Review of: The Doctor’s Secret by Heidi Cullinan

TITLE: The Doctor’s Secret
AUTHOR: Heidi Cullinan
SERIES: Copper Point Medical #1
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Apr 23, 2019


The brilliant but brooding new doctor encounters Copper Point’s sunny nurse-next-door… and nothing can stand in the way of this romance.
Dr. Hong-Wei Wu has come to Copper Point, Wisconsin, after the pressures of a high-powered residency burned him out of his career before he started. Ashamed of letting his family down after all they’ve done for him, he plans to live a quiet life as a simple surgeon in this tiny northern town. His plans, however, don’t include his outgoing, kind, and attractive surgical nurse, Simon Lane.
Simon wasn’t ready for the new surgeon to be a handsome charmer who keeps asking him for help getting settled and who woos him with amazing Taiwanese dishes. There’s no question—Dr. Wu is flirting with him, and Simon is flirting back. The problem is, St. Ann’s has a strict no-dating policy between staff, which means their romance is off the table… unless they bend the rules.
But a romance that keeps them—literally—in the closet can’t lead to happy ever after. Simon doesn’t want to stay a secret, and Hong-Wei doesn’t want to keep himself removed from life, not anymore. To secure their happiness, they’ll have to change the administration’s mind. But what other secrets will they uncover along the way, about Copper Point… and about each other?

Dr. Hong Wei Wu is a brilliant surgeon promised to a brilliant career until the pressure burns him out and decides to accept a surgeon post at St Anne’s hospital, in Copper Point, Wisconsin.
Simon Lane has spent his whole life at Copper Point. He’s a surgical nurse at St Anne where he works with his two best friends and roommates, Owen and Jared.
Simon and Hong Wei are immediately attracting to each other, but St Anne has a strict non-dating rule that can put Simon out of a job if he dates Hong Wei. They will have to find a way to work together, to be together and to keep their jobs in the process.
The Doctor’s secret by Heidi Cullinan, is book one in the Copper Point medical series.

I enjoyed this book. It was well written, dynamic, funny and fluid.

Simon is a fan of the Asian culture—he loves K-Pop and Asian’s comedies. He loves his job, and he hopes to have a “good” surgeon to work with. He’s sensitive, professional, a hopeless romantic and wears his heart in his sleeve. He’s afraid to have an affair with Hong-Wei. He doesn’t want to leave his town and his family. I loved Simon—he’s so sensitive and kind. I loved his romantic side, I loved his shyness and his fragility until it comes to his man, then he’s protective and supportive of Hong Wei, and he’s ready to step out of his comfort zone for him, to change his entire life for him.

Hong Wei is a surgeon, one of the best of his generation but the pressure burns him out, and he runs away from the brilliant career in a big hospital to practice in a tiny hospital in the middle of nowhere. He doesn’t expect to be madly attracted to his sexy nurse, and to find a family and friends in Copper Point. I adored Hong Wei, and I especially adored how strong and sensitive he can be. He’s confident and strong in the hospital, he’s the one in charge, however, he’s fragile and sensitive with his family. I loved this duality about him. I adored him.
I really enjoyed this book. The plot was captivating. The first part of the book is about Hong Wei and Simon’s relationship, and the second part is about how they find a way out of the non-dating rule. I particularly enjoyed all the explanations about Asian culture that Heidi Cullinan puts in the book—it was very interesting and enlightening. I loved the themes she put in her story like racism, family, integration, and acceptance. The secondary characters are loveable, and I can’t wait to read more about them.

It was a good first start for this new series, and I will happily read the next book.

4 Stars for the Surgeon and his nurse.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

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