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Alternative Treatment by Claire Thompson
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Sep 11, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: ebook, m-m, medical, what-i-read-in-2009

Dr. Mark Harrison is working as the Director at one of his family's nursing homes although he'd much rather be practicing medicine than doing paperwork. In the closet and frustrated with his life he's immediately drawn to the new volunteer at work, Nolan Daniels. Nolan is a paramedic assigned to do 100 hours of community service for a DUI he committed when he responded to an ex-boyfriend's suicide threat while out drinking.

When they first meet they are each immediately attracted to the other. Mark likes the 'bad boy' image that Nolan gives off and finds it hard to keep his distance. Nolan on the other hand sees a handsome man with an air of innocence to him but he feels that Mark would not be interested in him. Although attracted to each other they don't quite hit it off and it will be a slow journey from that first meeting to becoming friends and lovers.

I'll be honest here and say that it took me a while to start liking Nolan. He comes off as a bit selfish at times but by the end of the story he had really grown on me. I loved seeing his attempts to change so that he would be more worthy of Mark, whom he sees as a good man who probably deserves better than him. These realizations and his interactions with Mark, both as friends and later on as lovers, serve to highlight Nolan's growth and development. Mark also does a fair amount of 'growing up' as he finally decides to stop hiding in the closet and also undertakes a job he likes and feels good about.

This is a well written story with interesting characters that are realistically portrayed. Both Mark and Nolan go through some very tough times and must each face the consequences of the actions they take. Their relationship is complicated, at times explosively hot and at others sweet and tender. There is just a bit of D/s to their dynamic but it's more a consequence of their personality than a lifestyle choice they make.

Overall a very enjoyable story which I highly recommend.
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message 1: by Nancy (new) - added it

Nancy Groovy review, Lily. I think I'm going to get this one.

Lily Nancy wrote: "Groovy review, Lily. I think I'm going to get this one."

Thanks, Nancy! :)

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Yah, I felt pretty much the way you did. Great review, flower girl

message 4: by Rossy (new) - added it

Rossy Great review, Lily!

message 5: by Rane (new)

Rane Great Review Lily!

Lily Thanks Ivan, Rossy and Rane! :)

message 7: by Ava (new)

Ava Wonderful review!

Lily Ava wrote: "Wonderful review!"

Thanks, Ava! :)

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