Thursday, August 20, 2015

Blog Tour: How to Save a Surgeon by CM Stone


HtSaS_500Book Title: How to Save a Surgeon 
Author: CM Stone 
Release Date: August 17, 2015 
Genre: Lovestruck
Book Synopsis:   He’s sworn off all women… 

When he lost the girl he loved, Dr. Jackson DeMatteo shut down his heart and became the kind of perfectionist surgeon that alienated him from the residents. Now Jackson has a very coveted promotion dangling before him...but it comes with a price. Working with adorably geeky first-year resident Darla Morales is definitely going to cost him. Big time. 

She's just what the doctor ordered... 

Completing her trauma residency demands confidence and Darla, who's already pretty high on the nerd scale, is definitely not confident. Worse still, she's forced to work with Doctor Dreamy, who makes her even more nervous and defensive. Darla needs to focus on the work and not his bedroom eyes if she ever hopes to become a trauma surgeon.

Excerpt: “It’s not like that,” Darla said. “It’s more like the lady version of wanting to rescue the damsel in distress.” 

“The villain isn’t a damsel in distress.” 

“But movies don’t make heroes emotionally vulnerable in the same way, and that’s what appeals about the bad guy. It’s not him being evil, it’s his pain. He’s hurt and looking for something. If he just let himself be loved, he could be saved.” 

Jackson glanced at the screen. Had they watched the same movie? 

“Saved from what?” 


There was something in the way she said the word. This time he couldn’t resist touching her. His hand cupped her cheek, his thumb stroking her skin. 

“Are we still talking about the movie?” 

“Well, everybody could use a little saving now and then.” 

Her eyes closed as she leaned into his touch, and he had the urge to kiss her eyelids and feel the brush of her lashes. 

“What do I need saving from?” 

His fingers slid from her cheek to the side of her neck, lightly tracing the lines of her body to memorize them through touch. She melted back against the couch and rolled her head, exposing more of her neck to his touch. She was quiet for so long that he began to wonder if she’d respond at all before her eyes opened a slit. 

“Being a stick in the mud who only ever wants to do things the same way?” 

His fingertips just barely teased behind her ear and at the fine hairs of her nape. It was the lightest touch he could manage without breaking contact, but it still flooded his body with heat. 

“Is that what you think of me?”

 “I’m not sure, but it seems like you try really hard to make people think that.” 

He drew his hand away, torn between what he needed to do and what he wanted.

 “Maybe. I might be compensating a little.” 

She licked her lips, her heavy-lidded eyes never wavering from his. 

“Compensating for what?” 

“For occasionally being very, very unprofessional.” 

My Review: 
While I have always enjoyed medical romances, I haven't read one in quite awhile so How to Save a Surgeon was refreshing to me. When Dr. Jackson DeMatteo is assigned a first year intern to mentor, he's not exactly sure what he's gotten himself into, especially since Darla Morales is a spitfire who challenges him in front of his colleagues, only to run away in embarrassment. 

Darla is earnest, sweet, and somewhat insecure when it comes to the likes of confident Dr. DeMatteo. Although earnest and insecure at times, Darla has a ton of ambition and determination and knows what she wants. 

Jackson on the other hand is Darla's opposite. Not only is he a surgeon already and on a fast track to being one of the best in the hospital, his ego is a bit inflated at times and he can come off as obnoxious. But underneath that layer is a man who has experienced grief and has a slew of emotional problems. 

While opposites, Darla and Jackson both seem to have some unresolved issues and angst regarding their parents and both are determined to be the best. After getting over the initial bumps in the road, the two of them become a great team in the OR and become attracted to one another. 

Stone has crafted believable and likable characters. The emotions are heavy and genuine and the chemistry between Jackson and Darla is real and not forced. I really enjoyed the book and Stone's writing and would definitely recommend this to readers.


carrie2Author Bio: 
A native to Southern Nevada, C.M. Stone found happiness as an adult living a rural life in the frigid northwoods of Wisconsin. She wrote her first book at the age of seven--selling it door to door--and decided then and there that she would never accept any other career. Though she didn't know it at the time, that first book was romantic suspense. A lifelong love for romance novels set in at an early age, despite the fact that Cee considers herself possibly the least romantic person on earth. When she's not writing, Cee is busy wrangling critters and inventing new recipes.

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 Giveaway Info: Gambling Hearts prize pack includes one pair of red dice, one collectible Las Vegas shot glass, a custom How to Save a Surgeon tote bag, and a digital copy of One Night in Vegas. A $30 Amazon gift card will be substituted in place of the prize pack for international winner.

1 comment:

  1. Excellent post! I really enjoyed reading the excerpt and your review. Looking forward to reading this book!