Title: How We Operate
Author: AR Moler
Publisher: Torquere Press
Chris Kearney is a surgeon working the Emergency Room at a large hospital near the bad part of the city. After operating on and losing a teenaged patient, he runs into Drew Hayden, an undercover vice cop. Connecting over a kid who tried to get out of gang lifestyle and still died, the two men check each other out. When they run into each other at the grocery store, they are more than happy to reconnect and pleased to find that neither of them had read the signals wrong.
It’s hard for a cop and a doctor, especially an undercover cop and an emergency room doctor, to find time to meet, date and do all the other things a burgeoning relationship requires, but somehow Chris and Drew manage. Their lives are full and sometimes difficult. Will they get through the traumas and troubles of the first year and a half of their relationship? And, when they get there, what will the other side look like?
A surgeon and a cop. That’s a hell of a team right there don’t you think? I mean really think on it. If the cop gets hurt, and he does, his lover is a surgeon has the power to save his life…oh the pressure though. Anyway, that’s what we have here. The cop is Drew, and he’s more like undercover DEA agent, and Chris is the surgeon. One night they meet when a gang member shows up in the ER with multiple stab wounds, and it just so happened to be of a young man Chris repaired less than a year ago, sadly the boy loses his battle and dies. Chris is questioned by Drew and Drew is questioned by Chris, and he asks Drew to let him know if they find the punks who did this to the young man.
Days later Chris gets that call and is relieved to find out that the boys responsible for the senseless death were caught and put into jail. And before you know it, these two men begin dating.
Drew and Chris’s story is told by months using chapters. So each chapter is a new month, very unique actually. I felt that the two men balanced one another out very well. It’s as if they were two halves of a whole and they are not by any means perfect. They are flawed, just like real people. Chris is a workaholic and Drew has issues with his job and how he deals with anger. They are very into their careers and into each other.
The story itself is engaging and gives the reader a look into two careers that are probably the most demanding ones out there and it gives us a chance to see how they make their relationship work. They are both high strung and each of them always have to be on their game to be able to make split second decisions that would mean the loss of a life, if not their own.
When Chris gets off a stressful shift he can’t help himself but he just needs for Drew to make love to him, he damn near climbs all over the man to get what he wants and when Drew gets off work he needs time to unwind away from everyone to come back to who he really is. Being undercover means he’s away from home for days trying to bust the drug dealers. Yet, they both balance each other out during these times.
Dealing with both an undercover narcotic agent and an emergency room surgery doctor, and seeing as how this is a story, you have to know that there will be times one will need the other to save one another’s lives. One does get badly injured, the other does too actually, so it’s non-stop action on the curing department.
This is an easy read, it has a good plot and I fell in love with Drew almost at the start. He’s truly a hero as is Chris, but there’s something about Drew’s character that had me and kept me till the end.
Reviewed By: Michele