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Heart Like Mine: Echo Lake #2 by Maggie McGinnis with Giveaway

Heart Like Mine: Echo Lake #2 by Maggie McGinnis with Giveaway

Welcome to the second book in the Echo Lake contemporary romance series from Maggie McGinnis.  Please read on for my review and excerpt, don’t forget to check the tour stops to see what other readers thought of the book, and be sure to enter the tour-wide giveaway where a Grand Prize winner will get a $25 gift card to a retailer of the winner’s choice, and two additional winners to receive eBook copy of FOREVER THIS TIME.  But first,

Heart Like Mine

We all read romance for different reasons, but primary among those reasons is the characters: we want to understand them and feel what they do, and we want to be entertained. Occasionally a story comes along that will provide just that: two characters that you want to have as friends, and see all the potential for them as a couple.

Delaney is a financial analyst, brought into Mercy Hospital to help improve their bottom line, and the department that is most important to the ‘powers that be’ is Pediatrics.  The interim head of Pediatrics is Dr. Josh Mackenzie: competent, capable, and utterly devoted to his work and his patients.  He wants to prove that his department is doing solid work for the kids and the community, and Delaney seeing just what they do is a key part.

Wanting to give every department a fair shot, Delaney knows she should see what Josh has to offer, but past experiences makes her unable and unwilling to spend time in the department.

These two are adorable together: Delaney hides a deep wound behind a competent and businesslike exterior, but every time she and Josh come into contact to discuss budgets and expenses, they can’t ignore the attraction, or that they are at cross purposes where the budget is concerned.

These two are so very much alike: dedicated, passionate and commited to doing their very best in every situation. Slowly developing, the story reveals a relationship that develops over time, allowing the characters to grow and share information about themselves while strengthening their connection to one another. Far from smooth, the story brings up areas of conflict and compromise, showing our couple working to find real answers in an all too complicated system of healthcare finance.

A lovely story that fits nicely into the series while standing on its own without issue.

Heart Like Mine: Echo Lake #2 by Maggie McGinnis with Giveaway

Title: Heart Like Mine
Author: Maggie McGinnis
Series: Echo Lake #2
Also in this series: Snowflake Wishes
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: St. Martin's Paperbacks
ISBN: 1250069084
Published on: 5 April 2016
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 368
Rated: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Heat: Half a Flame

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About the Book:

ONLY LOVE CAN HEAL A BROKEN HEART

Delaney Blair loves her job at Echo Lake's Mercy Hospital, where she's developed a reputation for being smart, fair, and driven. When she's assigned to cut funding, she has to temporarily relocate her office, put on borrowed scrubs, and go toe-to-toe with Dr. Joshua Mackenzie, the interim head of the pediatrics department. His killer smile and rock-star body are distractions Delaney could do without, but she's determined to stay focused while she brings his budget into line. It's not working.Beloved by his colleagues and patients alike, Josh is too busy caring for sick kids to talk numbers with the sexy, stiletto-clad Delaney. Every time they talk business, tensions run high…but so does a powerful attraction neither of them can ignore. When an emergency brings Mercy to its knees, Delaney and Josh must work together to save lives. But can they also find a way into each other's hearts?

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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“You’re just going to have to go down there, Delaney.” Megan propped a hip on Delaney’s desk two days later. Delaney envied her assistant’s long skirt, gypsy earrings, and long, loose cotton blouse. In college, she’d have topped it off with a head scarf and combat boots, but for the workplace, she’d gone with her standard-issue leather sandals.

Delaney looked down at her own outfit and wondered when she’d turned into a toned-down version of her country club mother. Her neatly ironed blouse was set off by a perfectly matched skirt and jacket, and as she fingered the pearls at her throat, she sighed. Then she let her eyes coast down her calves, down to the Jimmy Choos she’d bought just last month. It was her splurge, her bow to girliness and inappropriate spending, and damn, she loved these shoes.

She really did need to ditch the pearls, though.

“I can’t just go down there, Megan.” Delaney felt a tingle at the base of her neck, just thinking of walking onto the pediatric floor. No, she definitely couldn’t go down there.

“Well, he’s obviously not coming to you.”

“How can he just ignore my messages like this? It’s downright rude.”

“Or he’s downright busy. Have you seen the bed count on pediatrics this week?”

“No.” Delaney cringed. It wasn’t the kind of thing she kept track of on a daily basis.

“There is always the possibility that he’s not intentionally ignoring you. Just saying.”

“I’ll check.” Delaney clicked into the system that listed current inpatient numbers. When she got to the pediatric floor, her eyes widened. “Holy—”

“Exactly.” Megan raised her eyebrows.

“We don’t even have that many pediatric beds.”

“I know. They had to move a couple of the teenagers up to adult floors to make space.”

Delaney clicked back through the past month, and the patient counts went up and down a little bit, but not much.

“I’m just saying—this could be why Dr. Mackenzie hasn’t called back.” Megan leaned close to Delaney and plucked open her top button. “Which means you, third floor, this afternoon. He’s clearly isn’t coming to you.”

Delaney felt the chills creep down her spine. She had never actually been on Mercy’s pediatric floor—had never been on any pediatric floor—not since Parker had died.

“Delaney? You okay?” Megan’s brow creased as she studied Delaney’s face. “You are six shades of white, girl. Does talking to non-executive-suite people make you this scared?”

“No.” Delaney’s voice came out in a whisper.

“Oh.” Megan’s hand flew to her mouth. “Oh, God. I’m sorry.” She squeezed her eyes shut. “I’m so sorry. I wasn’t thinking.”

Delaney nodded slowly. “It’s okay. It’s been—a long time since he died. Not like you would think of it.”

“But I should have. I’m really sorry.” Megan tried to look into her eyes, but Delaney’s felt all shifty. “Do you want me to go with you?”

“No, Meg. I don’t want to go at all.”

“But—”

“I know. He’s not coming to me.” She took a deep breath, blowing it out slowly. Maybe it wouldn’t be horrible. Maybe she wouldn’t melt into a panic-puddle at the elevator doors. Maybe she wouldn’t see Parker everywhere she looked.

Maybe pigs flew.

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About Maggie McGinnis

Maggie McGinnis is a USA Today® Bestselling author and Golden Heart® Finalist who writes humorous contemporary romance for Random House and St. Martin's Press.

She's a member of Romance Writers of America, and is agented by the fabulous Courtney Miller-Callihan of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates.

 

 

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Maggie McGinnis

Thanks so much for hosting today, and for the lovely review!!