Heart Trouble by Josh Lanyon – C Sunita had a post up at Vacuous Minx (there is also a version of it at Dear Author now too) and she talked about short stories, serials and length/form in genre fiction. One of the books she linked to as a favourite of hers was this short story. It’s only 21 pages and the RRP is $2.99 (I got it at the recent All Romance eBooks Earth Day sale so I earned back $1.50 in ebook bucks which made it more palatable for me). I’ve only read a little bit of Lanyon – what I have read I’ve liked to one degree or another and there are quite a few of his books on my TBR and wishlist.
I would have enjoyed this story more but there was something in the premise that I struggled with. The story starts with Ford at the hospital – he thought he was having a heart attack. His doctor is Dr. Jacob Hoyle. Jacob is caring and kind and very helpful to Ford in a medical sense. He goes above and beyond and takes Ford home because he doesn’t want him to drive. It’s about at this point that I started feeling uncomfortable. Because Ford is still his patient and I have trouble finding a current doctor/patient romance romantic or… okay actually. This is just me though. Some people can’t read a teacher/student book or a lawyer/client book – doesn’t make any of it bad or wrong. Vegemite.
I can see from an intellectual point of view how the story is clever and does what it needs to do in a short space of time. I didn’t get the sense that there was anything that ought to have been there that wasn’t. So Sunita was right – all the words counted and the story was complete. I like fiction of all kinds of lengths – sometimes short little bites are perfect for my mood or the time I have and other times, something longer or lengthy is what I’m after. For me, this story was one I could admire in a technical sense even while I found it difficult to connect in the emotional sense.
Reviews of these books will be up soon at AudioGals.
Here’s what you may have missed:
Mrs. Drew Plays Her Hand by Carla Kelly
Play by Kylie Scott
On the Surface by Kate Willoughby
Red at Night by Katie McGarry
The Will by Kristen Ashley
Straight Shooter by Heidi Belleau
Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley, narrated by Kate Russell
Single by Saturday by Catherine Bybee, narrated by Tanya Eby
How To Tame a Wild Fireman by Jennifer Bernard, narrated by Hilary Huber
Once in a Lifetime by Jill Shalvis, narrated by Annie Green
The Collector by Nora Roberts, narrated by Julia Whelan
at Dear Author
Tough Love by Heidi Cullinan
The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
Bad Influence by KA Mitchell