L.A. Metro by RJ Nolan is set, as the title implies, in and around the L.A. Metropolitan Hospital in California. It was the first novel that I had the pleasure of reading by this author.
On a superficial level, this story is about the romance that develops between a newly hired psychiatrist, Dr. Kimberly Donovan and the ER Chief at L.A. Metro, Dr. Jess McKenna. But on a deeper level, it’s about the journey of these two women to heal and love after significant emotional trauma and betrayal.
The story opens as Kimberly begins her new job at L.A. Metro. She’s ready to start over, both personally and professionally. Ethical questions in her previous position had not only resulted in her decision to change jobs, but also in the end of her relationship. When she learns that part of her job will be to serve as the psychiatric liaison to the ER, she’s determined to make the best out of what could prove to be a difficult assignment. Jess McKenna is known to be a force to be contended with.
Jess McKenna is respected, but not well liked by her colleagues. Her past relationship with a co-worker has made her the center of hospital gossip. That combined with a personal past trauma has left her emotionally damaged. She likes the idea that others find her difficult because it keeps them in line and at a distance.
This is a heartfelt story of two strong women who learn to trust and love again. The progression of their relationship is believable in that they must first master friendship before love and intimacy are possible.
The novel is well written and the story is easy to follow. For the most part, the work was free of grammatical errors, but at times the sentence structure did come across as a bit awkward. Overall the pacing was good, especially toward the second half of the novel.
The main characters are well developed and the author does a nice job of exploring the long and difficult process of healing that often follows emotional trauma.
Some of the secondary characters, specifically other hospital personnel, did come across as a bit too unprofessional for me to find them believable. That being said, their lack of believability didn’t really impact my enjoyment of the story.
The story was well written and the author did a nice job dealing with what would be considered to be an emotionally charged topic. The main characters were well developed and likeable.
As their friendship evolved into a tender romance, I couldn’t help but root for them to come together.
The medical scenes were well written, but a bit superficial. Pure and simple, I was left wanting more.
As mentioned above, some secondary hospital characters came across as too immature and unprofessional for me to find them believable.
I’ll start by saying that I’m a huge fan of lesfic medical romance.
That being said, I probably don’t even need to mention the name of the author who I believe sets the bar. (Sheena’s note: It’s Radclyffe, for those who were curious. But then she was a surgeon, so she has the upper hand in creating medical believability)
If you’re looking for a gripping medical romance, then this is not your book.
But, if the medical piece isn’t what’s most important, then L.A. Metro is definitely a good read. I enjoyed it and will read more from this author.
Excerpt from LA Metro by RJ Nolan
Kim took a shaky breath. She looked over at Jess. Tara was clinging to her for dear life. Her heart was still pounding from Tara’s scream and precipitous leap from the gurney. She moved around the end of the gurney. As she got close to Jess she was assaulted by the pungent smell of urine. “You okay?”
“I’m fine,” Jess said. “But I’m not so sure about Tara.”
Surprise rippled through Kim at the tremor in Jess’s voice. She had never seen her anything but calm, cool and collected, even after a major trauma.
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