touching.
One problem with the story I still have after I finished reading it was that I still have no idea who Troy is, why he was a part of the tour, or why he needed a personal doctor traveling the entire time with the entourage. The only medical reference to anything about Troy was “a twisted scar on his hip”. It felt a bit of a convoluted convenience having him just so Ethan could be pulled away from Sierra View Hospital and on tour with Crow. In fact, this book felt more like a book from a rock star series than a hospital series. I know that the series has been loosely based around the hospital but this only had one scene in a break room and not much medical at all.
Also, the whole stalker side story just didn’t do it for me!
I did have some issues with the editing. There were a couple of name mix ups and quite a few typos that tended to pull me out of my reading trying to decipher what was written.
All in all I liked the book but it definitely wasn’t my most favorite in the series. I do think that it could be read as a stand-alone but it will make more sense if you read the previous two books in the series first to understand who the previous characters are. Nice story with a sweet ending.