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New Release+Review: Beg, Borrow or Steal by Susie Tate

Jamie is proud of everything he’s achieved. A consultant anaesthetist and the Medical Education Director – he’s a pretty big deal. So when one of his medical students falls asleep, right in the middle of a tutorial, he is furious. He’s a bloody good teacher, damn it! 

Maybe he could have been a little more understanding. Maybe he didn’t have to try and humiliate her. But the shock of how beautiful this particular student was when she finally opened her eyes, and his inappropriate reaction, only fuelled his anger. He’s tired of lame excuses from wild party animals burning the candle at both ends, and he’s going to make an example of this one. 

For Libby, pride is a luxury and beauty is currency. Pregnant at seventeen and an aspiring doctor, she couldn’t afford to be proud, so she cashed in on her looks instead. She will beg, borrow or steal to achieve her dreams and give her daughter the life she deserves, even if she has to forgo sleep – even if she has to leave her dignity behind. 

Only now that she’s not just sitting in lecture theatres like her first two years of medical school, now that she’s working in a real hospital, Libby is realizing that the thread she’s been hanging onto for so long may be about to snap. The last thing she needs is to have riled the gorgeous, judgmental Head of Medical Education. But there’s only so far you can push yourself, only so much pressure you can be under until you break. Libby’s been on that cliff edge for a while; her health may just tip her over. 

A kick in the shin from a four-year-old girl and a confrontation with her tearful, exhausted mother soon forces Jamie to see what a bastard he’s been. Libby may not accept his help, but he’s relentless when he wants something, and it’s not long before he realizes that this mother and daughter belong with him. So when a stag night he’s on ends up in the best strip club in England and he sees who the main attraction is, his reaction is explosive. 

Despite everything, Libby finds she still has some pride left. This man has made her feel small twice now. He won’t be getting a third shot. No matter how gorgeous he is, no matter how persistent …

This book is a full-length contemporary romance of approximately 90,000 words with no cliffhanger and its own HEA. 


Lourdes Review:
Libby is a young woman with a lot on her plate.  She’s a medical student and single mother of a 4 year-old and when her night job and home life don’t leave her time to rest, she’ll find herself falling asleep during a lecture.
Jamie Grantham is a man who lives on the straight and narrow.  As the Medical Education Director and one of the consultant physicians at the hospital, he expects a lot from his students and sleeping a class does not exactly meet those expectations.
This was my first read by this author and I like that it was fresh and different from other teacher/student romance stories.  I liked Libby, her strength and the pride in doing whatever she needs to achieve her dreams and make a better life for her daughter.  Beg, borrow or steal is her motto until she finds a way to reach her goals on her own, without taking handouts from anyone.
I enjoyed a lot of things about this book and found a lot of richness on the secondary characters, including little Rosie’s no-nonsense personality.  On the downside, I wasn’t thrilled about Jamie’s judgmental behavior.  He was hot and cold most of the book and, IMO, it didn’t make for a great hero.
There were other small issues that slowed my reading, but in all, didn’t take from my enjoyment of the story.  I’ll be definitely on the lookout for Millie and Pavlos story.

3.5 Book Corner Stars 
*ARC Review* 

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