Southern Nights & Secrets by Robin Covington

Posted in Advanced Reader Copy/ Chick Lit/ Contemporary Romance/ Netgalley/ Reviews 29th August 2016
Southern Nights & Secrets by Robin CovingtonSouthern Nights & Secrets by Robin Covington
Series: The Boys are Back in Town, #4
Published by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Indulgence) on September 19th 2016
Pages: 268
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one-star

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.

This was a hard book to read and harder to review, not least because I went in knowing exactly what to expect after realising what some readers had to say about the plot and its triggers. But reading it didn’t make it any easier when I could see were the author’s valiant attempts to make an unlikeable and unreliable – at least when it comes to matters of the heart – male protagonist worthy of a HEA with a woman who rightly shouldn’t want to have anything to do with him.

Unfortunately, it didn’t work too well at all for me.

But if I liked Ginger Crawford immensely for her independence and her strength (though she was a little too soft-hearted), I found Beckett a sorry excuse of a cocky womaniser who uses his debilitating, broken past as an excuse not to commit and to push Ginger away – by sleeping with her roommate. That he felt Ginger was too good for him is an overused cliché that I’d outgrown decades ago and seeing it again in action – and the kind of behaviour it elicits – nearly made me not finish the story at all.

9 years later, when this story takes place, I’m not entirely sure this attitude has changed.

There’s the admission that she was the girl he’d always loved, but broke it all up with her for her own good and for his own selfish reasons, then took up with a revolving door of women didn’t do anything to endear me to him at all. Suddenly wanting Ginger back after all this time because she shows up where he works felt more like him wanting to recapture what they had yet not showing any sort of remorse for his halfwit, inexcusable behaviour. That he chalked it up to the right timing when he and Ginger finally slept together incensed me further because all it highlighted was his cocky smugness when he finally put effort into getting her back. In fact, I found him irredeemable insofar as women were concerned, despite the good work he does with children and at the hospital and to term him as a romantic hero would be a misnomer.

I wasn’t entirely too sure what happened next apart from the sex happening despite all futile attempts at resistance because I finally skimmed, but there were parts that involved a fair bit of characters from the previous books which I didn’t read and an insertion of drug-related activities (with some mild suspense) that I felt compromised the plot’s already tenuous hold on my attention. In short, this is unfortunately not a book I can recommend at all, and that’s not because of Robin Covington’s very excellent writing but really because of a questionable male protagonist whom I can’t even call an antihero deserving of that happy ending.

one-star

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