Prince Charming, M.D. is the second book in the Prescription:
Marriage series. From Husband to House Calls by Christine Flynn
was the first book. The series will conclude with Christine Rimmer's
Dr. Devastating. Three nurses, upon graduation from nursing school,
make a vow never to get involved with doctors, a vow which lasts maybe a
Dr.Trevor MacAllister is returning to Honeygrove, his hometown, to practice
medicine. Nurse Dana Rowan has heard this information from most of the
female staff at Honeygrove Memorial Hospital. He's the current source of
gossip, but Dana wants no part of the new heartthrob on the scene. Years
before, Trevor had been her first lover. She'd been a high school sophomore and he
a senior when news of their being lovers had spread through their school
like a raging river. Dana blamed Trevor for spreading the tale, not
believing him when he vowed his innocence. Since then, she's ignored Trevor
and has tried to forget about him.
What this means is that
we've started with the Big Misunderstanding, lasting over a decade, and her
attitude means that more will occur. Now, he's back, living
next door to her while his house is being built.
The story is entirely an internal conflict book. Dana is the contributing
factor to the conflict. The plot skips from one potential problem to
another. I spent a great deal of time waiting for the big one to erupt. And it
does! Dana alternately believes the gossip about Trevor or doubts that
they, from dissimilar backgrounds, have the basis for a continuing
relationship. This one step forward, three giant steps back scenario became
Dana is judgmental and will not listen to him. When she asks Trevor if he married his ex-wife because she was pregnant, he takes umbrage over the comment. Personally, I
didn't blame him. Dana's been taking little potshots from the beginning,
denigrating him at almost every turn. If this were a legal eagle book
instead of a romance, this guy could get a new trial. He's been convicted
from the getgo.
This convoluted logic should give you the gist of what's problematic about
Prince Charming, M.D. As Dana's two nurse friends listen to her
latest tales of woe (translate that to her perceived inadequacy), she
explains that Trevor's treating her differently than before. Katie from
book one mentions that maybe Trevor really cares for Dana, and he's giving
the relationship time to develop.
Dana's response is so lame. "Maybe he decided he didn't want me after
we'd done it and he knew what he was getting."
Here's how I see this story. We've got a caring, sensitive physician – the
story's saving grace – who's interested in a woman who's judgmental, knows
how to carry a major league grudge, is unyielding, has a problem with
compromises, is uncaring about his feelings and is overall a pain in the
rear. Trevor deserves better. If he's a fairy tale kind of guy, she is,
too. I can see her gazing into Snow White's Mirror, chanting: Mirror,
Mirror on the wall . . . some days I have no sense at all.