Heart Murmurs by Suleikha Snyder
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary (Medical Romance)
Length: Short Story (36 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern
Despite her best efforts to stay professional, distant, and unmoved, cardio-thoracic resident Anushka Gupta can't get brilliant—and gorgeous—neurologist Vince McHenry out of her head. So what if she presents all the symptoms of a woman in love, Anu is determined to fight off the disease. She’s not going to compromise her career for a fling with a professional playboy.
Hospital heartthrob Vince has never met someone so untouchable or so prickly, and he’s immediately consumed by her case. He even has a course of treatment in mind: a night of passion.
But when Anu's defensive push comes to Vince's passionate shove, he finds himself suddenly specializing in matters of the heart.
Dr Vince McHenry might be a brilliant doctor and a medical researcher without compare – but he is also an insufferably arrogant jerk. Anushka Gupta knew his every flaw, but she couldn’t help the fantasties of his smile and hands which haunted her daydreams. In a whirlwind romance, Anu isn’t certain whether to indulge in the insanity surrounding her and Vince, or run away and hold onto her independence.
This is short story is a modern medical romance. I found both Vince and Anu to be instantly likeable characters, neither of them being overly clichéd, and well rounded considering the brevity of the story. The setting is certainly in the present day (no wistful sighs or waiting for the doctor to take the lead here) and with just enough spice to bring a blush to your face and check no one else is reading over your shoulder. Anu is a strong woman who knows what she wants but isn’t domineering to achieve it, and Vince is equal parts arrogant jerk and fallible human.
Ms. Snyder is to be commended on a really well written story with memorable characters, sizzling sex scenes and a healthy dose equally made up of reality and fantasy. Highly enjoyable!