Murmur of the Heart

March 18, 2015

Makoto Tateno – DMP/June – 2014 – 1 volume

Another new-ish one!  I grabbed this one because I liked Tateno’s Yellow quite a bit.  But this one didn’t really do it for me.  It was okay, but not spectacular.  Looking back through the other books by her, I see I apparently didn’t like most of the other books, either.  A shame.

The story is about two doctors.  One is a surgeon ladies’ man, and the other is a physician with a crush on him.  An intern notices the physician’s crush, coerces him into sex in the break room one day, and the surgeon walks in.  The Physician is devastated, but begins kind-of dating the intern while the Surgeon kind of simmers in the background.  Turns out, the Surgeon liked the Physician all along!  There’s lots of doctor stuff liberally spread throughout, including a little girl with a bad heart whose condition kind of holds the story together.

It is unusual for these books not to have both main characters pining after each other the whole time, or at least unsure.  The Surgeon literally flips a switch and hops into bed with the Physician at the end, though.  I’m not sure if that’s good or bad, but it kind of didn’t read right.

Meh.  It was okay, a quick read, but there are better books out there.  It didn’t feel like there was a whole lot of romance here, and I didn’t wind up liking any of the characters.