Lincoln Hospital: Volume 1 by Cassia Brightmore

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Dr. Cian O’Reilly doesn’t just save lives at Lincoln Hospital, on the 23rd of each month he also dispenses his own brand of bloody justice. As the top surgeon in a busy hospital Cian has the means to hide his dark side, and a trusted team who aid him in ridding the city of scum. Cian is blunt, rude and exercises complete control over everything in his life. But when a young, innocent faced intern Athena Payne joins the hospital his carefully constructed life is thrown into turmoil.

The chemistry Cian and Athena have is palpable, creating a scorching read and so many intense encounters between the two of them that I wanted more of it. I loved the dark, bloody elements – it made the book feel gritty and raw. I also loved Cian as a character, he was brooding and broken inside. His backstory was heartbreaking and convincing.

What I struggled with was Athena’s transformation from goody two shoes, her aspirations, dreams and goals as an intern didn’t match up with the ending of the book. I think for that to be more convincing I needed more angst, pain or trauma from her. Maybe more of an insight into her mind as it goes to those dark places. As a result I thought that after all the suspense and the intense build up that the ending was a little rushed.

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