The Prairie Doctor’s Bride by Kathryn Albright


The Prairie Doctor’s Bride by Kathryn Albright
Publisher: Harlequin/Mills & Boon
Genre: Historical
Length: Full length (288 pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Mistflower

Wedding bells in Oak Grove…

Raising her son alone, penniless Sylvia Marks has had enough of being the subject of town gossip. But when her son is seriously injured she’ll do anything to save him…even kidnap handsome Dr. Nelson Graham!

Nelson knows what he wants in a wife; she’s to be amiable, biddable and skilled in domestic chores. Gun-toting Sylvia Marks isn’t what he had in mind, but as the two are forced together he realizes she’s exactly what he needs!

I first became aware of the author, Kathryn Albright, when I reviewed “Mail-Order Brides of Oak Grove”. “Mail-Order Brides of Oak Grove is one book with two stories. One story is written by Lauri Robinson, “Surprise Bride for the Cowboy”. The other was written by Kathryn Albright, “Taming the Runaway Bride”. Even though it’s two books in one, they are connected by sharing the setting and characters. I still think that is the best book I’ve ever read. I still don’t understand how two authors could write a book sharing some of the characters and yet I didn’t feel like I was reading a book written by two authors. If I could be morphed or transported anywhere I’d choose to be transplanted into Oak Grove, Kansas to live among all the townsfolk. I would love to personally meet all the characters I’ve grown to love. After reading and reviewing “Mail-Order Brides of Oak Grove” I reviewed “Winning the Mail-Order Bride” by Lauri Robinson which introduced Fiona Goldberg and Bret Blackwell, who made an exciting appearance in “The Prairie Doctor’s Bride”. There is one other book that I reviewed before “The Prairie Doctor’s Bride” that involved my favorite town of Oak Grove and that one is “Western Christmas Brides”. That book has three stories in it but the one that is relevant to this review is “A Bride and Baby for Christmas” by Lauri Robinson. I just can’t get enough of this Oak Grove utopia. A reader does not need to read all the other books prior to “The Prairie Doctor’s Bride” but I think I loved “The Prairie Doctor’s Bride more because I have read the other books. When I saw “The Prairie Doctor’s Bride” posted I knew I just had to read it. The fact that Lauri Robinson was the author who introduced Fiona and Bret yet they made an appearance in Kathryn Albright’s book, “The Prairie Doctor’s Bride”, made me feel again that Kathryn Albright and Lauri Robinson are in fact the same person. Yet when I Googled their names, my theory is wrong. All I can say at this point is that I will continue to read any book written by these two authors and most definitely if it is set in Oak Grove, Kansas. I know that there are still some eligible bachelors in Oak Grove. I hope they continue the Oak Grove series.

With all that being said, The Prairie Doctor’s Bride was a heartwarming novel. I’m not sure if I’ll ever stop suffering from this Oak Grove, Kansas book hangover; which is the inability to start a new book because I’m still living in the last book’s world. This novel has all the makings of a great love story.

Sylvia Marks, the heroine and the hero, Dr. Nelson Graham are an admirable couple. Together they are entertaining and emotionally exhausting in a rewarding kind of way. They are both incredibly relatable as are all the cast of characters which is one of the reasons they are unforgettable. It was nice to see Nelson find his match. He was introduced in “Mail Order Brides of Oak Grove” in the first story “Surprise Bride for the Cowboy” by Lauri Robinson. That book ended with a plot twist involving the doctor that I didn’t see coming. I remember it had me smiling like a silly goose long after I finished the book. I typically don’t read series but in case you couldn’t already tell, I am in love with this one.

When I started reading The Prairie Doctor’s Bride I was overcome with this comforting and familiar feeling. It was like going home.

I guess I’d compare the Oak Grove series to the T.V. show Little House on the Prairie in some ways but better. There were friendly and not so friendly town folk. There was Mr. and Mrs. Gallagher who ran the Oak Grove mercantile. Neither one of them were welcoming to Sylvia. They’d be an example of the not so friendly town folk. These unfriendly town members added the conflict to the story which made it interesting. Then there were mishaps that happened from living on such harsh lands. There was always something happening that made me want to turn the pages. The writing style was fabulous. The plot was fun and creative. I can’t think of any constructive criticism. This book was a pure delight.

If I could give an award out to best series it would be to this one. There is just something about it that has hit home with me. I heartily recommend all the books I’ve mentioned in this review. They are books I’ve put on my keeper shelf. Lauri Robinson and Kathryn Albright are two authors that I would consider actually collecting their books. They make me happy and feel good. The Prairie Doctor’s Bride made me feel courage and hope.

The Prairie Doctor’s Bride had the best ending. I’m going to end with that. I totally recommend spending time with this novel to all readers and to consider purchasing the other books in this series!

The Surgeon’s Cinderella by Susan Carlisle/Saved by Doctor Dreamy by Dianne Drake


The Surgeon’s Cinderella by Susan Carlisle/Saved by Doctor Dreamy by Dianne Drake
Publisher: Mills and Boon
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (391 pages – 189 and 192 respectively)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

The Surgeon’s Cinderella – Susan Carlisle
Whitney Thomason prides herself on being able to find the perfect partner for anyone, but heart surgeon Tanner Locke is a real challenge! He wants to settle down, but he’s adamant there’ll be no falling in love…When Whitney’s candidate falls through it’s up to her to be the girlfriend Tanner needs for his business weekend getaway, but two days in close proximity prove torturous. They know giving in to temptation is a bad idea but desire is more powerful than reason…

Saved by Doctor Dreamy – Dianne Drake
In search of her independence, Dr Juliette Allen’s time in Costa Rica was meant for chasing adventure…not facing the constant temptation of her sexy, arrogant new boss, Damien Caldwell!Damien can’t understand why gorgeous, fiery Juliette would hide herself away in the jungle but quickly learns not to underestimate the quiet strength of this auburn beauty. And when tragedy strikes Damien finds himself on an unexpected mission-to open Juliette’s heart and convince her to take a chance on love!

Doctor McDreamy has nothing on these doctors!

I’m a sucker for medical romances. There’s something fabulous about a guy (or girl) who knows how to use their hands and can save lives. These two novels don’t disappoint.

I’m a huge fan of Susan Carlisle. She writes hot docs like no other. They’re approachable, while being sexy and down to earth. I liked Whitney, too. She’s very relatable. She was a heavier girl in college and not as visible to guys like Tanner. Now that’s she’s not as big, she’s still super self-conscious about it. Hey, who can’t relate to that? We’ve all got insecurities and want to be loved…but will that hottie we’re ogling over feel the love too? Ms Carlisle had me hooked from the beginning, wanting to know what would happen to Tanner and Whitney and if they’d get their HEA. Totally absorbing read.

Then there’s the novel by Dianne Drake. He’s fiesty and running from his past. She’s fiesty and independent. Put these two together and there will be fireworks. I loved it. I couldn’t race through Damien and Juliette’s story fast enough. I had to see where it would go. The chemistry, just like in Ms Carlisle’s book was off the charts. I wanted to see these two succeed and get together. I rooted for them all the way!!

If you want a satisfying read that’s guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and warm the night a little more, then try these two books by Susan Carlisle and Dianne Drake.

Winter Wedding in Vegas by Janice Lynn and One Night Before Christmas by Susan Carlisle

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Winter Wedding in Vegas by Janice Lynn and One Night Before Christmas by Susan Carlisle
Publisher: Mills and Boon (Harlequin)
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Full Length (382 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

Winter Wedding in Vegas
Single mom Taylor Anderson loathes playboys. So when she wakes up in Vegas to find Dr. Slade Sain, the hospital’s most notorious womanizer, in her hotel room, she’s horrified. And then she spots the ring on her finger!

Marriage was never in the cards for Slade. But now he finds himself married to the most gorgeous woman he’s ever laid eyes on. And when he meets her little girl, Gracie, his heart melts just a little further. Can a Christmas miracle turn this playboy extraordinaire into the perfect family man?

One Night Before Christmas

Sports physician Dr. Melanie Hyde is used to being treated as one of the guys—but just sometimes it would be nice to be treated like a woman…

So when hotshot orthopedic doctor Dalton Reynolds flies in to Niagara Falls, his brooding good looks ignite feelings Mel never even knew existed!

Dalton’s flight leaves in a few days, and yet after their short but steamy time together Mel knows that she’s already fallen for him. Can she melt Dalton’s heart and convince him to stay…just in time for Christmas?

Every so often I want a book I can enjoy on a chilly winter afternoon. You know, something to be read by the fire. Well, this book doesn’t disappoint. It was perfect for reading when the temperature dipped and actually, reading whenever. The characters in both books are engaging and the writing flows. I’m glad I got this book–both of them,

I loved both stories in this book. First thing, where can I find a Dr. Slade of my own? Janice Lynn has written a hero that’s both sexy and sinful, but a little flawed. I could see him well and wanted to find one of my own. Not kidding. Once I started Slade and Taylor’s story, I couldn’t put it down. The writing flowed and kept my attention well. I was a little sad when it was over. Ms. Lynn, if you revisit these characters, I’m on board to read all about them.

In One Night Before Christmas, I loved that the author included football. Now, I’m more of a stickler for having the sports play a bigger role in the book, if it’s a sports romance, but not in the case of this one. Susan Carlisle had the right amount of romance, sports and medicine in the book. I loved Dalton and Melanie. I totally could see them getting together from the first moment I met them and rooted for them. Like with Janice Lynn’s book, the story flowed well and kept me hooked. I know when I open a Susan Carlisle book, I will be entertained and I certainly was with this story.

If you’re looking for a pair of stories to warm a chilly night, then this twosome might be exactly what you want.

Midwives On-Call by Sue McKay and Susan Carlisle

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Midwives On-Call by Sue McKay and Susan Carlisle
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (380 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

Midwives On-Call: Midwives, Mothers and Babies – Lives Changing For Ever… !

His Best Friend’s Baby by Susan Carlisle

Ex-army medic Ryan Matthews loves his work as a midwife – bringing life into the world helps him forget losing his best friend in Iraq. But when Ryan finds his friend’s pregnant wife Phoebe on his doorstep his whole world is turned upside-down… and he finds himself fighting against a love he’s never dared to believe exists!

Midwife…to Mum! by Sue McKay

The family she’s always longed for…

Locum midwife Ally Parker never puts down roots and that suits her just fine. A former foster kid, she’s used to moving on. Her new job is meant to be just another temporary placement until she meets her boss, sexy single dad Dr Flynn Reynolds!

It might have started as a fling but soon Flynn and his adorable son have Ally longing to stick around. Can Flynn persuade Ally that she’s finally found her forever family?

There are babies all over the place!

Both of these stories are strong. The authors knew their subjects well and their characters even better. I felt like I was immersed in the characters’ worlds. I couldn’t put the book down.

In Midwife…to Mum! there is Ally and Dr Flynn. These two personify the feel-good story. Yes, there is a roller coaster of emotion going on here and I needed the tissues, but I recommend the read. The growth of these characters is great and not to be missed. The writing is tight and the romance fantastic.

In His Best Friend’s Baby, Ryan and Phoebe find out how hard the row can be to hoe, but how rewarding it is when the work is done properly. Ryan is a bit of a tough nut. He doesn’t believe in love, despite falling for Phoebe. Then there’s the little matter of her pregnancy. He can bring babies into the world, but when the kid is his best friend’s kid…things get sticky. I loved how these two found their happy ending and would gladly read this book again.

If you’re looking for a good read that’s guaranteed to bring a smile, then this might be the book for you.

The Soldier She Could Never Forget by Tina Beckett

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The Soldier She Could Never Forget by Tina Beckett
Publisher: Mills and Boon/ Harlequin (UK)
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (192 pgs)
Heat level: Spicy
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Ginger

Some things you never forget…

Your first time. Your first love. Your first broken heart. Or, in Jessi Riley’s case, all three combined in one…as Clinton Marks.

Bad boy extraordinaire, Clint left town the night of Jessi’s graduation, after sharing one unforgettable night together. Now, two decades later, he’s back in her life as the military doctor looking after her daughter!

As shared memories float to the surface, Jessi and Clint can no longer deny their longing for each other. Could it be that second time around, one night will become forever?

After kissing bad boy Clinton Marks twenty two year ago, Jessie Riley never would have imagined he would be the military doctor treating her daughter. Will they be able to pick up where they left off years ago?

I enjoyed the dedicated widow mom tending to her daughter’s well being. An inspiration to see that after her husband’s death, Jessie Riley had a small child but still was able to remain dedicated to becoming a doctor. The writing was in readable detail and the editing was of good quality. The hospital events where Jessie works was brief but entertaining.

This was not a page turner for me. The plot didn’t really have much excitement for my taste. There was a lot of reference to Jessie and Clinton’s past during high school but not much building on a relationship at the present time. I didn’t feel the attraction or vibes between the two. There wasn’t any romance, or twist to the story. Pretty much just straight into the relationship like twenty two years hadn’t passed. They have matured and lived but to me it stood out that they weren’t connecting as the present people that they are now. The book gave the impression they were still going by feelings from twenty two years ago. Quite frankly I’m not sure what feelings because they didn’t even date in high school.

Reconciling the past is always good. Two souls having reconnected and moving on to a future together is an encouraging heart warming read. Two characters that are making a living caring and tending to others medical need, now a second chance has presented itself and they have found each other and able to accept the mistakes from their past. Will they be able to build a future together?

Though the book won’t go down as a favorite of mind it’s still one I could recommend to those the like a book that is easy and enjoyable to read.

The Doctor’s Redemption by Susan Carlisle

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The Doctor’s Redemption by Susan Carlisle
Publisher: Mills and Boon/ Harlequin (UK)
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (188 pgs)
Heat level: Spicy
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Ginger

A love worth staying for…

Dr. Mark Clayborn never wanted to return to Alabama, but his father’s recent ill health has him back and facing his demons. Yet from the darkness shines a beacon of light: Laura Jo Akins—and he’s hoping she tastes as sweet as he imagines her to be!

For so long Laura Jo’s only focus has been her daughter, but despite her reluctance, gorgeous Mark incites feelings she’d thought herself immune to… Could Laura Jo be the one to give Mark the courage to stay—and discover the love he deserves?

What better popular event to bring two lonely souls together than a historical Mardi Gras parade? When eight year old Allie falls Dr. Mark Clayborn was there in the streets of Mobile to clean and bandage her small injury. This chance meeting is just the start of many other meetings for adults Laura Akins and Mark Clayborn.

This was a story I enjoyed reading. The relationship between Laura and Mark was a pleasure to read and follow along. Mark is a southern gentleman who won my heart. Laura was pretty standoffish but that didn’t stop Mark. With many suggestions from Mark and the help of Allie, Laura finds herself in the presence of Mark quite often. With Mark’s charm you knew she was bound to soften to his advances.

The author didn’t just create a simple love story of boy meets girl but added life events that both Laura and Mark were dealing with. The way they were placed together to compliment each other during a time of healing and growth as individuals was touching. They each knew the right words to say and when and how to say them. Their relationship began to have value and I could appreciate reading this type of relationship growth.

The characters are strong and caring in this book.I admired Laura for being a strong woman to carry on after her husband left her not only without a husband but her pride wouldn’t allow her to ask for help from her wealthy family. She is an independent hard working single mother that finds it on her heart to help other single mothers.

This is truly a book of redemption and one that I would highly recommend to those that enjoy a good romance that leaves you with a happy lifted feeling.

Breaking the Rules by Emily Forbes/Hot-Shot Doc Comes to Town by Susan Carlisle

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Breaking the Rules by Emily Forbes/Hot-Shot Doc Comes to Town by Susan Carlisle
Publisher: Mills and Boon
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (378 pages)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

“Breaking the Playboy’s Rules The emptiness of the Outback couldn’t be more different from London, yet isolation and solitude is just what heartbroken nurse Emma Matheson needs. But flying medic and notorious ladies’ man Harry Connor can’t put his undeniable attraction to Emma on autopilot. And as their feelings grow stronger Harry finds that he’s not following procedure… Hot-Shot Doc Comes to Town When city doc Taylor Stiles swaps speeding tickets for community medicine it brings back bad memories. The only silver lining? Delectable doctor Shelby Wayne! But Shelby deserves a home and family – something Taylor’s sworn he’ll never have… One look at the bad-boy doc and Shelby wants to send him straight back! Taylor is the last thing she needs – but everything she wants!”

Where can I find these doctors for my own?

*Grin*.

I’ve not read too many medical romances. Why? I hadn’t found many to read. I love this line because now there are the books that go above and beyond my favorite doctor dramas on television.

Both authors have a very descriptive style. Both are distinctive. I blew through this pair of stories in a matter of a couple hours. Couldn’t put them down.

First, let me talk about Breaking the Playboy’s Rules. Harry is a piece of work. He’s all about bucking tradition, even when it’s planning and tradition that he craves. He’s got swagger and charisma. Loved reading about him and seeing him bumble with flair through life to find what he wanted.

Emma was easy to relate to. I’m not a nursing type. I can’t stand blood, so I give her all the props in the world. I liked how she succumbed to Harry, but I also liked the reality of her situation. She’s torn. Fall for the playboy or chase her own dream–whatever that dream happens to be. It’s a great story and I’m glad I got to read it.

Now, there’s also Hot-Shot Doc Comes to Town in this pairing. Susan Carlisle delivers a strong story in this one and again, I cheered for these two. I liked Taylor and Shelby. They are so easy to relate to. Both have sworn off love and want their careers to blossom. Neither character is perfect and maybe that’s what drew me to them the most. They’ve got idiosyncrasies that make them human. This story also reminded me a lot of Doc Hollywood. He’s hot and ready to move up, but there she is seemingly holding him back. But whose to say holding back is giving up? You’ll have to read to find out.

Do you want a great set of stories guaranteed to make you smile? Then these are the books for you.