Petra and Ian
The man with allergies never gets the girl, at least according to the movies—and Portland restaurateur Ian Zamora wants to be the guy who gets the girl. To rid himself of the sensitivities brought on by his sometimes-girlfriend's cat, he makes an appointment with allergist Petra Lale. But he suddenly finds himself acutely attracted to the very woman who is supposed to be helping him take care of his problem.
Petra is intrigued by Ian's quiet strength and sexy body, but her solo practice is new and struggling. She can't afford to compromise her ethics—or risk her medical license—by dating a patient. Falling in love certainly wasn't this doctor's order.
Audiobook narrated by Sara Ayers and Tim Pabon.
forbidden love; beta hero; restaurateur MMC; STEM FMC; medical; female friendship
on-page sex; on-page alcohol use; depression; self esteem; anxiety; mother-daughter relationships
Helen and Adam
Neurologist Helen Chang Frobisher is on a mission to ban hockey from Portland to prevent the kind of concussive brain injury that plagues her father. Luckless Oregon Wolves player Adam Magnus is desperately trying to secure his career and his retirement despite his young team's dismal record.
But while Adam and Helen spar over the future of the sports franchise, in private, they find themselves battling an impossible attraction. Will their relationship end up in the penalty box, or are they a winning combination?
Audiobook narrated by Eunice Wong and Zachary Webber.
enemies to lovers; opposites attract; hockey player MMC; concussion; medical; STEM FMC; female friendship
on-page sex; angry depression; parental decline; dementia
Sarah and Jake
Sarah Soon may have recovered from cancer—in body—but her brush with mortality has left the usually confident ob/gyn shaken about her future and herself. One thing is certain, she doesn't want Jake Li, her brother's annoyingly good—and disturbingly hot—best friend hanging around while she sorts herself out.
Everyone tells freshly divorced social worker Jake Li that he shouldn't be looking for a serious relationship right now, especially one with Sarah Soon. But Jake doesn't want let go of the irrepressible Sarah and Sarah can't keep away from soulful Jake. This is one break that neither of them can make.
Audiobook narrated by Emily Woo Zeller and David Shih.
a condom break that does not result in accidental pregnancy; discussion of abortion with FMC's patient; STEM FMC; enemies to lovers; best friend's little sister; recovery from illness; medical; female friendship.
on-page sex; on-page alcohol use; cancer; discussion of birth control, pregnancy and termination; difficult family relationships; pet illness; car accident
Joan and Darren
When rheumatologist Darren Zhang accidentally sits in on acting teacher Joan Lacy's improv class, he's unprepared for the attraction that hits him--and he's a man who likes to be prepared. Joan is caring for her ailing mother and barely has time to keep up her art, let alone date. But as the pair play out an unlikely relationship during stolen moments, they both find themselves wanting to say yes, and...much more.
"Yes, And..." first appeared in the He's Come Undone anthology.
Audiobook narrated by Victoria Mei.
starchy hero; opposites attract; improv; pity burgers
parental dementia; illness/hospital scenes; caregiver fatigue; on-page sex; on-page panic attack; difficult family relationships
This 3-book bundle from Crimson Romance collected Acute Reactions, Hard Knocks and Clean Breaks.
Three peppery heroines, three hard-bodied (and mush-hearted) heroes, three happily ever afters—all else confusion. Plus, furtive masturbation, unruly pets, kale puns, Jimmy jokes, and much, much more!
This collection does not include the novelette "Yes, And..." (Practice Perfect #3.5)