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Trauma Alert (First Responders #1)

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  1,059 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Dr. Ali Torveau knows just how fragile life can be—she sees death and tragedy every day in the trauma unit. Battling the dark forces of fate is her life’s work and she doesn’t want or need anything else, certainly nothing as transient as love. Plenty of women try to change her mind, but she never has any trouble saying no. Not until the day firefighter Beau Cross shows up ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published July 20th 2010 by Bold Strokes Books (first published July 1st 2010)
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I was familiar with Radclyffe by name, but had never read any of her work before now. I was under the impression that she wrote historical fiction, but “Trauma Alert” is without doubt a contemporary romantic drama. And it is very well done - I can see why Radclyffe is so popular and prolific. The author quickly built a realistic setting; she obviously did her research and I felt like I was observing real medical professionals. The main characters are believable, and fully developed. I felt real ...more
New Radclyffe. I swear I've read about characters like these a gazillion times and I'm pretty sure I've read entire passages just like these in her previous books.

But apparently I won't learn and this is my punishment.
Chimnese Davids
Trauma Alert is one of my first books I have read of the famous author Radclyffe. The intriguing love- romantic story takes mostly place in the Emergency Room.
The lead characters are Ali and Beau, to amazingly attractive woman with two different outcomes of relationships. One keeps her heart to herself in part of not getting hurt or feeling like she might loose the other. The other one sitting with a secret where she has made used of never falling for someone and not be able to put any emotion i
Let's start with the basics: Radclyffe's stories are well-written. Her language is exemplary, her story-building good.

And I don't normally read romance. So there's bias here - 'cause I'm having a damned hard time with her characters. They are, in a word, perfect. Not in the sense that they never do anything wrong, but in the sense that they are strong, ambitious, focused, driven, well-educated, and utterly, utterly inhuman.

There are, in this book, not a single first- or second-tier character who
First responders are special. Early at the scene of a crisis or catastrophe, they often put their lives on the line. The trauma center, a second line of defense, with its surgeons, doctors, and support personnel is hopefully helping the injured avoid life long disabilities or death. I more than tip my hat to these people and I love to read about their deeds. This opening book for the ‘First Responders’ series follows a technical rescue unit often referred to as TER-OPS associated with the Philad ...more
Emily Moore

Beau Cross makes an entrance when she shows up late for the training session being led by Dr. Ali Torveau. Ali dismisses Beau as a woman unable to take anything seriously, but Beau’s persistence begins to show Ali that you can’t always trust first impressions. Beau has kept her heart closed, sure that she doesn’t deserve happiness, or a woman like Ali, but quickly finds that Ali makes her think about the future in a way she never has before. Both women fin
This was an interesting one. I read it, rated it a 2, and left it for several months. I just re-read it, and am moving my rating to a 3. This book didn't impress me at first, but upon the second reading, I found the characters to be more relatable and the story more engrossing.
While I agree with other reviewers that this is standard Radclyffe fare, I have to admit that her formula works for me. Her characters are unbelievable in their physical and intellectual perfection, but I don't read Radcly
Radclyffe books are generally like your reliable, family, station wagon. They may not be the most exciting car on the block, but they're reliable and can be counted on to get you from A to B safely.

This was exactly what I was in the mood for when I picked up Trauma Alert and so was more than pleasantly surprised to find that it packed a few hidden bonus features that made the journey even more cruisey than usual.

Beau, as a character cracked off the page. 'Tough exterior protecting a sensitive co
May 26, 2014 Aliki added it
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I love the way Radclyffe writes her stories. She is excellent at building her worlds and her characters. Her stories are easy to believe and easy to picture it happening in real life. "Trauma Alert" is no exception! I could not put this book down!

"Trauma Alert" is the first book in Radclyffe’s First Responders series. In this story, we follow the lives of Dr. Ali Torveau, a trauma doctor and Beau Cross, a first responder firefighter. When these two first meet, you can sense the attraction spark
Racquel Rahming
As usual Rad graces us with the presence of an afflicted butch in need of a strong femme to calm and soothe her like a security blanket. Meet Beau, a hunky firefighter who is as cocky as she is reckless. Meet Dr. Ali Torveau she's strong and will not allow herself to fall for Beau's charms. The story pretty much proceeds how you expect it to, they eventually get together and fall in love. My issue as always was the lack of fulfilling sex, the butch made sexual promises she could not keep and end ...more
I would advise everyone who starts reading this series of books situated in hospital to start in this order:
1. Passion's bright fury
2. Fated love
3. Turn back time
4. Trauma alert

Simply because you will find charaters from one book also in the other. Expl. Saxon Sinclair and Wynter.

Sep 16, 2012 Celia rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: queer
A firefighter and a doctor, what else could one want? I love the First Responders series. Although the dialogue is trite at time and Beau and Ali's relationship requires a suspension of disbelief, that's to be expected in a book of this type. It's great for what it is!
Roscoe James
I read this just to read something by this author. A disappointment. A story told not shown. Repetitive. Shallow.
Mar 12, 2013 M rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: l-books
It's a Radclyffe book, so you know that the writing is going to be fine, the medical detail spot on (hey, what else were you expecting) and the plot lines are well structured, coherent and possibly slightly linear.

I have to admit that I bought all 3 of the First Responders series and I read this one and the follow up Firestorm back to back. When I started the 3rd in the series Oath of Honor I suddenly realized that this was building back into the the Honor series of books and I thought that I ha
This book moved slow for me. Even the relationship between Ali and Beau was not as interesting as I'd hoped. I guess I just didn't find their circumstances all that different or unique. Also they appeared to be perfect, even with the past they hold themselves accountable for and it seemed almost cliche and unrealistic. I did enjoy the medical aspect of the story, just little bits here and there. It is simplified and explained so that it is accessible to everyone so readers who are not medically ...more
Love that Radclyffe connected Wynter from "Turn Back Time" into the story by making her the best friend of the main character Dr. Ali Torveau. The side story really lets the reader see how Pearce & Wynter’s family and relationship progresses.
Oh god. I tried I really did but man was that bad. I got to about 28% when I had to call it quits.

It was just so cheesy and felt really dated, even though it wasn't written too long ago. I don't know it was just not for me I guess.
thank you radclyffe for characters who feel like friends, storylines that hold your interest throughout, and sex scenes that are steamy not smutty. i need more works by this author in my life, stat!!
Paige Braddock
It's always interesting to read one of Radclyffe's books sent in a medical setting because her first career was as a surgeon. This was a fun read.
good read. Like her earlier stuff much better, but this is ok.
Erin Roosevelt
Another book I'm sentimentally attached to, and a good read anyway.
Apr 11, 2015 Cda added it
Hot...i felt everything...
Medical drama staring by to lesbian who have hots for each other but their romance is hindered by weight of their personal history package.
So typical romance book and it of course has graphic sex scenes as romance book would not be romance book without them :).

So listening book's audio version give similar feeling than watching typical hospital drama on the tv.

Writing style is interesting which make possible to go book through in one listening session in dull day in work.
It would be considered a good book if you haven't read any of Radclyffe's books, but if you have it followed the same story line as most of her books. There weren't any suprises or new twist in this book but I think I will try out some other books written in her other name.
One of my favorites! The love story is drawn out, in a realistic way and thoroughly plotted. I love both characters. The action is exciting. Would read over again and again.
Oct 01, 2011 L.D. rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to L.D. by: Part of a group of books for evaluation for Booksellers' Best Award
This title was part of a bundle of books from Bestsellers Best Award 2011. I read, scored and now is for swap. This is an Autographed copy.
First time I've read this author. enjoyed the style and content. If you are bothered by descriptive Lesbian relations this is not the book for you.
I like Radclyffe's books, but they have a tendency to be sappy. A little more action and less sap would be better.
Predictable. How many times can two women be in mortal peril? Was Beau written as a man and then switched? Not a fan.
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Radclyffe, a retired surgeon and full time author-publisher, has published over thirty-five novels as well as dozens of short stories, has edited numerous anthologies, and, writing as L.L. Raand, has authored a paranormal romance series, The Midnight Hunters. She is a seven time Lambda Literary Award finalist in romance, mystery and erotica--winning in both romance (Distant Shores, Silent Thunder) ...more
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First Responders (4 books)
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  • Oath of Honor (First Responders, #3)
  • Taking Fire (First Responders, #4)
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