Excerpt: Never Date A Doctor, by Melanie A. Smith

Never Date a Doctor
Melanie A. Smith
Publication date: February 25th 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

From best-selling author Melanie A. Smith comes the first book in a new series of steamy contemporary medical romance standalone novels about life lessons that break all the rules.

What’s the first rule of nurse’s club? That’s right: Never date a doctor. Which Sasha Suvorin has no intention of doing anyway, since she’s a nurse at Rutherford Hospital by day and working on her master’s degree by night. Who has time for dating, much less dating someone you work with? Bad idea much?

That is, until the sexy British Dr. Caleb Thompson starts at her hospital. It also doesn’t help that he’s exactly her type with his dark hair, blue eyes, and rockin’ bod. Or that he’s not your typical arrogant and bossy surgeon. But Sasha isn’t so easily convinced, and she soon discovers Dr. Hottie has a past that puts a stop to whatever she might have been feeling before anything ever starts between them.

Unfortunately, working together means facing temptation. Every. Single. Day. Is Sasha strong enough to resist what might just be the perfect man? And if she gives in, will Cal’s past stay in the past? Sasha may be used to playing it safe, but life has a way of teaching its lessons … one way or another.

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“It’s rare for me. This,” he gestures between us, “is rare.”

I swallow hard, the proximity to him reminding me of how true that is. How he affects me in ways I can’t control or explain. “It is,” I agree softly.

He runs a hand through his hair, tucking his lip into his mouth and a wave of desire tingles through me.

“Are you going to kiss me or what?” I tease. “Because if you keep doing that thing with your —” I’m cut off by his mouth descending hungrily onto mine. His hands slides up my thigh, pulling me into him as his lips tease at mine, his tongue sliding across my lip. I open to him, moving my hands into his hair as the kiss intensifies.

I needn’t have worried about it being bad. Sparks shoot through me as our tongues meld, as his hands grip and massage at my thighs and backside. I pull myself into him without thought, needing more. The world melts away for the second time since I first saw him, and all I know is the feel of his mouth on mine, the sexy texture of his rough beard on my face, the pounding of my heart.

When he ends the kiss, he leans his forehead to mine, and we’re both breathing heavily.

“Bloody hell,” he says on a sigh. “That was so much better than I’d ever imagined.”

Unable to respond, I slide a hand down to rest on his chest, where I can feel his heart pounding every bit as hard as mine. His hand finds my chin, and he leans back, tilting my face up to look into his.

“Ever since that first day when I thought you knew me, it left me with the sense that I knew you too,” he says, his eyes searching mine. “You feel … I can’t even explain it …”

“Familiar,” I whisper.

His eyes close for a moment and he nods. “Yes,” he agrees.

Author Bio:

Melanie A. Smith is the best-selling author of The Safeguarded Heart Series and other contemporary romance fiction. Originally from upstate New York, she spent most of her childhood in the San Francisco Bay Area before moving to Los Angeles for college. After that, she spent almost fifteen years in the Seattle Area, and now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas with her family.

A voracious reader and lifelong writer, Melanie’s writing began at a young age with short stories and poetry. Having completed a bachelor of science in electrical engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a master’s in business administration at the University of Washington, her writing abilities were mainly utilized for technical documents as a lead engineer for the Boeing Company, where she worked for ten years.

After shifting careers to domestic engineering and property management in 2015, she eventually found a balance where she was able to return to writing fiction.

Melanie is also a Mensan and enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and driving with the windows down and the stereo cranked up loud.

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