Book review: Hotshot Doc by R.S. Grey

Hotshot Doc by R.S. Grey
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • Goodreads
Publication Date: December 6, 2018
Source: Purchased

Dr. Russell has a bad reputation around our hospital. The scrub techs say he’s cold-blooded, the nurses say he’s too cocky for his own good, and the residents say he’s the best surgeon in the world—really, just a swell guy!—on the off chance he’s within earshot.

I try to avoid him and his temper at all costs. It’s just as easy to admire his sexy, grip-it-while-he’s ravishing-you hair and chiseled jaw from a healthy distance, preferably from the other end of the hallway half-hidden behind a plant.

Unfortunately, my plan crumbles when my trusty ol’ boss decides to swap his white coat for a Hawaiian shirt. His retirement leaves me with two terrible options: switch specialties and spend months retraining, or take an open position as Dr. Russell’s surgical assistant.

That means I have to stand near him in the OR for hours on end and anticipate his every need without letting his biting words and bad attitude intimidate me. Oh, and as if that’s not difficult enough, my silly crush on him—the one I’ve tried to stomp on until it disappears—might just be reciprocated.

It’s fine.
I’m fine.

I take my job seriously. There will be no smoldering bedroom eyes across the operating table, no angry almost-kisses in the storage closet. (Well, no more of those.)

What’s the phrase? An apple a day keeps the doctor away?
Maybe I should go for a whole damn bushel.

It’s really no secret that R.S. Grey is one of my all-time favorite authors. This is the tenth book of hers that I’ve read (and the fourth that she’s published just this year!) and I’m not really sure how she always writes books that are so good, but she does. I’ve come to expect greatness from her, and she usually delivers. Hotshot Doc was no exception.

I’ve been in a little bit of a reading slump lately and I’ve been finding it pretty difficult to focus on a book. This book, though? I read it in two sittings. I probably could have finished it in one if I hadn’t had a Christmas party to attend.

This book checked a lot of my boxes. It’s a romantic comedy. It’s a workplace romance. It features one of my favorite tropes, enemies-to-lovers. The heroine is independent and strong and feisty. The hero is a little broody but secretly a great guy. But there were also some things that I didn’t love.

First, I was missing a lot of the sexual tension that I’ve come to expect from R.S. Grey’s enemies-to-lovers romances. I definitely felt the tension at the beginning as Bailey and Matt argued, but it seemed like they went straight from disliking each other to being cute and cuddling on the couch and I missed the buildup to that.

I also felt like this wasn’t as romantic or as funny as her romantic comedies usually are. And that’s fine, but when I read an R.S. Grey book, I expect to have at least a couple moments where I laugh so hard that I have to put the book down for a minute and at least a couple of scenes where I have to fan myself and thank the heavens that I’m alone. While there were some chuckles and some fairly sexy scenes in this book, they weren’t at the level that I’ve seen in her other books.

And finally, the ending. No spoilers, but I felt like things moved so quickly at the end of this book. I don’t even know how to explain this without spoiling the ending, but the heroine made some probably unrealistic decisions that seemed a little out of character.

Still, despite the negatives, this was a really great book! R.S. Grey is a great romance author and I’ve never disliked anything of hers that I’ve read. I would highly recommend this if you’re in the mood for a cute romance with a sassy heroine and minimal angst.

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Previously: The Allure of Dean Harper • The Allure of Julian Lefray • Anything You Can Do • Arrogant Devil • The Beau & The Belle • The Fortunate Ones • The Foxe & The Hound • Not So Nice Guy • Scoring Wilder


Have you read Hotshot Doc? Do you like the enemies-to-lovers trope?
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ARC review: Not So Nice Guy by R.S. Grey

Not So Nice Guy by R.S. Grey
Rating: ★★★★★
Links: Amazon • Goodreads
Publication Date: August 9, 2018
Source: ARC from the author, via Inkslinger PR

“Oh my god. Who that?”
I get asked this question a lot.
“Oh him?” I reply. “That’s just Ian.”

Just Ian is the biggest understatement of the century.
Just the Mona Lisa. Just the Taj Mahal. Just Ian, with his boring ol’ washboard abs and dime-a-dozen dimpled smile.

Just Ian is… just my best friend.

We’re extremely close, stuck so deep inside a Jim-and-Pam-style friendzone everyone at works assumes we’re a couple – that is until one day, word spreads through the teacher’s lounge that he’s single. Fair game. Suddenly, it’s open season on Ian.

He should be reveling in all the newfound attention, but to our mutual surprise, the only attention he seems to want is mine.

He’s turning our formerly innocent nightly chats into x-rated phone calls. Our playful banter sports a new, dangerous edge.

I want to assume he’s playing a prank on me, just pushing my buttons like always – but when Ian lifts me onto the desk in my classroom and slides his hands up my skirt, he doesn’t leave a lot of room for confusion.

I’m a little scared of things going south, of losing my best friend because I can’t keep my hands to myself. So, I’m just going to back away and not return this earth-shattering kiss – oh who am I kidding?!

Goodbye Ian, ol’ buddy, ol’ pal!

Helloooo mister not so nice guy.

If you’ve been following my blog or my reviews for any length of time that’s longer than like a week, you probably know two things about me:

  1. I’m obsessed with anything R.S. Grey writes, and
  2. Friends-to-lovers is one of my favorite tropes.

Well, R.S. Grey just wrote a friends-to-lovers romantic comedy and I could die right now and be happy. My first note on this book was made when I read the synopsis and it was “Oh shit, this book might actually kill me.” So… I’m only like half-dead, but it was really good.

Can I just say that I’m struggling to describe everything I liked about this book without any spoilers? I read the first half of the book before work and let me tell you, there is a thing that happens that left me almost incapable of going to work. I almost actually called out, but in the end, I pulled myself together like the grown adult I am because I’m saving my vacation days for actual vacations and not just overreactions to fiction.

After that certain particular thing that happens, it becomes slow burn and wow, it’s like R.S. Grey just reads my mind and writes the exact thing that will drive me the craziest but that I’ll also love. It’s really a talent. I don’t know of any other author that can do that.

My only criticism of this book comes down to a choice that Ian and Sam make toward the end, but it’s really just a personal preference and most people probably won’t think of it as such a big deal. I wish this wasn’t an ARC review so I could actually explain myself and not just make vague statements.

I guess all I can say is please read this book. (And, of course, infinite thanks to both the author and Inkslinger PR for this ARC.)


About R.S. Grey

R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com

Website | Twitter | Facebook | R.S. Grey’s Little Reds Facebook Group | Newsletter | Instagram

 

 


PreviouslyThe Allure of Dean Harper • The Allure of Julian Lefray • Anything You Can Do • Arrogant Devil • The Beau & The Belle • The Fortunate Ones • The Foxe & The Hound • Scoring Wilder


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Cover reveal: Not So Nice Guy by R.S. Grey

R.S. Grey’s next romantic comedy, NOT SO NICE GUY, releases August 9th! Check out the cover and find out more about NOT SO NICE GUY below!

About NOT SO NICE GUY (available August 9th)

“Oh my god. Who is that?”

I get asked this question a lot.

“Oh him?” I reply. “That’s just Ian.”

Just Ian is the biggest understatement of the century. Just the Mona Lisa. Just the Taj Mahal. Just Ian, with his boring ol’ washboard abs and dime-a-dozen dimpled smile.

Just Ian is…just my best friend.

We’re extremely close, stuck so deep inside a Jim-and-Pam-style friendzone everyone at work assumes we’re a couple—that is until one day, word spreads through the teacher’s lounge that he’s single. Fair game. Suddenly, it’s open season on Ian.

He should be reveling in all the newfound attention, but to our mutual surprise, the only attention he seems to want is mine.

He’s turning our formerly innocent nightly chats into X-rated phone calls. Our playful banter sports a new, dangerous edge.

I want to assume he’s playing a prank on me, just pushing my buttons like always—but when Ian lifts me onto the desk in my classroom and slides his hands up my skirt, he doesn’t leave a lot of room for confusion.

I’m a little scared of things going south, of losing my best friend because I can’t keep my hands to myself. So, I’m just going to back away and not return this earth-shattering kiss—oh who am I kidding?!

Goodbye Ian, ol’ buddy, ol’ pal!

Helloooo mister not so nice guy.

Add NOT SO NICE GUY to your Goodreads list here!

NOT SO NICE GUY releases August 9th – you’ll be able to preorder your copy for .99c starting August 6th!

Keep an eye on R.S. Grey’s Facebook page for the link!

About R.S. Grey

R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com

Website | Twitter | Facebook | R.S. Grey’s Little Reds Facebook Group | Newsletter | Instagram

 

ARC review: Arrogant Devil by R.S. Grey

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Everyone in Cedar Creek, Texas, knows Jack McNight is an arrogant devil. Physically, I get it: he’s tan and fit, with coal-black hair that’s clearly been scorched by hellfire. Oh, and his personality? It burns just as hot.

When I show up on the doorstep of Blue Stone Ranch, I’m run-down and rockin’ my last pair of underwear. I’m hoping for a savior, but instead, I find him.

My opinion of Jack is marred by a dismal first impression, but his opinion of me is tainted even before I arrive. He’s heard I’m a spoiled princess there to take advantage of his goodwill. To him, I’m more trouble than I’m worth.

Our button-pushing banter should get under my skin. His arrogance should be a major turn-off. Problem is, devils are known to offer their own form of temptation.

Every one of his steely glares sends a shiver down my spine.

Every steamy encounter leaves me reeling.

Sure, it could be the Texas heat messing with my head, but there’s no way I’ll survive the summer without silencing him with a kiss and wrestling him out of those Wranglers.

Who knows…going to bed with the devil might just be the salvation I’ve been looking for all along.

R.S. Grey is one of my favorite romance authors, so I was thrilled to be able to participate in a review blitz for her latest book, Arrogant Devil. She writes such great characters and honestly, the tension in her writing just about kills me each time. I’ve been crossing my fingers for an ARC of one of her books for almost a year now. I can’t believe it finally happened!

I think at this point, I’d probably trust Rachel with my life. That means that she can give me a rude cowboy who’s always making snide comments at a woman who’s already married and I’ll still somehow go for it. That’s the power of her writing. Of course, one of the reasons this pairing works is that there’s so much more to both characters than what we first see. Both Meredith and Jack are fully developed people with their own issues and histories and flaws and desires. Neither of them claim to be perfect and both of them realize how unconventional the circumstances of their meeting are.

Much like Meredith, I had trouble hating Jack even when he was being an arrogant jerk, refusing to listen to her and making assumptions based on the wrong information. And, of course, since we begin in Meredith’s head, it’s easy to see her real character and how disappointed she is when she’s misjudged over and over again. I was rooting for her from the first page and just waiting for everyone else to catch up.

As usual, Rachel’s written a winner with Arrogant Cowboy. Both main characters are flawed yet lovable and the side characters, like Edith, Jack’s sassy grandmother, just kicked things up another notch. There are certainly some heavier sections in this book as Meredith recounts what made her marriage fall apart, but overall, this felt like a classic R.S. Grey romantic comedy. I was laughing out loud at so many of Meredith’s comments.

I had such a great time reading this book. Highly recommended for any fans of surly heroes, slow burns, and romantic comedies.

Final rating: ★★★★★

I received a free advance copy of Arrogant Devil from the author (via Inkslinger PR) in exchange for my honest review. Arrogant Devil is out today!

Previously:
The Allure of Dean Harper
The Allure of Julian Lefray
Anything You Can Do
The Beau & The Belle
The Fortunate Ones
The Foxe & The Hound
Scoring Wilder

Cover reveal: Arrogant Devil by R.S. Grey

Are you ready for ARROGANT DEVIL? We are so excited to reveal the cover of this next release from R.S. Grey! Check it out below!

About ARROGANT DEVIL (available May 10th)

Everyone in Cedar Creek, Texas, knows Jack McNight is an arrogant devil. Physically, I get it: he’s tan and fit, with coal-black hair that’s clearly been scorched by hellfire. Oh, and his personality? It burns just as hot.

When I show up on the doorstep of Blue Stone Ranch, I’m run-down and rockin’ my last pair of underwear. I’m hoping for a savior, but instead, I find him.

My opinion of Jack is marred by a dismal first impression, but his opinion of me is tainted even before I arrive. He’s heard I’m a spoiled princess there to take advantage of his goodwill. To him, I’m more trouble than I’m worth.

Our button-pushing banter should get under my skin. His arrogance should be a major turn-off. Problem is, devils are known to offer their own form of temptation.

Every one of his steely glares sends a shiver down my spine.

Every steamy encounter leaves me reeling.

Sure, it could be the Texas heat messing with my head, but there’s no way I’ll survive the summer without silencing him with a kiss and wrestling him out of those Wranglers.

Who knows…going to bed with the devil might just be the salvation I’ve been looking for all along.

Add ARROGANT DEVIL to your Goodreads list here!

ARROGANT DEVIL releases May 10th – you’ll be able to preorder your copy for .99c starting May 7th!

Keep an eye on R.S. Grey’s Facebook page for the link!

About R.S. Grey

R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com

Website | Twitter | Facebook | R.S. Grey’s Little Reds Facebook Group | Newsletter | Instagram

Book review: The Beau & The Belle by R.S. Grey

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Ten years ago, teenage Lauren was enamored with the handsome law student who rented a room from her parents. Being a true gentleman, Beau never took advantage of the situation or led Lauren on in any way. Still, Lauren’s heart broke as Beau rejected her advances and circumstances beyond their control led to separation without so much as a goodbye.

In the present day, Lauren and Beau are reunited at a party.  Their attraction is electric, but Lauren isn’t going to give in so easily. Even though she knows that Beau was right to reject her all those years ago, she still wants to give him a taste of his own medicine. And even though in her heart she knows that Beau wants her more than anything, her head keeps coming up with reasons why their relationship is a bad idea.

R.S. Grey is one of my favorite authors, but I haven’t loved the last couple books of hers that I’ve read. This one, though, took me right back to that warm, fuzzy place that I’ve come to expect. This book is funny again, something that I definitely noticed was missing from The Fortunate Ones. Lauren is just the right blend of quirky and silly and Beau is the right combination of swoony and gruff.  And the slow burn! I forgot how much R.S. Grey makes you wait for the good stuff! This might be the slowest of her slow burn romances, but I loved it. She’s so good at sexual tension. You could cut it with a knife. Or maybe ignite an entire apartment with it.

I just loved this book so much.

Final rating: ★★★★★

Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-me authors of 2017

Happy Top Ten Tuesday!  Today’s theme, which is pretty fitting for the first Tuesday of a new year, is the top ten new-to-me authors I read in 2017. I read a lot of new authors last year, but here are the ten that came to mind first. (They are in no specific order)

1. R.S. Grey
❤︎ The Fortunate Ones: Goodreads || review
💜 Scoring Wilder: Goodreads || review
💚 The Allure of Julian Lefray: Goodreads || review
💙 The Allure of Dean Harper: Goodreads || review
💛 The Foxe & the Hound: Goodreads || review
🖤 Anything You Can Do:  Goodreads || review

2. Angie Thomas
❤︎ The Hate U Give: Goodreads || review

3. Cindi Madsen
💜 Operation Prom Date: Goodreads || review
💚 Nailed It: Goodreads || review

4. Author trio: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
💙 My Lady Jane: Goodreads || review

5. Christina Lauren
💛 Roomies: Goodreads || review

6. Maggie Ann Martin
🖤 The Big F: Goodreads || review

7. Andie J. Christopher
❤︎ Break of Day: Goodreads || review

8. Rachel Van Dyken
💜 Fraternize: Goodreads || review
💚 Infraction: Goodreads || review

9. Natalie D. Richards
💙 We All Fall Down: Goodreads || review

10. Tristina Wright
🖤 27 Hours: Goodreads || review