Necessary Medicine

Necessary Medicine

by M.K. York

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With intelligence and humor, debut male/male author M.K. York delivers an emotionally charged slow-burn romance set in a prestigious Bay Area teaching hospital 

In the high-intensity world of hospital residency programs, there's no room for romance. So it's a good thing for first-year surgical resident Neil Carmona that his crush on the gorgeous cardiologist Eli Newcombe is sheer fantasy. Not only is the sexy doctor Neil's superior, he's also recently divorced. 

As Neil's skill as a surgeon grows, so does his friendship with Eli, and his silent, hopeless longing for more. It isn't until Neil's final year that Eli at last admits his own deepest desires. But Neil's joy is short-lived: Eli has no intention of pursuing a relationship. Their positions in the hospital would make it unethical, even if he was emotionally ready for someone new. 

Wounded and furious, Neil is determined to forget about Eli once and for all. But when a near-tragedy strikes, a new question arises: Is a life without love—without Neil—a greater risk than laying his heart on the line? 


This book is approximately 78,000 words 

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781488028205
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 04/24/2017
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 479,237
File size: 2 MB

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Necessary Medicine 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looking for a male romance book? This isnt the book, the lovers barely even talk to each other, no romance in general. Wish I could have my money back.
V-Rundell More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars. Neal Carmona is a med student when his path first crosses with Dr. Eli Newcombe, renown heart transplant surgeon. Neal immediately recognizes that Eli is exactly his type: older, prematurely grey and way-smart. Not like anything would ever come of his attraction; Dr. Newcombe is giving a guest lecture at his university. Fast forward a couple of years. Neal's graduated and beginning a residency in the San Fran area. He's never hidden his sexuality and he's not going to start now. He wants to find a partner, but his training gets in the way. And that applies when Dr. Eli Newcombe joins the surgical staff. Neal fantasizes that he and Eli share a connection, especially when they begin working together on a diversity initiative to increase hiring of minority physicians at the hospital. Eli is far senior in the pecking order, and Neal knows making a mistake like admitting his attraction could land him in a world of trouble. Neal's accepted in his field, mostly, but he knows this wouldn't extend far if a division chief, like Eli, decided he was inappropriate. I'm going to be honest, this book is a VERY SLOW burn. Eli does have an attraction to Neal, and a burning passion he won't unleash. He's very much cognizant of his administrative power over Neal, and he won't risk impropriety tarnishing Neal's reputation. They build a friendship that grows into a physical relationship. That then gets scuttled, and reconnected as Neal and Eli work out their dynamic. Eli isn't gay, per se, and his coming out is complicated. Having a deep insight into medical training, and having married a med student, I can attest that the trouble and issues the author presents are accurate. Unfortunately, like all training physicians, Neal's struggle through residency isn't that interesting. It's a lot of sleep deprivation and working weird hours and lack of connection and heart, head, and back aches. That's all very true. I struggled to stay invested with the story at points, however, on account of the pacing. Because that low-level drama is a bit sleepy. The relationship development between Neal and Eli happens in fits and starts--and I got that. I felt Neal's frustration. I did like how the supporting cast, notably Neal's mentor, got them to see beyond the hurdles. The end is a sweet HEA, with Neal and Eli finding happiness together in a way that makes sense and stays true to the context of physicians who fall for one another. I think if you really love medical settings and just a hint of passion, this might be your book. I read a review copy provided by NetGalley.
ButtonsMom2003 More than 1 year ago
A great debut novel! Necessary Medicine is the first published novel by M.K. York and I liked it a lot. This book isn't your typical M/M romance story; it follows the path of medical student/intern/resident Neil Carmona. I'm not really sure how many years this book spans but it's quite a few. It's described as a "slow-burn romance" and that it is. The first kiss between the two MCs (main characters) doesn't happen until Chapter 16 (out of 26 chapters). The story contains a lot of medical terms and jargon; I was very glad I read this on my tablet so that I could easily look up terms I wasn't familiar with. (Unfortunately, I was very familiar with one and knew instantly what this meant: "He’d had a kind of nasty lap chole that morning that they’d had to convert to open, so he was already tired and on edge." It refers to laparoscopic gallbladder surgery that had to be switched to the old-fashioned open type of operation. I can tell you from personal experience this is NOT fun!) While at times it was a bit distracting to not understand all of the medical terms, this didn't really take away from that fact that Necessary Medicine was a great story about one man's journey to becoming a doctor with side stories about his relationships with fellow medical students/interns/residents and doctors. I loved the character of his mentor, Dr. Wendling, who eventually becomes his friend, Pete. Dr. Elias (Eli) Newcombe is someone that Neil meets while still a medical student. Neil first sees him in a coffee shop and is taken by how handsome he is and they exchange glances. Later that day, Neil discovers that the man he saw is Dr. Newcombe, the guest lecturer for his class, and he can't keep his eyes off of him. The book progresses through time fairly quickly in the beginning – by Chapter 4 Neil is a second-year resident – but slows down after that giving us much more detail about Neil's life as a surgical resident. My heart ached for the trials and tribulations that Neil and his fellow residents had to endure during their training. The way Ms. York describes the absolute exhaustion made me wonder how these young doctors could possibly provide good medical care. If this is an accurate depiction of the life of a medical resident it's a bit scary to know that the person treating patients might be so incredibly sleep deprived. This review is getting to be way too long so to wrap things up – if you're looking for a book with lots of sexy time this probably isn't the one for you. However, if you'd like to read a story about what seems to me to be a very realistic depiction of the life of a new doctor, how he handles the lack of personal time and eventually gets his HEA with the man he loves, then you should snap this one up. Two more things: I would definitely read more books by M.K. York and the book has a wonderful epilogue. ***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com***