Say Anything (Life Or Death #2) by Isobel IronsSay Anything by Isobel Irons
Published April 2014
Series: Life Or Death #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Office Romance
four-half-stars
Format: eBook
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Love means never having to say you're sorry...for all that other stuff you said.

After being diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome when she was eight, Traci Tanner went on to graduate from Johns Hopkins University medical school at the top of her class, then land a coveted residency at Our Lady of Mercy, one of the best hospitals in New York.

As far as Traci is concerned, her Asperger’s is like a superpower that allows her to focus on only the important things in life, and ignore the rest. Unfortunately, that superpower fails when it comes to dealing with her super-humanly obnoxious coworker, Dr. Brady. The fact that Dr. Brady has a way of getting under Traci’s skin—metaphorically speaking, of course—disturbs her on levels she didn’t even realize she possessed.

ER resident Conrad Brady is tired of not being taken seriously by his fellow doctors. Is it his fault that his father is Hollywood’s most famous soap opera doctor? No. Can he help it if he’s unintentionally hilarious, and a walking, breathing chick magnet? No, he cannot.

And okay, so maybe he’s slightly irked at his best friend Sam, for settling down in the prime of his wingman years—and seeming disgustingly happy about it, to boot. Brady doesn’t have time to wallow in self-pity (much), because he’s about to go up against his most hated colleague—the overachieving and quite possibly cybernetic ice queen, Dr. Tanner—for a dangerous and totally awesome career opportunity.

One way or another, Tanner is going DOWN. Even if Brady has to sleep with her to make it happen. Scratch that--especially if he has to sleep with her.

Dr. Traci Tanner is a successful intern in an LA hospital – part of why she is so successful is due to the fact that she has Asperger’s syndrome – in short this means that she is a great problem solver, but not so much of a people person.

Dr. Conrad Brady is not so much of a successful doctor given the fact that for the life of him, he is not able to act like a serious person. To top that, he’s also a serious manwhore with a reputation that’s all over the hospital. And the rumor says that Dr. Brady never re-visits his “patients” twice.

As the rational human being Dr. Tanner is, she sees Dr. Brady as the perfect person to brush up on her “people” skills. That is until the two of them are put into competition for a prestigious career opportunity…

Say Anything is the sequel to Wake For Me (Sam and Viola’s story), and now tells Sam’s best friend Brady’s story. When I read Wake For Me, Brady came across as a jerk – but the lovely kind – that just doesn’t know when to stop joking and start acting serious, and when I heard that Say Anything would deal about him and put him into competition with a much more competent (female) doctor, I was eager as anything to get my hands on this book.

And I was not disappointed! This book starts off as an innocent hate/love office romance, except it’s not your usual office setting, but a hospital. Say Anything also holds a semblant to The Do-Over or Unintentional Virgin : (view spoiler) In other words, this is fun guaranteed over the first 50% percent of the book.

After the 50% mark, the “thriller” part kicks in, where something very unexpected kicks in, and the happy banter is replaced by a more serious tone. I won’t spoil anything here, because this book is really worth reading.

The reason why I gave this book only 4 Stars is because I was disappointed that things turned out to be solved so quickly. I would have loved to learn more about Brady and Tanner and their respective lives before Say Anything and during. Some details could have easily been “more detailed”, and the story of their relationship could have been expanded (especially in order to have more of those great steamy scenes). I just found that once the main intrigue was resolved, the book unfortunately ended for too quickly for my taste.

But this book was nevertheless a really great read and even though he’s a jerk sometimes, you will come to loooove Dr. Brady just as much as you came to love Dr. Philips in Wake For Me. Isobel Irons has a great way with words (kudos for the 3rd person alternated POV that is so well written) and she definitely knows how to make her characters loveable despite their flaws.

I can’t wait for the next book in the series!