This version includes Bonus Scenes adding an additional ten thousand words to this edition. Closet Confession was previously released in the Night Shift Anthology.
Dr. Derek Babineaux is intelligent, dedicated, and one of the best ER physicians in the fast-paced world of critical care at Tulane Medical in New Orleans. Always on top of his game, he’s thrown off balance when the newest medical staff member finally unleashes his hidden desires.
Justin Delacroix’s job at the inner city’s busiest hospital might be just what he needs to ease back into civilian life after a long stint in the military. High-performing shifts make working as a trauma nurse at TMC the perfect way to utilize his skills and quick reaction times. There’s only one problem, his attraction for one sexy ER doctor is off the charts, but he has his reasons for not returning Dr. Baby’s night shift advances. Or maybe he doesn’t.
I’m not sure how to review Closet Confession. Don’t mistake my quandary for dislike of the novella, because I did enjoy it. But it could have been so much better. First and foremost, if I were not a blogger and not aware that this novella had been written for inclusion in and released as part of a themed anthology of novellas for charity, I’m not sure I would have enjoyed it as much because this info created certain expectations going in. Second, given that this is a novella and is being released as an expanded edition, I was thrown by the fact that the bonus scenes were just tacked on at the end of the novella. While I loved the bonus scenes, this format made for an extremely disjointed read and lessened my overall enjoyment of the book as a whole. Had they been integrated into the actual story, they would have allowed for a much smoother read and would have upped my rating to at least 4 stars. Finally, while I have only read a few of the author’s books (and have loved each one of them), it is my opinion that Alexander’s writing style does not lend itself well to the novella format. I’m accustomed to far more character development and relationship building than occurs in Closet Confession and I was left wanting more – which would be good if this was part of a series, but as it’s not it felt incomplete. Yes, I get that this is just a look into the lives of Derek and Justin, but it just doesn’t compare to Alexander’s normal storytelling. Granted, what we did get was a really hot tryst in the closet, a “confession” that did a nice job at keeping me flip-flopping on what I thought was going on (I was right), and the bonus scenes added to the steam, relationship, and fleshed out the story a bit more (even if in a disjointed fashion). I suppose my main concern is that while Closet Confession is indeed entertaining, it’s not representative of the author’s wordsmithing (which tends to rip my heart out) and I worry that new readers may give it a try and not read on to discover Alexander’s true talent. Because of these reasons I have to give it 3.5 stars because it’s better than “good” but the disjointedness prevents it from reaching “great” for me. Closet Confession is a tasty treat for die-hard fans but newbies should really check out the author’s full-length novels to get a true feel for her work.
“I’m starting to think you might have a crush on me, Dr. Baby.” His own crooked smile spread, hoping he was getting past the too quiet remark from earlier. He didn’t want Derek to see him that way.
“Then quit dodging me and let’s play doctor,” Derek growled. Justin could feel Derek’s heated gaze on him, but refused to look his way.
“I don’t mix business with pleasure,” Justin playfully fired right back, like he had every night they’d worked together. Besides, Derek had to know he was such a liar. It took everything in him not to jump the smug doctor right there in the hallway and show him exactly how well he played with others.
“I’m not buying it. Besides, if you don’t want to play with me, then why do I always catch you eye-fucking me?” Derek cockily countered. The doctor grabbed his forearm, stopping Justin in his tracks. Derek turned toward him and their eyes locked in an instant. Justin wondered if Derek could hear his heart pounding against his chest as he held his challenging gaze.
This was new to the game.
Best Selling Author Kindle Alexander is an innovative writer, and a genre-crosser who writes classic fantasy, romance, suspense, and erotica in both the male/male and male/female genres. It’s always a surprise to see what’s coming next!
I live in the suburbs of Dallas where it’s true, the only thing bigger than an over active imagination, may be women’s hair!
Usually, I try for funny. Humor is a major part of my life – I love to laugh, and it seems to be the thing I do in most situations – regardless of the situation, but jokes are a tricky deal… I don’t want to offend anyone and jokes tend to offend. So instead I’m going to tell you about Kindle.
I tragically lost my sixteen year old daughter to a drunk driver. She had just been at home, it was early in the night and I heard the accident happen. I’ll never forget that moment. The sirens were immediate and something inside me just knew. I left my house, drove straight to the accident on nothing more than instinct. I got to be there when my little girl died – weirdly, I consider that a true gift from above. She didn’t have to be alone.
That time in my life was terrible. It’s everything you think it would be times about a billion. I love that kid. I loved being her mother and I loved watching her grow into this incredibly beautiful person, both inside and out. She was such a gift to me. To have it all ripped away so suddenly broke me.
Her name was Kindle. Honest to goodness – it was her name and she died a few weeks before Amazon released their brand new Kindle ereader. She had no idea it was coming out and she would have finally gotten her name on something! Try finding a ruler with the name Kindle on it.. It never happened.
Through the course of that crippling event I was lucky enough to begin to write with a dear friend in the fan fiction world of Facebook. She got me through those dark days with her unwavering support and friendship. There wasn’t a time she wasn’t there for me. Sometimes together and sometimes by myself, we built a world where Kindle lives and stands for peace, love and harmony. It’s its own kind of support group. I know without question I wouldn’t be here today without her.
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