Title: How We Operate
Author: A.R. Moler
Publisher: MLR Press
Length: 136 Pages
At a Glance: How We Operate is a short novella and is an easy read, but it also offers some suspense and dangerous situations.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: What if you had to do surgery on the one you love?
Chris Kearney is a surgeon working the Emergency Room at a large hospital near the bad part of the city. After operating on and losing a teenaged patient, he runs into Drew Hayden, an undercover vice cop. The two men connect over the kid who tried to get out of gang lifestyle. When they run into each other at the grocery store, they are more than happy to find that neither of them had read the signals wrong.
It’s hard for a cop and a doctor, especially an undercover cop and a trauma surgeon, to find time to meet and do all the things a burgeoning relationship requires. Somehow Chris and Drew manage. Their lives are full and sometimes difficult. Will they get through the traumas and troubles of the first year and a half of their relationship? And, when they get there, what will the other side look like?
Review: Chris Kearney is a trauma surgeon who hasn’t had much time for a personal life. He always works long shifts and fills in whenever he’s needed. He simply doesn’t give himself a break, and trouble just seems to follow him.
Drew Hayden is an undercover vice detective. On one particular shift, Chris is treating a young Hispanic man whose life he’d already saved once before. Drew is at the hospital awaiting the outcome of this young man’s treatment. When he meets Chris they make a connection, and in time they build a relationship. But having different schedules and stressful jobs puts them both through a lot of turmoil. There comes a point where Chris has pushed himself to the limit, and he falls apart. Drew is there to help Chris face his fears, but this sometimes causes a struggle for them both.
A.R. Moler really gives an in-depth look at two very different characters in How We Operate. This is a short novella and is an easy read, but it also offers some suspense and dangerous situations. The novel is set up like a diary, so it reflects the span of time that Chris and Drew grow together and face life head-on. There is an abundance of emotion in the story, more than a little hurting and fear, and some compassion and healing along with some tough love that sees this couple through to their HEA.
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