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Visiting Hours

by Tagan Shepard

Alison Reynolds knows exactly who she is and what she wants. With a well-established career as a history professor, Alison is professional and, for the most part, strait-laced—the exact opposite of Dr. Jess Baker.

Jess is spirited, impulsive, and confident to the point of cockiness. A promising physician recently transplanted from the West Coast, Jess sticks out in her new home of Richmond, Virginia.

The two clash immediately and often. Jess is infuriating, unprofessional, and altogether too distracting. She also seems to be trying awfully hard to get Alison’s attention. The more fate throws them together, the more Alison discovers that while their differences may be exciting, it’s the little ways they’re alike that are downright irresistible.

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Genre Romance
Length 218 pages
Publication Date August 15, 2017
Publisher Bella Books
ISBN 9781594935701e
Editor Katherine V. Forrest
Cover Designer Judith Fellows

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  • A Bella Debut Novel.

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Lambda Literary Review
Professor Alison Reynolds is an academic with a teaching career at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond. Her best friend, Beth, is in the university hospital due to complications with her second pregnancy, bringing Alison for a visit, and giving the story its title, Visiting Hours. The visits will start an unexpected stream of life-changing events for Alison. Dr. Jess Baker is an up and coming doctor, new to VCU, who has recently been recruited from Portland, Oregon...the story about these female characters is solely about them and their feelings for one another—and the main characters initial encounters are entertaining and heart-warming. Jess is charming with a bit of rogue-flare, yet she shows a sensitive, daunted side when interacting with Ali. For her part, Ali puts up a defensive front that's difficult for her to overcome, but when she does, dealing with her feelings makes for some well-written, emotional scenes. Visiting Hours is an emotional tale filled with denial, pain, struggle, commitment, and finally, more than one kind of deep, abiding love.

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Lex Kent's Reviews - The writing overall really was great, very impressive for a debut. This is not an insta-love story which I really like. Their relationship grows naturally. What was really impressive was the chemistry. It is absolutely there and in your face, and I love that. This is an easy book to recommend for pure romance fans. I'm always happy to find good new authors.

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Pin's Reviews - I like to give a chance to first time authors, and am really glad when the book is a good one. That is a sign that many more fine books are yet to come. The author quite successfully leads this interesting story toward an equally interesting ending. With all main elements done quite well (dialogue, pacing, plot...) this makes a very solid read for a first novel. I liked it, and will definitely check out the next book from Tagan Shepard. Recommended.

The Lesbian Review
I liked to read a romance with a character who identifies as bisexual and who isn’t portrayed with stereotypes. I liked the tension around Ali’s reticence to enter into a relationship with a lesbian. The climax is painful and crushing for the characters. I think I held my breath for several paragraphs. This is a good read by an author who has done her technical research (I believe she works in a hospital) which adds depth to the story. Jess and Ali’s first encounter is one of the best first encounter scenes in a romance novel I’ve read in a long time. … is Tagan Shepard’s first novel I believe and I’m going to keep my eye out for her next one.

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