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Thursdays aren’t simply another day of the week for Amy Spencer and Ellis Hall. Thursday afternoons sizzle with no-strings sex for the two women, who meet each week in a hotel room to forget their past—and their present. The arrangement works perfectly for Amy, a busy surgeon who’s still smarting from a failed relationship. For Ellis, Thursday afternoons act as a pressure Thursdays aren’t simply another day of the week for Amy Spencer and Ellis Hall. Thursday afternoons sizzle with no-strings sex for the two women, who meet each week in a hotel room to forget their past—and their present. The arrangement works perfectly for Amy, a busy surgeon who’s still smarting from a failed relationship. For Ellis, Thursday afternoons act as a pressure valve from her cutthroat job and the mistakes in her personal life she’s trying to rectify. But soon the pair discover that their outside worlds are on a collision course with the carefully constructed world they’ve created on Thursday afternoons. What will happen when they discover the truth about each other? Will their weekly assignations come to a screeching halt, or will they turn into something much, much more… Genre: Romance Editor: Medora MacDougall Cover Designer: Sandy Knowles


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Thursdays aren’t simply another day of the week for Amy Spencer and Ellis Hall. Thursday afternoons sizzle with no-strings sex for the two women, who meet each week in a hotel room to forget their past—and their present. The arrangement works perfectly for Amy, a busy surgeon who’s still smarting from a failed relationship. For Ellis, Thursday afternoons act as a pressure Thursdays aren’t simply another day of the week for Amy Spencer and Ellis Hall. Thursday afternoons sizzle with no-strings sex for the two women, who meet each week in a hotel room to forget their past—and their present. The arrangement works perfectly for Amy, a busy surgeon who’s still smarting from a failed relationship. For Ellis, Thursday afternoons act as a pressure valve from her cutthroat job and the mistakes in her personal life she’s trying to rectify. But soon the pair discover that their outside worlds are on a collision course with the carefully constructed world they’ve created on Thursday afternoons. What will happen when they discover the truth about each other? Will their weekly assignations come to a screeching halt, or will they turn into something much, much more… Genre: Romance Editor: Medora MacDougall Cover Designer: Sandy Knowles

30 review for Thursday Afternoons

  1. 5 out of 5

    Diane Wallace

    'ARC provided by both NetGalley and The Publisher in exchange for a honest review' **'Good fiction depends on longing and subtext -- the tension between what writers say and what they want...Certain writers write better without thinking..' 3.5stars! The blurb is a good lead-in to what this storyline is based on, so interested readers should not be swayed by it's context. That said, my brief opinion about this book is more of what i think or felt after getting to the last sentence. In a nutshell, I 'ARC provided by both NetGalley and The Publisher in exchange for a honest review' **'Good fiction depends on longing and subtext -- the tension between what writers say and what they want...Certain writers write better without thinking..' 3.5stars! The blurb is a good lead-in to what this storyline is based on, so interested readers should not be swayed by it's context. That said, my brief opinion about this book is more of what i think or felt after getting to the last sentence. In a nutshell, I think what Ms.Richardson tried weaving as the basis for much of this storyline was that there are some people with a longing to be significant. They want to make a contribution to society, to be part of something noble & purposeful and to have or make good choices for others. But then there are many others who wrongly believed that being of significance is unattainable in order to get things done the right way plus even having good choices it might seem as a terrible thing. They are also worrisome of any new choices or rules being too drastic to achieve. That their ideas alone are amazing that it's only about having lots of money or be in power to make any real changes/differences. Along with this perspective was an added bonus of a few developing relationships;- the two leads, their families that had many issues and a few secondary characters around this hospital. Being an opponent with her (Amy) own ideas with strongarm tactics towards the one person that the hospital board of directors sent in to do an overview of the same hospital that you worked at was not a good thing for their growing friendship but in the end all Ellis wanted was to be understood because she did have the hospital's outcome and interest at heart. Furthermore, for interested readers, the good news is during this whole storytelling none of the stuff happening mattered or was it necessary having this hospital oversight in order for them (Ellis, Amy & Co.) to achieve their quota with meaningful solutions --- but both sides had to have good intentions, admit their mistakes and be sacrificial because no matter what, it had to get done.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lex Kent

    This was a good read. I have been in a mini reading slump of books that were just average or slightly above. Lots of potential but they haven’t been executed well leaving me feeling very blah this week. I’m so happy to say this book wasn’t like the rest. This read came at the perfect time to cheer my spirits up and was exactly what I needed. Richardson has been writing lesfic for over 20 years, she knows what she’s doing and it’s easy to say that I enjoyed this one. Amy and Ellis are two busy This was a good read. I have been in a mini reading slump of books that were just average or slightly above. Lots of potential but they haven’t been executed well leaving me feeling very blah this week. I’m so happy to say this book wasn’t like the rest. This read came at the perfect time to cheer my spirits up and was exactly what I needed. Richardson has been writing lesfic for over 20 years, she knows what she’s doing and it’s easy to say that I enjoyed this one. Amy and Ellis are two busy professional women, who have prioritized their careers over relationships. While both women are happy in their professional life, they miss being intimate with another person. Is a causal hook-up, no strings sex with a stranger in a hotel every Thursday the way to go? And what happens when these two women are not such strangers after all? As soon as I saw Richardson’s name and doctors on the cover, I knew I wanted to read this. I love anything even remotely medical romance-ish. I would not call this strictly a medical romance because plenty of the story takes place outside of the hospital but it is still a medical romance mixed in with a little family drama. What I really enjoyed about this book is that it was not cookie cutter at all. The book just doesn’t have the formulaic romance feel. And while I love a traditional romance as much as the next lesfic fan, I also like different and get bored of the same old thing. I don’t think it’s easy to start a book with the two mains having sex right off the bat. You have to use those sex scenes to help build a connection for later on in the book, instead of building the connection first before the sex. Luckily for us readers, Richardson was successful. While I enjoyed the few medical scenes and also what I call the family drama scenes, this book shined for the romance. The mains had this great angsty chemistry between the two of them that really worked well. They don’t always see eye to eye to say the least but the sparks where always flying no matter what. And while there is some angst, the characters actually try to communicate even if they were not always successful. Communication is sometimes the unicorn in lesfic romance, almost never showing up, so I’m happy when I see a book like this. There are other ways to add angst and drama to a story besides using the old fallback of no communication. Anyway, back to the romance, not only was the chemistry good but the sex scenes where too. They were not really what I would call steamy, but because of the good chemistry the characters had it seemed to add to the quality of the sex scenes. This book came at the perfect time for me. I was getting tired of writing only so-so reviews. I would defiantly recommend this one to romance fans especially if you want a story that is a bit different and not so cookie cutter. Richardson knows how to write and I’m hopeful others will enjoy this as much as I did. An ARC was given to me for a honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    Well I can't say that I'm all that surprised, but this was a damn good read! I've always enjoyed Richardson's novels previously, but this one was easily my favorite of hers. There's nothing crazy special about it, meaning, no deep thoughts or weird twists or things that make you go WHOA, but the writing is just solid. Personally, I loved that the novel was written without the typical and standard "formulaic" lesfic formatting. It still has oodles of tension to keep readers involved, but it Well I can't say that I'm all that surprised, but this was a damn good read! I've always enjoyed Richardson's novels previously, but this one was easily my favorite of hers. There's nothing crazy special about it, meaning, no deep thoughts or weird twists or things that make you go WHOA, but the writing is just solid. Personally, I loved that the novel was written without the typical and standard "formulaic" lesfic formatting. It still has oodles of tension to keep readers involved, but it doesn't follow the expected pattern. As the blurb accurately states, our two mains meet for some Thursday afternoon no strings attached fun, only to find out that they have to work together on a pretty massive project. I'm not sure I loved every choice that Richardson made with one of the mains being so angry at the other over something so uncontrollable, but this is still a great read and easy to recommend. Just read it for yourself, I think that many readers will find this one a refreshing change of pace! 4.25 stars. **Many thanks to Bella for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.**

  4. 5 out of 5

    Corporate Slave

    I needed this :) with all its angst, the connection between the characters, the amazing sex scenes! So that’s the short summary:) Now getting a bit into details : the MCs have this incredible chemistry that starts off with a sex scene! I would’ve never expected to really like a book that has the MCs’s first encounter in a sex scene! But the author pulled this off incredibly! The whole idea of letting go and getting outside your comfort zone was brilliant for me.. While I thought this would be a I needed this :) with all its angst, the connection between the characters, the amazing sex scenes! So that’s the short summary:) Now getting a bit into details : the MCs have this incredible chemistry that starts off with a sex scene! I would’ve never expected to really like a book that has the MCs’s first encounter in a sex scene! But the author pulled this off incredibly! The whole idea of letting go and getting outside your comfort zone was brilliant for me.. While I thought this would be a medical/romance/drama read, let me warn you that it’s mainly the last 2 parts. But don’t let this get to you, there’s still bits and pieces of medical stuff there :) What I really also enjoyed in this read is the supporting characters with their own very interesting storylines! The best friend, the doctor and even the troubled teenager I think added a lot to the whole experience. I would highly recommend this book ! And my rating is a 4.25.. “I received an ARC for an honest review.”

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alexis

    Imagine my surprise when I kept hearing tidbits about this book and was anxiously awaiting its release only to see that the audio book was already available. Score! Usually I hate listening to a book without first reading it but I'm really glad I didn't wait because this turned out to be my favorite by Ms. Richardson. Canada; land of maple syrup, hockey, Mounties and an abundance of hot gay women. One of those women happens to be Amy Spencer, Chief of Surgery at a local hospital with a metric Imagine my surprise when I kept hearing tidbits about this book and was anxiously awaiting its release only to see that the audio book was already available. Score! Usually I hate listening to a book without first reading it but I'm really glad I didn't wait because this turned out to be my favorite by Ms. Richardson. Canada; land of maple syrup, hockey, Mounties and an abundance of hot gay women. One of those women happens to be Amy Spencer, Chief of Surgery at a local hospital with a metric tonne of emotional bagage and a non existent sex life. She's not alone however since Ellis Hall, a business consultant in town on a ten month contract, also suffers from notgettinglaid-itis. So how do you cure such a debilitating illness? Use a dating app to set up 'dates' for casual sex on Thursday afternoons of course. How could that possibly go wrong? I think my favorite part of this 'book' was Ellis's character arc. She starts off as a woman carrying around a massive amount of guilt and regret and slowly transforms into someone with a renewed outlook on life and the meaning of family. I wish I could say the same for Amy's character. She's so focused on her job and the hospital's survival that she often comes off as hostile and confrontational when anyone has an opinion other than hers. Although she does eventually learn to let go of her antagonistic views, she really doesn't make it easy for this reader to like her. The overall storyline was well written with great pacing throughout and even the dreaded 75% mark where 'we must break up for the sake of humanity' didn't happen. Instead we got a story about two women trying their best to hold onto what matters most; a community hospital, a tentative new family and each other. Finally, the book is narrated by the amazing Abby Craden. If you get a chance to listen to the audio book, go for it! Overall rating is 4,25*.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gaby LezReviewBooks

    Amy Spencer and Ellis Hall have a mutually convenient agreement of casual, anonymous sex with no strings attached in a hotel room every Thursday afternoon. Amy is a busy surgeon with commitment issues and for Ellis, sex is an outlet to vent from her stressful job and her guilt-ridden personal life. As their chemistry evolves to off the chart levels, their arrangement is suddenly threatened when they find themselves on opposite sides of their workplace conflict. Will their budding relationship Amy Spencer and Ellis Hall have a mutually convenient agreement of casual, anonymous sex with no strings attached in a hotel room every Thursday afternoon. Amy is a busy surgeon with commitment issues and for Ellis, sex is an outlet to vent from her stressful job and her guilt-ridden personal life. As their chemistry evolves to off the chart levels, their arrangement is suddenly threatened when they find themselves on opposite sides of their workplace conflict. Will their budding relationship survive the odds or will it end before starting? It is hard to build a powerful romance from a no-strings relationship that starts with sex at the very beginning of a novel. A couple of lesfic books come to my mind that achieved this extremely well: ‘Turbulence’ by EJ Noyes and ‘It should be a crime’ by Carsen Taite. In my opinion, ‘Thursday afternoons’ can be included in this very exclusive group. Most authors will tell you that sex scenes are hard to write, but to create chemistry on the first pages of the book out of thin air is seriously talented. What the initial sex scenes lack in romance, is compensated by the characters’ vulnerability which provides a feeling of powerful sensuality. It doesn’t hurt that the narrator is Abby Craden, who can make anything she reads sound sexy. This lesbian medical romance audiobook is right up my alley, for me, it achieves the perfect balance between medical procedures, social policy discussions, romance, and sex. I have to clarify that there are only a few medical scenes, but they have the purpose to deliver a bigger message about the shortcomings of the universal medical system in rural areas of Canada. Even though Ms. Richardson’s discussion about these issues is quite deep at times, it balances well with the rest of the elements in the plot. There are a few subplots and family conflicts that are perfectly intertwined with the main arc which help to see the leads in another light and make the story more credible. This is all wrapped up in a very well written package. I can only find one fault to my overall enjoyment of the story. At the beginning of the novel, both characters use false names in order to keep their anonymity from each other. As the story swaps points of view between them, so do their names which confused me a bit. As English isn’t my mother language, maybe a native or more attentive listener wouldn’t have this issue. Having said that, this problem was over for me once both leads started using their real names. Regarding the audiobook version, Abby Craden delivers again in an outstanding way. As usual, her different characters’ voices are distinctive and associated with their personalities, her pace, and tone of the narration perfect, and the interpretation of the diversity of emotions is spot-on. As a bonus for the fans of EJ Noyes’s ‘Ask, tell’ series, her performance of the word ‘darling’ from Ellis’s lips, will remind you of Colonel Rebecca Keane. Priceless. Beyond this fangirling slip, what will matter to most of you is that Ms. Craden brings the story to life in all its powerful, sensual and compelling glory. This audiobook is included with a Scribd membership. Duration: 7 hours, 26 minutes of audio bliss. 5 stars. See all my reviews at www.lezreviewbooks.com

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    Amy is a small town surgeon looking for a little no-strings action. She agrees to meet a woman at a hotel one Thursday afternoon. There she spends some time with Ellen (*Ellis), a beautiful woman that looks like an actress from the television show 'Nashville.' Since they get along so well, they agree to meet up again. And again. Of course things have to get complicated, because what type of book would this be without any type of conflict? Richardson delivers plenty. First of all, Ellis is the Amy is a small town surgeon looking for a little no-strings action. She agrees to meet a woman at a hotel one Thursday afternoon. There she spends some time with Ellen (*Ellis), a beautiful woman that looks like an actress from the television show 'Nashville.' Since they get along so well, they agree to meet up again. And again. Of course things have to get complicated, because what type of book would this be without any type of conflict? Richardson delivers plenty. First of all, Ellis is the cleaner of healthcare. She comes in and cuts departments and staff so hospitals can stay afloat. She is also a big time commitment-phobe. She bailed on a girlfriend and a daughter because they were cramping her style. Now she is trying to assuage her guilt by making amends with that same daughter a decade later. Amy just feels sorry for herself and lives a miserably lonely life because she can't get over the trauma of having to leave the med school love of her life. For two women with a healthy fear of relationships, they certainly become quite dependent of one another quickly. But I'll admit their chemistry was quite strong and I did feel that they had a connection that they had never experienced before. And those were the parts I liked the most. The moments where Ellis was tearful and vulnerable while she was with Amy. How they had their own little existence where they were getting exactly what they needed separate from their realities. They could shed their professional personas and just be seen. I became a little bored with the business dealings. I'm just not really into healthcare, numbers, budgets, etc. It did provide that element of 'forbidden relationship' I like so much. A serious conflict of interest and major difference of opinions. It was hard to see how things could ever work out for them. Thankfully their mutual attraction made the impossible decisions for them. This is also a universe where pretty much everyone is gay or turns gay. That usually bothers me, but it didn't in this story for some reason. The frequent use of 'lover' and 'lovers' did bother me, however. I wish we could close the door on that term for the rest of eternity. Overall, this was a fun love story with a salacious beginning. It was my first Tracey Richardson book. I looked her up and see that she is not new at this. So I'm not really certain how I have never read her before. I'll definitely be giving some of her others a try. I recommend this book to those who love to read about online hookups, doctors, healthcare, business, surly teenagers, ailing parents, romance, forbidden relationships, jealousy, and Canada. I received an ARC from Bella Books for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Pin

    Great chemistry, charming, believable... The protagonists are two commitment-shy and married-to-their-job career women, chief of surgery Amy (39) and business consultant Ellis (44). Thursday Afternoons is essentially a story about their sex dates very slowly turning into a relationship through working together first as opponents and then as associates. Tracey Richardson is as always a very reliable romantic writer, and her stories rarely disappoint. I found this newest one quite interesting, Great chemistry, charming, believable... The protagonists are two commitment-shy and married-to-their-job career women, chief of surgery Amy (39) and business consultant Ellis (44). Thursday Afternoons is essentially a story about their sex dates very slowly turning into a relationship through working together first as opponents and then as associates. Tracey Richardson is as always a very reliable romantic writer, and her stories rarely disappoint. I found this newest one quite interesting, well-written, with good pacing and dialogue. Recommended. 4 stars December 14, 2019 *A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.*

  9. 5 out of 5

    Corrie

    I couldn’t believe my eyes when I spotted the audiobook on Scribd while the e-book wasn’t even out yet. Thursday Afternoons by Tracey Richardson (and 7 and a half hours with Abby Craden because this is the audio version) was a fantastic experience. I have the feeling that every book Craden lends her voice to is going to be a 5 star rating for me. Had I read the book instead of listening to it, there would have been a 1 star deduction just for doctor Amy Spencer’s behavior during most of the I couldn’t believe my eyes when I spotted the audiobook on Scribd while the e-book wasn’t even out yet. Thursday Afternoons by Tracey Richardson (and 7 and a half hours with Abby Craden because this is the audio version) was a fantastic experience. I have the feeling that every book Craden lends her voice to is going to be a 5 star rating for me. Had I read the book instead of listening to it, there would have been a 1 star deduction just for doctor Amy Spencer’s behavior during most of the second half of the book. It was Abby’s superb voice acting that made the difference. I’m not going into the plot here, just read the blurb. The book was great, I really enjoyed Tracey Richardson’s writing and the way she executed this plot. Her characters have heaps of sexual chemistry. It has familiar themes but done differently. Kudos for that. f/f explicit Themes: Abby my-voice-is-liquid-sex Craden strikes again, a hospital under review, two career women with commitment issues on the down-low, a teenage step-daughter with an attitude problem, casual sex never stays casual. 5 Stars

  10. 4 out of 5

    Pam Holzner

    3.8 rounded up? I am thinking this is Radclyffe's Against Doctor's Orders reimagined. We have the same adversarial relationship between a hospital business person and a doctor. Both are set in small towns, although this one is in Canada and not New York. And the final solution for saving the hospital is equivalent. What is different? 1) the initial meeting -- a scheduled hookup at a hotel under assumed names 2) our heroine's personalities and issues. I found Ellis, our business efficiency expert, 3.8 rounded up? I am thinking this is Radclyffe's Against Doctor's Orders reimagined. We have the same adversarial relationship between a hospital business person and a doctor. Both are set in small towns, although this one is in Canada and not New York. And the final solution for saving the hospital is equivalent. What is different? 1) the initial meeting -- a scheduled hookup at a hotel under assumed names 2) our heroine's personalities and issues. I found Ellis, our business efficiency expert, to be the warmer character. Amy, the surgeon, is harder to like and is abrasive for much of the book. And there are other small changes in the characters backstories and with the addition of Mia (Ellis' ex's daughter -- because the ex is dead -- say that 3x fast). Even though there isn't a breakup or really much angst between the MCs after awhile, the question about the hospital's future and what Ellis will do for a living held my interest.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Linda J

    2 commitment-shy and career-driven MCs in Surgeon Amy Spencer (aka Abby) and financial consultant Ellis Hall (aka Ellen); who met on an app and subsequently established a no strings attached hook-up on every Thursday afternoons. Their secret rendezvous continued until their path crossed career-wise; Ellis was recruited to make changes in the same hospital where Amy is the Chief of Surgery. Both Amy and Ellis had a difficult relationship prior to their hook-ups and we got to read how both found 2 commitment-shy and career-driven MCs in Surgeon Amy Spencer (aka Abby) and financial consultant Ellis Hall (aka Ellen); who met on an app and subsequently established a no strings attached hook-up on every Thursday afternoons. Their secret rendezvous continued until their path crossed career-wise; Ellis was recruited to make changes in the same hospital where Amy is the Chief of Surgery. Both Amy and Ellis had a difficult relationship prior to their hook-ups and we got to read how both found closure and move forward with their eventual relationship. Wonderful supporting cast in Kate and Mia, each with their own issues to deal with. An absolutely enjoyable read. My Thursday afternoons will never be the same again.... 4.25 ⭐️

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tere

    Surgeon Amy Spencer and financial consultant Ellis Hall have a simple Thursday afternoon arrangement. They met online and under false names, arranged to meet once a week for sex. Soon, simple turns into complicated as their worlds collide outside the hotel room they both shared to escape stress and past hurts. Can they keep their relationship on the physical level or risk everything for love? I liked the fake name concept. Abby and Ellen transform into their real names according to the story’s Surgeon Amy Spencer and financial consultant Ellis Hall have a simple Thursday afternoon arrangement. They met online and under false names, arranged to meet once a week for sex. Soon, simple turns into complicated as their worlds collide outside the hotel room they both shared to escape stress and past hurts. Can they keep their relationship on the physical level or risk everything for love? I liked the fake name concept. Abby and Ellen transform into their real names according to the story’s point of view as the time passes. Sex turns into making love as well. Perhaps a little bit of instalove early on, but the author managed to put the brakes on the physical to develop everything else and make it a sustainable relationship. This is one of those start in bed then fall in love stories. This novel reminded me of Radclyffe’s ‘Against Doctor’s Orders’ from the Rivers Family Romance Series. Amy is a surgeon in a small hospital. Ellis is the consultant brought in to make recommendations to make the hospital financially sound. The health care system is fascinating and scary at the same time. For me, it falls in the investment and insurance category of it is too much for my brain to understand and hey, many, brighter people have tried to come up with a solution without universal success. The author did a great job at explaining both sides of the debate, keeping services vs cutting back to achieve sustainability. The answer came by a little too easy in a way and paralleled Radclyffe’s. In the end, it was satisfactory for me and the tension served the story well. I also liked Ellis’ back story. She seeks redemption for how she finished her one serious relationship by trying to be back in the life of her once stepdaughter. I feel that was well handled and yes, I’ll say heartwarming. Along those lines, the story of Amy’s parents was a greater addition and further exemplified their ties to the town. Amy’s best friend also had her very cute love story in the background. On a little side note, great cover by Sandy Knowles. Readily caught my attention and definitely fit the storyline. Overall, a good medical romance that will please fans of the trope. 4.5 stars ARC generously provided to me by BB via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    Thursday Afternoons by Tracey Richardson is an absolutely wonderful novel. This is a lovely and tender romance, but it also tells a very serious and real story about the health care system in Canada. The two main characters, Amy and Ellis, have met online through a dating app, and have decided to meet each other every Thursday afternoon in a hotel in Windsor for sex. Both women have had bad experiences with relationships in their past, and neither wants to start an emotion filled relationship Thursday Afternoons by Tracey Richardson is an absolutely wonderful novel. This is a lovely and tender romance, but it also tells a very serious and real story about the health care system in Canada. The two main characters, Amy and Ellis, have met online through a dating app, and have decided to meet each other every Thursday afternoon in a hotel in Windsor for sex. Both women have had bad experiences with relationships in their past, and neither wants to start an emotion filled relationship now. Things work out very well for several weeks. The sex is fabulous, and both try to keep their real lives separate from each other. All that ends, though when their real life work collides. Amy is the head surgeon in a community hospital. When she finds out her hospital is being audited to try and cut costs, she becomes concerned. Then she finds out the auditor is Ellis. This not only ends their Thursday afternoons, it could end what was starting to become more than just sex between them. Not only could her hospital be hurt by the audit, two hearts could be hurt as well. This is a beautiful romance between the two main characters, but it is much more than that. The story itself covers a very serious conversation about the availability and equality of the healthcare system in Canada. Don’t get me wrong. I think healthcare for all is a wonderful thing, but in reality it is hard to make sure it works for everyone, as this story shows. My own mother-in-law had to be flown far from home to have surgery when she had a heart attack several years ago. She was well taken care of and fully recovered, but it was hard for her and for us being so far away from home and family. So I understand the challenges faced by those with an unequal health care system, as the author demonstrates in this novel. The book flows well, and kept my interest throughout, especially since the subject matter is so dear to me. The characters are well-developed and easy to connect with. This novel is definitely one of my favorites. I really loved this book. I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bella Books for an honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Elske

    I liked this book. While the start of the love story of Amy and Ellis was a bit far fetched and they fell in love quite fast, it worked for me because Richardson was able to make the development of their relationship believable. Maybe it was because of the complications caused by working together and because both their past. This was a warm-hearted story with lovable main and supporting characters. Well written and nicely flowing too. The work Ellis was hired to do by the county regional board I liked this book. While the start of the love story of Amy and Ellis was a bit far fetched and they fell in love quite fast, it worked for me because Richardson was able to make the development of their relationship believable. Maybe it was because of the complications caused by working together and because both their past. This was a warm-hearted story with lovable main and supporting characters. Well written and nicely flowing too. The work Ellis was hired to do by the county regional board reminded me of the work that Presley Worth had to do in Against doctors Orders by Radcliffe, but the story was different enough that it didn’t take anything away from the charm of this book. Besides, it’s a reality that many small hospitals have funding problems, difficulties surviving and are being reviewed or closed because of that. Recommend this book, 4.3 stars.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Guerunche

    I really enjoyed this book - my first by Tracey Richardson. This started out in a very interesting way - reminded me a bit of Turbulence by E.J. Noyes - but then went in it's own unique direction. I found it a bit confusing initially because they both went by different names for their weekly liaisons, but once that part was over, it was easier to keep track of who was who. I liked the story, liked the MCs and supporting characters very much. For a brief part of the story, I was disappointed that I really enjoyed this book - my first by Tracey Richardson. This started out in a very interesting way - reminded me a bit of Turbulence by E.J. Noyes - but then went in it's own unique direction. I found it a bit confusing initially because they both went by different names for their weekly liaisons, but once that part was over, it was easier to keep track of who was who. I liked the story, liked the MCs and supporting characters very much. For a brief part of the story, I was disappointed that Amy was acting so ice cold when all along Ellis remained who she always was - in spite of the fact that both of them were equally torn and affected. It was interesting to have the former stepchild storyline thrown into the mix also, as that's not often seen in lesfic romances. Adding to the appeal is the narration by Abby Craden. I've gotten to the point where I hear the tone of her voice, immediately melt and am drawn in. She's completely in her zone at this point and performs stories so beautifully, I could listen to her all day long. So yes - 5 stars on the narration and 4.5 on the story. Will definitely read more by Richardson!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Pam Holzner

    3.8 rounded up? I am thinking this is Radclyffe's Against Doctor's Orders reimagined. We have the same adversarial relationship between a hospital business person and a doctor. Both are set in small towns, although this one is in Canada and not New York. And the final solution for saving the hospital is equivalent. What is different? 1) the initial meeting -- a scheduled hookup at a hotel under assumed names 2) our heroine's personalities and issues. I found Ellis, our business efficiency expert, 3.8 rounded up? I am thinking this is Radclyffe's Against Doctor's Orders reimagined. We have the same adversarial relationship between a hospital business person and a doctor. Both are set in small towns, although this one is in Canada and not New York. And the final solution for saving the hospital is equivalent. What is different? 1) the initial meeting -- a scheduled hookup at a hotel under assumed names 2) our heroine's personalities and issues. I found Ellis, our business efficiency expert, to be the warmer character. Amy, the surgeon, is harder to like and is abrasive for much of the book. And there are other small changes in the characters backstories and with the addition of Mia (Ellis' ex's daughter -- because the ex is dead -- say that 3x fast). Even though there isn't a breakup or really much angst between the MCs after awhile, the question about the hospital's future and what Ellis will do for a living held my interest.

  17. 4 out of 5

    R

    After reading many mysteries/thrillers recently, I was happy to get back into the romance genre and hope for an enjoyable read. Thursday Afternoons did not disappoint… it was a very entertaining read. Both main characters, Amy and Ellis, were career driven women and very successful in their field. But they needed a period of time to forget the outside world and connect with someone on a physical level without commitments or responsibilities. After they met through an app, they arranged to meet After reading many mysteries/thrillers recently, I was happy to get back into the romance genre and hope for an enjoyable read. Thursday Afternoons did not disappoint… it was a very entertaining read. Both main characters, Amy and Ellis, were career driven women and very successful in their field. But they needed a period of time to forget the outside world and connect with someone on a physical level without commitments or responsibilities. After they met through an app, they arranged to meet at a hotel every Thursday afternoon. This was the highlight of their week and both eventually felt a greater need to go beyond the physical nature of their relationship. But as per their arrangement, they kept their personal lives, including their jobs and families, off limits. Unbeknownst to both women, these limits would soon expire as Amy and Ellis’ outside world took preference over their Thursday afternoons. Ellis was hired by the CEO of the Erie Shores Hospital’s regional corporation as a financial consultant to get rid of the hospital’s deficit budget and make changes that appeared to be most beneficial for its future survival. Amy, as chief of surgery at Erie Shores, knew that any cuts could have a significant impact on life and death situations for the people in her hometown. Ellis and Amy, once lovers, now became adversaries. This was a well written and interesting story. It was also very heartwarming because it offered hope in so many ways. It offered hope to Amy to heal from a past relationship that was emotionally and mentally draining. It offered hope to Ellis to overcome past relationship mistakes and selfish acts. It offered hope to a teenager who felt lost and unwanted after her mother’s death. It offered hope to Kate to love again after the loss of her wife to cancer. Even though the characters had very strong opinions on what was best for the hospital, sometimes bordering on nastiness, they continued to feel an underlying hope for the hospital situation as well as their personal one. Besides the hospital problems, there were other realistic issues that the characters faced such as aging parents, dementia, and guardianship. These issues added another layer of emotional depth to this already engaging story. Overall, this was a great read!

  18. 4 out of 5

    JWG1973UK

    This was a good read for me. I have read only two or three of this authors work and I have enjoyed them. I think I will have to read more from this author in the future. Ellis and Amy have an arrangement where they meet up on Thursday afternoons at a hotel and it is there time where they can have uncomplicated, no commitment, no strings attached sex. Then all off a sudden they're thrown together in a work situation where they need to work together. I enjoyed the story line, loved the characters This was a good read for me. I have read only two or three of this authors work and I have enjoyed them. I think I will have to read more from this author in the future. Ellis and Amy have an arrangement where they meet up on Thursday afternoons at a hotel and it is there time where they can have uncomplicated, no commitment, no strings attached sex. Then all off a sudden they're thrown together in a work situation where they need to work together. I enjoyed the story line, loved the characters and there was also a great bunch of secondary characters. I loved the character of Mia, Ellis's step-daughter. All in all it was a good read. I highly recommend reading this book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rosi

    This is a good romance although I think that the behavior or personality of the two protagonists that the author has intended at the beginning of the book does not fit much with their demeanor in the subsequent development. However, I have not disliked that change since I enjoyed the story as a whole and the result for me is good. The story begins with two women who go to a contact website to have sex, not a relationship, only sex with another woman, basically because they don't want more This is a good romance although I think that the behavior or personality of the two protagonists that the author has intended at the beginning of the book does not fit much with their demeanor in the subsequent development. However, I have not disliked that change since I enjoyed the story as a whole and the result for me is good. The story begins with two women who go to a contact website to have sex, not a relationship, only sex with another woman, basically because they don't want more complications in their lives. They do not explain to each other anything about their personal life, or what they do, or even their real name. And this sex-only formula works well for them. Until their personal lives intersect. Amy / Abby is a surgeon in a hospital in a small town, she has her life in order except because she doesn't want to complicate herself in love for fear of suffering, as happened in her only love relationship. Living in her hometown is good for her, because she can also take care of her parents, already elderly and with physical difficulties. Ellis / Ellen resolves complicated situations in the world of healthcare, wants to correct a mistake she made in her only serious relationship and, therefore, is dealing with a problematic teenager while starting a new professional challenge in a new town. The development of the story has the complication of the two women knowing each other before having to work together in some way, having to hide that they know each other and facing an attraction that they cannot avoid, although neither of them wants it, apparently. And although they are not very consistent in their behavior, considering that they are very firm at first that they do not want a relationship and then it seems that everything suddenly changes, the development of the events that the book tells and the way they open to each other and help themselves and others, it has been very nice for me. An advanced reading copy has been sent to me by the publisher Bella Books through Netgalley for my honest review

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine

    Amy and Ellis are busy women, they're committed to their jobs, and haven't had time to date, much less have sex, in ages. They meet on a dating app and agree to meet on Thursday afternoons for casual sex and casual sex only. But their jobs end up throwing them together in real life and their casual Thursday afternoon's are out of the question. Neither woman can deny their attraction and how much they've come to mean to each other but their jobs put that relationship in a conflict of interest. Amy and Ellis are busy women, they're committed to their jobs, and haven't had time to date, much less have sex, in ages. They meet on a dating app and agree to meet on Thursday afternoons for casual sex and casual sex only. But their jobs end up throwing them together in real life and their casual Thursday afternoon's are out of the question. Neither woman can deny their attraction and how much they've come to mean to each other but their jobs put that relationship in a conflict of interest. Will their professional lives take priority once again, or will the two women at last find happiness in their personal lives as well? This has to be one of my favourites of Tracey Richardson. The chemistry was off the charts and I love how the author really drew out the tension and the chemistry between them despite the early consumption of their relationship. I loved the whole community in Erie Shores, this whole book was such a feel good story all around with so many little side romances. I loved the balance between the workplace happenings, the romance, and the drama. The communication between our two leading ladies was really strong. And the chemistry, I have to applaud the chemistry one last time. I'd never considered this side of our healthcare system, so in addition to enjoying the romance and the drama, it also ended up being a thought provoking read. It was also a nice way to go back to Southwestern Ontario for a visit through a book! I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Les Rêveur

    "A fun and sexy book that will tug at your heartstrings." Check out my’s review through the link below: https://lesreveur.com/2019/12/11/thur...

  22. 5 out of 5

    isa Simonet

    An amazing read, as usual with Ms Richardson. I'm a huge Tracy Richardson fan, I've read all of her books, and here again I find the quality of the writing and the originality of the story. Amy and Ellen are likeable, and real chemistry is going on between them. I also enjoyed the secondary characters of Mia, Kate, and Erin. If I recommend it? absolutely!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Aleana Harris

    I received an ARC copy of this book from the Publisher via Netgalley and voluntarily leaving my review. Ellis aka Ellen and Amy aka Abby meets every Thursday for no string attached sex. It's seems to be the only time they get to breath because both their lives are a bit of a mess. Their lives collide when Ellis is sent to Audit the hospital where Amy works also because both are going to to be living in the same town. Ellis is also dealing with her step daughter sort of Mia when she begins to get I received an ARC copy of this book from the Publisher via Netgalley and voluntarily leaving my review. Ellis aka Ellen and Amy aka Abby meets every Thursday for no string attached sex. It's seems to be the only time they get to breath because both their lives are a bit of a mess. Their lives collide when Ellis is sent to Audit the hospital where Amy works also because both are going to to be living in the same town. Ellis is also dealing with her step daughter sort of Mia when she begins to get into trouble and her grandparents doesn't know what to do. Amy dealing with a fail relationship with her ex Lisa at least she has her best friend Kate who still mourning her wife death and also trying to moving on with another that works with them Erin. I like this read but I was also getting piss at Amy at the way she treating Ellis because she there to do her job that she not even trying to give Ellis a chance to do her job and just assume Ellis was going to ruin things. I wanted Ellis cut her losses when she trying to be adult about this and Amy acting like a child I hate when people get mad for doing their job like it's there fault and Ellis wanted to scream it's not her fault and I wish she would everytime someone giving her the look or saying a snide remark.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kennedy

    Light, fun, sexy, and entertaining. Should I or should I not. Ellis Hall, hospital fix-it person not looking for a relationship and does not care about much until she meets Amy. Amy Spencer, surgeon with not much time for relationships. Amy cares about her hospital, patients, parents, family, and friends. Although a light and entertaining read with little if any angst, the focus on family and health caught my attention. Family can take on different shapes. There is no right and wrong family. Light, fun, sexy, and entertaining. Should I or should I not. Ellis Hall, hospital fix-it person not looking for a relationship and does not care about much until she meets Amy. Amy Spencer, surgeon with not much time for relationships. Amy cares about her hospital, patients, parents, family, and friends. Although a light and entertaining read with little if any angst, the focus on family and health caught my attention. Family can take on different shapes. There is no right and wrong family. Being and feeling apart of family is what is most important. Health care is expensive. Health care can be limited in small towns. Quality health care providers are in high demand and are not always interested in practicing in small towns. A read that makes you smile. ARC provides by Bella Books via NetGalley.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I am not going to do an in-depth review of this one. I was on vacation listening to this and was slight distracted. What i can say is Abby crayden is a wonderful narrator. I am rarely disappointed listening to her. I overall liked this one and will likely circle back around to listen again so I can give a better review at a later date. Based on what everything i will rate this one 4 stars.

  26. 5 out of 5

    polly

    When I want a light, fun romance, I know that a Tracey Richardson book will deliver. In Thursday Afternoons she provides a sizzling chemistry between the two protagonists -- Amy and Ellis that I expect from her stories. I love the internal angst of Amy and Ellis, and the teasing banter between these two as they confront their feelings for each other. The story is more tightly written than some of her previous books, and for this reason, the read is fast and engaging. The secondary characters -- When I want a light, fun romance, I know that a Tracey Richardson book will deliver. In Thursday Afternoons she provides a sizzling chemistry between the two protagonists -- Amy and Ellis that I expect from her stories. I love the internal angst of Amy and Ellis, and the teasing banter between these two as they confront their feelings for each other. The story is more tightly written than some of her previous books, and for this reason, the read is fast and engaging. The secondary characters -- Mia (Ellis' stepdaughter), Erin (Amy's resident), and Kate (Amy's best friend) provide additional layers of storyline. Richardson always adds some political subplot to her books; this story no different, adding the viability of local full-service medical facilities as an issue. In this, the subplot reminds me of Radclyffe's River Family Romance Series. ARC provided by NetGalley and The Publisher in exchange for a honest review

  27. 4 out of 5

    hubsie

    First book of 2020 finished! And it truly was a delight. Nothing too heavy, no surprises, no overdone angst or drama, but overall a feel-good story with two strong characters, who find a way to let love back into their busy, complicated lives. MC Amy Spencer is a talented (in many ways) doctor in a small town near the Canada/US border (but thankfully IN CANADA), and MC Ellis is a hard hitting, take no shit consultant responsible for cutting costs and budgets for big corporations. Both have++ First book of 2020 finished! And it truly was a delight. Nothing too heavy, no surprises, no overdone angst or drama, but overall a feel-good story with two strong characters, who find a way to let love back into their busy, complicated lives.  MC Amy Spencer is a talented (in many ways) doctor in a small town near the Canada/US border (but thankfully IN CANADA), and MC Ellis is a hard hitting, take no shit consultant responsible for cutting costs and budgets for big corporations. Both have ++ responsibilities and very long work days, and just want some no-strings-attached fun in the form of hot sex. They join a lesbian dating site with fake names and arrange a one-time tryst (which turns into more, obvi), and I gotta say, I just loved this. Taking control making their needs known, wanting what feels good, two consenting adults...... Ain't nothing wrong with that! I liked the pacing of this story, as it starts out hot and heavy with some anonymous sexy times in a random hotel, but progresses nicely. Both MCs have their reasons for not wanting relationships, but inevitably, the two start to fall for each other. With many lesfic formulas, we usually gotta wait til the 75% mark for any shortness-of-breath, heart-pounding, damp-undies-inducing payout, in this one we get some great sex throughout the book as they navigate their differences, as well as similarities. I truly liked both characters, Ellis's vulnerability, and even Amy's cold stubbornness. I thought the author wrote these two quite well, and I'd love to see a sequel, even in the form of a short novella. 

  28. 4 out of 5

    Barbro-Katrin

    Received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own It started out somewhat nice when it was just the two of them. But then I got to know the supporting characters like Kate and Erin and I kinda started rooting for Amy to end up with Erin. I just didn’t feel the chemistry between Ellis and Amy.. Ellis and Amy felt kinda boring and flat, I was mostly annoyed with them. I’m kinda tired Received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own It started out somewhat nice when it was just the two of them. But then I got to know the supporting characters like Kate and Erin and I kinda started rooting for Amy to end up with Erin. I just didn’t feel the chemistry between Ellis and Amy.. Ellis and Amy felt kinda boring and flat, I was mostly annoyed with them. I’m kinda tired of reading stories with a sad/tragic love background, stories where they sneak around cause if they’re found out it could hurt their career. The stories where they should not be together but end up breaking that promise time and time again. Is every single person in this book gay?! It might just be me but I hate it in books when everyone is gay, the neighbor, the twin sister, the parents, the stepdaughter, the janitor. I just want something new and exciting. The story is written good but I just don’t feel it. On the plus side, it’s short.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Best Lesfic Reviews

    This book surprised us. From the synopsis, we’d expected a breezier read but the book is chock-a-block with serious backstories and characters grappling with their own demons. Read the full review @ https://www.bestlesficreviews.com/201...

  30. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    Detailed score: 3.5 rounded up The first half of this book is really promising. Some hotttt pwoar while building our character’s worlds and their barrier to love in a refreshingly different way. Unfortunately the second half of the book goes back to a tried and true HEA formula. Which is all well and good but just a bit jarring after the original promise. Overall: a pleasing way to while away a few hours but nothing to write home about

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