Being a doctor is everything to me, but I’m not going to let bureaucrats tell me how to practice medicine. It’s about saving lives no matter what, screw them and their paperwork.
When the one woman I could never forget, Ginger Crawford, shows up as my boss all bets are off. The heat between us is tough to ignore but I have to if I want a future at this hospital. It isn’t easy. Every time we argue, I want her even more.
But I’ve got secrets she can never know, and she’s always going to be way too good for me. So it’s best if she hates me…at least that’s what I keep telling myself.
About the Author
On her fortieth birthday, Robin Covington decided that having a mid-life crisis and finding a boy-toy were far too tacky, so she delved a little deeper into the "bucket list" and pulled out the long-shelved dream of becoming an author. Now, she spends her time writing sizzling romance where the hero and heroine can't keep their hands off each other.
She doesn't miss the boy-toy at all.
Robin lives in Maryland with her hilarious husband, brilliant children, and ginormous puppy.
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Southern Nights and Secrets
A Boys are Back in Town Novel
By Robin Covington, Alethea Spiridon
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2016 Robin Covington
All rights reserved.
Beck was going to fucking kill somebody.
Yes, as a doctor he'd taken an oath to "do no harm," but whoever had taken a boot to a little boy and sent him to this Level One Trauma Center deserved to get a fast track to hell. Beck would be happy to help get him there, but first he had to make sure this kid didn't get there first.
"Come on, buddy. Work with me here." He flicked a glance up at the monitors, noting the stats and tracking the kid's vitals while he figured out what exactly had happened to him.
Although, he had a pretty good idea.
The kid's caramel-colored skin was covered in old bruises — mostly where they wouldn't show under regular clothing — with evidence of fresh ones festering under his clammy flesh. The boy had finally settled down with the morphine, but he moaned when Beck hit a tender spot. It was a damn sight better than the pitiful crying and screaming he'd done when they first rolled him into the ER of the Shenandoah Regional Medical Center.
"What's his name?" Beck asked Tricia, the nurse beside him as he continued to assess his injuries.
"Marcus. He's ten years old," she answered with a tight edge to her tone. They saw a lot in this job, but kids were the worst.
"Okay Marcus. I'm gonna feel around your tummy and see what's going on." Beck palpated the bloated area knowing he'd feel the telltale signs of internal bleeding and winced when the boy lurched a little under the restraints and cried out for his mama. Beck wasted no time turning to the other nurse hovering just over his shoulder. "Keep pushing the IV fluids, normal saline 'wide open' and O neg blood until we get back his type. Call for a trauma surgeon, open an OR, and type and cross for four to six units packed red blood cells."
The nurse acknowledged his order and scurried off to get the OR ready for Marcus. Beck glanced at the monitor, disliking how his blood pressure wasn't holding steady. Not surprising when a patient was losing a lot of blood, but not something to fuck around with, either.
"Dose him with dopamine to counteract the BP issues and call to get the sheriff here as soon as possible," Beck barked out, too tired after a full shift to even try to be charming. When no one moved he glared at another nurse standing by as if waiting for an invitation to do her job. "Wake up and get moving. Now."
Trish glanced over her shoulder as her colleague scurried off before giving Beck a sour look from the other side of the table. "Dr. Sutherland. Didn't your mama ever tell you that you get more flies with honey than vinegar?"
"My mama didn't stick around long enough to teach me shit, and you know my tongue can be mighty sweet when I want it to be." And she did. He'd spent a few nights in her bed keeping her up way past curfew and then making her late for work in the morning. He checked the monitor again. The numbers weren't getting any better. "Help me get him intubated. I'm worried about his breathing."
"Yes." Trish worked efficiently as she talked, gathering the necessary equipment and moving alongside Beck at the head of Marcus's stretcher. "You know hospital policy is to inform administration before we call law enforcement except in the case of emergent circumstances."
"I'll let the people in the adminisphere know as soon as I save this kid's life and make sure the asshole who brought him gets a hard look from the cops." He pointed to a couple of fresh bruises, the abrasion on the skin perfectly matching the tread of a boot, before getting in position to put the breathing tube into his young patient. "I got a look at the guy who came in with Marcus's mother. Angry and swinging his big dick around like he was daring somebody to question the dumbass story he gave about this kid falling off a swing set. I don't want him to disappear."
Tricia sighed, her hands moving swiftly to switch out the bag of fluids connected to the IV drip. "You don't know he was the one who did this."
"Yes. I do." He knew firsthand what an abuser looked like when he was worried about getting caught. Over the years his sixth sense when it came to the shittier side of humanity had been honed to the accuracy of a GPS — more a curse than a gift — but he knew what he knew. Marcus's monitors suddenly started going off. Not in a good way. "Fuck. He's crashing."
The sound of the Code Blue signal over the PA system was barely audible over the rush of blood in his veins and the roar in his ears as his own blood pressure rose while Marcus's plummeted. Beck cleared the rolling carts away from the bedside as he got in position to start chest compressions just as the shrill alarm from the monitor sang out the flat notes that beckoned all the nearby angels to come and get the boy with a dimple in his right cheek and a "Phineas and Ferb" T-shirt.
"Marcus. I'm not letting you do this today, buddy." Beck kept talking as he continued the chest compressions, stopping at each required interval to see if his patient had taken over the breathing part of getting through this ordeal. Beck watched the monitor. Nothing. He began a new set after Trish used the bag covering his mouth to give Marcus oxygen. "I've got a date with a sweet BASE jump and then this blonde I met at a dog park. I don't have a dog because I work too many hours but I borrowed my buddy Teague's new puppy and that dog brought all the pretty women over to me."
Beck kept talking, convinced that Marcus was still nearby just waiting for a pull back to this life. Many patients had told him that they heard people talking to them as they hovered between life and death for him to doubt it.
The monitor blipped and stuttered for a few breathtaking seconds before the computerized mimic of the sweetest little heartbeat filled the space, and Beck eased back a little. He barely got a deep breath before the monitor went crazy again and all hell broke loose around him. Again.
"Is that OR ready?" he shouted, continuing the chest compressions as he hopped onto the gurney and straddled the stretcher, leaning over his young patient. It had been a couple of years since he'd "code surfed" but he wasn't letting up on this kid until they got him to the OR. He'd learned the hard way that patients didn't always make it if he didn't stay with them.
When he received a noncommittal response from the nurse on the phone he nodded for one of the staff to start wheeling them toward the elevator. Ignoring the stares of the staff and the people in the other ER bays, he kept up his steady rhythm as he shouted over his shoulder. "Tell them to get an anesthesiologist there because I'm coming up right now."
Thirty-five minutes and one more life-threatening crash later, Marcus was in the able hands of the surgeon, and Beck headed back down to the ER. Still buzzing with adrenaline, the idea of calming the fuck down before he went to talk to Marcus's parents didn't even qualify as a thought, it was in his mind for so short a time. He rounded the corner to the familiar ER and caught sight of Sheriff Burke standing at the nurse's station. Catching the older man's eye, he beckoned for him to follow as he kept up his steady pace.
"Dr. Sutherland," the sheriff called from behind him, his warning loud and clear. "Beck!"
Ignoring him, Beck walked into the almost empty waiting room where he found the ashen-faced mother and the asshole she let put a hand on her son. She saw him and stood, her hand flying to cover her mouth and tears making her eyes glassy. Braced for the worst, she barely acknowledged the shove the man beside her gave, along with the terse direction to "keep her fucking mouth shut."
"Mrs. Jones?" Beck stepped around the mountain of man in front of him, knowing that it would piss him off. With the cops just over his shoulder he wanted Mr. Asshole to lose it and show his hand. "Would you come with me? I'd like to update you on Marcus's status."
"You ain't taking her anywhere without me," Mr. Asshole said.
"And you are?" He made sure that he maintained eye contact with the guy, letting him know that he wasn't some kid or woman he could push around. "I didn't see any other parent listed on Marcus's paperwork."
"My money puts food on the table and clothes on his back."
"Do you also put the bruises on his body?" Beck kept his tone even in spite of the flaring burn of anger in his belly and ache to hit something — preferably Mr. Asshole's face. "Because I'm pretty sure he didn't get them falling off a swing set."
Mr. Asshole took a step forward, bringing his bulk as close to Beck as he could get without touching him. Come on, buddy, just give me a reason to beat the shit out of you. As if he could read his mind, Beck felt the sheriff move closer in behind him. He knew Beck well and probably saw he was spoiling for a fight.
"Can you please just tell me how my boy is?" The small voice of Mrs. Jones eased the tension slightly, and Beck broke eye contact with the man, a little shame-faced that he'd let his anger distract him from tending to this distraught mother.
He softened his tone, taking the hand she extended out to him. He told her straight, knowing she needed to hear it all. "Marcus is in surgery to remove his ruptured spleen. He's lost a lot of blood, and it was touch and go there for a bit. Marcus isn't out of the woods yet."
At his last words, her face scrunched up in pain as she sank back down into her chair, tears streaming down her face as she whimpered with fear and pain. She held on to his hand, and he had no choice but to fall to one knee beside her.
"Mrs. Jones. There are bruises all over Marcus's body, and they weren't caused by a fall from a swing set." He leaned in closer, keeping his voice low and soothing, trying to coax the truth from her. "Whoever did this almost killed your son. I need to know the truth."
The small woman — with black and blue bruises peeking out from the edge of her long-sleeved shirt — shuddered with the impact of her tears. He didn't want to push her but this was the best time to get the truth out of her. She might be so scared for her son that it would overcome her terror of the man looming over them both.
"Mrs. Jones. He's just a little boy, and his body can't take much more of this. I need you to tell me the truth, and we'll get you the help you need," he cajoled, hyper alert of what he was doing and the consequences. "You tell me what happened, and I'll get you help. I swear it."
"I don't like what you're implying there asshole," the man growled over his shoulder.
Beck ignored him, keeping his gaze fixed on the large, scared eyes of the woman in front of him. She was terrible at hiding her feelings and he watched as fear, anger, anxiety, despair, and a few other emotions scrolled across her face like a movie.
"Is my boy going to be okay?" she asked, her voice trembling under the weight of her terror.
"I don't know. He's with the best and they are doing everything they can. He won't be so lucky next time. His body can only take so much." He squeezed her hand and went for it, she was either going to tell him now or keep her secret and continue the cycle. "Did Marcus fall off a swing set?"
Beck took a breath, tamping down the flare of anger so that he didn't frighten her off. Mrs. Jones had lived her life in fear and her survival instinct had programmed her to shut up when threatened.
"What happened?" When she dropped her gaze from his face he urged her on with a leading question. "Did someone hurt Marcus?"
She nodded still looking down at the floor between them. He tightened his grip on her hand as he asked again.
"Who hurt Marcus?"
"I need a name."
"Damon ... Damon Jones. My ... m ... my husband."
Beck knew the punch was coming. Mr. Asshole aimed straight for him and his fist connected with the side of Beck's head, and he saw not just one or two stars but the whole fucking universe as he reeled back from the blow.
But Mr. Asshole made a mistake. Beck was used to taking a punch — growing up with his old man was a doctorate level course in the school of hard knocks, and he'd been top of his class. Beck shook it off and came up swinging, clipping the bigger man on the jaw hard enough to stun him and bring him down to the hard, tile floor of the waiting room with a mixed martial arts move that he'd spent lots of time perfecting.
Beck flipped Mr. Asshole like a pancake, subdued him with a rear naked choke, and pressed down on his carotid until he stopped trying to elbow Beck's nuts up into his chest cavity. Beck shoved down the pain still shooting around his skull and looked up at Sheriff Burke.
"You think you might want to jump in here law enforcement officer?" He grunted as Mr. Asshole levered off the floor and elbowed him again, barely missing the family jewels. "I could seriously use some enforcement over here."
"Dr. Sutherland what are you doing?"
Beck peered beyond the sheriff, toward the man who always looked like he'd forgotten to remove the stick shoved up his ass — Douglas Bent — Vice President of Operations for the hospital. His disapproval of everything about Beck was reaching legendary proportions among the gossipy staff, and Beck knew this man was the one thing that stood between him and the open position of ER Team Leader.
Lying on the floor choking someone out wasn't going to go over well with Mr. Bent. Even if the guy was a child abuser.
"He's assisting the apprehension of the suspect in the aggravated abuse of a child." The sheriff nodded to his deputy to take custody of his temporary prisoner. "Dr. Sutherland alerted us to the situation." The older man leaned down and assisted his colleague as they both struggled to get the handcuffed man on his feet. The eye roll was a clear indicator that he also thought Bent was a tool.
Beck levered off the floor, rubbing his aching head as he handed over the scumbag he hoped would get a very big guy name Bubba as his cell mate. He glanced over at Bent, trying to assess how this was all going play out when he spied the people standing next to him. Alex Rifkin, the Director of Security, and a woman. "I just did what any —"
He must have a concussion. Head trauma. Something, because the woman standing next to Bent was the last person in the universe he ever expected to see again.
Long toned legs that were partly due to genetics and partly due to a five-mile-per-day running habit. A sexy black suit with a hint of cleavage, skin the color of rich toffee, dark hair that felt like spun silk, and even darker eyes you could just sink into for several hours.
Virginia ... Ginger Crawford.
More beautiful than his traitorous mind could ever make up.
And she was just as shocked to see him.
"Ginger?" He stepped forward, a little wobblier from the head shot than he would have liked when seeing an ex-lover for the first time in nine years.
"Beckett," she said, her voice even and cold enough to make an ice cube shiver. Only a slight tremor in her delivery betrayed that she wasn't as calm about this as she pretended. He was glad because he felt like all kinds of jackass standing here holding his throbbing skull in dirty scrubs and a two-day old beard.
"Ms. Virginia Crawford is the newest Director of Operations for the hospital. Your new boss," Bent interjected, his face puzzled. "Do you two know each other?"
Fuck me. Beck stared at her, unable to quickly process the question but he recovered enough to answer. "We knew each other at school."
The amount of information that simple statement left out was staggering. But he was never going to discuss the hours he spent with this woman in his bed with a jerk like Bent. This close he could smell her sweet perfume — the same expensive French scent her father had always bought her — and it took every ounce of willpower to not reach out to see if the skin of her cheek was a soft as it was in his memory.
"It was a long time ago. We used to hang out," Ginger said, any warmth in her eyes disappearing at the same time she repeated the words he'd used when he'd dumped her all those years ago.
The words still made his stomach seize even though he wasn't the one saying them this time. They ranked up there with the biggest lies he'd ever told, but they were the best thing to do at the time. He still believed that.
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All four stories are great and I love them all. Every stories are fun, sexy, romantic and a combination of action-thriller. I will read more of your books.
Nice ending to the series. Very predictable.
3.5 stars--SOUTHERN NIGHTS and SECRETS is the fourth (and final) installment in Robin Covington’s adult, contemporary, THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN erotic, romantic suspense series focusing on a tight knit group of friends in the Washington DC area. This is Dr. Beckett (Beck) Sutherland, and attorney Virginia (Ginger) Crawford’s second chance story line. SOUTHERN NIGHTS and SECRET can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from previous story lines is revealed where necessary. Told from dual third person perspectives (Beck and Ginger) SOUTHERN NIGHTS AND SECRETS follows the rekindling romance between ER physician Dr. Beckett Sutherland, and the hospital’s new attorney and Director of Operations Virginia Crawford. Beckett and Virginia were lovers back in university but our hero walked away knowing that he wasn’t the right man for the gorgeous law student. Fast forward nine years to present day where Virginia is the new lawyer for the hospital at which Beckett works, and the woman he will push away, once again. What ensues is the rebuilding of the attraction and heat between Beck and Ginger, Beck’s desire to become the ER Team Leader, and his struggle to save the world one drug dealer at a time. Beck’s earlier years were spent on the mean streets of Washington where our hero was immersed in the drug trade and gang wars that were a part of his every day life. Fast forward to present day where Beck will once again be pulled into the mess that provides too many casualties in the ER-a mess that hits too close to home. Virginia Crawford is an independent heroine whose own backstory is filled with a family battling demons of their own. Her short-lived relationship with Beck, years before, has found our heroine lost in a world of hurt when she discovers that she may be the deciding factor if Beck is to become the new ER Team Leader- a fact that does not go unnoticed by many members of the hospital staff. The relationship is a second chance romance where Virginia is unwilling to lose her heart to a man who isn’t willing to commit towards the future. The sexual attraction and heat is palpable; there is no denying the pull between our leading couple but Beck’s prior history is complicated, and a warning that our heroine pushes aside. The $ex scenes are intimate and seductive. All of the previous story line couples play secondary and supporting roles. We are introduced to the hospital’s Director of Security Alex Rifkin, and the Vice President of Operations Douglas Bent who isn’t a fan of Beck’s ‘gung-ho attitude in the ER’. SOUTHERN NIGHTS AND SECRETS is a quick read that looks at second chances, betrayal, and letting go of the past. The premise is slightly convoluted in that our hero takes matters into his own hands as it pertains to the local drug trade-the believability is questionable but saying that it is a fictional story meant to entertain; the characters are energetic and passionate; the romance is fated. SOUTHERN NIGHTS AND SECRETS is a captivating read with colorful characters and a sexy , second chance romance.
•Combustion Beckett(Beck) Sutherland is an ER Trauma Dr that is shooting for the position as the Lead of Head Trauma Unit. It's up to three people, Alex Rifkin—Director of Security- who is in full support of Beck getting the job. Douglas Bent—Vice President of Operations for the hospital- who is bent out of shape where it comes to Beck and he's against Beck getting the job. And the swing vote Virginia Crawford(Ginger)—is the newly hired Director of Operations- who hasn't decided her vote yet. Yes, she and Beck have a tumultuous relationship from 9 years ago (college- when he broke her heart and to seal the deal slept with her roommate), but she refuses to let their past cloud her judgement for what's best for the hospital. But it's still hard to put everything in the past, especially when Beck is a hot and sexy cocky son of a b****, a smooth talker with a killer body and a smile that'll knock your socks or pants off. He runs the ER smoothly, and the staff absolutely love him, but he doesn't like to follow protocol which gets him into hot water on the administrative side of the hospital. Which way will Virginia(Ginger) vote? Will see vote for or against Beck for the position? Will they be able to keep their relationship strictly professional or will their combustible chemistry collide once again? You'll have to read SOUTHERN NIGHTS and SECRETS to find out, but it'll be worth your time. This story grabs you from the first scene and holds you til the end! I absolutely loved it! The banter between the characters was great, even through the tough scenarios around them. This was my first Robin Covington book, but won't be my last! I received an ARC copy for Entangled Publishing via IndieSage in exchange for a blog tour review.
Whoa. It's been a little over two and a half years since I read book three in the series ( Sweet Southern Betrayal ), so the details of the plot were a bit fuzzy. I'd forgotten all about the suspense parts of the romance, and so I didn't realize that this one was going to have more to it than lovers-with-a-past with the added complication of the woman he dumped "for her own good" suddenly becoming his kind-of boss. But then all of the Beck's really intense past-coming-back-for-him stuff happened (apparently I just kind of glazed over that portion of the synopsis...) and wow, did that make for some really intense scenes past the 80% mark. Like whoa. You know it's going to end okay, because romance, but still...intense. Beck and Ginger are absolutely fantastic together. They had major sparks back in college, until he blew them apart in the spectacular fashion that only a truly stupid college kid can manage. Neither was planning on seeing the other ever again--until she realizes her brand new dream job just happens to be at the hospital where he's vying for the head of the ER team job. Beck's always been more of a get-the-right-results-what-do-you-mean-there-are-rules? kind of guy, so even though he's got mad skills and real leadership ability, there's major resistance to him getting it. Ginger just might have the deciding vote. So, yeah. Complicated. Because now that they're spending major amounts of time together in the same space? Chemistry. All over the place. Pretty much everybody in the small town of Elliott can see it, and their attempts to deny it don't go very far. (All the better for the readers, anyway! ;)) The one aspect of the book that bothered me is that Beck pulls a "Ginger's dad" maneuver on her in the midst of all of the intense street/Beck's past drama by high-handedly deciding what was best for everyone involved (read: Ginger) without having a grown up discussion with her about it. That's been one of her triggers, from having to pick up the pieces every time her military father picked up and left for another duty station, and she was way too quick to forgive him for that bit, I thought. Not that I didn't want her to, mind you. And man, did he pull off a grand gesture with style. Plus, an oh-so-sweet epilogue. So...overall, a solid read, and a nice ending to the series with just a few blips along the way. (Hmmm. Just re-read my review of Teague's book , and nope, I didn't manage to get Jack and Lucky's books read before reading Beck's--darn it! Too much school and work, grrrr--but they are definitely still on the list. Even only having read two of the four books, I love the dynamic between these guys!) Rating: 4 stars / B+ I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
I usually love a second chance romance and this one had some of the elements I love, but fell a bit flat for me. The writing was solid, there was great depth to many of the characters, but I think for me the relationship between Beck and Ginger just didn’t feel as solid as it should have. Beck was definitely a man running from his past – his next adrenaline rush, be it bedding a co-worker or bungee jumping, is the only thing that seems to keep the demons at bay. He’s had a terrible past, and once we get to see more of where he has come from it’s easy to understand some of his actions. Ginger also has some demons she’s fighting and keeps herself in control and safe – the only way she knows to keep her feet under her. And of course Beck is everything that she doesn’t need if she’s going to stay in her safe zone – too bad her heart isn’t on board with that! There was no denying the physical attraction between these two – you could feel the tension jumping off the pages when they were anywhere near each other. I did feel that the emotional connection between these two was a bit lacking for me. They have a past, but it seems like it was a whirlwind affair that was more physical than emotional. And when they reconnect nine years later it just seemed that the leap into a deeper connection was a bit too far for me to connect with. There were definitely parts where you could see the connection happening, but again, for me, it just came up a bit short. Overall this was a good read. I have not read the other books in the series but didn’t have any problem jumping in with this one. I am intrigued with some of the other characters and will probably check them out since all “The Boys” seem to have a great back story and some great heroines. Robin Covington always delivers a well written story that has emotion, sizzle, and some sass, and this one is no different. Although this one wasn’t my favorite read from her, it is still worth checking out! I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review.
I have been waiting for Beck's story and it is so much more than I imagined. This was a story where you got to know the real Beck, not just the playboy. He had a beautiful heart, a brain that wouldn't quit until he figured how to get what he wanted done, and a smoking hit body that drove Virginia wild. The chemistry between them was off the charts. He brought out her wild side and she gave him the love/steadiness that he craves. They were so fun and light, yet heavy and intense together. I loved their story and getting to watch all their facets unfold. A few surprises along the way and the rest of the "boys" with their women perfectly ended this series. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
3.5 stars Southern Nights & Secrets was a good addition to the The Boys are Back in Town series and a lovely way to bring the series to a close. I enjoyed watching Beck and Ginger get their second chance at love and loved revisiting the previous couples. The Boys are Back in Town series has been a very entertaining read, each book can be read as a standalone and I highly recommend them all.
This is a great book; this book is part of the Boys are Back in Town series written by Robin Covington. Beck Sutherland loves being a doctor, but he doesn’t like dealing with the bureaucrats telling him how to practice medicine and all the paperwork. Ginger Crawford is one woman that Beck couldn’t forget, so when she shows up as his boss all bets are off. This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. If you are looking for a great book, then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Virginia AKA Ginger and Beck are an explosive mix on college. Both have their own baggage to carry and when Beck saw what he was pulling Ginger into he ended things, in a spectacular and kinda crap way. He sure burned bridges! Fast forward nine years and Ginger just ended up on the interview panel for the job Beck wants! Can they get past their earlier history and have a strictly professional relationship or will the old chemistry catch light once more? Beck is well...the nice phrase to use is liberal with his affections! He is a risk taker and daredevil, clearly burying his nightmarish younger years under adrenaline! Ginger is the ultimate don't rock the boat good girl, trying to please everyone but herself and failing. As Becks past and present collide, he can see the future he fought for slipping away. Ginger can't seem to stay away even though she clearly hasn't got over his prior treatment of her. I felt Beck got off the hook pretty lightly and I would have made him sweat it out more. Great story dealing with some very heavily emotional topics. Sparky dialogue and endearing if challenging characters. ARC provided by Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review
I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars. I've been patiently waiting for Beck's book for what seems like forever. He's had a major role in knocking some sense into each of his three friends as they fell for their happily ever afters. This book did not disappoint. Who would be the woman to bring down the almighty Beck? The woman he could never forget from his younger days, of course! Beck broke Ginger's heart years ago and then slept with her roommate. She had no idea he did it because he always thought she was too good for him. He wanted to make her hate him and that seemed like the best route to him. Flash forward to today and Beck is a very successful Doctor. He doesn't always see eye to eye with the hospital administration, which plays in to him reconnecting with Ginger. She has been brought on into the management at the hospital where Beck works and is also responsible for deciding his future at the hospital. It was a great way to wrap up these Boys and their loves. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
This is book 4 of the series. Beck and Ginger's story. Now known as Virginia, who lands her dream job in corporate hospital management and first day on the job finds herself facing the last person on earth she wants to see. Her past, the one man who 9 years ago not only dumped her but slept with her roommate the same day, just to make his point. He calls her Ginger, which she finds herself constantly correcting him, she is now Virginia. Beckett is an ER trauma MD who really does have his sh** together in the area of medicine, even though the story lends itself to him sleeping with at least one of the nurses in the ED. He's a damn good Dr and I can tell you, that stuff happens. Not that I approve. Oh no, quite the contrary. That is the reality of the hospital world. Beck soon realizes that Virginia is the swing vote in his becoming the head of the ED. Something he really wants. He hates corporate, his allie in the hospital is the Alex who runs hospital security. Beck had a rough childhood, he grew up with Jackson and Teague (previous books-read them!!!!) Beck's dad is in prison he thought) only to show up in the ER with a stabbing victim which tells Beck that he is back to his usual life of crime. Beck works hard at bringing youth at risk not just health care, but seeks to try and salvage their lives so they don't grow up the way he did. Standing on the street corner at age 8 selling. Yup, that was Beck. Beck also runs a mobile clinic on wheels that brings health care and food to the homebound, those who cannot afford health care and general all around community service in rural Virginia. This happens in small towns. This is not an insert into the story. It's a way of life. Beck and Virginia meet in college, he's in med school, she's in law school. They have a good relationship until something tips Beck's scale and he deems himself not good enough for Ginger, unceremoniously dumps her and again, driving his point home sleeps with the roommate. Beck undoubtedly manwhored his way through the next 9 years and is the last man left standing in the group. I hated what Beck did to Ginger in college and I wasn't fond of his behavior toward her at the beginning of the story either. Beck seemed to think that he still had some power over Virginia and I have to hand it to her for standing her ground. He knows she is the key to the position (as does she) he wants and comes direct and to the point with her about it. The snake, (I called him) her boss hates Beck and wants the other candidate who is some brown noser. Alex favors Beck, because he's seen Beck in action and after a few days in the ER with Beck, so has Virginia. She holds back from Beck, her decision (if she's reached one) playing it close to the vest. They see each other outside the hospital. He takes her to a piece of land, a farm that is his dream. You get the backstory on that in the book and so much more about Beck and his friends growing up. Beck and Virginia talk about him building a house there someday, which is what he wants, unsure where to start, she offers "buy a door" That line you will see again later on in the story. Robin brings in Becks dad and some drug dealer/gang related things into the story that I didn't really think was necessary, would have been ok just to add the bad Dad... but I do get why she did it. Bad man threatens Beck, and worse threatens Ginger and thus the story goes from there...but what Beck does has me once again livid, he distances himself from Ginger
Southern Nights & Secrets by Robin Covington....Wow, Mr. hot sexy doctor in the ER, Beck, he can be my Doctor any day. Robin Covington takes us on a roller coaster of a ride through dark and back to light again, she does this flawlessly. Beck and Ginger are very well developed characters that you grow to love and pull for these two. They get a second chance can they make it work this time. This is a must read and keep you turning pages. I was given a complimentary book by publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.
This is a brilliant second chance romance, with many inspirational aspects to it. The hero is Beckett Sanderson, as a child he was brought up by his drug dealing, abusive father on the wrong side of town. He knows what it is like for children growing up there, he’s been there, experienced it and was lucky enough to escape when he moved to live with very caring foster parents. He’s done well for himself. He’s a trauma doctor back in his home town and has started an amazing charity to try to help other children escape from the gangs, drugs and danger in his old home area. This story tells about using the acronym DRAGON to inspire the youngsters “D is for dream big, R is for respect yourself and others, A is for achieve, G is give of your talents, O is for open your mind, and N is for never give up.” Personally, I think this is brilliant and inspirational for children and, via twitter, the author kindly agreed it could be used in school – thank you, Robin!! It is now, slightly tweaked to suit the children, up on the wall of a classroom Sorry, back to the story . . . The characters are complex, with many of their personal issues contributing to the story. Beckett’s relationship with ‘Ginger’ is steamy hot but this is a second chance romance and their history and Beckett’s past both impact severely, having a negative effect on any possibility of achieving their HEA together. Ginger hasn’t realised how her family has also influenced Beck’s attitude and reaction. This is an enthralling story, involving many different aspects of community, parenting, childhood and, of course, trauma treatment centres and their staff. It is a heartwarming story of overcoming the past, moving on and ensuring lessons learnt are used to beneficial effect to protect others. A great and potentially inspiring romance that is another great read from this amazing author. I was gifted a copy of this book by the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Strong 4 -4.5 stars for this very good fourth (and last?) book in Robin Covington's Boys Are Back In Town series. I thought these books improved as the series progressed, and she saved the best for last with Dr. Beck's story. More angsty than the other books, but then Beck has a lot going on. Ginger calls him a tornado, and that's a fair description. Beck's wrong side of the tracks childhood continues to affect his personal and professional adult life. Ginger is the one that slipped away, that he pushed away, and when she returns to his life, Beck is forced to re-evaluate his life and future. I thought the author really captured his inner turmoil, indecision, and anger. Not only more angsty, this story is way hotter than the others (which were no slouch in the sexy times). Beck has a dirty mouth and isn't afraid to use it. Good scenes with the supporting characters. Overall, this was an enjoyable, well-written series. I like this author's writing style and will read more from her in the future. I'd love to see another story in this series featuring all four couples. *ARC received from Entangled Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Southern Nights and Secrets by Robin Covington is the fourth book in her The Boys Are Back in Town series. This is Beck’s story, Beckett Sutherland. Being a doctor is what keeps Beck going. He’s determined to save lives no matter what anyone else thinks. He is also determined to help better the kids in Elliot and show them that there is a successful future for them. His project DRAGON, is wonderful, as is its meaning. Virginia, Ginger, Crawford is the one woman Beck could never forget. They met back when Beck was in med school and Ginger was in law school. They had a short but explosive relationship. Imagine both of their surprise when her new job is being his boss at the hospital in Elliot. Beck believes that all of his secrets cannot be shared with her, that she should never see the true and real Beck. He also thinks she is way too good for him and decides to once again sabotage his relationship with Ginger despite her being the best thing that could ever happen to him. Regrettably, Beck’s secrets do appear which will haunt him throughout this story. I highly recommend this book to all readers as I truly enjoyed this book and had trouble putting it down. Covington was able to keep this reader fascinated with wanting to see if Beck could beat back his demons and find his happy ever after with Ginger. All of the characters were well written, authentic and complex. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I really enjoyed this second chance romance. Beck and Virginia were lovers back in College when Beck left Virginia brokenhearted when they split. Now years later they are colleagues with Beck at Virginia's mercy for a promotion he desperately wants. Beck is an extremely talented ER Doctor with a wonderful bedside manner but a disdain for policy. He has come from the troubled streets and is determined to help the people still there at any cost. Virginia grew up with a father in the service and frequently deployed, leaving her family in chaos, and lonely. Virginia wants a predictable and stable life. No matter how much the sparks still fly between them, Becks could never give her the life she craves. As Virginia tries to make the right decisions for the hospital, she and Becks get to know each other again. But can they trust each other when trust doesn't come easy for either of them? I love how they are opposites with Becks needing activities with an adrenalin rush and Virginia being cautious and safe. Only Becks is able to bring out her adventurous side. This is a fast paced story that delves into life on the streets with drugs and gun violence. It is thrilling, suspenseful and captivating. This is the fourth book in the series and all the friends make an appearance adding to the fun. I haven't read the other books in this series but that didn't stop me from enjoying this book. I highly recommend this exhilarating, heartwarming and sexy story.
I thoroughly enjoyed this second chance romance and highly recommend it. Beck is an ER physician and he is impulsive and known for sometimes not following all the rules. Virginia, AKA, Ginger, is back in town and now the fate of his promotion is in her hands. Sparks ignite between them as they still have strong feelings for each other which cannot be denied. However, there is so much going on and Beck doesn't quite know how to play well with others. I will say this is a stand alone since I did not read the others in the series and had no problem keeping up but I am going to go back and grab the other books in the series because I do want to read the others ones. Those characters have me intrigued. **Received this from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
I feel like I've been waiting forever for Beck's story and I am happy to say the wait was well worth it! This is an incredible story of someone who pulled himself out of a horrible situation and with the right people and love behind him made something of his life. That's not to say he hasn't made mistakes along the way and his biggest mistake of all just came back into his life! Virginia Crawford is the one woman that Beck could never forget. The were together in college but Beck broke things off. Certain he was the wrong man for her he made sure she would run far and fast. Now she shows up in his hospital with all the power. He knows he should stay away from her but some things are just inevitable..... Definitely a great read and a fantastic way to wrap up this series. This is a book I highly recommend.
ebook (edit) Review The wait is over for Beck, but so worth the wait. At least we didn't have to wait the nine years the Virginia did. Beck walked away from Virginia nine years ago, he didn't feel he was good enough for her. Now Beck is an Emergency Room Dr, who does not like to follow the rules, and Virginia is the new hospital administrator. Their chemistry is hot and sizzling, but can Beck not walk away from his own true love this time. This is a book that I could not put down, a fantastic couple. You will get the back round of Beck growing up and be able to understand why he is like he is. Loved the Dragon. Beck shows such compassion, that you will be swooning over him too. So excited to catch up the other Boys. So sorry to see the ending of the series
Robin Covington never fails to delight with her quirky humor and hard hitting sub-themes, and this « second time around » romance is true to form, dealing with drugs, organized crime, dysfunctional families, workplace politics and the long term effects of the soul deep scars we hide from others – sometimes even those we love most. Beck Sutherland is a brilliant doctor looking for a promotion to his dream job. The problem is that he’s also a maverick and an adrenaline junkie who does what he likes without much thought to what the “suits” are going to think of him. Now, his fate, and that of the ER team leader’s job are in the hands of exactly those administrative “suits” including the very straight laced Hospital administrator, Mr. Bent and the new Director of Operations, Virginia “Ginger” Crawford, the woman he loved and left in an ugly breakup 9 years ago while they were both still at school. He left her for her own good but he’s never quite been able to put her behind him. She’s unfinished business of the worst – or maybe the best – kind, and to get the job, he’ll have to win her over and make her see the truth; that he’s the best qualified person to head the ER. Given the past, both their mutual one and the dark secrets from his youth that he’s been hiding, that could be a very tall order, especially since secrets rarely stay hidden when you live in a small town in the Blue Ridge mountains. Covington crafts larger than life heroes and heroines. They’re bold, brash, sassy and passionate but, like most of us, they’re far from perfect. They carry the deep scars of past experience that make them vulnerable, unpredictable and oh so interesting. Beck and Ginger are all that and more. Add to that Covington’s careful attention to good storytelling and her ability to weave contemporary issues like street drugs, organized crime and at risk youth into the fabric of a second chances romance make this an interesting and thoroughly enjoyable read. I’m a little bummed that this is likely to be the conclusion of her Southern Nights series, but I look forward to new and equally compelling reads from her next series.
I haven't read the other books in this series but it didn't take away from the story at all. Beck is an ER doc and never expected to see the one woman he never forgot in his hospital. Virginia never expected to find Beck at the hospital she has her dream job at. Neither expected to see the other again but old feelings never went away for either. Can they let go of the past and finally admit their love? WOW! You have Beck who sleeps around and fights off his demons in different ways but is loyal to those he loves. Then there's Ginger who wants safe but can't help her feelings for Beck. The 2 together are amazing. With all that add in some bad people, pointing guns, amazing family and friends and lets not leave out the heat between them and you have a book that I just couldn't put down so I read it in one sitting. Absolutely a must read! I received this in exchange for a honest review.
Hot end to great series Wow. Watching Beck's struggle to slay the dragons was absolutely wonderful. Along with the great story of how he tried to fight the past and his love for Virginia (Ginger). Will they be able to trust each other or will their pasts and backgrounds keep them apart along with bad timing. Robin Covington keeps you guessing with this one. She had me rooting for Beck but also wanting to strangle him. Another great read to end the series.
In this great conclusion to the Boys are Back In Town series, we get Beck's long awaited story! Robin Covington does not disappoint with her story of the "baddest" of the boys. Beck is his ever lovable self, but we delve deeper into what has made Beck into the man he is. His hard life with a criminal and abusive father gave Beck the push to do good. And he does! Virginia (Ginger) Crawford pops back into his life, unexpectedly. Ginger is the one who got away, or more accurately, the one Beck threw away. The classic "she's too good for me" mentality messed up a future with Ginger. You will be hoping that she finds just how good of a guy Beck is, and that there could be some redemption for the screwed up father/son relationship that comes back to haunt Beck. Great story! The author stays true to the Beck we have fallen in love with throughout the series!
Beckett Sutherland might be an excellent doctor, but he still has problems with following the rules. He is up for a promotion, that of Team Leader of the trauma centre, and the VP of operations doesn’t like him very much. Beck gets in even more trouble when he hits back the father of a patient, who has beaten his son. Beck knows how it is, only too well. As if things couldn’t get any worse, the new Director of Operations is on the premises, and it’s the woman he dumped nine years before: Virginia Crawford. And she has not forgiven him. I keep repeating myself, but with every new book that she publishes, Robin Covington gets better. When I picked up SOUTHERN NIGHTS & SECRETS, I was in the mood for a light, uncomplicated read, and this book is everything but. And it is astounding! I was enthralled from the first few pages, and I had to drag myself away because life got in the way of my reading, and still I was thinking about the story. The characters are so finely drawn, that I daren’t call them characters: they are people whose story Ms. Covington writes about, they just happen to be fictional. Beck has one of the richest, finely detailed backstory, that it could fill an entire book. Beck’s and Virginia’s relationship is complicated, and even though Beck crawled from the gutter where he came from, their old issues are not resolved, become Virginia has some of her own as well, even though she fails to acknowledge them. Some things have changed, while some have not. Their attraction, their passion burns as bright as ever, their chemistry is the stuff epic love stories are made of, but they have a hard time working things through, especially when a blast from a not-so-distant past muddles everything. SOUTHERN NIGHTS & SECRETS is by far the best book Robin Covington has written. The prose is so nuanced, so rich and eloquent, yet simple, the dialogues sound so real, again SOUTHERN NIGHTS & SECRETS doesn’t even feel like a work of fiction. The story is very intense, extremely captivating, and Ms. Covington’s attention to detail brings both the hospital milieu as well as Beck’s old neighbourhood to life in vivid colours. Their turmoil, their love, their ups and downs became as real as if they were mine. Towards the end, there was a plot twist that I thought would cause unnecessary misunderstandings, and it definitely was not the case! And that ending? Absolutely perfect! SOUTHERN NIGHTS & SECRETS is a wonderful, wonderful book! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.