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Monday, December 24, 2018

The Army Doc's Christmas Angel by Annie O'Neil- Feature and Review


Letting go of his past...

...to embrace their future!

In this Hope Children's Hospital story, pediatrician Dr. Finn Morgan keeps himself fiercely private--after losing his leg in Afghanistan, he pushed everyone away. So his unexpected attraction to his colleague, physiotherapist Naomi Collins, infuriates him! Something in her stunning eyes tells him she's a survivor, too. Christmas is a time for healing. Maybe they'll both find what they've been looking for--in each other's arms...



The Army Doc's Christmas Angel (Hope Children's Hospital #3)The Army Doc's Christmas Angel by Annie O'Neil
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Army Doc’s Christmas Angel by Annie O’Neil is a Harlequin Medical publication.

After losing his leg in Afghanistan, Pediatrician, Dr. Finn Morgan garnered a gruff, anti-social reputation. But, when he’s partnered with Naomi Collins, a physiotherapist, to treat a young amputee, the sparks between them fly. Neither of them knows how to feel about that situation and walk around on eggshells when they are together. But, when Naomi spies Finn away from the hospital, she sees another side of him.

Naomi is an enigma for Finn. As he gets to know her better, he feels there is something behind her guarded exterior that is keeping her from admitting her feelings for him. Once Naomi trusts him enough to reveal her painful past, Finn realizes they both have deep emotional scars. But he also knows it is time for them to make peace with the past. Can Naomi forgive herself and accept the love Finn is offering her?

Harlequin romance has a line for almost every taste in romance, from angsty to super steamy, from heartwarming to edgy suspense. But my favorite line is the medical romance. These stories don’t seem to get the same attention as the other lines, but are by far the best stories. If you like medical dramas, like Grey’s, then there is no reason why you wouldn’t like these books.

This story has a lot of mature subject matter, dealing with some heavy tragedies. Both Finn and Naomi have survived harrowing ordeals, leaving them traumatized. The relationship develops at a realistic pace and in a way befitting their unique situation.

The downside to the story is that while this book is marketed as a Christmas novel, it only has a mild Christmas theme and is not light and festive, at all.

That said, this is a book one could read at any time of the year, however, and find the story compelling.

Overall, this a good story, very mature subject matter, low steam level, with a compelling medical case, and nice wrap up.





Annie spent most of her childhood with a leg draped over the family rocking chair and a book in her hand. Novels, baking and writing too much teenage angst poetry ate up most of her youth. Now, quite a few years on from those fevered daydreams of being a poet, Annie splits her time between more corralling her husband (and real life Scottish hero) into helping her with their cows or harvesting honey, blackberries, apples (and on and on) - but mostly? She spends an abundance of very happy hours at her computer writing.

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