The Best Medicine by Elizabeth Hayley
Series: Strictly Business #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: June 2, 2015
Format: Paperback, 336 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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Lauren Hastings is finally ready to enter the real world. At twenty-six, she’s about to get her master’s in psychology, and she’s well on her way to beginning the career of her dreams—until she suffers public humiliation and has to endure something she thought she’d never have to deal with again: a part-time job.
A gig at Trinity Hospital isn’t exactly Lauren’s definition of a good time, but Dr. Scott Jacobs quickly changes her mind. He’s straight-up gorgeous, and he always gets what he wants. And that includes Lauren. It’s an ideal arrangement for both of them. No strings. Just fun—at least at first.
But feelings quickly begin to run deeper than either Lauren or Scott is willing to admit, causing issues neither of them want to confront. After all, who wants to risk the perfect relationship on something as terrifying, as messy, and as unpredictable as love?
I love it when a book takes me completely and utterly by surprise and that’s exactly what happened with The Best Medicine. Looking at the cover I expected a fluffy romance that I would enjoy, but not much beyond that. In reality, I got a scorchingly hot book (dirty talker FTW) and a couple important life lessons.
I’ve seen several reviews from others who said Lauren bothered them in the beginning. I can honestly say I liked her from the start. Sure, she was a little abrasive, but I rolled with it. If anything, it took Scott longer to grow on me than it did Lauren. I was lukewarm to him for quite awhile – even with his dirty, dirty mouth (*rawr*) – yet I was hooked on the story and the dynamic between these characters. Lauren was a tough cookie, but he handled her really well. I loved their banter and the sexual tension was through the roof. The fact is, I enjoy a well-written antagonistic attraction nearly as much as I do stories of short-term arrangements that grow into more. All the boxes were ticked on this one.
At the risk of giving away an important part of Lauren’s backstory, I have to comment on one of the parts of the book that took me so by surprise. Midway through the book, Scott drops a gay slur in what is meant to be a humorous way. Few things raise my own personal hackles more quickly than when this happens – in real life or in a book. It was like a knife in the Lauren’s gut and she let him have it. I wanted to stand up and cheer as she stood up to him on this. Then I wanted to (um, did) cry as she told him why this was such a big deal to her personally. It was a most unexpected moment and one that will stand out to me for a long time to come.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I dove right in and couldn’t even think about stopping until I finished it. I connected with the characters and couldn’t get enough of their stories. I think The Best Medicine was a great start to a new series. I know I’m already anxiously awaiting the second book, Just Say Yes, which releases in December. It’s also worth mentioning I really, really hope Lauren’s friend Sam gets his own book as well. I think his story deserves to be told, even if it starts out as a bit of a heartbreaker. I’m looking forward to all of these!
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.