Blog Tour: The Doctor’s Date (Copper Point: Medical #2) by Heidi Cullinan (Reviews + Guest Post + Giveaway)

Title: The Doctor’s Date
Series: Copper Point: Medical: Book Two
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Release Date: June 18, 2019
Category: Contemporary
Pages: 300

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The hospital’s least eligible bachelor and its aloof administrator hate each other… so why are they pretending to date?

Dr. Owen Gagnon and HR director Erin Andreas are infamous for their hospital hallway shouting matches. So imagine the town’s surprise when Erin bids an obscene amount of money to win Owen in the hospital bachelor auction—and Owen ups the ante by insisting Erin move in with him.

Copper Point may not know what’s going on, but neither do Erin and Owen. Erin intends his gesture to let Owen know he’s interested. Owen, on the other hand, suspects ulterior motives—that Erin wants a fake relationship as a refuge from his overbearing father.

With Erin suddenly heading a messy internal investigation, Owen wants to step up and be the hero Erin’s never had. Too bad Erin would rather spend his energy trying to rescue Owen from the shadows of a past he doesn’t talk about.

This relationship may be fake, but the feelings aren’t. Still, what Erin and Owen have won’t last unless they put their respective demons to rest. To do that, they’ll have to do more than work together—they’ll have to trust they can heal each other’s hearts.

Hi there! Thanks for having me today. I’m here to talk about my new book The Doctor’s Date, available in ebook, trade paper, and mass market from Dreamspinner Press. It’s book two in the Copper Point: Medical series, and it’s the story of Erin Andreas, no-nonsense hospital administrator, and Dr. Owen Andreas, the cantankerous anesthesiologist.

The story opens with a bachelor auction fundraiser for the hospital, and Owen is a reluctant part of it. Though he’d arranged for his friends to buy him and save him from awkwardness or embarrassment, his plan is thwarted when Erin pays an exorbitant amount of money for him.

When I did the pre-planning for the Copper Point: Medical series, I baked in as many tropes as possible, and the big one for this book was the bachelor auction. It’s a solid, standard trope that has a lot of potential: built-in conflicts, issues of power dynamics, and excuse for extensive shared contact whether or not the characters are ready. I knew Erin and Owen would be oil and water at first, so to me this was a winning setup.

While the bachelor auction trope worked well for the book, I also quickly became aware of its limitations. Once you boil it down and examine it, there are a lot of problems. From the get-go its an invasion of consent: since the auctionee can’t control who purchases him, there’s not a small amount of stress. It’s also an incredibly privileged setup, both from the aspect of race and gender. We are only a few years clear of the death of the last American born into slavery, a practice that put human beings on real, not mock auction blocks. You also never hear of bachelorette auctions, because the joke here is that men have the power and women do not. To “sell” a man, especially a white, straight, cis man, isn’t considered problematic because even as a purchased commodity they retain a lot of power; they’re lending themselves to the process for fun.

I knew Owen would chafe at being up for sale, so naturally he was a candidate. I also love a good messy first meeting or first step toward HEA, so the idea of Erin naively buying Owen only to make him furious was irresistible. Of course, because all these two have ever done is butt heads, the power dynamics were all over the place. That was something that remained throughout the rest of the book, as the two of them learned not only more about one another but what they and their partner needed.

Ultimately, Erin and Owen are two quite broken men who don’t believe at all their personal struggles are an issue they need to deal with. Not only does this bachelor auction launch them into a conflict-rich journey to one another, it also forces them to face their demons in the safe space the two of them create together. More than any characters I’ve written in some time, Erin and Owen truly need each other.

But boy do they start off rocky!

I hope you enjoy The Doctor’s Date as we continue the journey through Copper Point: Medical!

4.5 stars

The Doctor’s Date is the second book in the Copper Point Medical series by Heidi Cullinan. It features Erin Andreas and Dr. Owen Gagnon. Erin is the HR director of the hospital but he is still very much under his father’s thumb. Growing up, he was shoved away from his mother and pretty much ignored by his father unless he did something his father didn’t approve of. He appears weak and spineless with his father, however, where Owen is concerned, he is a firecracker who can hold his own. Owen, who was once a violin prodigy, gave it all up and became an anesthesiologist instead of a musician. Scarred physically and emotionally from abusive parents, he is a terror to be around and makes everyone afraid of him. Except Erin. Erin who argues and stands up to him on a regular basis. Owen believes Erin doesn’t care much for him until he bids an excessive amount of money at the hospital’s Bachelor Auction.

After seeing Owen in the first book, I was really in a hurry for his story. While coming across like an ogre, he is really a teddy bear to the people he loves and respects. He is loyal to a fault and wants nothing but to make sure his friends are cared for. I personally ended up disliking Erin throughout most of the first book, however, we learn the reason why he is stiff and somewhat cold towards others except Nick. I was glad that he ended up making friends and had a solid support system by the end of the book. He and Owen made an adorable couple and I cannot wait to see more of them in the next book.

As I said, I was in a hurry for this book and the wait was rewarded with this amazing story. I felt for both Owen and Erin. They both overcame such horrible backgrounds and were both successful and while they did need support, they both reached out and accepted help from professionals and friends. I am very excited for Jared and Nick’s book, too. While we do know a bit about Nick, Jared is a mystery that I cannot wait to unravel. I really liked this book and I will reread it.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. *** 

4 Stars!

I liked this story more than the first one in this series, though I can’t really pinpoint why. You could probably read this one as a standalone, but I think it would be a better, richer read having read the first one. We got to know Owen, and Erin to a lesser extent, in The Doctor’s Secret. Owen is a doctor and roommate Jared and Simon, the latter being one of the main characters, and co-lead, in the first book. Erin was instrumental at the end of the first book, but we never got to see the kind of person he was, just what everyone else assumed about him. 

Erin has been trying to please his father, the head of the hospital’s board of directors, forever. As the hospital’s HR director, he is constantly toeing his father’s vision of the hospital. Erin’s act of defiance in the last book peaked Owen’s curiosity; until that point, he’d thought Erin was just his father’s toady. Some impulsive actions by Erin, and Owen’s need to help and protect meet up and lead them to a relationship that works better for them than they would have imagined.

I loved Owen’s fierce protective instincts and how loyal he is to those he trusts. While those qualities had him jumping to conclusions at the auction, he wasn’t necessarily off base. I loved that Erin got to see and realize just how his father had been treating him all these years and that he finally, eventually stood up to him. I loved that the guys all came together to sort out the internal investigation that Erin was trying so hard to solve. I loved that Erin was trying to do the right thing even under all the pressure put on him and that he learned how to trust and lean on the others for help. Both men learn and grow in this book. Owen has a lot of healing to do and thankfully he finds a way to start the process after getting to know Erin. I loved how Simon, Jared, and Jack helped Owen without pushing and asking questions that Owen wasn’t ready to talk about. 

If you are a fan of the author, I will warn you that the heat level of this story is lower than in a lot of her other books; most of the sex scenes fade to black. Honestly, I think the heat level fitted the characters and the story. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. 

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. ***     

4 Stars

As much as I wanted to read the first book in this series, it came at a time when we had a death in my family, but I was determined to read this one and boy, am I glad I did. This was my first Heidi Cullinan book and while I have wanted to read several others of hers, I never was able to for one reason or another.

This is also the first time I’ve come across an anesthesiologist as the doctor. I’ve read about surgeons and nurses and ER doctors but not an anesthesiologist before. It was a nice change of career point.

Erin was a great character, full of anxiety and fear. Wanting Owen but not knowing how to do anything about it because of Erin’s (horrible) father, made me sad, since Erin deserved to be happy. I just wanted to hug him and keep him safe.

Owen has this air about him that keeps others at arm’s length, but for a couple of his close friends. I loved how he argues with Erin and how he pokes him just get a reaction out of him. Even though he is grumpy and growly at times, he’s a great character who brings so much to this story.

I can’t wait till book three comes out so I can see what happens to the next couple; I feel like it’s gonna be good.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure; a review wasn’t a requirement. ***  

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Blog Tour: The Doctor’s Date (Copper Point: Medical #2) by Heidi Cullinan (Reviews + Guest Post + Giveaway)

  1. Cowboys, Athletes and Professors and I would say policemen but that’s because I have specific characters in mind.

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  2. Jon’s Downright Ridiculous Shooting Case by AJ Sherwood was great and the second book in the series just released.

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  3. Doctors, scientists, artists, detectives, musicians and athletes are some of my favorite professions to read about.

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  4. I have no preference of profession for characters in book really. It’s the overall feeling I got when I read the blurb/excerpt and whether or not the story works for me as a whole.

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