Author: Angelina Rain
Title: Intimate Healing
One by one, household dogs disappear only to come back after senseless abuse. Veterinarian Jordan Powell will stop at nothing to make sure her patients safety. Even if that means seeking help from ex-boyfriend, Police Officer Nate Thrillson, the man whose heart she once broke.
The last thing Nate wants is a relationship. He has an inoperable cancerous tumor in his brain and his days are numbered. Yet, he couldn’t resist Jordan.
It’s a race against time to save the dogs and the man who captured her heart. Can the doctor, who made a life out of helping animals, heal a human?
What I Thought
The positive points:
Angelina Rain begins the story with a memorable opening scene, and the dog aspect is present almost from the first line. The heroine is a veterinarian, and her fondness for animals is her dominant character trait. The heroine's character is consistent first to last, and the hero is appropriately masculine. His character is the most sympathetic in the story, and the happily-ever-after is a pleasure. The best part of the novel is the mystery of what is happening with the dogs, and the resolution to that plot thread brings a sense of justice served.
The negative points:
There were many errors, both typographical and grammatical, and these occurred just often enough to prevent immersion in the story. Many times, as well, the heroine would embark on some errand, and we would read through the entire sequence of events, from her departure to her performing the task to her return -- but nothing came of it. It neither developed her character nor advanced the plot. In the same vein, overwhelming detail bogged down many scenes. When administering an injection to an injured dog, the heroine's every move was described, from swabbing the area with disinfectant to opening the syringe to performing the injection. The most unsatisfactory aspect of the story is the hero's treatment of the heroine. Their previous relationship had lasted a total of four months, fourteen years earlier, and her treatment of him was despicable. Yet he still treasures his time with a girl who plotted throughout their entire relationship to betray him as the memory of his one true love? To the point that, within two days of meeting her again, he is already certain of his love for her? And so certain of her affection for him that he does not tell her of his illness, lest he hurt her? But despite her love, the heroine's distrust of men is still present almost at the very end, even after they have declared their love for each other. There is no resolution to that issue. Though the heroine learns that not all women are perfectly trustworthy, she retains her doubts about men, all men, even the hero, and this is never addressed. Many of these issues ought to have been resolved by the editor, and it is clear that this book did not receive the appropriate attention from its editor.
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