Monday, May 28, 2012

Trauma Plan



Sidelined by injuries from a vicious assault, nurse chaplain Riley Hale is determined to return to ER duties. But how can she show she’s competent when the hospital won’t let her attempt even simple tasks? Determined to prove herself, Riley volunteers at a controversial urban free clinic despite her fears about the maverick doctor in charge.

Dr. Jack Travis defends his clinic like he’s commander of the Alamo. He’ll fight the community’s efforts to shut its doors, even if he must use Riley Hale’s influential family name to make it happen.

As Riley strives to regain her skills, Jack finds that she shares his compassion—and stirs his lonely heart. Riley senses that beneath Jack’s rough exterior is a man she can believe in. But when clinic protests escalate and questions surface about his past, Jack goes into battle mode, and Riley wonders if it’s dangerous to trust him with her heart.

My Review:

Calvert is truly a remarkable writer. Her characters are multidimensional and so easy to relate to and root for. I love a good character-driven story, and this definitely is one. But Calvert doesn't skimp on plot either. There's a thread of suspense -- actually, a couple of them -- that she weaves together towards a cunning climax. And then there is the controlled chaos of the ER and other emergency situations that are peppered throughout the book. Fast enough to set my heart-pounding, detailed enough to bring images to mind, but not so technical that the average reader would get lost in the medical-jargon. She really has found the perfect balance in this medical romance.

Speaking of which -- Dr. Travis is the perfect enigma of a hero. His bedside manner is divine, his passion explosive and his past just a tad checkered. Larger than life and ready to do battle for what he believes in, he almost intimidates Riley, until she acknowledges her attraction to the maverick doctor. That's when she starts running for her life only Calvert doesn't let her get too far. There are some wonderful secondary characters, including a special needs dog, that fill out the cast and keep Jack and Riley in close proximity of each other.

With a multitude of surprises along the way, including a few dramatic twists I didn't see coming, Trauma Plan is a page-turning compulsion of a read. Bet you'll finish it in one sitting.

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Trauma Plan, please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. Make sure to put the book title in the subject line of your email so that I can easily spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday June 3 2012. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!


  1. Count me in! LOVE Candace Calvert books!! Love medical mysteries. Thanks.

    Linda At: desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  2. Ooh! I've been dying to get my hands on this book! Thanks for another great giveaway!!!


  3. Never read a medical fiction book, unless it had to do with pioneer doctors. Sound like a great book, please enter me. Thanks.
    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

  4. Candace is really unique in the industry, I think and she sure knows how to tell a good story! Good luck everyone!

  5. I've been waiting for Trauma Plan, it sounds perfect to get my heart rate up a bit. :)
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  6. Can you believe it's been an 18 month wait? That's how long it's been since her last series was published. I get giddy just thinking about it!

  7. Would love to read this one! Thanks!

  8. I've read some good reviews of this book so please include me in the drawing for Trauma Plan. Thanks.


  9. Good luck pwnmom and Pam!

  10. Can't wait to read this book. Winning it would be wonderful!!


  11. would love to read candace's latest novel...thanks for the chance :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  12. Ooh, this looks like a great book! Please enter me!


  13. This book looks wonderful! I've never read anything by Candace, but I've heard great things about them. Thanks for the great giveaway!


  14. The ER setting sounds interesting. Thanks!

  15. I would definitely put this book on my list to read...sounds quite a action packed book....and hard to put

  16. Thank you for this thoughtful (enthusiastic!) and beautifully written review of my newest medical drama. (Grin): I think I've found a new favorite description of my hero: - "Dr. Travis is the perfect enigma of a hero. His bedside manner is divine, his passion explosive and his past just a tad checkered." Fabulous!
    Thank you all for your comments and interest: it's an honor to have you "scrub in."

  17. Since I have a small character part in this book I'm giving it to all my friends so would love to win one.