Doctor Heartbreaker

A Hero Club Novel
Series: Hero Club
Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (325 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The nurses call me Dr. Heartbreaker. They say I put the hot in hot-shot cardiologist. Not that it matters. I never stick my tongue depressor in my co-workers. What can I say? I play by a set of personal rules. Even if those rules eliminate 99.9 percent of the woman I come in contact with from my dating pool. Even if those rules land me on a blind date with Emily, my childhood sweetheart, a woman I hadn’t seen since I broke her heart freshmen year of college. Let’s just say the evening was a disaster. She took one look at me, and it was...date over. Do not pass go. Do not collect your $200. 

The thing is, I can’t stop thinking about her. She was my first kiss, and every other first that two people can share. She’s the only woman I’ve ever loved. How can I make her understand what really happened between us when she wants nothing to do with me? How can I let her walk away again, when it could mean another 10 years wondering...what if? 

The answer’s simple. I can’t. 

Unfortunately, the solution to my dilemma is a five-year-old Colombian girl with a deadly heart condition. The same little girl Emily’s non-profit organization brought to the United States to receive life-saving surgery. When the chief of staff informs me I need to improve my public image because my bedside manner sucks - not that bedside manner. I’m just fine between the sheets, thank you very much - I agree to perform the girl’s operation....

Because spending more time with Emily is worth the risk. Even if it means I have to break every rule in my playbook. Even if it means destroying myself in the process.  

I may be a sap, but I’ll do anything for a second chance with the woman who’s owned my heart since the fourth grade.

©2020 Kathryn M. Hearst and Cocky Hero Club, Inc. (P)2020 Audible, Inc.
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Fatal attraction + 2nd chance love + gorgeous doctors

This has to be one of my top 10 favorite books of the year… All different types of drama made up until one amazing story! Fatal attraction + 2nd chance love + gorgeous doctors = a book that u will listen in 1 sitting 📖😻

Amazing narrators... I can listen 2 Christian Fox all night long 💘😘

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Life saving and second chance romance

This was a cute childhood sweethearts, second chance romance. The relationship between Rhett and Emily ended pretty badly but they never got over each other. They by chance were set up on a blind date. They are forced to work together and find that all the feelings are still there. I thought the story was cute and short.

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Judge this man(book) by how he treats the waitress

I did not like this book at all. Not the writing, the narration, or the story. This is a book from the Cocky Heroes Club, suggesting brash, rascally men and fireworks-style romances. This book was anything but a fun, cocky listen; it was a drama involving a single parent and a gun-shy divorcee, with the author challenging us to figure out who has the worst backstory.

Rhett isn’t lovably cocky- he’s a jerk. We first meet him as he orders food at a restaurant, not bothering to look up and make eye contact with the waitress. Then we discover he’s a doctor with such a prickly bedside manner that he’s forced to take a charity case to improve his (and his hospital’s) image. He also swears. A lot. As in F bombs constantly, even during the most mundane internal monologue. Rhett’s horrible back story includes a lost child, an evil ex-wife hyperbolically written to the point of incredulity, anxiety, PTSD, and inner monologues walking us through his therapy lessons.

Emily is a sad sap who, despite being former military, is too much of a coward to face her former flame when he turns out to be her blind date. She spent ten years assuming the worst in him, despite the ease in which she could have discovered the truth (their moms are neighbors and friends, for goodness sake). Yet, when work reunites them, she forgives him immediately, moves in with him, and they blend together as if they’ve been together forever instead of being apart for a decade. Her tragic backstories include losing her husband in Afghanistan, her dog running away, and failing chemistry. No joke. Even the littlest backstories, like a chemistry grade, are all downers.

Then there’s the present story. Just like their backstories, we are treated to more unnecessarily depressing details, like when Rhett loses a patient, or is exhausted from long hours at work, or as 5 year old Paola with a heart condition gets progressively worse test results and setbacks through the majority of the book.

The female narration was torturous. She made Emily sound like a teenager. She made every kid sound like a five year old. Worse, her delivery was like a nasal Captain Kirk, with weird pauses mid-sentence, as if those pauses would add chemistry or emotion to this depressing story. The male narration was better, but often seemed to whisper or mumble the words. His female voice was a bit cringy. And what’s with the pronunciation of side character Dr. De La Garza? Both read it as “De LAWWguzuh.” I could be wrong, never having read the book, but that name came off like an awkward tongue twister every time it was said.

I get that good romance stories need conflict to advance to meaningful HEAs. But good romances balance conflict and angst with excitement, humor, and hope. Here, the scales tipped way over to the depressing side. This was not cocky, heroic, or an enjoyable listen.

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Loved this story

I loved the story, the narrators and the characters. I’m a sucker for second chance stories & medical dramas. This story will tug at your heart strings & make you feel happy at the same time. Fans of the cocky hero books will love this book!

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Rhett and Emily

This was a cute second chance romance. Rhett and Emily embark on a journey of forgiveness, strength, and growth. This is a new to me author, I was not disappointed. I liked this story.
Christian Fox is outstanding, and Felicity Munroe is just as great. I enjoyed listening to them.

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I loved it

Just a nice story, it was fun and some angst and yeah I could pick it apart if I wanted to , but I really just liked it a lot ... loved the guy narrator too!

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Amazing!

I loved the story. It was just long enough and captured my attention from the very beginning. I also loved Christian Fox’s narration.

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Sweet story

This story surprised me from the summary a bit. I would have thought there would have been a little more animosity for Emily to have to overcome to fall for Rhett again given her reaction to seeing that he was her blind date when they meet again after 10 years. I would have liked a little more back story and character development to show how the years apart had shaped them into the people they had become. More explanation into the motives behind Rhett's crazy, mean-girl ex-wife's motives for showing up and begging for money to help her when she didn't really need it. There are some holes in the story that could have used more substance, but it was still a good story. I also don't think Doctor Heartbreaker is an apt title for the story. He really doesn't date or sleep around a lot as that title would imply. The only person's heart he broke was Emily's and she seemed to get over that quickly enough.

If anyone is interested in Simon and Bridget's story, go find British Bedmate by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward. When I listened to the sample for Doctor Heartbreaker I was pleasantly surprised to find that Simon and Bridget were part of this story. It was nice to revisit them and I was glad that they played a bigger role than serving as the meet cute for Rhett and Emily.

Also glad to find a new book boyfriend. This is the first time I've listened to a narration by Christian Fox and I really like his style and understated, sexy voice. He's up there with Zachary Webber/Jacob Morgan and Sebastian York.

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Great story

awesome story, childhood bestfriends/ first loves reunite after an evil manipulative ex wife/villain pulls them apart. Enjoyed the story.

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immature characters

I love second chance love story. This one started out really good but as the story progressed, both main character, although successful in their career, were immature in their personal life. After ten years, they meet again on a blind date. The reason was not even strong or believable since they " love" each other so much. After a great start, these two were playing cat and mouse game throughout the story and still immature even they kept telling themselves that they've grown up. If you have five hours to waste and don't mind immature characters, this one is for you.