When Katerina Baker reached out to us asking if we would review Under the Scrubs, I was super excited! While I love working in the library and reading; my heart is still with healthcare. Spending so many years with patients and working in the hospital is something that I miss. Last month we were lucky because not one but two authors reached out to us for reviews of their new books via ARCs.
This book falls under the romance umbrella, but it’s packed to the brim with a lot of action and adventure (and even mystery) mixed in! Emilia Hughes is an OBGYN who is *finally* able to deliver babies on her own. With her new found freedom within the confines of her job, she comes into a startling sequence of events.
On her way to teach classes at the YMCA, Emilia finds herself trying to protect a woman and her baby from a very dangerous man. In standing up to the man, Emilia finds herself in the sight of Kai. Kai becomes Emilia's knight in shining armor! He protects her from the assailant.
(I knew when I started reading this book I knew that there would an love affair with law enforcement. When I started reading the book I didn't realize who the bad guy would be and who the good guy was).
On her way into work, Emilia is met with the daughter, Melissa, of a gold tycoon. Melissa is on her to deliver her baby - a baby that is not prepared to have. Something very strange happens after the baby is born- Melissa and her newborn son elope from the hospital. What's even crazier is that Emilia is kidnapped and thrust into the role of taking care of newborn Jayden.
More than once, Emilia has her life put on the line by Melissa. But throughout it all, Kai and Taylor are there to keep Emilia safe.
Looking back on the book to write this review, I feel a little confused about everything that was going on and here's why. If you do have an interest in reading Under the Scrubs, please stop reading this review! Spoilers are coming up and I don't want to ruin anything for anyone.
*-----Spoilers are coming!!-----*
There was something about this book in the beginning that made me feel like I was spinning in a powerful vortex asking myself what was going on. NOW this isn't the first time that I've felt this way when reading a book. Because of that, it's not going to have a negative on my review of Under the Scrubs!!
The beginning made sense until Emilia first encounters Melissa. Then the kidnapping happens after the elopement. Okay, I guess I could see how one could take a newborn out the hospital? (eh... not really...) Kai’s behavior started to confuse me. He was very aloof but then he was always there?
When Melissa sent Emilia to the prison to meet Taylor, I was like “eh okay...?” But I could t figure out where Taylor spend so many years in jail IF he actually didn’t do anything wrong. Why would the FBI pick him back up if they let him sit in jail for 3 years for a crime that he didn’t commit?
Around this time, Taylor and Emilia start to have more interactions between each other and I thought that they were longer and more meaningful. What I’m trying to say is this....
I started off thinking that maybe Kai was the bad guy because of the chemistry that was going on between Emilia and Taylor. I thought that they would have been a better couple. (I was not feeling Kai's behavior either!) To me, I thought that chemistry between Emilia and Taylor was better.
Then poor Emilia gets herself in a very bizarre situation with Taylor as a bodyguard and also as a spy and it results in someone being shot and killed.
(When I said before that this book was adventurous and action packed, I wasn’t lying!)
I give this ARC 3.5 coffee beans out of 5 and it really upsets me to say that. While this book may not have been for me, that doesn’t mean that it’s not for anyone else out there.
I want to thank Katerina for reaching out to us and giving up the opportunity to read and review her book!
Have a great weekend everyone!