The Best Medicine (Bell Harbor #2) by Tracy BroganThe Best Medicine by Tracy Brogan
Published May 2014
Series: Bell Harbor #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
three-half-stars
Format: eBook
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Everyone in Bell Harbor thinks career-minded plastic surgeon Evelyn Rhoades needs a husband. Everyone, that is, except for Evelyn sort of. Even if she did want a husband (which she doesn t most of the time), she d never let something as intangible as fate determine who she marries. No, if she s going to find someone to spend her life with, she ll do it scientifically: with a carefully crafted list of criteria and an Internet dating site.

But when intoxicated, law-breaking Tyler Connelly crashes into her life by way of a stolen Jet Ski, unruly emotions defy common sense. Sure, he s sexy, charming, and determined to win Evelyn s affection, but all evidence points to him being the worst possible choice. He s too young for her. Too irresponsible. Too underemployed. And, oh yeah, he s her patient.

But Tyler knows firsthand how the best-laid plans can crumble under the weight of destiny. Now all he needs to do is to teach Evelyn that, in matters of the heart, love often supersedes logic.

Dr. Evelyn Rhoades aka Evie is a successful surgeon of the small town of Bell Harbor, near Lake Michigan. She’s never really had a thing for long-term relationships, settling down and playing house. But on her 35th birthday, her biological clock starts ticking, and Evie starts making up a list of requirements for her perfect husband-to-be. With the help of her best friend and colleague Hilary and Hilary’s sister Gabby, she signs up to a Bell Harbor dating service to get the ball rolling.

Meanwhile, when on call, Evelyn meets very handsome patient Tyler Connelly. He’s a perfect specimen of facial symmetry and with killer eyes. But he’s also 27 years old and alsmost 10 years her junior, was brought in drunk and got arrested right after Evelyn finished to suture his wound. He does in no way comply to her husband-requirements-list (and he’s a patient!), but Tyler is so insistent that Evelyn might change her mind and not go husband hunting just yet.

Well, let me start by saying that I ab-so-lu-te-ly LOVED the first part of the Bell Harbor Series: Crazy Little Things. This book was pure perfection in the style of Alice Clayton: funny, sassy and a little romantic and cheesy, just as I like it, and it hit my 2013-Favorites Book Shelves (and this holds a honorable status). So it was unquestionable: The Best Medicine was a highly expected release for me.

I was very happy to find out that The Best Medicine kept up that funny – no, scratch that – kept up that hilarious vibe, making it an incredibly distracting and entertaining read. The Best Medicine is a standalone but will recall a few of the characters from Crazy Little Thing. But while the latter was centered not only on the main characters, but also a lot on the side-characters, The Best Medicine emphasizes a lot more on only Evelyn and Tyler.

That’s all well and good (and did I mention hilarious?) but when the pace of the story is not right, nothing is. The Best Medicine was a fairly short read, and the more advanced I was in the book, the more I started to wonder “What’s going to happen to make this book a blast, because honestly – what could probably happen in the 10 last percent?”.

Well, nothing mindblowing. The end is rushed, as is Evelyn and Tyler’s relationship on the whole. There is no real mindblowing intrigue to their story either, apart from the fact that 1) Evelyn is concerned about age difference and ethical conflict of dating a patient – but she quickly throws this caution in the wind and 2) Tyler is concerned he will never live up to Evelyn’s standards (and never equal her financially) and Evelyn has no better idea than to pay all his outstanding bills. Clever, huh? Well I’ll leave it up to you to find out what Tyler’s reaction to that is.

Oh and by the way I absolutely loved the characters, and especially Tyler, who is a perfect book boyfriend. But I just feel like Tracy Brogan has given us great characters but not the great story they deserve. Or at least is is – excuse the language – a half-assed attempt. Also, don’t go looking for steamy scenes in this book because they are literally skipped. What a shame…

I would still recommend this book for it’s hilariousness-factor, but don’t expect any fireworks. Just a nice, quick and momentarily distracting light read. Again, what a shame…