This pedometer geek reader has always enjoyed reading romances ever since reading The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss way back when, and it was just the first of many of her and other romance authors’ novels that this reader devoured. In fact, one of my roommates in college and I always said we were going to collaborate and write one ourselves, jokingly titled Lust in the Bushes as we figured we’d read enough to understand the genre. I mention this only because the latest Advanced Reader’s Copy received through a Goodreads giveaway this pedometer geek read was The Best Medicine by Elizabeth Hayley. Two friends, Elizabeth and Hayley, have been writing romances together since 2013. This is the extended review of The Best Medicine.
The Best Medicine
by Elizabeth Hayley
Published by Signet Eclipse, 2015
an imprint of New American Library,
a division of Penguin Group (USA), LLC
Commitment-phobes may relate to this spicy contemporary romance. Dr. Scott Jacobs and Lauren Hastings both have no problem with no-strings-attached sex, but neither wants a true relationship…until they both do.
When they first meet, there is pure chemistry between them, but each of them has reasons for not committing to the other. In fact, from the time they first meet (he has hired her sight unseen through her mother’s connections to help out in his practice while she pays off unexpected debts caused by a rash action), he cautions her that she is not to fall in love…that love is a deal breaker for him. On her part, she purposely decides to drive him crazy with her flirty style as they become friends as well as co-workers.
Too many issues from of their individual pasts have made them both skittish, yet all their actions say something different as they get to know each other better. Letting down walls, sharing confidences, and more leads to love, whether they expected it to happen or not. Coincidentally, Lauren (Lo) is taking a psychology course, The Psychology of Intimate Relationships, as she works toward completing her master’s degree in psychology. Along the way, she recognizes that they are in a real relationship, one that is encompasses all the knowledge and information that she is learning in her class.
But will Scott come to the same conclusion–that he loves her, and wants to be together permanently? Or will their issues destroy their chance at happiness? Does the past have such a pull that neither can move forward? Or as the last line of the back cover blurb says: “After all, who wants to risk the perfect relationship on something as terrifying, as messy, or as unpredictable as love?”
I loved the chapter titles which are all medical conditions; and many are psychological conditions, and all relate to the text especially as the relationship develops. What Lauren learns in her class correlates to what is happening in their developing relationship, and makes for a satisfying conclusion of their romance. Moreover, there is a definite (and humorous) arc to this story.
Per usual, there are a few What-the-tuck trends: Scott has emerald green eyes; he tucks her hair behind her ear. Yet, WTT trends aside, there are snappy, but realistic conversations between the pair as well as the other ancillary characters (her friends, his friends, and their families). Only one minor gaffe on page 188 had me re-reading the passage. Lauren sits down on his couch twice. To quote, “Lauren walked into the living room and sat down on the couch.” Three paragraphs later (with no movement by her other than wrapping her hands around her coffee cup), it says, “Finally, she made her way further into his apartment and took a seat on the couch.” That, and a few typos, didn’t really interrupt the flow of the story.
This is the first book in a series of romances (about four best friends looking for love in all the right places) written by the co-authors. The next book in A Strictly Business Novel series is Just Say Yes, and this reader has just begun reading it. So far, this reader is enjoying it as much as The Best Medicine. While Lauren and Scott make appearances in the novel, it is primarily another couple’s story. It was received through the same giveaway, and it will be reviewed after completion.
Now, back to Just Say Yes, and maybe convincing Jan to say yes to finally writing our own.