Sidelined by injuries from a vicious assault, nurse chaplain Riley Hale is determined to return to ER duties. But how can she show she’s competent when the hospital won’t let her attempt even simple tasks? Determined to prove herself, Riley volunteers at a controversial urban free clinic despite her fears about the maverick doctor in charge.
Dr. Jack Travis defends his clinic like he’s commander of the Alamo. He’ll fight the community’s efforts to shut its doors, even if he must use Riley Hale’s influential family name to make it happen.
As Riley strives to regain her skills, Jack finds that she shares his compassion—and stirs his lonely heart. Riley senses that beneath Jack’s rough exterior is a man she can believe in. But when clinic protests escalate and questions surface about his past, Jack goes into battle mode, and Riley wonders if it’s dangerous to trust him with her heart.
Calvert is truly a remarkable writer. Her characters are multidimensional and so easy to relate to and root for. I love a good character-driven story, and this definitely is one. But Calvert doesn't skimp on plot either. There's a thread of suspense -- actually, a couple of them -- that she weaves together towards a cunning climax. And then there is the controlled chaos of the ER and other emergency situations that are peppered throughout the book. Fast enough to set my heart-pounding, detailed enough to bring images to mind, but not so technical that the average reader would get lost in the medical-jargon. She really has found the perfect balance in this medical romance.
Speaking of which -- Dr. Travis is the perfect enigma of a hero. His bedside manner is divine, his passion explosive and his past just a tad checkered. Larger than life and ready to do battle for what he believes in, he almost intimidates Riley, until she acknowledges her attraction to the maverick doctor. That's when she starts running for her life only Calvert doesn't let her get too far. There are some wonderful secondary characters, including a special needs dog, that fill out the cast and keep Jack and Riley in close proximity of each other.
With a multitude of surprises along the way, including a few dramatic twists I didn't see coming, Trauma Plan is a page-turning compulsion of a read. Bet you'll finish it in one sitting.