VIRGIN MIDWIFE, PLAYBOY DOCTOR by Margaret McDonagh (4): Doctor Oliver Fawkner is suave and sophisticated, which is exactly the opposite of midwife Chloe MacKinnon. Chloe was born and raised in Penhally Bay on the Cornish coast and around Oliver she feels like a country bumpkin. However, Oliver sees Chloe as wholesome, a natural beauty that he is very attracted to. Oliver has spent time in London’s ritzy social whirl filled with scheming manipulators and all he wants now is to find a good woman to marry. He knows that he and Chloe would be perfect together, but she shies away from even the mention of a date. Oliver uncovers the reason for Chloe’s reserve — she has survived extreme abuse in her past, which has left her with fears that make it difficult for her to consider a romantic relationship. In fact, she has never even been kissed. Oliver’s care and perseverance eventually wins Chloe over, but the scars from her childhood are slow to heal and she is not sure she will ever be ready for more. Chloe and Oliver’s courtship is sweet and compelling. It starts out old-fashioned with telephone calls and holding hands, but as Chloe learns to trust the strong, dependable doctor the romance takes a sensual turn that will have readers longing for the couple's much deserved happily-ever-after. 

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Dawn Crowne