Title: Just Right
Author: Erin Nicholas
Series: Book #1 in The Bradfords series
Number of Pages: 272 pages
Release Date: 30 March 2010
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author's Website, Amazon, Kindle Store
Grade: 4.5 stars
Goodreads appetizer: To save one good man, she’ll have to let her inner bad girl out to play…
ER nurse Jessica Bradford is a good girl. Okay, a reformed bad girl, but she’s done her late father proud. Now she’s one step away from landing Dr. Perfect, aka handsome, sexy, heroic Ben Torres—the hot fudge and cherry on top of her hard work scooping out a respectable life.
Ben learned the art of sacrifice from his missionary parents, but when a drunk driver he saved kills three people, he quits. To be precise, the fist he plants in the man’s face gets him suspended. And the first dish he wants on his newly empty plate is Jessica—preferably naked.
Jessica can’t believe the Ben she’s found drowning his sorrows in a bar is her knight in shining scrubs. And he won’t be pried loose until she bets 48 hours of her time in a game of pool. She loses. And the next morning she stands to lose much more.
The Chief of Staff’s recommendation for the promotion she’s been after rides on her ability to keep Ben out of trouble until things blow over.
Except “trouble” is all Ben wants. And despite herself, Jessica finds that she’s more than willing to go down with him…
Warning: Contains hot love in a store dressing room and in the front seat of a car—at the expense of a very nice strawberry patch, unfortunately—oh, and hooker boots. Can’t forget the hooker boots.
Just Right is Jessica's story: she is the eldest sibling, who was once a rebellious teenager but who stepped up and raised her brother and sister after their father died when she was just around 20. Since then Jessica changed her ways and became the always reliable, serious and responsible older sister and perfect nurse. Her Saturday nights are spent either watching the TV, scrubbing her bathroom or washing laundry, until her office crush forsakes the respectable role of a responsible take charge doctor and spends his days in bars getting drunk and not having a care in the world.
Ben is the star surgeon at the clinic, however he feels his life is not satisfying anymore. His frustration and anger mounts every time when he sees a patient he cared for not doing their part in the recovery. Then one day he explodes when a man he saved a couple of weeks ago has a DUI accident and causes the death of a lot of innocent people. Ben gets suspended for some time after punching the guy, to cool off as his superiors say, but Ben doesn't have any intention to cool off. He's had it with the ER and the stupid careless patients and all the stress and worrying which go with being a doctor. So he goes on a self-destruction or should we say college boy rampage: he gets drunk, plays pool and flirts with women. Enters Jessica, whom her brother (who is also Ben's friend) asked to babysit Ben and make sure he doesn't get in trouble. And that's when lot of trouble ensues... (but just the kind that we readers love :-p)
Erin Nicholas' characterisation was great: not only were the two main characters interesting and layered, but she spent enough time and detail on the supporting cast to make them more than just mere props (I also can't wait to see them again in later books).
Ben is not simply a drop dead gorgeous doctor, but he is also a complex character and I loved Jessica peeling back his layers and getting to know more about his background and secrets.
The chemistry between Ben and Jessica is instant combustion, I dare you to read Just Right and not need a fan! :-p
And just one quote to give you a taste of the witty writing:
"And of course you had to scare them off with a dysfunctional penis story," he said, as if they were talking about the weather.
She smiled and lifted a shoulder. "First thing that came to mind."
"My penis is the first thing that came to mind?"
Cracks me up every time :-D
(you have to know this is kind of the very first dialogue these two share! lol)
Verdict: If you haven't read anything by Erin Nicholas yet, now is the time to pick up one of her books, I'm sure you'll have a great time :-)
The Bradfords series:
#1 Just Right (Jessica's story)
#2 Just Like That (Sam's story)
#3 Just My Type (Sara's story) - review to be posted soon
Come back next week to read more about Book #2, Sam's story (Just Like That).