Book Review: The Queen of Hearts

Title: The Queen of Hearts
Author: Kimmery Martin
Genre: General Fiction
Release Date: February 13, 2018
Pages: 352
Buy This Book: Amazon/Audible (affiliate link)

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We all have a Nick in our pasts: a seemingly ordinary person who, through some mysterious subatomic combination of chemistry and personality, was capable of reaching inside you and exposing some luminescent core you didn’t know you possessed. This kind of person could make you greater than you’d have been alone.

But he could also make you terrible.

This is another book I was initially drawn to for its cover art, but then fell in love with its contents. The cover is so incredibly gorgeous! And the book itself is equally impressive, especially for a debut novel. It reminded me a lot of the medical dramas I used to watch on TV, shows like ER and Grey’s Anatomy. This book has it all: friendship, drama, steamy romance, secrets, betrayal, suspense, and the power of forgiveness.

The author, Kimmery Martin, clearly has a medical background (or a doctor as a very close family member) as all of the medical terminology, procedures, and jargon are spot on. She perfectly captures what it’s like to work in a busy hospital – the long hours, the struggle of being stretched thin, the pressure from patients and their families, the heartbreaking trauma patients, and the camaraderie among co-workers. Martin is also an unbelievably talented writer, with an eloquent prose that resembles that of a well-seasoned author. I loved the humor that she weaved into this book, especially in the form of Zadie’s three-year-old daughter, Delaney, who is laugh-out-loud hilarious.

“I’m all wet,” Delaney announced from the backseat.

“What?” I asked, navigating around a slowing driver who apparently did not wish to tip his hand by using a turn signal. “Did you spill your drink?”

“No!” hollered Delaney. “I’m pouring wet!”

“Well, I mean … how did you get all wet, honey?”

“I don’t know! Water is coming out of my head skin!”

I glanced in the rearview mirror to see Delaney pointing in alarm to her sweaty forehead.

On the negative side, I found the big reveal at the end of the book to be somewhat disappointing. There’s also a lot of emphasis on physical appearances throughout the book (with plenty of references to how attractive the main characters are) that I found to be unnecessary and off-putting.

Overall I enjoyed reading this book and would love to read more from Kimmery Martin. I’m giving it a 4/5 score. If you’re a fan of medical dramas, you need to read this book!

Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for the opportunity to read this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

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