Early this year I reviewed Intensive Care, the first medical rural romance of Nicki Edwards. It was an enjoyable read steeped in real medical knowledge and I am looking forward to reading the follow up Emergency Response. In the meantime, we have Nicki over to tell us a little about her latest book boyfriend Nathan.
By Nicki Edwards
Make me a match,
Find me a find,
catch me a catch
Look through your book,
And make me a perfect match.”
(From the musical, Fiddler on the Roof)
My name is Nicki Edwards and I have a confession to make. I am a serial matchmaker. I love matching people up. One of my first jobs out of school was in human resources where I worked in a personnel agency. My job was to ‘match’ potential employees with employers. Over the years, I’ve also matched friends with friends, and introduced a few of my friends to their future partners!
Sometimes my matchmaking works and other times it backfires, but I can proudly say I’ve had many successes. I have friends who are now ‘besties’ because I introduced them, I have friends who are in their dream job because I suggested they consider that career path and even better, I have friends who are now married with children because I matched them up.
When I ‘met’ Nathan Kennedy, Kate’s older brother in ‘Intensive Care’, I admit I had an instant crush on him. (This is the photo I used for inspiration — I’m sure you can see why!)
Nathan was only supposed to be a minor character in the first book, but he jumped off the pages of Intensive Care and begged me to give him a story of his own. (A few of my critique partners and beta readers loved Nathan too.)
He’s gorgeous (of course), he’s kind, he’s generous with his time and he’s a loving son and big brother. Unfortunately, Nathan’s also at a loose end personally and professionally and much to his sister’s chagrin, hasn’t found anyone special to love.
So Nathan needed his own match made in heaven and I needed to find him the woman of his dreams.
At first I thought I’d pair him with Emma, Joel’s younger sister, but there was a big age difference, plus they weren’t a good fit. Also I wasn’t sure I wanted two siblings (Kate and Nathan) paired with two siblings (Joel and Emma) – that seemed odd, even though my friend Amanda and her sister Amelia are married to two brothers.
Then I ‘met’ Mackenzie, one of Kate’s friends from the hospital back in Sydney. The minute she walked on stage I knew she would be perfect.
Mackenzie is unlucky in love. The oldest of six girls in the family and the last to be married, she carries the ‘five times a bridesmaid, never a bride’ tag like a heavy cross. Mackenzie is also ready for a professional change. A chance encounter with Nathan sends her far from her comfort zone where she work in the Intensive Care Unit in Sydney to an Emergency Department in a small hospital in the dusty mining town of Iron Ridge in the Pilbara.
The awesome thing with my matchmaking abilities is the minute Mackenzie and Nathan met, they both agreed there was something between them. But, as always, the path to happy ever after isn’t always smooth sailing.
I look forward to introducing you to Nathan and Mackenzie and I’m sure you’ll see why I have a soft spot for them both. If you haven’t read book 1 in the series, Intensive Care, you can read Emergency Response as a stand-alone, but I’m sure you’re going to want to meet Nathan first and see why he became my book boyfriend.