I’m always happy when I see that Radclyffe has written another novel in the “A Rivers Community Romance” series. I fell in love with this series several books ago, and now I have a new one to add to that list with Pathway to Love.
This seventh novel takes us back to the Rivers hospital where the reader meets Dr. Bennett (Ben) Anderson who is just starting work at the Rivers as the new head of the Sports medicine department. Even before Ben gets to work, she (sort of) meets Courtney (Court) Valentine, a first year resident at the hospital. There are definite sparks between the two that increase as they are thrust together during an unusually frantic day at the Rivers. Only time will tell what those sparks mean.
A good portion of this story, about two thirds of the novel, takes place during one hectic day at the hospital. It was very much like “A Day in the Life” of the Rivers and the folks who worked there, with Ben and Court playing in the starring roles. I actually liked this scenario a lot. It reminded me of all those medical dramas on tv that I’ve binged on over the years. The pace is fast and exciting with a lot of action happening around and to the staff and patients. We can see the connection between Ben and Court forming during the work they do together, and the reader gets to reconnect with some characters from earlier books. The last third of the story is slower in pace, and this is where most of the romantic action happens. The romance is fairly low angst, but there is still conflict the two must work through. This conflict is one of the few things I didn’t like about the story. Though I won’t mention it directly, the conflict is a type that I think is often overused in romantic tales.
I really enjoyed reading this story. I had fun catching up with characters from the earlier books as well as enjoying the romance with the newest couple. I also had a great time with the “Day in the Life” of the trauma center at the Rivers. If you are a medical drama fan, a lover of romance, and especially a fan of this series, then you should get this book. I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books.