Airborne Emergency by Olivia Gates
Mills & Boon Medical Romance # 1249 - January 2005
From the time Cassandra St. James was three years old, she'd been thoroughly entranced by Vidal, demanding all of his attention; only the then 14 year old Vidal was determined not to stand out or disappoint Cassandra's parents who had taken him in as a foster son. By the time she turned 16, Vidal knew he had to break from the St. James family or risk taking what Cassandra was beginning to offer. And for 14 years, Cassandra has resented and despised the man she thought Vidal had become. Now she's a highly trained trauma surgeon and enlisted with the GAO (Global Aid Organization) as it's chief surgeon and second in command of the very first Jet Hospital mission. What Cassandra hadn't known when she signed on, was that Vidal was going to be the Mission Leader. Even before the plane leaves London, both realize the grueling three-month multi-nation mission they've embarked on is going to be pure hell.
There's just something about a man who has no inkling that he's a real hero. Vidal is sensitive of his childhood and in his opinion will never be good enough for any woman, esp. Cassandra. It takes awhile for Cassandra to recognize her prejudice and to realize Vidal is a true hero. This is a story of two souls that battle their own misconceptions of each other and of themselves and learn that their paths have been guided by destiny. This is an awesome love story, written by an awesome writer! Ms. Gates has a truly unique and fresh voice. When you read lines like this ... "Dios, Cassandra, was none of it real? Did you never give me one kiss, one touch, one hug, for me? I don't even have any of that of you? I can't keep my memories?" .... you can't help but feel that gut-wrenching tug. I can't wait for my eHarl order for October to arrive, so I can devour Ms. Gates latest release! :D