Anatomy of a Meet Cute

Montlake. Mar. 2023. 332p. ISBN 9781662504570. pap. $16.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
OB/GYN Samantha’s caseload—and her life—is at full capacity: beginning her fellowship in community health research, building a community partnership between San Francisco Central Hospital and local doulas to increase positive health outcomes for marginalized pregnant people, managing her personal relationships with her mother and close friends, and trying to forget her embarrassing mid-flight interaction with the very cute Grant Gao, who soon turns out to be her new colleague at the hospital. She can’t avoid Grant, even if she tries—he’s signed up to be the adviser for her project. As they begin to spend time together outside of shifts, however, Sam is left wondering if he could be more than just her professional partner. Sam is determined to excel in every aspect of her life, and the single point of view gives readers an intimate look at her journey as she grows in her career, her activism, and her relationships.
VERDICT Readers interested in a contemporary drama in a medical setting with well-developed characters and closed-door romance will appreciate this slow-burn from Woolridge (The Bounce Back).
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