Sometimes all you demand of a book is entertainment…something lightweight, well written, with likable characters. If that's the mood you are in, Leanne Banks' The Doctor Wore Spurs may be just what the doctor ordered. (Sorry, I couldn't resist.)
Tyler Logan is a pediatric cardiac surgeon at Fort Worth General Hospital, tall, blue-eyed, unmarried, and an accomplished flirt. He wants a new pediatric cardiac wing for his hospital, and at a Hospital Association meeting he figures out how he is going to get it.
Jill Hershey is pointed out to Tyler as a "PR sorceress" who has run successful money-raising campaigns for other hospitals. When he approaches Jill, however, she is quick to tell him that she hasn't done much fund-raising for children's causes. Nevertheless, all too shortly she finds herself setting up her temporary office at Fort Worth General.
Naturally, both of these attractive lovers have personal problems they need to overcome before they can commit to anyone. Jill's marriage of one year broke up when she lost the baby she was carrying in an auto accident. Tyler scares her because he reminds her of her first husband…also a charmer…but a charmer who left her three months after she lost her baby.
Tyler's problem is the Logan Curse. According to the Curse, Logan men can't keep a woman. Sometimes the women walk out on them; sometimes -- as with Tyler's mother -- they die. Tyler says he doesn't believe in the Curse, but here he is, in his 30s, and has never gotten serious about anyone.
Frankly, I couldn't get too interested in either the Curse or Tyler's dysfunctional childhood. His self-confidence suggested that his adult accomplishments -- medical school, a residency in an elite specialty, a successful professional life -- outweighed the trauma of his mother's early death and his father's emotional withdrawal. Even though Jill's loss of her baby resonated more strongly with me, the story of her healing wasn't enough to bring the narrative to the level of intensity I look for in a romance.
Leanne Banks writes a very satisfactory prose with no rough edges. In Jill's temporary assistant, she has created a sassy, out-going twenty-something who puts me in mind of her counterparts in my office. Trina Hostetter is equally willing to lust after Tyler's body and blue eyes or to cheer Jill on just as soon as she notices that Tyler is interested in Jill. Trina made an impression on me out of proportion to the number of pages on which she appeared.
The Doctor Wore Spurs is the middle book of a trilogy dealing with the three Logan children and how they surmount the Logan Curse. Brock Logan was obviously the subject of Her Forever Man, and in fact, much of the action of The Doctor Wore Spurs revolves around Brock and Felicity's upcoming wedding. The third child, Martina Logan, is pregnant, unwed, and unwilling to name the father. The third volume is hers.
Am I looking forward to reading Martina's story? Is my interest in Brock's romance strong enough to look for his book? The answer to both questions is a qualified no. I wouldn't mind reading either of these books, but I wouldn't go out of my way to do so. Based on The Doctor Wore Spurs I would expect to spend a couple of pleasant hours reading Brock's and Martina's stories but I wouldn't expect to experience any great feeling of involvement.
--Nancy J. Silberstein