Scrubs by Brooke HarrisScrubs by Brooke Harris
Published December 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
four-stars
Format: ARC

Note: I was granted an advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my rating or the content of my review.
 

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I like fast cars and a stiff drink.
I hate drugs. I can’t stand the idiots who take them and I loathe the bastards who supply them. Drugs cost me my whole world.
I wear many faces; right now I’m Doctor Lucas Callaghan and I’ll be him until I get my revenge.
My real name will be the last words to ever pass their lips.

I hate my name, Aoife Brennan, as soon as people hear it they treat me differently because of my father.
Medical school isn’t my dream, it’s his. But, it’s the least I owe him after everything I’ve done. I’m trying to be a good girl, but even good girls make mistakes.

He’s lying about who he is, she’s kidding herself about who she can be. They’re polar opposites with one very big secret in common.

 

I received Scrubs as an ARC via Netgalley, and since the cover and the title reminded me of the Life or Death series by Isobel Irons, I thought I might as well give it a go.

What I didn’t know was that this book is actually the first book in a series , a fact the author clearly states at the beginning of the book. I know some people do not like novellas (and I kind of have the same problem) but Scrubs wasn’t the kind of novella out of which you get absolutely nothing, and which ends in a huge cliffhanger.

In this “pilot”, we learn about Sean, who used to be a doctor until his fiancé died from an overdose 8 years ago. Now, he is back in Dublin where it all happened, but under the name Lucas Callaghan, because he has actually become a cop and is now working first hand and undercover on a case that might be directly linked to his fiancé’s death.

Ironically, his fake identity is the one of a doctor/professor, which is a foreign and rather awkward situation for him. One of his students, Aoife Brennan, piques his interest – both for the case’s sake, and for his own personal sake. Aoife is torn between both a medical career and an art career, and for some reason, she can’t pursue either. Lucas spots the turmoil in her and succumbs to his desperate need to get closer to her, despite a behaviour that may let people think otherwise.

“I don’t scare easily, but right now, I’m terrified. I’m afraid I’ll fall for this girl, and I won’t be strong enough to walk away.”

I guess this is as much as I can say for now as far as the story goes. The characters were interesting, to say the least, especially Lucas’ character: he acts like a real jerk sometimes, but it seems to be a coping mechanism for him to detach himself from his past, were he used to be ever the gentleman.

“Being around her reminds me of the man I used to be. That man was polite, gentle, and knew how to love. He was human.”

The writing – a dual first-POV style – was fine and I must say the whole plot got me intrigued, even though it is slightly weird. But I will chalk it up to the fact that most things are still uncovered. One thing is for sure though, Scrubs is definitely “different”. But I know enough to say that I would be tempted to read the next book in the series – I wonder how many parts this serial novella will actually have, though!

Detailed Rating
Storyline
4 Stars
Characters
4 Stars
Writing
4 Stars
All the feels
4.5 Stars
Overall: four-stars