Book Review

Book Review: Dr No Commitment by Virginia Taylor.

DrNCA mischievous romantic comedy, about a man who’s always run from love and the girl who just might catch him.

Ally was warned about Rohan Sinclair when she first moved to town – and she is determined she won’t let this gorgeous, model-dating doctor distract her from being the best nurse she can be. Problem is, this bad boy just happens to live in the room next door . . .It’s hard enough to resist his persistent charm at home; almost impossible when they are thrown together at work . . . But a little innocent flirting never hurt anyone, right?

Wrong. Ally knows it’s a terrible idea to fall for a man who will never commit, but what if in every other way he’s her perfect guy?

This novella is part of the Random Romance imprint, the digital first romance list from Random House Australia. I read an outback set title, Beneath Outback Skies earlier this year and enjoyed it so was curious to see how I’d get on with a medical romance.

The book feels like it starts a little way into the story. Whilst I’m a fan of books getting on with the story telling from the get go, in this instance I felt like I was missing a whole heap of information I needed to know. Much of this was delivered in the first 10% of the book, but unfortunately relied on some pretty clunky dialogue to get the necessary exposition out of the way.

The reader learns much more quickly than Ally that Rohan has a secret (to be fair you would think anyone around him might be suspicious but apparently not Ally), but the reveal of this is kept until infuriatingly late in the course of the novella. I do wonder whether it was the incessant game playing that both characters engaged in that kept Ally from wondering just who Rohan was – I can’t remember the last time I encountered characters so difficult to get a handle on, and as a result to care about.

There were elements of the story that worked well for me. I enjoyed Ally’s work as a midwife, particularly learning a little about how this role varies in Australia. I’m always a fan of medical stories though so this aspect of the book was always going to be an easy sell.

Overall I found this novella a really frustrating read, and I wasn’t really satisfied by its conclusion. Looking at other reviews I seem to be in the minority, most readers who’ve reviewed it really liked it but for me it just did not work and was a thoroughly disappointing read.

Dr No Commitment is published by Random Romance. Whilst I was provided with a review copy of the book via NetGalley.com all of the opinions expressed are my own.

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