Title: Island Doctor
Series: Island Medics 01
Author: Sue Brown
Narrator: Adam Rivington
Length: 6 hrs, 12 mins
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (29 April 2016)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts
Blurb: Dr. Jeff Martin has spent five years as a rural general practitioner on the Isle of Wight, hiding the fact he’s gay. He travels in secret to see his partner, Tris, but when he discovers Tris has been cheating on him, he ends their relationship. Then Jeff meets island native Cameron Gillard. Cameron is down to earth and lively and treats Jeff like he’s the most important person in his life. Jeff blooms under Cameron’s attention, and he decides to come out to his colleagues and friends.
Just when things are going well, Tris reappears out of the blue. Jeff is no longer interested in Tris, but it seems he has two men to convince: Tris, who can’t believe Jeff is serious about wanting to end their relationship, and Cameron, who can’t hide his jealousy of Tris.
Jeff is certain about one thing: The only man he wants in his life is Cameron. Now he just needs to prove it to him.
Review: So, first off, I have to say that I’ve been getting through this series all arse about. I actually wrote a review for book 2 of Island Medics (which I read and loved) before listening to the audio of the present book, book 1 of the Island Medics series. However, for the life of me, I cannot figure of which of Sue Brown’s books set within the universe of the hot docs of the Isle of Wight and cannot find it in my collection, when I am convinced that I have read about the reasons why a minor character of both book 1 and 2 essentially hides himself away. I found the book for 2 characters we met in passing towards the end of Island Doctor too, which I haven’t read and now want (FYI Lyon Road Vet series). It is so incredibly frustrating.
But none of that is the point. The point here is that I have listened to and thoroughly enjoyed Island Doctor. We meet Dr Jeff Martin, a GP on the Isle of Wight. He loves his adopted home, although he tells everyone who cares that he has a girlfriend called Trisha back in Manchester. Trisha is in fact, Tris. Jeff’s boyfriend never wanted to be out and so Jeff never forced the issue.
However, between work and the constant commuting between Isle of Wight and Manchester on weekends leaves Jeff with no social life and knowing very few people on the isle, which makes him scared about coming out. While things come to a head with Tris, Jeff meets the great grandson of one of his favourite patients, Cameron Gillard. Cameron is like a breath of fresh air in his life and Cameron is ready to show Jeff that he doesn’t need to live in the closest. Both MCs are fantastic and strong in different ways, but they are both independent but they are also mixtures of intelligent, rational and caring.
One of the biggest problems for me was that it took a few chapters for me to get used to the narration by Adam Rivington. I’m not sure if that’s because I suspect that the accent is either completely put on or merely an exaggeration or what was going on… it just felt at first that the voice wasn’t real to me. I know for a fact that I find it difficult to listen to Australian accents which are exaggerated, too, more so than the impersonation of the accent. Whatever, in the end, it doesn’t matter because I quickly got on board with the narration and enjoyed the book from start to finish.