Author: Sue Brown
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Rating: 3.0 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 01/11/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
Dr. Jeff Martin has spent five years as a rural general practitioner on the Isle of Wight hiding the fact he’s gay. He travels in secret to see his partner, Tris, but when he discovers Tris has been cheating on him, he ends their relationship. Then Jeff meets island native Cameron Gillard. Cameron is down to earth, lively, and treats Jeff like he’s the most important person in Cameron’s life. Jeff blooms under Cameron’s attention, and he decides to come out to his colleagues and friends.
Just when things are going well, Tris reappears out of the blue. Jeff is no longer interested in Tris, but it seems he has two men to convince. Tris, who can’t believe Jeff is serious about wanting to end their relationship, and Cameron, who can’t hide his jealousy of Tris. Jeff is certain about one thing—the only man he wants in his life is Cameron. Now he just needs to prove it to Cameron.
Jeff Martin is a gay GP on the Isle of Wight who keeps his sexuality and his long-term relationship with boyfriend Tris a secret for years. When Tris cheats on him, Jeff’s devastation is curtailed by entering into a new relationship with Cameron Gillard and his immediate exit from the closet. As Tris tries to reclaim his place in Jeff’s life, misunderstandings abound, and Jeff must convince Cameron that he’s serious about making a life with him.
This was a sweet, relatively simple m/m romance. The characters are likable for the most part, and the writing is clean. The author does a good job of bringing the Isle of Wight to the page, and there are plenty of Island characters to populate the story. I believe that several of the personalities are introduced here in order to set their stories up for future series installments; however, it feels as though important page time is sacrificed for this purpose, and the main characters and their relationship could have used further development instead.
Jeff and Cameron are cute and sexy together, but their relationship is sudden and doesn’t feel completely formed. An abundance of external conflicts and events (again, perhaps to set the stage for future stories) takes the focus away from the development of their connection. The many issues that are introduced overshadow the main conflict in the story, and this leaves it feeling disjointed and Jeff and Cameron’s relationship a bit flat, unfortunately.
Overall, Island Doctor is a light, easy read and enjoyable for its Island flavor, the introduction of characters, and the establishment of a new series. Hopefully further installments will see expansion of character relationships and clearer focus on storylines and conflicts.
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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