This is something a bit different from Sandrine.
Title: The Medicine and the Mob
Author: Sandrine Gasq-Dion
Publisher: Self Published
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
The Santorno Stories: Book One
Warning: This book contains homosexual relations, crude language and violence.
Stefan Sanders knows two things: He never wants to be like his father. He’s going to die if someone doesn’t remove the tumor in his head.
Stefan is the son of a notorious and ruthless mobster, which effectively scares off any doctor he’d let anywhere near his brain. Enter pompous, rude Jordan Youngblood, a gifted neurosurgeon who isn’t afraid of anyone and loves a good challenge. The doctor is his own biggest fan, and lacks even a passable bedside manner – but if he get’s the job done, who is Stefan to complain?
Jordan Youngblood knows one thing: He’s never going to get close to a patient again. Ever. That rule works well until Damon Santorno walks into his office. Jordan’s a genius, and it doesn’t take one to figure out that Damon means business. His son is dying of a brain tumor and even with all his power and money, Damon can’t save him. But Jordan can.
With a not-so-gentle nudge from the older Santorno, Jordan agrees to take on Stefan’s case. He expects one more notch on his brilliant scalpel, not a dimpled patient who is completely sweet and impossible to avoid. Things get complicated as Jordan strives to save Stefan’s life and his own heart.
They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Stefan and Jordan find that there really are plenty of shades of gray between black and white, right and wrong.
Stefan Saunders is the estranged son of the notorious mob leader Damon Santorno. He has spent his life making sure he behaves nothing like his father but that life now seems to be coming to an end. He has an aggressive brain tumour and the doctors have all but given up hope, mainly in fear of what may happen if their patient was to die on the operating table. Damon Santorno, they all presume, would be quick and vicious to act.
Jordan Youngblood has an ego the size of a small house but it is not undeserved. He is brave where other surgeons show fear and he has made it a life mission to be the very best. No surprise then, when a desperate Damon asks him to take on his son as a patient in a last ditch attempt to save his life. The ‘request’ is more of a demand but Jordan is intrigued more than fearful.
Jordan is immediately taken by Stefan but keeps his mask on and presents himself with his usual cold humour. He gives new meaning to the word aloof but Stefan is not easily deterred. Stefan of course makes a full recovery and the two men form a friendship of sorts.
Jordan lives in fear of losing people he cares about so his mantra is to not start caring. Stefan chases him pretty hard once his health has recovered and although Jordan is equally attracted he makes things difficult with his hot and cold attitude. There is quite a bit of starting and stopping with their relationship until Jordan has to face the fact that he may have fallen in love.
With a deranged parent of a lost patient and old family feuds their life is never dull and quite often extremely dangerous. It seems like they just get over one crisis when another one pops up and they are thrown back into mayhem. Stefan fears becoming like his father whilst Jordan fears losing Stefan. I thought this book may have had a darker story line with the mob involved but it is more a story covering their lives and a sweet, sometimes infuriating, love story.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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