FICTION

The Antidote for Everything

Berkley. Feb. 2020. 384p. ISBN 9781984802835. $26. F
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This second medical drama by Martin (Queen of Hearts) champions a doctor’s right to care for transgender patients. Readers will love Dr. Georgia Brown, a urologist with nose jewelry and fiery red hair who is alone in the world, save for her best friend, Dr. Jonah Tsukada, a gay family medicine doc. On a transatlantic flight, the recently dumped Georgia saves the life of Mark, a businessman who has overdosed on anti-nausea patches. He vomits on Georgia’s shoes, then hits on her, and the two share a romantic week in Amsterdam. Back in Charleston, Jonah gets fired, ostensibly because he was stealing drugs, but really because he treats transgender patients. Georgia realizes that the hospital’s human resources department has accused Jonah of drug theft because firing him for treating trans people will garner bad publicity. She takes risks to save Jonah’s reputation, at the expense of her own career and her burgeoning love affair with Mark.
VERDICT Readers looking for hot romance should look elsewhere

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