Today we are celebrating the release of Healing Touch by Brenda Rothert. This is a contemporary romance, standalone novel. Check out the links, and an excerpt from the book below.
By Brenda Rothert
Releasing June 12th, 2018
She spends her nights treating patients, but Dr. Jocelyn Drake's own wounds are unfixable. Her ex-husband and his younger, bouncier girlfriend work just a few floors away at Tulane Medical Center, and they serve as a constant reminder of what Joss lost. But a fierce determination to continue her research project and a shred of remaining pride keep Joss from transferring out of the Big Easy.
Carson Stephens recently returned from a tour of duty in the Middle East, and though willing women present themselves at every turn, his closest companion is loneliness. His night-shift work supervising the electrical and mechanical systems at the hospital is a perfect fit - it's solitary work putting broken things back together. When the electrical system on Joss' floor goes haywire, she's frazzled by the sexy electrician who sparks her dormant sex drive. He's brooding and cocky - so not her type. But if Carson has his way, his hands will work their magic on more than just the wiring, and he'll show Joss a night of passion that restores her shattered confidence. But what happens after that night?
As their relationship grows into something more, Joss and Carson face ups and downs, and they both realize that the healing has only just begun.
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In Healing Touch by Brenda Rothert, working in the same hospital as her ex-husband and his new girlfriend is hard for Jocelyn 'Joss' Drake, but there's no way she's going to quit. Not when she does important work and is looking to have her research project approved. Luckily, she finds a nice distraction to her problems in the hospital's sexy electrician, Carson Stephens. Will Carson and Joss be able to overcome their past demons to get their happy ever after or is it too hard for each of them to ever to put their trust in another person again?
This is only the second book I've read by Ms. Rothert, but I've got to say that I love her style of writing. The words flow seamlessly; the fast-paced plot was enjoyable, the dialogue was entertaining and drew me in from the beginning; as the heroine isn't about to let her ex and his new bouncy girlfriend drive her away from her place of work; and the characters had interesting back stories and tough obstacles to overcome including the hero's jealousy and both their trust issues.
As for the dialogue, it was intense due to the main characters back stories, as both have been through so much. Will the hero be able to give the heroine everything she wants, especially since he didn't have the best upbringing? Moreover, the heroine is resilient, courageous and I liked that she stands up to her ex who is an absolute pain and needs to understand that the heroine is in a good place in her life. Actually, the best place in her life, especially with Carson in it. I also liked how good of a doctor the heroine is and that she would do anything to help someone in need, even if that someone hasn't been the nicest to her. While the hero, he has doubts on whether he can give the heroine everything she needs, but I liked that the heroine didn't give up on him. I also liked that he was willing to fight for his relationship with the heroine by working through his issues, especially since his past has such a hold on him.
Overall, Ms. Rothert has delivered a really good read in this book where the chemistry between this couple was strong; the romance was nicely-detailed and passionate; and the ending had me loving what the heroine does to help someone in need and had me loving the decision the hero made because he wants the heroine to have everything she wants in life - love, family and happiness. I would recommend Healing Touch by Brenda Rothert, if you enjoy stories by Harper Sloan, Kristen Proby, Kelly Elliott and Devney Perry.
I was smiling before I even opened my eyes. The smell of Carson on my sheets had that effect. We’d both worked third shift last night and then come to my place to sleep. Well, we slept after epic sex, followed by omelets from a nearby diner.
I wished he was still in bed next to me, but I’d heard him get up and leave a couple of hours ago. He just didn’t need as much sleep as me. Five hours seemed to be his max.
I was pretty sure I didn’t have a max, but my minimum was seven hours. I always had to be prepared for my next shift at the hospital to run over.
After a quick shower, I dried my hair and dressed in jeans and a T-shirt. When I walked into my kitchen to brew coffee, I smiled when I saw that Carson had already put in a filter and grounds for me. I pushed the brew button and went to unload the clean dishes from my dishwasher.
He’d already done that, too. The man was so incredibly nice to have around. He was sexy as hell and amazing in bed, but he was also considerate in ways I’d never known in a man. Even after just a couple of weeks, I was attached.
I wondered where he was. He’d been restless this morning when we’d gone to sleep. Lots of tossing and turning was his usual, though. I suspected he was plagued by bad dreams, but I didn’t want to bring it up. He’d tell me if he wanted me to know.
Hopefully, he was at the gym, which always seemed to clear his head. I’d gone with him a couple of times, but my workout game was . . . not strong. He’d patiently taught me how to lift light weights and skipped his own workout to oversee mine. And even the light weights were damn heavy and left me sore for days.
I preferred to get my exercise from walking. I picked up my cell phone and texted Hattie to see if she could meet me at a café a couple of miles from my place. It was a gorgeous, sunny day and I was in the mood to walk somewhere.
She wrote right back and said sure, so I put on my walking shoes and sunglasses and set off.