I do love a good medical romance, so when I saw The Fifth Surgeon by Faith Prize about to be published, I grabbed it. It seemed to be a fairly lengthy novel, so I figured it would take me about three days to read it. I’m a slow reader compared to some. I began the story in the afternoon. At 1:45 A.M. that night I finally turned my tablet off. I was over 85% finished. The only reason I didn’t finish the book that night was because I was afraid I would fall asleep and drop my tablet. I woke up early the next morning and finished it then. This novel is that good.
This is one of the best medical dramas/romances I’ve read in a long time. The author obviously knows her medical terms, and she writes in a way that lets the reader understand them as well. A lot of the medical knowledge is quite involved and some is futuristic, so this is really high praise. The story grabs your interest and won’t let go. The hospital setting is also well-described, adding to the overall realism of the story.
For me though, it is the people that really make this tale wonderful. Nadia Keating and Ashley Rylan are the two main characters. Both are surgeons, and also intelligent, driven, and very believable. Ashley is actually Nadia’s boss which causes some friction between the two. In spite of that friction, the chemistry between the two is off the charts. Add in the fact that Nadia is a consummate ice queen with some very personal secrets, and you have all the ingredients for an extremely hot romance.
I believe this may be the author’s debut novel. If it is, I’m even more impressed. Usually with a first novel, you expect a few new author mistakes, but honestly, I can’t find anything. This is an exceptionally well-written novel, and I can’t wait to read more from this author. I received an ARC from Ylva Publishing for an honest review.