Today we are celebrating the release of Healing Touch by Brenda Rothert. This is a contemporary romance, standalone novel. Check out the links, and an excerpt from the book below.
PURCHASE NOW OR READ FOR FREE ON KINDLEUNLIMITED
Healing Touch by Brenda Rothert
She spends her nights treating patients, but Dr. Jocelyn Drake's own wounds are unfixable. Her ex-husband and his younger, bouncier girlfriend work just a few floors away at Tulane Medical Center, and they serve as a constant reminder of what Joss lost. But a fierce determination to continue her research project and a shred of remaining pride keep Joss from transferring out of the Big Easy.
Carson Stephens recently returned from a tour of duty in the Middle East, and though willing women present themselves at every turn, his closest companion is loneliness. His night-shift work supervising the electrical and mechanical systems at the hospital is a perfect fit - it's solitary work putting broken things back together.
When the electrical system on Joss' floor goes haywire, she's frazzled by the sexy electrician who sparks her dormant sex drive. He's brooding and cocky - so not her type. But if Carson has his way, his hands will work their magic on more than just the wiring, and he'll show Joss a night of passion that restores her shattered confidence.
But what happens after that night? As their relationship grows into something more, Joss and Carson face ups and downs, and they both realize that the healing has only just begun.
Add the book to Goodreads
PURCHASE NOW OR READ FOR FREE ON KINDLEUNLIMITED
I was smiling before I even opened my eyes. The smell of Carson on my sheets had that effect. We’d both worked third shift last night and then come to my place to sleep. Well, we slept after epic sex, followed by omelets from a nearby diner.
I wished he was still in bed next to me, but I’d heard him get up and leave a couple of hours ago. He just didn’t need as much sleep as me. Five hours seemed to be his max.
I was pretty sure I didn’t have a max, but my minimum was seven hours. I always had to be prepared for my next shift at the hospital to run over.
After a quick shower, I dried my hair and dressed in jeans and a T-shirt. When I walked into my kitchen to brew coffee, I smiled when I saw that Carson had already put in a filter and grounds for me. I pushed the brew button and went to unload the clean dishes from my dishwasher.
He’d already done that, too. The man was so incredibly nice to have around. He was sexy as hell and amazing in bed, but he was also considerate in ways I’d never known in a man. Even after just a couple of weeks, I was attached.
I wondered where he was. He’d been restless this morning when we’d gone to sleep. Lots of tossing and turning was his usual, though. I suspected he was plagued by bad dreams, but I didn’t want to bring it up. He’d tell me if he wanted me to know.
Hopefully, he was at the gym, which always seemed to clear his head. I’d gone with him a couple of times, but my workout game was . . . not strong. He’d patiently taught me how to lift light weights and skipped his own workout to oversee mine. And even the light weights were damn heavy and left me sore for days.
I preferred to get my exercise from walking. I picked up my cell phone and texted Hattie to see if she could meet me at a café a couple of miles from my place. It was a gorgeous, sunny day and I was in the mood to walk somewhere.
She wrote right back and said sure, so I put on my walking shoes and sunglasses and set off.
“Finding happily ever after, 4 stars”
Joss has had a craptastic year. Ever since her husband left her for a nurse at their hospital its like everyone is staring and talking about her. She’s happy to be rid of him but he killed her confidence and she’s full of self-doubt. Until Carson. Will Carson be the one to bring the old Joss back?
Carson has invisible scars from war and now he’s trying to keep his mind and hands busy. He has this warped idea that he’s not cut out for relationships until he meets Joss. Will she be able to change his mind? And if she can will he be able to let go of his past and give her a fair chance?
I really liked Healing Touch. The title fit perfectly with what was happening in the story. Carson and Joss found solace in each other. It was beautiful. I did want to punch Joss’ ex for causing problems and being an overall d-bag though. But I feel like the main lesson in the story is forgiveness.
Plot - 4/5
Characters - 4/5
Heat - 4/5
Writing style - 4/5Overall - 4/5
Such a cute and funny romance! Healing Touch is such an amazing little romance. At first, I wasn’t sure if I liked it. It took me a minute to warm up to it, but as soon as I did, I was hooked. I kept flipping pages until there were no more to flip! This book has a bit of humor, a lot of drama, and just enough romance to keep you wanting more.
I liked the plot of this book. Two unlikely souls meeting by chance? Like I said before, at first I wasn’t sold, but I was quickly drawn into these characters. Are they just in for a one night stand or is there more to this than either expected? What I loved most is that Joss is a lover scorned while Carson is a military vet who is running from his demons. Can these two find peace with each other or are they destined to live life alone? Read it to find out.
Joss is a strong and admirable character. She has suffered something terrible and yet she still keeps her head high. While it caused insecurities in her, she hides those well in front of those who have wronged her. I also love how forgiving she is. While she doesn’t forget, she also doesn’t hold grudges. Then you have Carson. He is an interesting character. I loved the depth to him. He is an attractive, broody man on the outside, but he has layers upon layers on the inside. I loved reading about him.
The heat in this book is nice and steamy. These two characters have instant chemistry. They each find attractive characters in the other and they aren’t all superficial. I loved watching them heat up the pages.
I liked the writing style of this book. At first, I found some inconsistencies with the story. They were small, but distracted me. As the story continued, I quickly forgot about those inconsistencies and fell in love with the characters and story. The pace of this book is steady. The content is done very well.
In conclusion, I enjoyed this story. It wasn’t quite a 5 star read for me, but I enjoyed it. The characters were interesting and the story was written well. I would recommend this book to others. It was a nice story.
Writing Style: 4/5