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.
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I'm a biochemist and a married mother of two. Reading has been my hobby since grade school, and I've been a fan of the romance genre since I was a teenager. Sharing my love of good books by writing reviews is a recent passion of mine, but one which is richly rewarding.
|Review Date:||January 23, 2019|
|Book Type:||Erotic Romance|
|Review Tags:||Australia | doctor | Novella | nurse|
Thanks for explaining the title I didn’t know what it meant
Oh my God. I’m dying at Entangled having a line called ‘one handed reads’.
SAME HERE! When Maria Rose sent me the review, I almost did a spit-take with my tea all over the keyboard!
And like Dabney, I’d assumed the “D” was for “Dad” for the same reason.
It’s kind of wonderfully bold of them.
I would’ve thought so too! We have lots of dad romances too so it wouldn’t have been a shock.
Whoops Lisa – I replied to you but put it under my reply to Marian by mistake! See above :-)
I work in a hospital and would love to read romances in that setting (especially if the characters were behind-the-scenes staff), but it doesn’t sound like hospital-related work plays much of a role in this story. Too bad.
Oh, and I thought “D” stood for Daughter, so I was all *back away, back away fast*.
yikes Marian! Back away indeed! And yes, you wouldn’t be too impressed with the shenanigans these two get up to at work.
I think this is an answer to Carina Press’s Dirty Bits line, which is all erotic novellas. It reminds me of Cosmo’s Red Hot Reads. EP also has the Scorched imprint, which is like their Brazen one but with kink and a mix of novellas and category length books. .
I wouldn’t be shocked if it is! I just love that it even exists at all.
I initially thought the D would stand for Dad just like M stands for Mother in MILF. (The first named MILF was I think Mrs. Stifler in American Pie (1999). When I realized it was doctor I immediately thought of all the other ways the concept could go.
MILK (Mother I’d Like to Kill)
DICK (Dad I Could Kiss)
HILL (Hero I Love Licking)
The possibilities are endless! ;)
Based on the title alone, I’d be skipping it. My standards regarding book titles may be pretty lax, but I do have them. BTW, without seeing the book cover, my initial thoughts on what “D” stood for–well, I won’t post either of them here. My third thought was, “Oh, silly me, ‘Duke’ of course.”
Given the fact that dukes are everywhere, I think you can be forgiven for that assumption!!
Some historical romance writer is calling dibs on this title even as I write this. :-)
Oh, I have no doubt of it!
hahaha, that would totally work too! Duke I’d like to ….umm…. fornicate with LOL..