Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Doctor January - Rhoda Baxter

Six months after a painful break-up from Gordon, Beth's finally getting her life back on track. She has faith in her own scientific abilities and is willing to work hard to prove them. She's even beginning to see Hibs (James Hibbotson), her dedicated lab partner, as more than just a lousy lothario in a lab-coat.

So when Gordon returns from America without warning and expects to be welcomed back into Beth's arms, she's totally thrown. She also begins to see that Gordon isn't the man she thought he was...

Hibs has always held a candle for Beth, but he can only wait so long for her to realize there's more to life than being patronized and bullied by the one who's meant to love and protect her.

My thoughts:
Doctor January is romantic comedy with dark undertones. The dialogue is light and funny, but the main theme is about saving someone from emotional abuse. It also touches on the difficulties faced by women in science

That does say it perfectly. The book is light and I liked the banter. But the more I got to know Beth the more I could see why she acted the way she did, and when her ex comes back it gets worse. He is emotionally abusive and more. What I think  Beth is not really Beth, that is just Beth trying to please everyone and hiding.

Right, back to the beginning. We got Hibs and Beth working in a lab (the author knows her science.) They are friends but maybe they could be more? If Beth was not still in love with her ex, and if that ex had not come back later. Arghhh I hated Gordon. A true idiot. 

The book takes a darker turn when Gordon gets back, but that is why this is not contemporary romance. It's more about Beth trying to live her life.

Conclusion:
There is drama, every day life, romance, and romance turned bad. All in one. And add some suspense too.

Cover
The cover is all wrong in my eyes, that and the title made me think this was some kind of spy novel. See James Bond and more. Nope.

Paperback, 304 pages
Expected publication: Out now in PB in the UK, PB US Sep,
Out now in ebook by Choc Lit
Romantic Fiction
For review


59 comments:

  1. I like the sound of this one! I like when a book that deals with serious issue has a touch of humor as well to keep it from getting too dark:)

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    1. It kept a good line, not too dark, not too light

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    2. Thanks Jenny and Blodeuedd! I things that it's easier to deal with dark things when you have a sense of humour.
      Thanks for the comment Jenny!

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  2. You are right that cover doesn't really match what you said about the story.

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    1. I hadn't thought of that before... but now you mention it, it is a bit spy novel like.

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  3. I really liked this book, it's one of the best ones I've read this year.

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  4. Title so misleading. Nice read though.

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  5. I kind of get the title (they are talking about her), but I don't get the cover AT all. mmmmm. IDK about this one though, I feel like I would be angry a lot because of the ex. lol

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    1. She is not a Doctor yet ;) It's actually about him

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    2. If it helps, I got angry a lot because of the ex while I was writing it...

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  6. I agree with you about the cover, it looks like a spy novel. It sounds good, but I don't it's for me.

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  7. I like the sound of this one. It looks good.

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  8. Yes, the cover is wrong, but this sounds like a good book. It has a lot of the elements I like in a story. Might have to check it out.

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    1. Not the right vibe from the cover at all

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  9. A book which I wouldn't want to read with one ugly cover. Eh, Tuesday.

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    1. Aww you, anyway, not the book for you even with a pretty cover

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  10. I agree the cover does look like a spy novel instead of a weird contemporary romance.

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  11. Easier to swallow tough times with a sense of humor, I know this for a fact so I could appreciate the dark humor in this one for sure.

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    1. Yeah, cos it was not easy at times

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  12. It sounds really good but that is an awful cover.

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  13. Sounds dramatic and romantic, I like it!

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  14. You are so right about that cover! I'd never guessed it was about such an interesting story. I enjoy dark humor, and a little darkness in general..lol I'm definitely curious :)

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    1. It does get dark, like, creepy dark cos of the ex

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  15. The cover definitely sounds kind of wrong for the type of story, but I still love the visuals.

    ~Mogsy

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  16. Thank you so much for the review!
    And thank you all for the comments. I hope those of you who pick it up, enjoy the read.

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  17. I definitely like it when the science in a book is spot on.

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    1. She knows her stuff, I do not know it, but she knows :)

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  18. I think I like lighter romance. I'd rather not read about abuse, emotional or otherwise, even if she gets out of it.

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    1. It was hard, but she does get out

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  19. That cover is totally misleading!

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  20. This has me curious and yep cover didn't match what you described.

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    1. I would have been great on another book

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  21. You would think that they would put more thought in the cover..

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  22. I enjoy when authors can mix in (appropriate) humor with darker themes. I just finished a book like that.

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  23. You are so right, that cover makes me think of James Bond! So wrong for this book!

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  24. Wrong cover, I'd say. Sounds like a complex romance.

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  25. abusive relationship is close to home, but I'd still like to read this one. Agree on the cover!

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