The Doctor’s Secret, by Heidi Cullinan (Copper Point Medical #1)

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The brilliant but brooding new doctor encounters Copper Point’s sunny nurse-next-door… and nothing can stand in the way of this romance.

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Title: The Doctor’s Secret
Series: Copper Point Medical #1
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Genre: Gay Romance
Release date: April 23rd, 2019 
Page Count: 337 pages
Rating: 3,5 stars 

 

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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?

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When I saw that Heidi Cullinan was releasing a brand spanking new series I jumped on it. She is after all the author of my “all-time favorite” Carry The Ocean, and let’s not forget “hot as balls Dirty Laundry. All the reasons for me to give this one a go 😉

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Now as much as I enjoyed reading this story, it didn’t blow me away like “Carry the Ocean” did. I don’t think anything ever will, so I am just gonna accept this fact. What I did love about this book was the “hospital setting“. I devour hospital series like crazy and so this was right up my alley.

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Hong-Wei is a new surgeon (read wonder doctor) at the hospital where Simon works as a nurse. It is pretty much love at first sight. I am not a huge fan of “insta-love” but I tried not to let it bother me too much.

The problem with falling in love with a co-worker/superior is the fact that it’s against hospital policy. I myself am all for breaking the rules…but I can understand that your job is somewhat important fcc37b1805a49c13a3f7d3d50b64ed47

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It was sweet and intriguing, though I could have done with a bit more steam, but that’s probably just me 9f01372377900d9203bc4efe48eb1659

I am very curious about the next book and I will definitely read it !!

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About the Author

Author of over thirty novels, Midwest-native Heidi Cullinan writes positive-outcome romances for LGBT characters struggling against insurmountable odds because she believes there’s no such thing as too much happy ever after. Heidi is a two-time RITA® finalist and her books have been recommended by Library Journal, USA Today, RT Magazine, and Publisher’s Weekly. Find out more at heidicullinan.com.


 

For the Love of Asian Dramas

I’m completely, utterly addicted to Asian dramas.

I can’t remember what my first one was—technically I guess you could call the live-action Japanese version of Death Note my initial foray, but probably I should cite Good Morning Call, recommended to me by Kwana Jackson on Twitter. It’s the story of a Japanese high school girl whose parents move to the country but allow her to stay behind in the city to finish school. To do this, she needs an apartment until she can get a spot in the school dorms. She finds one that is so amazing it seems too good to be true—and it is. An unscrupulous agent has let the place to her AND a high school boy for half its real price. Both of them seriously need this space for their own reasons, and neither can afford it on their own. It just so happens, though, that the boy is the most popular boy in school, the one the girls have declared no one can date.

I’ve watched so many Asian dramas at this point I don’t know where to start with recommendations. In The Doctor’s Secret Simon is as addicted as I am, and his favorite is also mine, the Taiwanese drama It Started With a Kiss. I go over the history of it in the book, but it’s basically a Japanese manga turned into I think at least six dramas in four countries. It wouldn’t work in the US. Our schools aren’t set up that way, and…well, it just wouldn’t work. But this one has the heroine losing her house to either an earthquake or shooting star, depending on the version, and she has to move in with the family of the arrogant top of class boy. There are so many hijinks in this I can’t list them all. It’s a great ride, though. The families are the best part.

In Korean dramas, I’d recommend Coffee Prince and Strong Girl Bong-Soon, as well as Oh My Ghost. Another favorite is Miss Hannurabi. My Only Love Song is a killer time-travel during the shooting of a historical drama. Man to Man is a romantic thriller that will keep you on your toes as well as have you in stitches. Back to Japan: My Little Lover is kind of a Thumbellina story, based on Japanese fairytales. Love Sick is a gay romance from Thailand; the first season is on Netflix, but you’ll have to chase down the rest on YouTube.

China has a lot of dramas on Netflix too; my favorite modern one is Love 020, about a female gamer who is noticed by a genius gamer/programmer and then courted both in and out of the game. They have some KILLER fantasies as well, most notably Ashes to Love and  Eternal Love. But don’t miss the web serial Guardian, (turn on captions) which is originally a BL webnovel (which you can find translated on Wattpad. The webcomic is superior, not just because the love scenes (with full on sex) aren’t censored like they are in the novel. This link is of a fan compilation hyping the gayness that is supposed to be a deep bromance in the webseries, but they do a great job of showing how easily it is to read the subtext. The show’s theme song is great too. Here’s a lyric video in English and Mandarin.

I love watching Asian dramas because the stories are a wonderful mix of universality and unique tales that couldn’t be told here. Anything historical/fantastical includes themes and elements I know are standard to those countries but are largely a mystery to me. I also appreciate how non-white/non-Western stories and characters are centered when I watch these. If a white person shows up, which is rare, they’re usually a Russian trying to mimic an American accent, and they’re almost always rich billionaire jerks pettily demanding something they don’t deserve. It’s a nice switch from American shows/movies with stereotypical Asian rep. But mostly they’re just great fiction and I love exploring it all.

I hope you check out some Asian dramas on your own! You can find a lot on Netflix, on the service Viki, and on YouTube.

Heidi Cullinan


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