Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Book Review: The Best Medicine (Strictly Business #1) by Elizabeth Hayley

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: June 2, 2015
Publisher: Signet
336 Pages

The first novel in a sparkling and sexy new contemporary romance series about four best friends looking for love in all the right places—and the one woman who discovers that it takes more than an impeccable bedside manner to make dreams come true…

Lauren Hastings is finally ready to enter the real world. At twenty-six, she’s about to get her master’s in psychology, and she’s well on her way to beginning the career of her dreams—until she suffers public humiliation and has to endure something she thought she’d never have to deal with again: a part-time job.

A gig at Trinity Hospital isn’t exactly Lauren’s definition of a good time, but Dr. Scott Jacobs quickly changes her mind. He’s straight-up gorgeous, and he always gets what he wants. And that includes Lauren. It’s an ideal arrangement for both of them. No strings. Just fun—at least at first.

But feelings quickly begin to run deeper than either Lauren or Scott is willing to admit, causing issues neither of them want to confront. After all, who wants to risk the perfect relationship on something as terrifying, as messy, and as unpredictable as love?

Umm...I really wanted to like this one. It sounded so cute in the blurb, but in the end, it just didn't cut it for me. 

Lauren Hastings has made some major mistakes in her life. All of these have lead her life off of the course she had planned for it. She's watching all of her friends thriving in their careers and she just wants to have that life as well. When events get out of hand at a local bar, Lauren is left cleaning up the pieces. And aside from trying to finish grad school, she now has to get a part time job. With help from her mother, Lauren ends up working for Dr. Scott Jacobs basically a hot version of Doogie Howser.

There's instant attraction between the two, that's obvious to see. Their first thoughts about each other were literally how to get the other into bed. And it just escalates from there. The two, tired of fighting their attraction to each other, enter into a 'no-strings' arrangement. 
I'm betting you can see where this is going. And therein lies one of my problems with it. It's a plot I've read over and over with nothing new brought to it. I could have looked beyond that, and have in other books, if the characters were well-rounded. But halfway through through the book, I realized that I just didn't care. I knew how the book would end, but I didn't care how they ended up there. I skimmed the last half, which mostly consisted of sex. They just weren't likeable and I felt had no chemistry outside of their sexual relationship. Lauren was childish. Scott was a dick. That's pretty much all I got out of this.

This series is supposed to follow Lauren and her friends. I am interested in reading the next one because I seemed to like the side characters a lot better than the main. And I really want to know if it's the writing I didn't like, or the characters.

I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

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