Amy Andrews writes fun, sexy contemporary romances and I’ve enjoyed several of her offerings in the past, including her Sydney Smoke Rugby series. In her latest steamy novella titled The D.I.L.F (Doctor I’d Like to… um… fornicate with), she tackles both workplace romance and sibling’s best friend tropes in a story that is more about sex than substance but is an enjoyable way to while away an hour or two.
When nurse Stefanie Leonard learns that there’s a new D.I.L.F (as her fellow staff members describe him) at the hospital she’s just as curious as they are to find out more. To her surprise, he turns out to be Owen Chandler, her younger brother’s best friend. Ten years younger in fact. Her brother Freddie had asked if she’d be able to put Owen up for a few weeks as he started his doctor’s internship at St. Bart’s and of course she’d said yes, memories of the geeky, lanky fifteen year old making her smile. But twenty-five year old Owen is nothing like that teenager – he’s H.O.T. and not shy about letting her know that he’s interested in her, in a more than just friendly manner. Despite her initial qualms, Owen is persuasive in just the right way to get her into bed with him for a short term affair. But when Owen says he wants more, will Stefanie put aside her reservations and consider a real relationship?
This novella is part of Entangled Publishing’s ‘One Handed Reads’ imprint (I’ll leave the meaning of that to your imagination) and shows in the fact that fully one third of the story is sex scenes (including voyeurism, role play and use of toys) and another significant portion is Stef and Owen talking about sex when not actually doing the deed. Some of the sex scenes take place at the hospital but the ethics of that isn’t really concerning since they are co-workers and not in a supervisory type relationship. That doesn’t leave a lot for character development or story plot – really, the development of their sexual relationship IS the plot. There’s some concern on Stef’s part over getting involved with her brother’s best friend, though moreso because of his age than the friendship. Owen’s had a crush on Stef since he was a teenager so it’s a dream come true for him to get to sleep with her, but the more he gets to know her as an adult, the more he likes her. Insta-lust turns to insta-love pretty quickly, but all is not smooth sailing as Owen has to convince Stef that he can be her ‘one’ for the future.
A pet peeve of mine in best friend’s sibling romances is situations where a guy gets upset with a friend dating his sister. I like how this is handled here. Freddie reacts badly when he first discovers them making out, and it makes Stef second guess herself but Owen is quick to come to Stef’s defense and remind Freddie that they are all adults here and she (and he) can make their own choices. Freddie comes around quickly. With few bumps in the road Owen and Stef get their happy ending, complete with a sweet and sex-filled epilogue. Compared with the author’s other books this one is a ‘what you see is what you get’ entry in her repertoire, with no real angst or deep dilemmas to sink your teeth into. If you like quick steamy reads this will fit the bill.