Friday, December 5, 2014

Aloha to Tracy Brogan and THE BEST MEDICINE - Book Review


Everyone in Bell Harbor thinks career-minded plastic surgeon Evelyn Rhoades needs a husband. Everyone, that is, except for Evelyn . . . sort of. Even if she did want a husband (which she doesn't . . . most of the time), she'd never let something as intangible as fate determine who she marries. No, if she's going to find someone to spend her life with, she'll do it scientifically: with a carefully crafted list of criteria and an Internet dating site. But when intoxicated, law-breaking Tyler Connelly crashes into her life by way of a stolen Jet Ski, unruly emotions defy common sense. Sure, he's sexy, charming, and determined to win Evelyn's affection, but all evidence points to him being the worst possible choice. He's too young for her. Too irresponsible. Too underemployed. And, oh yeah, he's her patient. But Tyler knows firsthand how the best-laid plans can crumble under the weight of destiny. Now all he needs to do is to teach Evelyn that, in matters of the heart, love often supersedes logic.

Safety Harbor, Florida
A Southern version of Bell Harbor

Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine. - Lord Byron

Tyler Connelly made Dr. Evelyn Rhoades laugh ... even as she tended to his wounds from driving a stolen jet ski into a dock.   Fate delivered her to the emergency room in the same hospital as her plastic surgery office, bringing Bell Harbor's newest doc in contact with the town's bad boy (or so she thinks).  Tyler saw past Eve's professional approach and asked her out.  Eve rebuffed him, claiming Tyler (at 28) was too young for her (at 35).  Plus he isn't "marriage material" as she is ready to start a family (or so she thinks).

Although Tyler agreed that he is not ready for marriage, he pursued Eve to "just have fun".   His persistence paid off when he finally cracked her facade, giving them both the opportunity to enjoy the moment.  THE BEST MEDICINE is a light hearted contemporary romance that is pure escapism.   Brogan delivers laughs as the hospital gals support Eve during her adventures in online dating.   The plot turns playfully sexy as Eve and Tyler ease into a comfortable friendship that leads to love.  

THE BEST MEDICINE proved to be as the title suggests ... just what the doctor ordered for two unexpected lovers who try to please their families at the expense of their own desires. Recommended read to those who appreciate small town romance.

THE BEST MEDICINE is Book 2 in the Bell Harbor series.  It can be read as a stand alone novel (as I have not read the first book ... yet).

I received a signed copy from Tracy Brogan at the WRW Loves Readers Luncheon (link).

And, of course, my beloved Hickam Harbor

I am giving away swag from the WRW Loves Readers Luncheon to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about jet skis and other boating equipment - what have you tried?   I'm quite happy to enjoy any body of water from the safety of a pier.

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, December 13, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, December 14.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

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Other books in the Bell Harbor series


  1. I've only been on a boat a few times and have never been on a jet ski.

  2. I have never been on a jet ski but would like to someday. I do enjoy boat rides but have to make sure to take my motion sickness meds ahead of time!

  3. Been on one boat am d ferri

  4. haven't tried it, but sounds fun

  5. I'm like you. I like the water from dry land. Though I do love to walk along the edge of the ocean. Ankle deep only.

  6. I too am like you. I have not tried any of those.

  7. I've been on a ferry a couple of times. My son rode on a jet ski, a huge wave came up and threw him over the handlebars. He ended up with a broken arm!!

  8. I grew up in south Louisiana. As a child, I spent a fair amount of time boating. I skied and skim boarded, too. I've never ridden on a jet ski, though.

  9. Not much since I'm not near a body of water very often.

  10. No boats for me.....give me dry land!

  11. I do enjoy boats but have never been on a jet ski or water skis.

  12. Never tried jet skiing. Tried water skiing once - no go. LOL. As a kid, we had a small boat and loved to go clamming.

  13. I love small town romance stories. I'm ssorry to say that while I love being in the water I'm happy to stay off small boats. I don't know why but they scare the heck out of me. :)
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  14. I have sailed on my husband's sailboat.

  15. I am not a huge water person either. I absolutely love looking at it from the shore, though. :)