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Madrin Memorial Hospital #3

The Nurse's Not-So-Secret Scandal

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The shocking secrets of nurse Roxie Morano!

Between family nightmares and a series of lousy men, nurse Roxie Morano’s life is a disaster zone. But enigmatic (and gorgeous!) new colleague Ryan ‘Fig’ Figelstein is ignoring her hazard warnings – instead, he’s signalling his attraction! Now Roxie’s bulletproof heart is at risk for the very first time…but dare she dream Fig will stick around when he discovers all her secrets?

384 pages, Paperback

First published January 1, 2012

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Wendy S. Marcus

66 books266 followers
Wendy S. Marcus is an award-winning author of contemporary romance who lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley region of New York...where she spends way too much time indoors on her computer. Writing. Really! Okay, more like…where she spends way too much time on Twitter and Facebook! To learn more about Wendy and the books she’s managed to write, in spite of her social media addiction, visit http://WendySMarcus.com.

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Author 33 books115 followers
June 5, 2016
I didn't want to give this book five stars. In my usual rating system I would knock off half a star for discomfort level. But the fact is that it is an amazing story with an amazing hero and heroine. Roxie is not your everyday romance heroine. She hasn't been a virgin for so long she probably can't even remember what it's like to be one. She's a local girl and so everyone knows her. A good number of the men know her in the biblical sense. But as it turns out, no one really knows her at all. Not even her best friend, Victoria (heroine of #2 of the Madrin Memorial Hospital series.)

People don't know Fig, Ryan Figelstein, either. He keeps a whole lot about himself very, very private. So what would a bald computer geek with an over-protective Jewish Momma have in common with a feisty Latina who's only escape from the stresses of her own mama problems is drunken sex with whoever is in the bar on a Friday night.

Lets start with the sex. Could Fig be the first guy in a long time that Roxie doesn't need to be totally wasted to want to get down and dirty with? A man who can tie a cherry stem in a knot with just his tongue may have something to offer.

Then of course there is the mutual momma issues. Fig totally gets Roxie. He understands her pain. And with a Colin Firth insouciance, he likes her just as she is. So all of a sudden these two are sharing more than bodily fluids. They are sharing secrets. And instead of pushing them apart, it's bringing them together.

Together they are a whole lot more than when they are apart. Courage, acceptance, a willingness to be there for each other. All these become so much more than character traits when these two draw on each others strengths. They are better stronger people together.

The only fault I could find with this book is the way things skipped a little at the end. I understand the need to tie things up and there isn't a lot of room in a category length story but the whole day five day six thing sort of crashed my mood a little. Lucky the Epilogue finished things on a high note. A great story and an unforgettable story teller.

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Author 2 books31 followers
May 31, 2012
Wendy Marcus is hands down one of my favorite authors and has found a permanent home on my automatic-buy list.

Her writing style is the perfect mix of angst, heat, sexiness and edginess. I wracked my brain trying to come up with another author (you know...one of those, if you like Author A, then you'll love Wendy Marcus,) but there's no one I can compare her to. She's original and for that reason alone she's found a lifelong fan in me.

I read The Nurse's Not-So-Secret Scandal in one sitting. And, this is embarrassing to admit, was late picking up my daughter from ballet class because I couldn't put down my Kindle.

This is my favorite book of the Madrin Memorial Hospital series. There are three in all and I would recommend each of those, as well, but Fig and Roxie are my favorite couple. They are not perfect. They are not traditional. To put it bluntly, they have some serious issues. But despite their hang-ups, they are loveable and I found myself rooting for Roxie, a realistic modern-day take-charge woman, and Fig, a realistic, modern-day, tortured hero.

What impressed me most about this book is how Marcus was able to convey both characters' strengths and vulnerabilities without bogging down the reader in long passages of back story. I didn't feel as if I had to work to get to know the characters, which makes for an incredible and enjoyable reading experience. True escapism!

If you're looking for a little extra spice, grit and unpredictability in your romances, I highly recommend this book and this author. You won't be disappointed.



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1,459 reviews103 followers
March 23, 2012
Ohhh boy, will I miss the women of Madrin Memorial Hospital and their delightful cast of family, friends, and patients! According to author, Wendy Marcus, this is potentially the last book in the series pertaining to the women that we have come to love and respect. In this installment, however, we meet Roxie Morano, a proud and take-no-shit Hispanic nurse who absolutely embraces life...i.e. page 115, “Life may not be the party we hope for, but while we’re here we should dance,” says the enthrallingly tall tan beauty. It’s all about fun for the spirited hellcat except when it comes to her illustrious career of nursing. The confident nurse takes her job responsibilities seriously, but when faced with some difficult situations with her personal life, she realizes that life has been totally unfair to her. So, with that being said, enter Ryan “Fig” Figelstein. The man is just deliciously hot - burning with an amazing hard-body physique which only adds stimulation to a sleekly smooth shaven bald head while infinitely accentuating his kind face and a pair of captivatingly dazzling green eyes. In the beginning few chapters of the book, I thought that I would enjoy the second book of the series the most. But as the story continued and the longer I read about the positively fearless Roxie and her gorgeously compassionate man, Fig, I loved the couple extremely more than I thought I would. Fig was just the ultimate sensitive male with his own unfortunate fetishes, which regrettably for him, dictated how he lived his life entirely. How can you not love a guy that is so insightful and thoughtful while unaware of his extremely stunning good looks? The man just oozed sensuality. It is sad to say that Fig’s parental upbringing was overbearingly dominated by a controlling and strong-minded mother, which, to no fault of Fig’s, initially began because of debilitating illness. As a result of her continuous manipulations and an eventual eye-opening realization, Fig wanted nothing to do with her when he reached adulthood. Ms. Marcus’ ability to keep the reader entertained with a highly anticipated climax that would surface near the end of the novel, was impeccably impressive. Details and opinions were exposed as the pressure was building when Fig’s sad, but yet truthful, secret was discovered. You really had to feel for the guy. Roxie’s unfortunate dilemma also is resolved with positive results for most all involved. I really enjoyed Ms. Marcus’ ability to incorporate past characters from her other two novels along with introducing the two new main characters into this book. It’s refreshing to know that past characters just haven’t been forgotten. Like I said, I am going to miss the nurses of Madrin Memorial Hospital, but I am also looking forward to see what Ms. Marcus has in store for us next.
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Author 2 books30 followers
April 1, 2012
Harlequin Mills and Boon Medicals are fast becoming my favourite category romance line. But one thing I can’t get excited about is their run of the mill titles. They don’t do the books justice in my opinion. Had I been the one to name this novel, I’d have named it ‘Gotta Love Roxie’. Why? Because Roxie is one character who leaps off the page, makes you laugh, cry and think, with her in your face dress sense (visible under hospital scrubs) and pink cellphone studded with imitation crystals. Her hero is totally different from the usual alpha male category romance hero, but you find yourself falling for him too.

I know enough about U.S. life to know that they are from two different communities, Ryan ‘Fig’ Figelstein and Roxie Morano. He was an overprotected kid who fought childhood cancer and was homeschooled and smother-loved by his doting Jewish momma. (The doting mother is not necessarily a cultural stereotype because they are common throughout the world. The Irish Mammy and the Indian mata, to name but a few. Take your pick.) Roxie’s a Latina, with a big mouth and a large heart. And boy, can she brazen it out! When she’s forced to share with her boss and an investigator that she’s being blackmailed by a man she slept with who uploaded their lovemaking scene onto a porn site, she has to sit through watching herself going wild in bed. The investigator (and hero), intrigued, tells her she has a great ass and she smiles proudly and says that it’s her best feature.

However, scratch the surface and you'll find that Roxie’s not so brave and sassy underneath. One gets the impression she’s crying inside (I’m fine. Always fine. Fine. Fine. Fine.). You can sense that it’s a front. While she’s the perfect nurse in her working life, Roxie lives with her mentally ill mother and usually escapes the drabness of her life by getting roaring drunk and sleeping with whoever will take her back to their place. She leaves right afterwards and goes home to take care of her Mami.

This story could never be a ‘sweet’ romance because if you shut the bedroom door, the reader would miss most of the story. Fig’s difficult childhood has left his libido untouched and man, that man is HOT. And well, he and Roxie are more than a match for each other. What touches me most about this story is how the healing power of love works its magic and brings two very special people together. I dare you not to love this story, nor its unforgettable characters. Get a copy today! You’ll be so glad you did!
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464 reviews51 followers
March 15, 2012

The heroine Roxie is only just managing to hold her life together when she meets the hero Fig. Hoping for a hot and heavy fling to take away some of her stress but she is left frustrated and angry when Fig stands her up then later accuses her of steal hospital drugs. However things go from bad to worse for Roxie when a sex-tape of her is put up on the internet and her mentally ill hoarder mother sets fire to their home. The only one who sticks by her is Fig. Fig is not without his own problems - a serious childhood illness that has left it's mark in more ways than one, a manipulative mother, and his own control issues - but they each find solace in each other, wanting nothing more than a casual thing. Until everything becomes much more complicated between them.

This was not what I was expecting, at all. I have never really been into books from Medical Romance line, but it appears that I have been reading the wrong ones, or perhaps it's simply that Wendy S. Marcus has taken everything about this line and turned it on it's head. I suspect it's the latter.
This story has so much spark, and it is very, very fresh. One thing that stands out for me, apart from the love-scenes (more on that in a moment), is that a lot of issues are dealt with in this book, and they are dealt with very well. To cram sex-scandals, blackmail, hoarding, mental illnesses, germaphobia, a touch of racism, and the actual romance into one [category length] book and make it work is quite impressive.
I was totally surprised by the heat level in this book, especially for the Medical line, during some of the love-scenes my eyebrows were raised so high I'm surprised they're not stuck!
The heroine is fabulous; so forward and gutsy and as far away as you can get from a lot of the dainty, pearly-white heroines you often find in romance novels. I adored her, she is the ultimate modern day heroine.

The story is gritty and believable, full of passion, heat, honesty, and real in every sense. Quite simply, I loved it.
If you like Sex and the City and ER combine the two and you will get this author's style, and that can only be a good thing!

This is my first Wendy S. Marcus book, and it will not be my last!

Recommended.

Originally posted at http://everyday-is-the-same.blogspot....
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Author 124 books42 followers
April 13, 2012
As there are a ton of great reviews that go into depth about why this book rocks, I'm going to be brief.

What I love about it(In no particular order because I can't decide whether #1 or #3 are my favorite aspects of the book):

1) These characters are a hot mess. Seriously, they are twelve kinds of messed-up quirkiness and so so so real and loveable. Funny-Smart-SmartAssed-Brave-Broken-Stupid-Secretive-AWESOME characters.

2) Fast read, impossible to put down.

3) No super-mega-happy-unrealistic Happily Ever After. Don't get me wrong, there is an HEA, but in romance when characters have a lot of baggage/damage, some authors give in to the inclination to fix every single character-defining problem/memory/backstory element at the HEA, or just after. Like the OCD wackadoo that I am, in the past I have actually removed the last pages from a book because it needed to stop sooner... when it felt real and satisfying, not like the old country-music joke. (What do you get when you play a country song backwards? . . . You get your house back, you get your wife back, you get your job back, you get your car back, you get your dog back...)
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811 reviews37 followers
February 19, 2012

THE NURSE’S NOT –SO- SECRET SCANDAL is Book #3 in a miniseries, Madrin Memorial Hospital by Harlequin Mills and Boon Medical Romances from author Wendy. S. Marcus.

Roxie Morano depends on herself only as her brothers moved out soon after their mother started showing signs of mental illness. Since age twelve, she had no one else to depend on. She shocked Ryan ‘Fig’ Figelstein by telling him that she lost her virginity to the local grocer to pay for food when she was fourteen. But she was a nurse now and loved her job and would do anything to keep it.

Head nurse and Roxie’s best friend, Victoria, was finding narcotics drugs missing from the ward’s drug cabinet. All evidence pointed to Roxie taking the drugs. Victoria installs Fig as the ward unit clerk to keep an eye on Roxie. But Fig hated being in the hospital surrounded by the medicinal smell. Though a successful IT professional now, he had childhood leukemia and used to be in and out of hospitals. Still he agreed to keep an eye on Roxie. What will happen when Roxie finds out that Fig is there to spy on her? Is she really taking the drugs? Who is it who keeps ringing Roxie and threatening her?

Then all mayhem lets loose as the internet hops with Roxie’s sex video! Some pervert had videotaped her after she was too drunk to know any better. When she refused his blackmailing effort for the drugs, he lets the video go live on the net. How Roxie and Fig overcome this criminal element makes for a thrilling read.

Roxie’s house catches fire by her mentally ill mother and while her mum is hospitalized, Roxie moved in with Fig. For the first time Roxie realizes she actually desires a man and wants him desperately without being drunk. The chemistry between them just sizzles and crackles. The sensuality in the love scenes is electrifying.

And then again for the first time, Roxie realizes that she is not alone after all when all her friends stand by her side, to help her deal with her hoarder mum, and clean up her house. She is overcome with emotions. Though her brothers come but they’re filled with avarice and don’t care about their mother at all.

THE NURSE’S NOT –SO- SECRET SCANDAL is a fast paced, thrilling story. For me personally, I learnt some things about both Roxie and Fig’s mothers’ mental illnesses. This story depicts realistically what happens if as Roxie, you’re left all alone to deal with a parent suffering from a debilitating mental illness. And what happens to an only child like Fig, who had childhood leukemia and whose mother wanted to keep him sick so she could be known as the great sacrificing mother. How teenaged Fig finally broke away from his mother made for an interesting insight into teenage psych.

Wendy S Marcus has created characters which leap off the page and speak to you. Even if you don’t like Roxie’s character at the beginning with her smart mouth, you can still understand where she is coming from. With hindsight you can understand the author created Roxie to be not liked at first. Roxie’s character was created to hit the very rock bottom and then her inspirational journey back up is astounding. You have to applaud this author for tackling some of the untouched subjects and make it work. This heroine is not your traditional blushing virgin and neither is the hero a medic. Yet this story works as it has all the medical drama you can hope for from the line. The Nurse’s Not –So- Secret Scandal fulfills and then some all the high expectations you have from author Wendy S Marcus.
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811 reviews37 followers
April 2, 2012
THE NURSE'S NOT -SO- SECRET SCANDAL is Book #3 in a miniseries, Madrin Memorial Hospital by Harlequin Mills and Boon Medical Romances from author Wendy. S. Marcus.

Roxie Morano depends on herself only as her brothers moved out soon after their mother started showing signs of mental illness. Since age twelve, she had no one else to depend on. She shocked Ryan `Fig' Figelstein by telling him that she lost her virginity to the local grocer to pay for food when she was fourteen. But she was a nurse now and loved her job and would do anything to keep it.

Head nurse and Roxie's best friend, Victoria, was finding narcotics drugs missing from the ward's drug cabinet. All evidence pointed to Roxie taking the drugs. Victoria installs Fig as the ward unit clerk to keep an eye on Roxie. But Fig hated being in the hospital surrounded by the medicinal smell. Though a successful IT professional now, he had childhood leukemia and used to be in and out of hospitals. Still he agreed to keep an eye on Roxie. What will happen when Roxie finds out that Fig is there to spy on her? Is she really taking the drugs? Who is it who keeps ringing Roxie and threatening her?

Then all mayhem lets loose as the internet hops with Roxie's sex video! Some pervert had videotaped her after she was too drunk to know any better. When she refused his blackmailing effort for the drugs, he lets the video go live on the net. How Roxie and Fig overcome this criminal element makes for a thrilling read.
Roxie's house catches fire by her mentally ill mother and while her mum is hospitalized, Roxie moved in with Fig. For the first time Roxie realizes she actually desires a man and wants him desperately without being drunk. The chemistry between them just sizzles and crackles. The sensuality in the love scenes is electrifying.

And then again for the first time, Roxie realizes that she is not alone after all when all her friends stand by her side, to help her deal with her hoarder mum, and clean up her house. She is overcome with emotions. Though her brothers come but they're filled with avarice and don't care about their mother at all.

THE NURSE'S NOT -SO- SECRET SCANDAL is a fast paced, thrilling story. For me personally, I learnt some things about both Roxie and Fig's mothers' mental illnesses. This story depicts realistically what happens if as Roxie, you're left all alone to deal with a parent suffering from a debilitating mental illness. And what happens to an only child like Fig, who had childhood leukemia and whose mother wanted to keep him sick so she could be known as the great sacrificing mother. How teenaged Fig finally broke away from his mother made for an interesting insight into teenage psych.

Wendy S Marcus has created characters which leap off the page and speak to you. Even if you don't like Roxie's character at the beginning with her smart mouth, you can still understand where she is coming from. With hindsight you can understand the author created Roxie to be not liked at first. Roxie's character was created to hit the very rock bottom and then her inspirational journey back up is astounding. You have to applaud this author for tackling some of the untouched subjects and make it work. This heroine is not your traditional blushing virgin and neither is the hero a medic. Yet this story works as it has all the medical drama you can hope for from the line. The Nurse's Not -So- Secret Scandal fulfills all and then some the high expectations you have from author Wendy S Marcus.
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307 reviews8 followers
April 30, 2012
Taken from my review at RomanceJunkies.com

THE NURSE’S NOT-SO-SECRET SCANDAL by Wendy S. Marcus

Someone is stealing medicine at the hospital where nurse Roxie Morano works and she is their prime suspect. But her friend and 5E Head Nurse Victoria does not believe it for a moment. So she has set out to prove the assumption wrong, with the help of her fiancé Kyle. Lately, they have noticed that Roxie has been distracted and forgetful. She also lacks her usual spunk, but Victoria is certain that there is another reason than drugs. Roxie is not one to spill her problems to everyone, so many do not know of the problems she is having at home.

Ryan ‘Fig’ Figelstein, who works with computers, does not like to be around sick people or hospitals, due to some deep-seated fears of his own. But when his friend Kyle, a doctor, asks for his help, he cannot turn him down. Fortunately, he can do his computer work anywhere because Kyle wants him to work as a unit clerk temporarily. He will sit where he can keep an eye on the medicine cabinet and who goes in and out. He knows that Roxie is a suspect. He has already met Roxie and had been very attracted to her. Fig went so far as to make a date with her…but then he didn’t show up. So he knows she is angry with him now and is not looking forward to facing her again. But for her sake, he must make amends with her.

Despite being stood up by Fig, Roxie cannot deny her attraction to him. Finding that he had a good reason for his behavior, she gives him another chance. But when her heart gets involved, she begins to wonder if he will stick around when he discovers her secret, one she has kept hidden so far.

THE NURSE’S NOT-SO-SECRET SCANDAL, the third and unfortunately, the last book in talented author Wendy S. Marcus’ MADRIN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL series, is an intriguing, emotion-packed contemporary romance that kept me avidly turning the pages to see what would happen next. This book is definitely an attention grabber. The time spent reading it flew by as I became absorbed in the story, only putting it down when I reached the delectable ending. Brimming with complex characters, secrets, mystery, passion, wit, intrigue and romance, this beautifully written book has it all. Computer expert Fig and feisty nurse Roxie is a well matched couple and the chemistry between them is explosive. Unlike the heroes in many romance novels, Fig is not an alpha, but he is ideal for Roxie. Fans of this series are also reunited with Victoria and Kyle from the previous book, ONCE A GOOD GIRL. Although this story is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone. But for additional entertainment, do not miss the other books in this series; WHEN ONE NIGHT ISN’T ENOUGH and ONCE A GOOD GIRL.

Dottie, RomanceJunkies.com
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Author 4 books109 followers
March 3, 2012
The Nurse's Not-So-Secret Scandal by Wendy S. Marcus

I was lucky enough to receive a pre-release copy of this title and WOW!

Not at all what I was expecting from a Harlequin/Mills & Boon Medical title but I could not put this book down; I read the entire thing in one sitting, staying up until the early hours just to finish it.

Although this is the third in a series, this book stands alone incredibly well, telling the story of some characters that we were briefly introduced to in the earlier titles. Both the hero and heroine are deeply flawed, almost broken, in fact, but you can’t help empathising with them, admiring their strength and courage. You want them to succeed, get over their issues but that’s an awful lot to ask of them!

I have now read books two and three in the Madrin Memorial series by Wendy S. Marcus and will definitely make a point of obtaining book one to complete my set. I will also have no hesitation in picking up future titles by this author, a natural storyteller, capable of building up conflict and drama a-plenty with flair and a dash of humour.

This is fast paced story, gritty and quite dark in parts, yet beautifully written with seamless switching between the characters point of view. There isn’t a huge amount of ‘medical’ in this plot, but, to be honest, it doesn’t need it. What it lacks on the medical side of things is easily filled by physical chemistry and sizzle.

The Nurse's Not-So-Secret Scandal is quite possibly the raunchiest title from the medical range that I have come across to date - but it works - pushing the boundaries and showing a steamier side to the Medical line. It would be nice to think that this is a bold new direction for the range, offering a variety of heat levels in much the same way that the M&B RIVA line can swing between ‘sweet sensual romance’ to ‘spicy and spirited’.

I would have no qualms whatsoever about recommending this book to a friend, although perhaps not to my elder family members who, I suspect, would flounder with the level of heat. If you are looking for a ‘traditional’, softer, book that is more of the norm for the Medical books I have read, then be prepared for this book to test you, but it is well worth giving it a chance.

Personally, I loved it!
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4,420 reviews210 followers
March 21, 2013
Reviewed by: Desere
Book provided by: Author
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

Review: Ever thought of what it would feel like living in a small town with a secret hanging over your head just waiting to reveal itself and destroy your life?

For Roxie Morano life is good. She has a great job and good friends and every now and then she does get to let the wild woman within loose and has fun doing it.

But what no one knows is that actually Roxie is not the happy go lucky kind of woman she tries to present to the outside world. In fact she shares a home with her somewhat mentally unstable mom, who collects piles and piles of “things” turning the home into a harzard zone ready to go up in flames at any second.

Then there is the extremely one wild night that the wild woman within got a little to carried away. And to make matters worse it seems she is about to lose her job for taking drugs from the narcotic cabinet. Top that off with sexy and charming Ryan Fig making his grand appearance, threatening to steel her heart, and you have one heck of a roller coaster ride lying ahead for Roxie.

What I liked about the book was that we usually see the hero or heroine with a secret that when revealed will change their lives forever and either the hero or the heroine then being the one to turn it around for them and becoming their savior. But in this simply delicious read from Wendy S.Marcus we see both hero and heroine with their very own unique problems, fears and, yes, even phobias.

The book was fun, fresh and the author had a new approach to telling us the love story of Roxie and Ryan. Revealing to us so much more than a mere tale of love and passion. Wendy’s unique and creative writing style is one you will not want to miss.
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247 reviews271 followers
April 14, 2012
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A Bold & Beautiful romance from Wendy S Marcus, I’m so hooked on the Madrin Memorial series and hoping this is not the last of the books in this Series. We want more Wendy!!!!

We were first introduced to Roxie and “Fig” in “Once A Good Girl”. The author’s segue into the third book was unique and delightful, a teaser that leaves you wanting for more.

The Nurse's Not-So-Secret Scandal is Ryan ‘Fig’ Figelstein and nurse Roxie Morano’s story; this book was a fast paced read with all the makings of a great book Wendy S Marcus style. It had wit, it had humor, it had great chemistry between the characters, it was BOLD and tackled some serious disability issues in a relatable manner.

I would highly recommend reading this book and the Madrin Memorial Hospital Series by Wendy S Marcus, these books are not your average straight laced medical romances, the author definitely knows how to turn up the heat!!!

Madrin Memorial Hospital Series:
1. When One Night Isn’t Enough - Nurse Ali Forshay Story
2. Once a Good Girl - Victoria’s story
3. The Nurse’s Not-So-Secret Scandal - Roxie’s story.
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654 reviews
March 5, 2012
I haven't read that many Medical Romance books, nor any of this author's other work, so I had no preconceptions really before reading it.

First of all I enjoyed it. Both the H/H were characters I felt I could root for, especially as they both had VERY troubled backgrounds, and at first I really thought I might dislike Roxie - but the more I read about her the more she grew on me. Fig too - he actually hid the majority of his troubles so well we only got to find out the full extent of them towards the end of the story.

It is fast paced, the beginning is hospital based, and from then on the medical issues are tackled from the experiences of the characters and their families. The attraction and sex scenes between the H/H are very sensual.

All in all, I would say it is a good, interestingly modern medical read and would recommend it. They are characters you will certainly remember!
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Author 5 books34 followers
December 12, 2012
Fantastic read. This is not your typical medical, but neither is Roxie Morano your typical heroine, or Ryan 'Fig' Figelstein your typical hero. Definitely not. This is the wonderful unique style of Wendy S. Marcus tackling delicate issues and making them her own with her daring touch of humour and a huge injection of sexy!
This is the third book in the Madrin Memorial Hospital series and thanks to the teasers in book two I couldn't wait to read Roxie and Fig's story to find out how those sparks would fly. And fly they certainly do. Both appear to have an edge to them and gritty determination, however as Fig helps to deal with the backlash of Roxie's scandalous behaviour they discover just how vulnerable they are.
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322 reviews188 followers
June 30, 2012
I haven't read this author before, but heard so many good things about this book that I had to check it out for myself. I'm very glad I did! Ms Marcus has a delightfully fresh voice that had me chuckling out loud in places. Both her hero and heroine are wonderfully flawed with interesting back stories, that kept me turning the pages. With plenty of twists and turns the writing was fast paced and I could not put this down. Read it in one sitting and will now read the other two books in this series.

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Author 83 books9,770 followers
April 15, 2012
This is the third book I've read by Marcus and she is truly on my auto buy list! I read this on the plane coming back from a conference and couldn't put it down. I adored her quirky, damaged heroine, Roxy, the gorgeous yet sensitive Fig, and their spicy interactions. This book tackles some issues in an educational, informative way, and she takes chances as a writer that pay off big time. Cannot wait to get my hands on her next book - this is a must read!
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1,200 reviews370 followers
March 28, 2012
The Nurse’s Not-So Secret Scandal is the 3rd and final book in Wendy. S. Marcus’ Madrin Memorial Hospital series. I am not one who reads much of medical romances but Wendy has a way of putting it out there that just makes her books compelling reads that I want more of.

27 year old Ryan ‘Fig’ Figelstein comes to Madrin Falls in upstate New York to visit his best friend Kyle. When he meets the larger than life and certainly colorful character that is Roxie Morano, Fig is definitely more than intrigued enough to pursue the attraction that flares to life between them right from the onset.

But things aren’t as easy and lighthearted as they seem to be on the surface. Both Roxie and Fig have their own fair share of secrets and painful pasts that still persists in their lives at present making their struggle to achieve some form of normalcy almost impossible. But through it all, Roxie and Fig manage to wade their own way through the many ups and downs in their not-so-normal-relationship and in the end attain a happily ever after that was so well deserved that I was grinning from ear-to-ear when all was said and done.

You can’t read the 1st book in the series i.e. When One Night Isn’t Enough without getting intrigued enough to see through to the rest of the characters that make their way into the story. Wendy has a talent for creating heroines who have the odds stacked against them, who are hard working, loyal and have had a lot of bad happen to them in their pasts. But what makes her heroines special is that drive to be true to who they are, to do their best to make do with a bad situation that fate throws their way. And the plus point as always turns out to be the beautiful men, and yes I use beautiful because there is no other way to describe these guys who go out of their way to win over the women they love.

Roxie Morano is a character of contrasts if ever there was one. She is spunky, has an attitude that may seem off-putting at first and wears colors bold and vivacious just like her character; but underneath all that tough and brave facade is a woman who is torn between the need to do the right thing and making her own way in life, a woman who shoulders more than her fair share of responsibility in looking after a mother who is a disaster waiting to happen. Roxie takes her fun wherever she can find it, a release she needs so badly after working intense hours as a nurse and coming home to a depressing state of affairs that makes her want to howl at times. But even her closest friends at work have no clue as to just how much of a juggler she is in order to present a normal front to the rest of the world.

Fig comes from a totally different side of the equation. As a child Fig had been smothered by the attention he had received from his mother as a result of being a recurring patient of leukemia until he had hit his teens. His past is one that haunts him, his mother continuing to try to rule his life even when he has made it clear that he is more than capable of running his own life. Fig has hangups that you won’t believe a person may have and he knows it, but his attraction for the fireball of energy that Roxie is poses complications on his heart that he would never have thought possible.

Two equally damaged people with a whole lot of baggage meet and ignite the sparks of desire and want that paves the way towards something more meaningful as both Fig and Roxie strip themselves bare emotionally and physically to let each other in, a quest that is doubly dangerous for two people who have had their trust trampled upon by people closest to them. Roxie is all about living in the moment and rushing towards the ultimate explosion of pleasure while Fig is more laid back and has the patience to wait – as good things always comes to those who wait. So when these two meet in the bedroom it is more than fun, it is about exploring the extent to which each can push the other and both discovering sides to themselves that are uncharted waters as well.

Wendy has done a remarkable job with creating a character such as Roxie who is different, someone who grabbed my heart and invaded it with her usual style and flair from the very beginning. Fig like his laid back nature waited and hovered around a bit before plunging that stake into my heart to stake his claim and boy I could definitely understand the appeal of taking it slow and taking your time when it comes to a man like Fig.

The Nurse’s Not-So Secret Scandal is my favorite in the series. And I tell you, Roxie Morano is a character who rocks your boat – in more ways than one. And the best thing about this series? You can read all 3 books as a standalone and never flounder to find your way.

Recommended for fans of medical romances and those who love spunky heroines and yummy tattooed heroes who can show you that patience is a good thing; when it comes to a man like him!

Rating=4.5/5

Original review posted on MBR's Realm of Romance
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Author 26 books43 followers
March 5, 2012
Gosh, what can I say about this?. Well, it is NOT a run of the mill medical romance. With gushing nurses waiting for their Dr Handsome. Nope not at all. The Nurse's Not So Secret Scandal is a gutsy, unique and above all honest story. The main characters are incredibly described. They have wonderful backstories and above all are believeable. I cannot say much about Fig, because when he was described in all his naked glory, my eyes were widened. I have never read anything like this before, and I have to say that I LIKE IT!!. Roxie is gutsy and blunt. The interplay between them is feisty and keeps the reader on its toes and wanting to read more and more. In fact this is a fast paced book, so much so that when I came to the end, I found myself wanting to read more and more.

I loved the love scenes and thanks to Wendy I may have a few tips to show my husband :P

This book is a new level of M&B romance. A big step forward if I may so, and it is refreshingly different and liked very very much.

Well done Wendy.
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March 19, 2012
The Nurse's Not-So-Secret Scandal is a sexy, pacy read with characters who have interesting (and unexpected) backgrounds and Marcus creates conflict between them that sizzles.
Roxy is a strong character and jumps off the page. Fig is layered and real. Both are living in the shadow of their mothers and have a lot to get through to find their HEA. It really feels like these two characters are meant to be together (despite the mountains of baggage they both have). And I loved that the resolution didn't involve the heroine getting pregnant.

The book goes at a cracking pace and has smashing dialogue. I didn't want it to end! This book stands alone, but is the third in the series and it was great to catch-up with the previous characters. I think this book might be Marcus's best book yet (but all were great and different in tone - no cookie-cutter characters here). Although its a Medical anyone who loves the Harlequin Sexy line and is looking for something different should definitely read Marcus's books.
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May 5, 2014
Georgie's Big Greek Wedding? was pretty good. I was a great book for passing the time and something to read. I would read it again. I liked the self-discovery angle and the humor. I also liked how the adventure was in a way that was more realistic to me. (I wouldn't be able to go to a far away country for a trek, etc...) The Nurse's Not-So-Secret Scandal was really good. I liked the fact that the author had shown that everything usually had a reason, as well and the difficult situations that sometimes don't seem to have a good way to solve. I liked the humor, the conflict, the steaminess added in, and learning to help yourself as well as those around you. The two main characters were definitely meant for each other. I would read this book again for sure. A great surprise in the mail from the First Reads giveaways! Enjoy
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June 19, 2012
Why I haven't read Harlequin's Medical line before? "The Nurse's Not-So Secret Scandal" was my second book & I confess - I'm oficially hooked. I haven't read the first 2 books in "Madrin Memorial Hospital" series, but now I'm so intrigued by her atypical characters that I'll have to look up for other books by the author. Brava to Wendy S. Marcus! Read this one, I promise you won't be sorry!
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Author 18 books648 followers
November 12, 2012
Wow, I really enjoyed this! This book is not your traditional category romance—it had heat and heart and talked about some heavy issues I’ve never seen before in a romance book. Very refreshing! The author took two broken characters with very unusual upbringings, brought them together and manage to pull off a believable happy ending for them. So glad I picked this book up. :)
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Author 23 books169 followers
July 4, 2012
I loved how the author dug deep into the characters flaws and how two seemingly unmatched people ended up being the perfect matched.
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April 11, 2021
4.25 stars
Would I read this book again? Probably not. Was it very well done? Yes, it was.
This book has two main characters who have so much baggage from their childhoods and so many current day problems that I felt uncomfortable and wanted to check out. Usually books are my escape from the world and in this book, I found a situation far more f*cked up and stressful. Despite this, trust and believe that Wendy S. Marcus will do the characters and book justice. Roxie is a flawed and human heroine. There were times I was frustrated for her and with her but she had a lot of heart and was in a tough situation. Fig had his own problems but what I appreciated the most about him was that he never judged or slutshamed Roxie.

Three cheers for sex positive heroines!
2 reviews
March 23, 2012
Really awful. It's a pity as I enjoyed this author's debut book.
This story smacks of shock value and desperation. Let me explain.
In one short story there is -
a mother with munchausen by proxy who poisoned her son, a mother who is a crazy hoarder, a girl who is a self-confessed slut and tells the world she uses men for sex, then gets blackmailed by a sex tape. A hero with childhood leukaemia, a fire, suspected drug thefts, an entirely inappropriate sex scene between a nurse and patient in hospital (admittedly not HIS nurse), and a police sting. PHEW!
I mean really.........
It was as if she didn't really have a foundation for a story and had to throw all this other stuff in to hide the fact.
Funnily enough, I left this review at Mills and Boon and it didn't get posted. I wonder why not, as they post other one star reviews?
Real shame because this author showed real sparkle in her debut and I was looking forward to this story.
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