Pass Slowlyby Danae Ayusso
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Dr. Jackson O'Neil was a decorated Captain in the United States Army, and a well-respected doctor and talented surgeon who had a reputation with the ladies. He kept friends close, but always at arm's length, women were disposable, his mother was the only woman he respected, and he had been called stubborn and incorrigible more than once. His life was exactly where he wants it to be...
That was until an order barking woman rode into his E.R. with her finger knuckle deep in the chest of a victim of a hit and run. But this woman just wasn't a bystander who happened to be at the wrong place at the right time.
This woman was his new boss.
The temporary Chief of Surgery at North Seattle General teaching hospital wasn't what anyone was expecting. Dr. Max Taylor is talented, passionate and mysterious young woman, that had travelled the world volunteering in some of the most poverty-ridden places on earth, and was always on run, never staying in one place for more than a passing moment. Max was from a family of talented surgeons and doctors, but she could never please her mother who was hell-bent on finding her traveling daughter a husband and stationary life; two things Max vowed would never happen so she ran.
But as she found out, you couldn't run forever.
For the second time in their lives, Jackson and Max's paths had crossed, only now there wasn't a war between them, and they had a chance for a future together, if only he could convince her to pass slowly.
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I consider very few books a "must read", but this one is one of the few. The characters are so diverse yet so similar, that you never know what to expect. You will find it near impossible to put this book down once you start it. The friendship/relationship between Taylor and O'neil is one we all wish to have when seeking a relationship or even a friendship. Also, fair warning, the ending will have you in tears when what you never expected to happen...happens. This book will have you laughing, crying, and angry at some of the trials they have to go through. But they are definitely worth sticking it out to the end (; From an Original Corrupted Reader.
From laugh out loud humor to tear jerking, emotional moments that made me want to scream and cry and everything in between, this one's got it all. Pass Slowly may not be an edge of your seat suspense or mind puzzling mystery, but it's a sweet, funny, real world kind of romance that easily allows a reader to put themselves into the story and feel the pain, the happiness, the drama, and so much more. Dr. Jackson O'Neil was taken aback and an even annoyed with the mysterious woman who came rolling into his E.R. straddling a patient on a stretcher with her finger shoved in the patient's chest. Dr. Max Taylor was equally annoyed with the handsome doctor who didn't seem to want to do things as quickly as she'd like on her first visit to the hospital where she'd be acting as Chief of Surgery, but then again the circumstances surrounding her first appearance were a bit odd. O'Neil recognizes something in the intriguing Taylor's eyes, but is it recognition of someone he's met before or recognition of something more, something alluring, something he wants more of on a much more personal level. Known for making rounds to not only check on the status of his patients but to check out all the female staff as well, Taylor finds that what she expected from O'Neil is not exactly the case and there's a whole lot more to the man than meets the eye. These two quickly become friends, best friends, sharing secrets and finding in each other a sort of counseling and therapy for their haunted souls that no therapist could ever provide. Both have military and medical military backgrounds that have and do lead them into life threatening situations. Both are haunted by the sites they've seen and the things they've endured in the field. Both have family and personal issues that they've yet to come to terms with, but together they find a way to move past their fears and insecurities. Even faced with the obstacles of employer/employee relationship rules and perceptions, family drama and personal fears, their friendship grows into something much greater than either ever perceived or thought they wanted, and undeniable love and respect for one another. But, is it enough? Is it enough to make Taylor finally set down roots and give her heart to another instead of once again crawling out the closest bathroom window and running to the next remote, impoverished area? Is it enough to make O'Neil finally open himself and his private world up to another? And, when the couple is faced with unimaginable tragedy will their love be enough to keep them strong and together and to defy the odds and have that happily ever after. This is a sweet and romantic story of two very relatable people going from strangers to best friends to lovers who share the kind of love we all dream of having. It has it's funny moments where I found myself laughing out loud and smiling like a kid in a candy store many times. I found myself smiling through out this story from that happy feeling you get when everything is perfect and your content. And, then I found myself in tears with the sadness that these characters were feeling only to find myself smiling and content again. Pass Slowly pulls on the heartstrings and makes you want to keep reading to find out how things turn out for Dr. Jackson O'Neil and Dr. Max Turner in the end. I recommend this one to romance readers who like that soft, sweet romance that builds naturally overtime, but don't worry there's some steamy sex in there too. From Max and Jackson to their families and the other doctors at the hospital, the characters are all relatable to real world people we've all met and know.
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I received “Pass Slowly” by Danae Ayusso for review. I’ve only read one other medical romance story so it was nice to find something different to read. Going into it I was expecting a ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ type storyline and what I got was like that, only with characters I actually cared about =) I enjoyed all the characters, even the secondary ones. Max and Jackson’s characters are well rounded and I felt their chemistry from the start. I enjoyed Max’s straightforward attitude. She’s a very strong, confident character but she has hidden issues that Jackson helps her overcome. The storyline was intense, humorous, fun, and surprising at times. I did have a few small problems with the story though. Several times the narration would alternate between present and past tense during a single moment but overall it didn’t take away from the enjoyment just bothered me. There were also times when the dialogues became too long and turned into monologues. I felt that the characters never took a breath. The only other minor bother was when some of the characters spoke in different languages. I would have liked a translation more often so I knew what they were saying. I give “Pass Slowly” 4/5 stars. This was a really great read especially for readers who enjoy medical romances. I felt the characters emotions and the romance between Max and Jackson wasn’t instantaneous, it grew over several chapters. The ending itself was not what I expected but it rounded out the story wonderfully. I’m not going to lie, I cried at the end because it was so unexpected.
I absolutely loved this story. I enjoyed watching the complex relationship evolve from friendship to love. I found myself laughing out loud while reading, and crying at another. I found myself emotionally involved in this story and that rarely happens. It was well written and it is one of those stories that I can't wait to read again and again.