Title: Heart Like Mine
Series: Echo Lake #2
Author: Maggie McGinnis
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: April 5, 2016
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press/ St. Martin’s Paperbacks
My Rating: 4 stars
Delaney Blair loves her job at Echo Lake’s Mercy Hospital, where she’s developed a reputation for being smart, fair, and driven. When she’s assigned to cut funding, she has to temporarily relocate her office, put on borrowed scrubs, and go toe-to-toe with Dr. Joshua Mackenzie, the interim head of the pediatrics department. His killer smile and rock-star body are distractions Delaney could do without, but she’s determined to stay focused while she brings his budget into line. It’s not working.
Beloved by his colleagues and patients alike, Josh is too busy caring for sick kids to talk numbers with the sexy, stiletto-clad Delaney. Every time they talk business, tensions run high…but so does a powerful attraction neither of them can ignore. When an emergency brings Mercy to its knees, Delaney and Josh must work together to save lives. But can they also find a way into each other’s hearts?
Read on for my thoughts on Heart Like Mine. No true spoilers, promise.
We return to Echo Lake for the second story in Maggie McGinnis’ series, Echo Lake. In today’s world funding cuts are a way of life for any big business, it’s just somewhat hard to take when the areas needing cut relate to patient care in our hospitals. As much as we would like to see every doctor and nurse as a healer… the bottom line is that hospitals are businesses that need to generate profits.
Delaney has been given the task to find funds to cut in the pediatrics department – definitely an area of the hospital where no one wants to cut back on anything but somehow Delaney will come through, she always does. What she didn’t expect was Josh, the handsome head of pediatrics did his best to side step her questions and meetings, and barely listened to her well thought out arguments as to why the cuts needed to take place. Josh was in it for the kids and felt that paring back any more than they already had in his department would endanger the care given and the health of the kids entrusted into his staff’s care. Both were strong, stubborn and were very good at their jobs. They also had sparks flying around them any time they got close so add a strong attraction to an already heated situation. Josh has challenged Delaney to come work the floor with him, get to understand the kids and their needs – actually see the patients that her suggested funding cuts were going to affect the most. Delaney never backed down from a challenge yet and she’ll take on Josh – even if it means spending far too much time with a man who draws her in and doesn’t seem to want to let go.
Heart Like Mine is a delightful story that doesn’t toss an instant love at the reader but instead takes the time to slowly build the attraction between Josh and Delaney as well as bring a deeper understanding into why these funding cuts matter so much to them both. (there are more reasons than the obvious) Life doesn’t always come with easy answers, but it was encouraging to watch Delaney and Josh work their way through their problem and to each other.
If you are looking for a deeper story, one that embraces all parts of falling in love from the start then Heart Like Mine should be on your reading list. Plus if you’ve been following the series so far it’s always fun to run into old friends once again.
*I received an e-ARC of Heart Like Mine from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*
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