In Miracle for the Neurosurgeon by Lynne Marshall, Wes Van Allen was a brilliant neurosurgeon until an accident put him out of commission and landed him in a wheelchair. Determined not to let him isolate himself from those that love him, his sister calls for reinforcements to get him out of his funk. Luckily, physical therapist Mary Harris, his sister’s best friend, has what it takes to get him back to fighting form and doing most of the things he loved doing before he got injured.
”We don’t even know if I’ll get pregnant.”
“Or that I can actually have sex.”
“True. Maybe we should quit talking.”
“Less talk, more action.”
They laughed, realizing they’d resorted to yet another cliché. “It’s a deal.”
There are two things Mary Harris wants most. The first is to help Wes realize that his life isn’t over just because he’s in a wheelchair and the second is to have a baby. The only man she can see herself asking to help with the latter is Wes Van Allen. Striking a deal with the gorgeous man seems her best option, especially when they’re both looking to achieve their dreams. So perhaps, they could help each other with Wes determined to return to work and her wanting a family. But will her proposal lead to so much more between them, or will Wes do the unthinkable by letting her go?
This is the first book I’ve read by Ms. Marshall, and I’ve got to say that it’s one of the best Harlequin Medical Romances I’ve read. It’s an inspirational story about finding the strength to go after what they both want, and about overcoming the challenges that life has thrown at them. Being in a wheelchair isn’t easy for Wes and it made me empathize with the hero, since he’s always been so active and outgoing. Can Mary find a way to help Wes regain his strength in hopes that he can return to work?
As for the dialogue, it was intense due to the main characters back stories, but I loved every moment these two conversed. There’s a wonderful playfulness and teasing between Mary and Wes that made me smile, especially whenever Mary pushed Wes in his therapy sessions. She’s a hard task-master, but in a good way, because she wants Wes to achieve his dreams of being able to return to work and determined to make Wes see that life isn’t over just because he’s ended up in a wheelchair. That he can have a life filled with love and happiness, if he’s willing to take a chance and stop alienating everyone.
She lunged for a bottle. “Five minute break.”
He gulped a drink. “I take it back. You’re not a slave driver, more like a dominatrix.”
It felt good to tease and smile, like a lost and forgotten part of himself had suddenly shown up again. “All you need is some little leather get-up and a whip.”
Both the main characters are fantastic, and the chemistry between them was incredible. Chemistry that made it hard for them to resist the other and I’m glad that Mary was resilient and courageous enough to go after what she wanted, because Wes is the best man she’s ever known. Although, I could understand why she was so hesitant when he’s a client and she shouldn’t get involved with those she works for. Yet, at the same time, having a family was important to her because she had so much love to give; love that was never given to her by those that should have appreciated and adored her.
While Wes, I could understand why he was pushing everyone away that was trying to help him, because his injury makes him feel like he’s less of a man than he was before his accident. How could those that love him understand what he’s going through when they’ve never been in his situation? However, in saying that, I’m glad that he gave Mary a chance to help him, because they bring out the best in each other. Certainly, he was resilient and determined to get back to being able to do the things that make him happy such as working and enjoying life to the fullest, even though he mightn’t be able to do some of the things he used to.
”This is starting to sound like a new kind of strip poker.”
“I’m hoping for a lap dance.”
She sputtered a laugh. “You’d be so disappointed.”
“I doubt that.”
“I don’t have a vampy bone in my body.”
“Now I know you’re lying.”
Overall, Ms. Lynne has penned a delightful read in this story about two characters never giving up on their dreams and determined to help each other achieve them. The way this story ended had me smiling, because Wes is determined to win Mary back and I loved the words he says to her. However, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up perfectly, because of how far Wes has come since Mary came back into his life and helped him. I would recommend Miracle for the Neurosurgeon by Lynne Marshall, if you enjoy the sister’s best friend trope, the forbidden relationship trope or books by authors Carol Marinelli, Karin Baine, Kate Hardy or Fiona Lowe.
From doctor…to daddy?
Neurosurgeon Wes Van Allen is used to being at the top of his game, so when an accident puts him in a wheelchair, he’ll push himself to the limit to regain his strength—he just needs a physical therapist who can keep up!
Enter Mary Harris, whose sweet kisses he’s never forgotten! She’ll help Wes achieve his dream, if he helps her achieve hers—a baby! Captivated by Mary’s sunny optimism, dare Wes hope for the ultimate miracle—a family, with Mary by his side?