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Fated Love

(A PMC Hospital Romance #1)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  2,867 ratings  ·  163 reviews
What do you do when your carefully planned life takes a wrong turn into hell? When Quinn Maguire, a dashing young trauma surgeon, unaccountably accepts a position as an ER physician, her new boss, Honor Blake, suspects that Quinn is hiding a dark secret. While the two declare an uneasy truce in an effort to work together, both struggle with mutual, and unexpected, attracti ...more
Paperback, 309 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Bold Strokes Books (first published May 17th 2004)
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After reading the latest Radclyffe (Passionate Feelings), I thought it might be nice to get back to the first one she wrote 14 years ago and read how Quinn Maguire and Honor Blake found each other in Fated Love (A PMC Hospital Romance #1).

It reminded me again that I need to read this author in very small quantities. I’m not saying this to be unkind because Radclyffe is a seasoned writer, a bestseller in her genre (medical romance) and has a loyal following. When I pick one of her books to read,
Gaby LezReviewBooks
Published in 2004, this is my favourite novel by Radclyffe. A slow-burn medical romance with endearing characters, off the charts chemistry and a couple of twists and turns.

When Quinn Maguire, a trauma surgeon with impeccable credentials, accepts a position as an ER physician, her new boss, Honor Blake, suspects that Quinn is hiding a secret. But as Quinn proves herself more than useful in the ER department and Honor starts to bring her walls down, both women struggle with an unexpected mutual a
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Having read many of Radclyffe books, this, without doubt, is one of my favorites. Btw, loved the medical jargon...not too technical at all as some have suggested- adds believability to the story. Beautifully written, compelling characters and reminded me that all is not lost even when we're shooting ourselves in the foot . Okay, so here's my problem. Radclyffe has a huge list of publications, and typically when I read a book that I REALLY like, it makes me want to read the author's next in the s ...more
Gaby LezReviewBooks
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My favourite book by Radclyffe. Great romance with endearing characters. 5+ stars

This book is in my list of recommended books of the month:
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars.
Radclyffe has a way of writing love stories that draws you in and doesn’t let you go. While this story wasn’t my favorite out of what I’ve read (listened) to of hers so far, I quite like how she weaves her medical background into her work and how believable it is.

I liked both Honor and Quinn, and fell in love with Honor’s daughter and MIL along the way. Definitely fluffy with a side of angst, but a good read.
Jo reece
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rather good. The first few chapters I was slightly put off due to all the medical jargon, but once the story line developed, I started to enjoy it more.
SA-WOOOON! I just started listening to audiobooks this year (yes - I know, I know) and have been going through them like mad since discovering the error of my ways. So now not only am I listening to new releases, but going back a ways to older favorite books on audio. Such was the case here with Radclyffe's Fated Love, narrated by the delicious-voiced Abby Craden. I loved this book in the early 2000s and ate it up here again. We are so fortunate to have Abby narrate a good number of lesfic audio ...more
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I finished reading passionate rivals and realized I never read the other two books in the series 🤦‍♀️. I was really enjoying fated love and then it just ended . I mean I felt a little cheated not even an epilogue. Oh well 😔 . Either way it was an entertaining read
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fated Love came out in 2004 and everything I read pointed to this book being the landmark start to everything Radclyffe’s known for. For Fallback Friday, I wanted to read this book first. It seemed important.

New E.D. Attending mysteriously gets hired without the okay of the Chief of Emergency Room Medicine at a hospital in Philadelphia. There’s hostility, then friendship, then more between Dr Honor Blake and Dr Quinn Maguire.

There’s some good moments, especially when the interactions included
Brooklyn Graham
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an interesting story, and I do so like when Radclyffe writes about medicine. Being in the field myself, I enjoy the accurate portrayal of her characters in those roles. Quinn was the quintessential butch, that was too tough to deal with what was happening to her, especially when it involved her own health. The thing is, I got the impression that Honor wasn't exactly femme and seemed more butch to me as well. I like this combination, and it is probably one of the reasons that I enjoy Rad ...more
Pam Holzner
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
I think this is the 1st in the Philadelphia Medical Center series. We start with Honor as the head to the ER chief being angry when surgeon Quinn is hired without her approval. Honor lost her 1st love in a freak building accident so she's a closed off widow. Quinn was on her way to being an important surgeon when she developed a viral heart infection that resulting in her needing an ICD. Now she's unable to operate alone in the OR and her friends pull strings to get her this PMC job in the ER.
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my first excursion into the land of Radclyffe and I'm happy to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. I decided to listen to the audiobook read by Abby Craden while I was working and the 10 hour work day flew by! Since I started reading lesfics I've heard again and again that Radclyffe is in many ways the Queen of f/f fiction and she didn't disappoint with this one!

Fated Love follows Dr. Honor Blake and Dr. Quinn Maguire as they meet and since we know the genre eventually fall madly in love. It d
4.5 ⭐️

A really sweet romance - liked it!
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, lgbt
4 Stars. I enjoyed this book a lot. This book was about Honor Blake, the ER chief and Quinn Maguire, a new ER resident from Manhattan. Honor, a woman who had lost her wife in a tragic accident, instantly feels a connection to Quinn. Quinn and Honor skirt around their obvious feelings for one another as they work together in the hospital. As the reason for Quinn's transfer is found out, Honor feels closer to Quinn and starts to accept her feelings.

This book is very good if you enjoy a lot of tens
Jun 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite Radclyffe books. I love how you can see the relationship building between the two main character's, the tension between the two, and come on... who doesn't love some good ol' fashion steamy scenes! ...more
Det. Nidhi
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don't know what to feel about this book. I mean it wasn't a bad read or anything but it somehow feels incomplete. It might just be the nitpicky person in me but I was expecting more for some reason. i liked this book but I don't knwo what it is that makes me feel a wee bit wierd. But let this not deter you. It's a great book with a sweet story. Most of the stuff makes sense and you are somehow lost in the book. I somehow felt parts of the story were incomplete but anyhow it was a sexy story. D ...more
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book will always be a bit special for me. It was my first introduction to the magic of Radclyffe and my first book in English. I only read a few years, and the genre lesbian books is not really expanded in The Netherlands. So I was soon looking for other books. When I discovered that there was a very large market in English books, a new world opened up for me. Fated to Love was the first book that I was reading, and yes, I was immediately hooked. Since then I read only English books and I a ...more
Jun 21, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NOT recommended
Recommended to Kathryn by: Listopia: Best Femme/Femme Couples
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The two main characters: Quinn Maguire and Honor Blake. There are abundant descriptions of Quinn: "... jet black hair, sapphire blue eyes, slightly above average height, lean and tight and boldly handsome. Cocky, too"... yada, yada, yada. Very few descriptions of anyone but "handsome" Quinn.

I wanted to read this because it had a high rating. Not sure why the rating was high. This seems more like a story of a character that the writer wants to be.

This book should NOT be on
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read this book as it was listed as a favorite of many Lesfic readers(Thank you VLR for your followers many informed suggestions) What a great novel. Radclyffe at her best.

The old adage of write what you know shines through in this medical world romance. While it's obvious the author knows her trauma surgery and medical terminology she doesn't swamp the reader with her knowledge. Instead, she uses a threatening medical condition as a plot device to add to the struggle Honor faces when dealing w
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: l-books, romance
Classic Rad. Nice diverting read filled with all the medical jargon you would expect and the sureness of touch that all her books have.
Jessica Nguyen
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Though the romance was okay, the dialogues were a bit underdone and not so subtle. Sometimes, repeated easy lines such as you're beautiful, I want you, or I want to touch you made it a bit boring. ...more
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book of Radclyffe's that I've read. Shocking, I know!

When I first read the blurb for this, I was worried it hinted at tones of infidelity. But since no one complained about that in the reviews (though I only skimmed a few to avoid spoiling myself), it clued me in that that wasn't the case. For the medical jargons, seeing some of them already defined in here were much appreciated. It saved me time looking up their meanings on the Internet.

While the story was great, I couldn't he
Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2019
I was very much hoping I'd love this as much as the high ratings might lead one to expect, but I ended up being rather disappointed. Too many tropes, and ugh, the melodrama... which I might not have minded quite as much if it hadn't been for Honor getting on my last nerve. FFS woman, make up your mind already! I'd have liked Quinn to be a bit more assertive, too, rather than just meekly putting up with all of Honor's crap. On the whole, the main thing their romance made me feel was impatient and ...more
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this one. Love in a hospital setting with medical jargon and throw in a kid! Perfect for conflict and drama. Thankfully there wasn’t much angst to go with it.
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This author continues to confirm my reason for saying she is the bard of medical romance. A title amongst a number of others.
I fell for all the characters, literarily felt the pain of Quinn...this was a well balanced story and delight
Apr 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: qr
Almost okay in a safe-and-trite way, full of stereotypes and tropes that are done not awfully, enough to convey some small degree of emotion some of the times it tries. On a more technical aspect of this book's writing, the constant shift in POV within scenes is, if mostly not too hard to follow, nothing short of boring and frustrating. And idk what bothered me most, that it's a boss/subordinate trope, or that it was done in a not obviously uncomfortable power dynamic way and specifically with t ...more
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: f-f, romance
Well I will be damned.
I just finished a disapointing audio from a book I loved and promptly jumped on the audiobook of a "ok" book that I read once two years ago and I liked the audio way much more.
Is someone somewhere having fun or what ?

This book is ok for a quick read and that's all.
There are multiple bad crosses in this pure Radclyffe-in-hospital-love story that explains the two stars I gave it two years ago.
It got's :
> insta love-lust. But it's turned slow by grief and caution
> a smile
Feb 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
Although I think Radclyffe's at her best when she's writing about what she knows (she was a surgeon, apparently and I tend to find her medical story lines more compelling) it's never a good sign when I actively dislike one of your characters. If you've read Radclyffe before, you know these women already (the butch with a soft center and the tough femme), but this combination/dynamic just didn't work for me this time. All of the power in the relationship rested with one character (the one who doe ...more
Patricia Foort
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
20 april 2020 Started The audio overall still 4 stars. But Abby did a terrific job narrating this one.

31 march 2019 This was a re-read. Read it I think 9 years or so ago. It’s okay. It has a couple of steamy sex/love scenes that I love in a book and it has chemistry and humour. But to many inner thoughts like ‘do you know what you do to me’ I wished they talked more instead of thinking it. So overall 4 stars.
Sep 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008, month-09
Above average romance from the prolific Radclyffe.
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Radclyffe has written over forty-five romance and romantic intrigue novels, dozens of short stories, and, writing as L.L. Raand, has authored a paranormal romance series, The Midnight Hunters. She has also edited Best Lesbian Romance 2009 through 2015 as well as multiple other anthologies. She is an eight-time Lambda Literary Award finalist in romance, mystery, and erotica—winning in both romance ...more

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