I met Dr. Finn Banner on the worst day of my life.
It was supposed to be one of the best. The day you graduate and become a midwife shouldn’t end in heart wrenching tragedy.
One year later, I ran into him again. Only this time, he saved my life.
Turns out my gorgeous savior and I now work together in the same hospital. And he can be as sweet and charming as they come. When he’s not brooding, short-tempered and arrogant that is.
Neither of us can fight our attraction. It’s strong enough to cause a cardiac arrest in the ER where he rules with an iron fist.
But he’s hiding something. A secret that runs deep.
I should stay away from him. Far away.
There’s just one problem with that. How do you stay away from the man you think you’re falling for?
I received an ARC from the author for an honest review, way back in December. I was on hiatus the first two weeks of February, which is why I could not celebrate release day. But, no matter, I will try and write the best review that I possibly can for a book that killed me slowly.
If you all didn’t know, I am huge fan of J. Saman’s books, and I’ve read and and loved and reviewed every single one of her books. I can’t choose my favourites among them, but this book has to be one of her best, right up there with Start Again, in terms of character development, story, and feels-inducing scenes.
What I love most about her books is how strong and independent her female characters are. We have Kate from Start Again, who’s just, amazing. Then we have ivy from Start Over who’s brilliant and patient with life and so compassionate (she had to be; she went and fell in love with Luke), and Claire from Start With Me, who’s bad-a$$ and fiery and just lovable. We’ve also seen Abby from Love Rewritten, who’s just head strong and Lara from Forward who just has too much love in her to spread.
Now we meet Gia, a mid-wife who, after all that she’s been through, is still strong and can keep her head in place while simultaneously losing control over her heart for a man who wants her but also doesn’t want her. I feel for that poor girl because it’s clearly evident that they both are really attracted to one another, in more than one way. She doesn’t understand why Finn can’t make-up his mind because he’s not up for sharing it just yet.
But Finn’s story is more than gut-wrenchingly sad. It feels like your heart was pulled out, shredded to pieces and put back in without piecing the heart back together. You’ll never feel whole again. If that’s what we, as readers, feel about that poor guy, imagine what he must have gone through. A miracle by name Gia Bianchi just swooped in and shared her heart with him, making him feel loved so much that he is almost beginning to feel whole again.
There were a lot of other characters that I loved. Finn’s best friend Mike is one of them. Mike starts dating Monique, who is Gia’s friend. And Gia’s best friend, Chloe, is the best. Her unfiltered mouth is just what you need sometimes, like a break in between heavy scenes in a film.
Recommendation: If you’re a sucker for a book full of romance but with uncertainty and so much tension, I’m sure this book will not disappoint you!