Saturday, August 20, 2011

Turn Back Time by Radclyffe

Publisher:               Bold Strokes Books

If you are a fan of Radclyffe's books, you may find that Turn Back Time seems very familiar. Not only are the characters standard Radclyffe fare, but the plot is very reminiscent of Fated Love.
Pearce Rifkin and Wynter Thompson are surgical residents who met years before in a brief encounter. They felt an immediate attraction, but circumstances were against them. Now they find themselves in the same hospital where Pearce is the Chief Surgical Resident and trying to compete with the reputation of her father, a brilliant surgeon. Wynter has fallen behind in her residency due to complications in her personal life and she's determined to catch up and show her skills have not suffered. As can be expected, the two find themselves drawn to each other, but any chance they might have at romance has to compete with their personal situations. Romance isn't what either one planned on, but it may be what they need. When they find their lives are about to be ripped apart again, the question becomes whether or not they can stand up to the forces working around them and find the happiness they see is possible.

Turn Back Time and Fated Love have many similarities. Both have two doctors who work together on the same team. Both have one of the doctors have a daughter that the other doctor develops a relationship with. Both have one of the doctors face a life threatening condition. The stories are also dissimilar. In one book both doctors are surgeons and in the other they are both Emergency Room physicians. There is no looming father figure in Fated Love and the danger in that book is a medical condition, where the danger in Turn Back Time comes from an attack. Once you have read one though, you can't read the other without a feeling that you've already been in this story.

Turn Back Time is very expectable and predictable, but a nice read for a long afternoon or evening. It's just that there is nothing new in this story, nothing daring. It's technically well crafted and follows the same pattern as most of Radclyffe's books, which means you can expect a nice romance, but nothing exciting or different. Some people read books for exactly that type of experience. They want to read a pleasant story with a happy ending. In that case, Radclyffe will never fail the reader. If you're looking for a book that intrigues you or draws you into the story though, read this one and keep looking.

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