Dr Stanton by T.L. Swan
Published by Self-published on July 20, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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If happiness is a gift. Then Cameron Stanton is my Santa Claus.
I can’t tell you the exact moment I fell in love with him. Only that I did. With every glance, every touch, every minute…. he stole a little more of me.
They say that all men are created equal. Well that’s a blatant lie!
I know because I met Gods gift to women in Vegas, I pretended he was my husband to get rid of another man.
He took our fake marriage seriously and it became his personal goal to consummate. He spoke to me in French and I lied to him in German.
His laughter was addictive.
But I thought what happens in Vegas would stay in Vegas.
Until it didn't. Dr. Stanton turned up where I least expected and my lies came back to haunt me.
The attraction is palpable. The secrets unchangeable. I need him more than air.
This is a stand alone, contemporary romance.
Having succumbed to the hype around Stanton, I decided to give this book a go. My only hesitation was Stanton’s title, Doctor. I’m not a fan of medical romances but thankfully this story was relationship based rather than driven by medical issues.
I was hooked in from the first chapter. Ashley won me over with her quick thinking and ability to go with the flow of a situation. When she ropes in Cameron Stanton (at this point a random stranger) to get her out of an annoying situation at a bar, her night suddenly begins to look up. Having introduced him as her husband to the jerk trying to pick her up, Cameron instantly supports the farce by giving Ashley a convincing kiss to assure the jerk she was in fact married to him.
Thus begins a fun 24 hours of pretense with a promise to catch up the following weekend. Apart from Ashley giving Cameron her number, neither know each other’s names, nor any other detail that could lead them back to each other.
Disaster strikes and the planned weekend never eventuated. They both move on in their lives until fate deals an awkward card. Having not seen each other for the last 5 years, they are both stunned to discover they have been assigned to work together. It adds a cruel layer to their history, after finally meeting up with each other again, and their work relationship dictates no fraternization between them.
While I found this a page turner, there were a couple of situations I struggled with. Usually, I love the use of foreign endearments or phrases woven into a story, but here I found them frustrating. Each time they were used, a helpful translation appeared. Great, this saved me from googling what I didn’t understand, but it appeared strange each time I encountered it and slowed the pace of the story down.
The other stumbling block I had was with the plot twist. It’s a spoiler so I won’t go into to detail other than I thought the way they both jumped to conclusions was frustrating. It was minor, but it took the shine off a story I was totally wrapped up in.
I was surprised that in some sections when dialog was being shared, the formatting was off. It meant some words were broken up and what I was reading no longer made sense. They weren’t typos, it was merely the spacing was skewed. Not a big deal, but when it popped up the effect was akin to a speed hump in this page turner!
This was my first TL Swan book and it won’t be my last. The few niggly issues I had with the story merely took this from a 5 to a 4 star experience. I am now going to make sure I go back and read the other Stanton books!
Rating; 4 Fun filled escaped Stars!
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