I am so excited to have a special guest today - Author C. M. Stone!!
A native to Southern Nevada, C.M. Stone found happiness as an adult living a rural life in the frigid northwoods of Wisconsin. She wrote her first book at the age of seven--selling it door to door--and decided then and there that she would never accept any other career. Though she didn't know it at the time, that first book was romantic suspense. A lifelong love for romance novels set in at an early age, despite the fact that Cee considers herself possibly the least romantic person on earth. When she's not writing, Cee is busy wrangling critters and inventing new recipes.
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She is the author of How to Save a Surgeon, a fantastic new book (I just happen to have read and reviewed for you down below ;) ) that is due for release on August 17, 2015 - TOMORROW!!! So we thought it would be fun if she did a little Guest Post for us. She has so without further ado I will turn the blog over to her.
Dreamy Doctors and (Literally) Broken Hearts
Your heart is pounding. You can’t catch your breath. Your extremities are going numb as your vision narrows down to a tunnel and the whole world stops feeling real. It might seem like you’re dying, but it’s actually a panic attack. Couple an anxiety disorder with a heart that goes wonky every time it gets a shot of adrenaline and every day you’re walking a tightrope between mundane life and one of those attacks.
With how important pounding hearts and bursts of excitement are to the thrill of falling in love, it seems like this combination could make relationships complicated, right?
I wanted to reflect a little bit of that with Darla in How to Save a Surgeon. Like me, she has a heart murmur and lives with anxiety. Unlike me, she went and decided she wanted to be a doctor. Personally, I can barely manage the stress of answering my email some days.
When many people think of disorders like this, they picture something far more exciting than the reality, like the inspiring plot of a Lifetime movie. Rather than being some great hurdle to overcome, mostly it’s just an annoying part of life. Sure, it can cause problems, but so can being prone to sunburns or having a food allergy. (I have yet to see a movie where the hero bravely overcomes his inability to eat peanut butter. If you find one, please let me know.) The hardest part isn’t living with anxiety, but worrying about how other people will respond to it or dealing with their reactions.
So what’s a heroine to do if butterflies in her stomach make her want to puke? Better find the right hero. Somebody who isn’t going to be too judgmental. Someone who’s more concerned with building her up than tearing her down. Maybe a hero who has his own burdens to deal with.
I already knew Jackson pretty well before writing this book, because he’d been in the background as Eliza’s matchmaking older brother in One Night in Vegas. I knew he was a trauma surgeon and protective and worked too much. I also knew that he thought it was his job to save everyone around him.
And as I began thinking about his book, I realized what he really needed was somebody like Darla. Somebody who’d rile up all his protective instincts, but was going to take him out of his comfort zone because she didn’t want to be saved. She’d much rather turn the tables on him instead.
How to Save a Surgeon
(A Gambling Hearts Story)
by C.M. Stone
To Be Published: 17 August 2015
Publisher: Entangled Lovestruck
Length: 170 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit
He's sworn off all women...
When he lost the girl he loved, Dr. Jackson DeMatteo shut down his heart and became the kind of perfectionist surgeon that alienated him from the residents. Now Jackson has a very coveted promotion dangling before him...but it comes with a price. Working with adorably geeky first-year resident Darla Morales is definitely going to cost him. Big time.
She's just what the doctor ordered...
Completing her trauma residency demands confidence and Darla, who's already pretty high on the nerd scale, is definitely not confident. Worse still, she's forced to work with Doctor Dreamy, who makes her even more nervous and defensive. Darla needs to focus on the work and not his bedroom eyes if she ever hopes to become a trauma surgeon.
“It’s not like that,” Darla said. “It’s more like the lady version of wanting to rescue the damsel in distress.”
“The villain isn’t a damsel in distress.”
“But movies don’t make heroes emotionally vulnerable in the same way, and that’s what appeals about the bad guy. It’s not him being evil, it’s his pain. He’s hurt and looking for something. If he just let himself be loved, he could be saved.”
Jackson glanced at the screen. Had they watched the same movie? “Saved from what?”
There was something in the way she said the word. This time he couldn’t resist touching her. His hand cupped her cheek, his thumb stroking her skin. “Are we still talking about the movie?”
“Well, everybody could use a little saving now and then.”
Her eyes closed as she leaned into his touch, and he had the urge to kiss her eyelids and feel the brush of her lashes.
“What do I need saving from?”
His fingers slid from her cheek to the side of her neck, lightly tracing the lines of her body to memorize them through touch. She melted back against the couch and rolled her head, exposing more of her neck to his touch.
She was quiet for so long that he began to wonder if she’d respond at all before her eyes opened a slit. “Being a stick in the mud who only ever wants to do things the same way?”
His fingertips just barely teased behind her ear and at the fine hairs of her nape. It was the lightest touch he could manage without breaking contact, but it still flooded his body with heat. “Is that what you think of me?”
“I’m not sure, but it seems like you try really hard to make people think that.”
He drew his hand away, torn between what he needed to do and what he wanted. “Maybe. I might be compensating a little.”
She licked her lips, her heavy-lidded eyes never wavering from his. “Compensating for what?”
“For occasionally being very, very unprofessional.”
I love a good medical romance a la Gray's Anatomy and that is exactly what I got with How to Save a Surgeon. Dr. Jackson DeMatteo was assigned to mentor first-year resident Darla Morales and at first it is far from a match made in Heaven. They both have some baggage. His (plus being a surgeon) makes him somewhat overbearing and obnoxious. Hers makes her somewhat insecure and defensive. However time and Cupid do their thing and before long their chemistry (and I don't mean inorganic) takes over and they begin to really enjoy their time together. They take chances which is difficult for them both and decide to trust one another and amazing things happen. Of course, there is also the sex, pretty amazing itself. *grin*
Now I'm not saying everything was smooth as silk because it wasn't. What fun would that be anyway, right? But I liked the characters. Ms. Stone did a really good job crafting them and making them believable for those roles. There was a lot of medical jargon needed to make the setting seem right and she nailed it. As the daughter of a nurse and fireman, and a medical assistant myself, I am always sensitive to those things. I suppose some people might wish there was a glossary of terms added to the book but otherwise I wouldn't change a thing. I love series so I was glad to see that How to Save a Surgeon is part of one. It is A Gambling Hearts Story, actually the second in the series with the first being One Night in Vegas which I most certainly plan to read.
While I am just meeting Ms. Stone, I will be closely watching for more from her in the future. If I love her other stories like I truly enjoyed this one, I think I have a new favorite author. For the 18 plus crowd, I'm sure any medical romance lovers for sure, plus most contemporary romance as well will enjoy reading How to Save a Surgeon. So get your very own copy and figure out just how to save a surgeon!
RATING: 4.5 Stars
HEAT: 3/5 Blush Worthy
Note: I received this ARC from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
So after all of that, you are still going to have to pick it up and read it and make up your own mind. Hopefully you are excited to do that now! Let me know if you have questions for the author and I will try to forward them on to her. Thanks again to the lovely C.M. Stone for visiting today. It was great getting to know her!
Remember How to Save a Surgeon releases tomorrow, August 17th on Amazon and most major booksellers!!