Playing Doctor

PLAYING DOCTOR                                      JULIE  ROWE
Posted: June 23, 2013

Playing Doctor (Bandit Creek Books)Dr. Abigail Westward has been home after two tours of duty in Afghanistan for about two months and she’s taken up an unusual hobby. A hobby that has the local sheriff scared stiff: tossing lit dynamite sticks into the still waters of Lost Lake in Montana. After locking her up for twenty-four hours, then a couple weeks later for forty-eight, the sheriff is getting desperate to find a way to combat Doc Abby’s explosive habit. He calls in a very special Doc-sitter, Jacob “Smitty” Smith, a fellow soldier of Abby’s and the only man who might be able to find out what was really going on with Bandit Creek’s doctor.

Smitty is in Bandit Creek for one reason and one reason only. He loves Abby, has from damn near the moment he met her in Afghanistan. He’s stayed at arm’s length until now because getting involved with anyone while on a combat mission is just plain stupid. But combat is over for both of them and he’s waited long enough. He wants her and he’ll play dirty to get her because he knows she’s hurting deep down in a place she doesn’t want anyone to see.

Seeing Smitty waiting for her on shore, Abby gives up the dynamite with little or no argument. It’s far too much fun to verbally poke at him and the sheriff, until she finds out he’s been hired by the town of Bandit Creek to ride herd on her. She’s resistant to the idea right up to the moment someone attempts to shoot her in the middle of town. Now she and Smitty have to figure out who wants to kill her and why before he’ll go, because if he stays she’s not sure she’ll be able to resist temptation. Smitty is her only weakness. He’s the one man she trusts absolutely, the one man she loves, the one man who knows her terrible secret.

She’s a doctor who’s guilty of murder.


I really enjoyed Julie Rowe's style of writing. This is the first book of hers that I have ever read. I am so glad that I did. Abby & Smitty are such enjoyable characters literally right out the shoot. The way they banter with one another is not only refreshing but fun as all get out. Especially, since you can see all the love the comes along with it. With all the issues Abby has from coming home from  A-gstan Smitty is right there. The turn of events that follow once he arrives makes Abby face things she tried to stuff but now she can't. Ms. Rowe I believe handles a very delicate issue of PTSD with laughter so we the reader as well as the sufferer can see that with help & love of friends, family, & community you can & will laugh again with help. I did enjoy this book.

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