Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Dr No Commitment by Virginia Taylor

The Basics:
Dr No Commitment by Virginia Taylor
Random House Australia eBooks Adult
Romance, Women's Fiction
Published December 2, 2013

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


A mischievous romantic comedy, about a man who’s always run from love and the girl who just might catch him.Ally was warned about Rohan Sinclair when she first moved to town – and she is determined she won’t let this gorgeous, model-dating doctor distract her from being the best nurse she can be. Problem is, this bad boy just happens to live in the room next door . . .It’s hard enough to resist his persistent charm at home; almost impossible when they are thrown together at work . . . But a little innocent flirting never hurt anyone, right?Wrong. Ally knows it’s a terrible idea to fall for a man who will never commit, but what if in every other way he’s her perfect guy?

What worked for me:

There's some sweetness in this tale of a young nurse trying to avoid embarking on a relationship with her new housemate. He's presented to her as being both commitment-phobic and apparently in a relationship.... Regardless of that confusing bit, I did like the slow dance that Ally and Rohan did. 

I also kind of liked that I didn't have a good read on Angus through most of the book. As the meddling housemate/cousin of Rohan, he was sort of all over the place for me, until near the end when I realized what his deal was.

There's plenty of foreplay in this book, because of the slow, teasing escalation of the relationship, and I liked that. A genuined, good-natured, long tease is often missing in these books, and while it wasn't deliberately that, the pacing of the relationship worked out that way (for me, at least).

What didn't work for me:

There wasn't a lot of hearty plot here beyond the romance, and there wasn't a whole lot standing in the way of the romance either, other than the need to open up the lines of communication.  

Ally seemed pretty naive about things - I'm not sure how she managed to avoid knowing who Rohan was, but she was so blinders on about it and the comments dropped by people around her, not to mention the clues around the house (and pool). It seemed to me that she should have picked up on things a bit more quickly.

Bottom line:

A non-memorable medical romance, I enjoyed reading it, but it didn't stick with me. I didn't dislike it, but there's nothing to rave about here either. A light read for a rainy afternoon, perhaps? 

3.5 stars
For fans of medical romances, light reads.

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