Dr. Black’s Patient, by Leila Lacey, is the second book in her “Curvy Goddess” interracial, contemporary romance series. This story begins with Dr. Nya Black, a pediatric neurosurgeon, being paged by the hospital’s emergency room staff to attend to a patient by the name of Sal Barbatelli. Apparently, she and Sal had crossed paths in the preceding book, and despite his interest in dating her, she dislikes him immensely, mainly because he is white. You see, Nya makes it her business to hate white people because of an incident that happened to her family in the past. And all she sees in Sal is that he’s the typical white man. On the other hand, he doesn’t care that she’s black and not at all like the type of woman he’d romanced in the past, curves and all.
Nya and Sal have a lot of things in common, from their mutual, close relationships with the cast of secondary characters like Vixen, Daniel, Phoenix, Camille, Gavin, Nick and Randy to their love of high-performance motorcycles to their care and concern for Nya’s critically-ill patient, Parker. But it stuck in my craw that Nya’s overriding objection to getting involved with Sal was that he was white.
With her ever-present, bigotry against white people, Nya Black is not a likable character and it is hard to understand what Sal sees in her, much less love about her. One minute she’s sophisticated and professional, the next she’s flying off the handle and threatening violence. Equally distasteful is the crude, gutter-snap language the presumably well-educated women use with each other. The jumpy dialogue even makes it hard to keep track of which character is speaking at any given moment.
Another mark against Dr. Black’s Patient is its lack of sufficient editing, thereby allowing for the existence of poor punctuation, formatting and grammar. The story simply did not flow seamlessly. As a result, the end of the story is abrupt and unrealistically simplistic.
-Reviewed by Angela