Playing Doctor

Sourcebooks Casablanca. (Meeting Men, Bk. 1). Jan. 2015. 272p. ISBN 9781492602323. pap. $13; ebk. ISBN 9781492602330. EROTICA
Allure's "Meeting Men" series and her writing career debut with a compilation of three "dirty doctor" stories. "The Intern" is a simmering tale of a lovelorn doctor and the sexy intern who shakes things up. Dr. Lauren Marks is finally recovering from the shocking collapse of her ten-year marriage. Back in her small hometown of Plum Banks, Lauren's practice is finally getting off the ground, and she is adjusting to the single life (though she misses the comfort a man in her bed can bring). When intern Court turns out to be not a woman but a very attractive, very available young man, Lauren can't help but give in to temptation. "My Doctor, My Husband, and Me" follows a similar trajectory, with middle-aged housewife Valerie finding the latest object of her affection donning a white lab coat. Dr. Luka Czerny is tall, dark, and unconventionally handsome, with an incredible bedside manner. Though happily married to husband Elliott for 19 years, Valerie finds herself fantasizing first about her surgeon, then about both men lavishing her with attention. Lucky for her, Luka and Elliott are extremely onboard with the idea, and the trio embark on a ménage à trois that changes all of them for the better. The compilation ends on a younger note with "Seize the Doctor," a spicy tale of twentysomethings in New York City looking for fun. Twenty-six-year-old Nikki isn't seeking anything serious; she just broke up with her boyfriend of a year after finding out about his infidelity. Her friends take her out for a pick-me-up at Club X, where she meets "Adonis," also known as Hunter. Things end badly when the girls realize Hunter and his friends are making the rounds, scoring as many numbers as they can, but, still, Nikki feels like she missed a connection. To her shock and horror, she bumps into her club hottie again—at the OB/GYN, where he is meant to be conducting her exam. Even with their rocky start, Nikki decides this is one fish she won't let get away, and the two find out that they're extremely compatible, both in and out of the sheets.
VERDICT Though the language is a bit dated, these quick, easy reads will appeal to anyone looking for a sexy book that they can put down and pick back up with no trouble. Fun, flirty characters abound, and there's plenty of kinky action.

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