4 out of 5 stars
LIFE SUPPORT is the third installment in the Grace Medical series. Once again, Candace Calvert intertwines drama and romance expertly.
Nurse Lauren Barclay is back in Houston, but not by choice. She has tasked herself with the formidable job of keeping Jess, her living-on-the-edge sister, out of trouble. Unfortunately that means her path is continuously crossing that of PA Eli Landry. The triangle that linked Lauren with Jess and Eli in the past was disastrous, and one Lauren was hoping to avoid this time around. But, the more interaction she has with Eli, the more she sees a different side of the man she blamed for betraying her sister.
Physician’s Assistant Elijah Landry’s emotional limits are being put to the test. He’s desperate to spare his disabled brother, Drew, from treatments that minimize his quality of life, while Eli’s father seeks a restraining order prohibiting Eli from any say in Drew’s care. If that isn’t enough, Eli’s juggling his single parent status to his daughter, Emma, and the roller coaster of feelings he still harbors for Lauren Barclay. He wants nothing more than to repair his relationship with Lauren, but she is so blinded by her sister’s needs, she won’t give him the time of day, or a chance to explain what went wrong between him and Jess.
Seeing each other day after day begins to erode the wall Lauren has erected between her and Eli. The way he cares for his brother and his daughter speaks volumes about the man she had feelings for at one time. But, when a hurricane strikes, and once again Jess proves herself untrusting, it’s Eli who puts a wall between Lauren and him, a wall Lauren isn’t sure she can penetrate.
I really enjoy Candace Calvert’s writing style. Being a nurse, she brings such realism to her hospital room dramas. Her characters are always well fleshed out, attracting the reader because of their depth and charisma. Even the whimsical character of Shrek, the dog, comes to life. Candace’s stories are always a quick read because you don’t want to put her books down. LIFE SUPPORT is the third in the series, but can be easily read as a stand-alone novel.