Wednesday 5 August 2020

Release Blitz - Intensive Care by Tawdra Kandle

Title: Intensive Care
Series: Diagnosis: Love #3
Author: Tawdra Kandle
Genre: Contemporary/Medical Romance
Release Date: August 4, 2020


If Grey's Anatomy makes your heart flutter, this series is for you.

When every day is a battle between life and death, can two warring hearts find healing in each other?

I don't know who I am anymore.
I thought I’d found a man who was right for me, someone with whom I could build a life . . . but all the reasons we should work don’t mean much when I realize that I can’t love him the way he deserves.
And then there’s the other guy in my life—the one who broke my heart and ran away. The one I can’t stop wanting and needing. The one who makes me feel so alive each time we’re together.
When it comes to my patients, I'm an eternal optimist. Maybe that's why I'm determined to try for happily ever after again.
As long as there's life, there's hope. And hope is all I have.

I don't know what to do.
I thought I'd lost the woman who haunts me, body and soul. I was sure that she was in love with someone else. I was prepared for the pain, again. I was braced for the hurt. But I was wrong.
I have one last chance with her. If I screw it up this time, I'll lose her forever, and if that happens, I know I'll also lose my only hope for happiness.
I never give up on a patient. And I'm not giving up on us.

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Emma dropped flat onto the sofa with a groan. “There you go again. Jesus, Deacon, you gotta stop doing that.” Her voice was muffled since her face was buried in the cushion.
“Doing what?” I asked in bewilderment. “What did I do now?”
“You said something sweet. And you called me babe.” She turned her head to look at me. “When you do that, I forget all the reasons we can’t be together. I start to think of all the reasons we could work, instead. And that’s not safe. Not at all.”
My heart was pounding now. “What are the reasons we can’t be together . . . babe?”
“UGH!” Emma moaned this time. “You did it again. Okay.” She flipped onto her back. Now her boobs were practically falling out of her tight camisole top. I wasn’t planning to point that out to her.
“One . . . we work together.”
“We do.” I nodded. “But plenty of doctors and other professionals both work together and have relationships. All you have to do is watch medical dramas on television to know that.”
She shot me a withering glare. “Two . . . you don’t really even like me. We argue all the fucking time.”
“I like you immensely, Emma. You’re one of my favorite people in the entire world. As for the arguing . . .maybe we did once, but not so much anymore,” I argued. “And I have a theory that for us, all that verbal sparring isn’t really a bad thing. It’s foreplay.” I wagged my eyebrows. “I know it gets me hot and bothered.”
Emma made a noise that might have been frustration or defeat. I wasn’t sure. She lifted her hand one more time. “Four . . .”
“You forgot three. Babe.”
“Deacon.” She closed her eyes. “You’re killing me.”
“Wouldn’t want that. Go on, then. You were saying . . . three.”
“Right.” She nodded. “Three is that . . .” She stopped speaking, and I saw that her lips were trembling. Her chest rose as she inhaled. “You left me, Deacon. I trusted you. I was with you—we were together.” She let her head loll to the side so that she was gazing into my eyes. “I loved you. And you walked away from everything. From me. You ran away, and I was here alone, and I . . .” She swallowed. “It hurt, Deacon. It crushed me. I can’t go through that again.”
I let my eyes drift shut, blocking out the raw proof of her pain—pain that I had caused. “I told you the other day, Emma—last week. I’ll tell you again. I’m not going anywhere. I’m not going to leave you again. I promise you, I won’t. You can trust me.” I opened my eyes again. “I’ll tell you that every day, if that’s what it takes for you to believe me. I’ll repeat those words every single fucking day for the rest of our lives until you know that they’re true.”
Emma pushed herself up to a sitting position, swinging her legs to the floor. Her gaze never left my face. I watched as she rose slowly and carefully skirted the coffee table until she stood in front of me. When she dropped to kneel at my feet, I thought my heart was going to thunder out of my body.
“Tell me again.”
I framed her face with one hand. “I’m not going to leave you.”
Her eyelids lowered, and her tongue slipped out to swipe over her lips. “Again.”
“I’m staying here. With you. For you, Emma. I’m not going to run away again, babe.”
She lifted her face. “Now tell me again . . . but don’t use words this time.”
I didn’t have to be asked twice. Reaching down, I lifted Emma up to my lap, angling her head so that it rested in the crook of my elbow. With my fingers on her chin, I coaxed her to tip her mouth to me.

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Author Bio

Tawdra Kandle writes romance, in just about all its forms. She loves unlikely pairings, strong women, sexy guys, hot love scenes and just enough conflict to make it interesting. Her books include new adult and adult contemporary romance; under the pen name Tamara Kendall, she writes paranormal romance, and under the pen name Tessa Kent, she writes erotic romance. Tawdra lives in central Florida with her husband, two sweet pups and too many cats. Assorted grown children and a perfect granddaughter live nearby. And yeah, she rocks purple hair.

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