FLATLINE ~ KRISTINE DUGGER
My Rating: 3.5
Release Date: May 2, 2017
Read: April 29, 2017
Genres: Romance, Erotic Romance
Not a standalone; ends in cliffhanger.
POV: First-person single perspective by heroine.
This is how my life goes. It’s pretty damn simple. I work with very little play. I’m an ICU Dietitian. What exactly does this mean? My career is my one true love. Nothing else compares.
Until one night, I decided to go outside my comfort zone.
A little friendly flirting turned into a night filled with want and need.
Not once did I ever think I would do something like this.
One-night stand, no strings attached.
Me leaving the next morning, hoping to never see him again.
Boy, was I wrong.
He works with me.
A fucking doctor!
3.5 Stars to Flatline (Med Rom Series Book #1) by Kristine Dugger.
Leo & Paige…….
This is my first book by this author. Unfortunately, I didn’t love it. That said, there wasn’t anything wrong with the author’s writing. The writing flowed steady and the intimacy was sexy, erotic and well-written. I do wish the POVs were from both perspectives. I think I would have liked the book more if I could understand Leo better.
My problem with this book was a non-existent connection to the characters; main and secondary. I found them to be one-dimensional for the most part. Yes, we learn they had hurtful pasts. And as a result of their pasts, neither Paige or Leo were intending to commit. Their relationship was 90% sex only. Towards the end of the book their feelings started to shift. Unfortunately, Paige’s behavior left me angry, frustrated and dissatisfied. The book ending with a cliffhanger did not help my already conflicting emotions.
I can’t remember the last time I completely hated a heroine. I know that is a strong word but it is how I felt. I couldn’t find anything redeeming about her character.
Paige is a dietician and works long hours at the local hospital in the ICU department. She is devoted to, and loves her job. Paige doesn’t mind the long days she puts in. However, her ex-fiance had problems with it. They broke up. His reasons were that he didn’t love her any longer and wanted to experience other relationships. This situation naturally left Paige heartbroken and determined to never, ever give her heart away again.
When Paige gets involved with Leo, she makes it clear to him that their relationship will be strictly casual. Sex only. No feelings.
Leo, who is a trauma doctor at the same hospital doesn’t believe in relationships either. He refuses to give his heart away so when he meets Paige, he couldn’t be more thrilled. He found the perfect woman. One he could have a no-strings relationship with.
Of course by the end of the book, feelings started to get involved. I won’t give anything away as to what happened, especially since this book finishes in a less than happy ending. We’ll have to wait for book two to see how they work out their issues. And yes, I will read that book even though I didn’t love this one. Just because I don’t connect with one book by an author doesn’t mean I won’t with another. I like to be as supportive as I can so I will always give an author a second chance, maybe even a third. As I said earlier, my opinions of Flatline are based on character behavior and personality and not a reflection on the writing talent.
*I read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. My opinions are honest and unbiased.*