Melting the Ice Queen’s Heart by Amy Ruttan with Excerpt and Giveaway

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Book Review:

Virginia’s fears are easy to understand:  her remaining detached and icy is sometimes the best way to protect a tender heart.  When you combine the personal remove from the professional detachment that is required of anyone in the medical profession, her aloof shell is hardened by overuse.   When she finds herself supervising Gavin, she is instantly on edge: his mannerisms and ideas are not wholly in line with policy; in fact he frightens her more than a bit.  A natural reaction to that fear is to gather your protective shell and start to strengthen it, and Victoria does the perfect impression of a startled turtle: retreating to what is comfortable and known and safe.

Gavin is newly relocated to San Francisco to care for his nieces.  His tenure in Africa was cut short, and he is leaving the wilderness and often understaffed and underequipped clinic to practice in the states.  While he is used to a more personal approach to medicine, and not having had access to more sophisticated machinery and testing facilities, he is comfortable with patients and other staff members, and willing to try the less sophisticated approaches to treatment that are second nature.

I really enjoyed the interplay between these two, even as I wanted to shake Victoria often.  With a clever insertion of medical facts and elements showed a solid research and the slight disdain that Victoria shows for Gavin’s experiences in doing with less were apparent until his abilities and successes started to appear.  She was cold, and we learn why she is so scared and unwilling to engage in a relationship: all valid reasons but she really did need to let go and try.

Tentative steps in her loosening her clinch on her emotions and attraction were plotted with a logical pace, and the story moves nicely as we see them grow both together and separately.  This is the first ‘medical’ romance that I have read, my familiarity comes from the mysteries of Tess Gerritson, yet this was just as engaging and engrossing to read, with fewer questions and deaths.  Not only did I come to understand and even empathize with Victoria and her issues, but I adored Gavin and his approach to life, work and his new relationship.

Melting the Ice Queen’s Heart by Amy Ruttan with Excerpt and Giveaway

Title: Melting the Ice Queen's Heart
Author: Amy Ruttan
Published by: Harlequin
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 170
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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It started with a kiss…

Having left his humanitarian posting in Africa to raise his two orphaned nieces in San Francisco, Dr. Gavin Brice has enough on his plate without an inconvenient attraction to his new boss! The frosty Dr. Virginia Potter clearly disapproves of his maverick ways - but with one amazing kiss, the ice begins to thaw….

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.


“How about, just for tonight, we don’t. Let’s just forget about it all and enjoy ourselves.”
Her expression softened. “You’re right. I’m sorry too, for what it’s worth.”
“Why are you apologizing? You have nothing to apologize for.”
“I do. You see, I don’t go out. I live and breathe that hospital. I’ve forgotten what it’s like to talk to another adult human being.”
Gavin chuckled. “I understand. How about we take it slowly? Hi, my name is Gavin Brice and I’m a fishmonger.”
Virginia laughed. “You’re a what?”
“You know, one of those guys down at the wharves that monger fish.”
“Do you know what monger means?” she asked, cocking a thinly arched brow.
“Doesn’t it mean clubbing the fish to death or something?” He made a gesture of beating a fish against the table. “Like bashing in their brains?”
She laughed again. “That’s not what a fishmonger does and that’s not how you use that word properly in a sentence. It means to peddle, to sell or stir up something that’s highly discreditable.”
“Well, thank you, Merriam-Webster.” He winked.
“What would you like to order?” the waitress asked, interrupting their conversation. Gavin quickly glanced at the menu and ordered the catch of the day and Virginia did the same.
When the waitress was out of earshot he continued.
“So, as I said. I’m a fishmonger. I like screwball comedies and aspire to own a macadamia farm in Hawaii one day and populate it with llamas.”
“That’s the most absurd thing I’ve ever heard anyone say.”
Gavin grinned. “Come on, play along. Tell me who you are.”
“Dr. Virginia Potter.”
“No?” she asked in shock.
“No, you’re…” He paused, trying to think of some crazy name.
“Fifi La BonBon?” she offered.
“I like it. It’s very French and naughty.”
A pink blush colored her cheeks and she cleared her throat. He didn’t mean to get so personal with her, but he couldn’t help himself. Virginia intrigued him and he wanted to get below the surface of her prim and proper exterior.
Beneath that cool professionalism he knew someone warm existed, a passionate woman, he hoped. By the way her cheeks flushed he was positive one did and his blood fired as he thought about exploring that woman.
Gavin fought the urge to run his fingers through her silky brown hair, to crush those rose-colored lips under his, bruising them in passion as he peeled those crisp, pastel-colored clothes from her body. He cleared his throat and fidgeted in his seat.
She’s your boss.



About Amy Ruttan

Born and raised on the outskirts of Toronto, Ontario, Amy fled the big city to settle down with the country boy of her dreams. When she's not furiously typing away at her computer, she's a mom to three wonderful children.
Life got in the way, and after the birth of her second child, she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a romance author.