Saturday, January 9, 2016

All I want for New Years is Dev



By Noah Underwood, M.D.
From Denise Swanson’s Devereaux’s Dime Store Mysteries

Do you watch all those medical shows on television? You know, like Code Black and Grey’s Anatomy. Now that I’m a doctor myself I can’t stand to watch those programs, but growing up, I loved watching reruns of Marcus Welby, MD. By the time I was twelve, I knew two things. One, that I wanted to be a doctor, and two, that I loved Devereaux Sinclair.

So far, my first goal is working out much better than my second one. I was the top of my class in high school and was accepted into the combined B.A. and M.D. program at the University of Missouri’s School of Medicine, which had allowed me to graduate in six years. Afterwards, I did a three-year residency in family medicine, then returned to my hometown of Shadow Bend, Missouri, and opened the Underwood Clinic. It’s the only medical facility in a forty-mile radius and I’m happy to provide medical services to the community. On the negative side, the clinic is always crowded, and due to long hours and low pay, it took me a while to lure another physician into joining my practice.

I hope now that I have, I’ll have more free time to work on the second goal in my life plan, marrying Dev.

Unfortunately, although we were off to a good start, going steady when we were teenagers, our relationship had a bit of a stumble when her dad was accused of embezzlement, then convicted of vehicular manslaughter and sent to prison. Up until that point, even though my mother wasn’t thrilled, she tolerated Dev as my girlfriend, but after that, Mom waged all-out war to make me break up with Dev. I resisted all her threats to cut me off without a dime, send me to military school, and even kick me out of the house, but when she said that she’d make sure Dev’s grandmother was investigated for collusion on the embezzlement, I ended things with Dev. 

And that’s where things stood for close to thirteen years. But six months ago, Dev finally let me explain what had happened and agreed to give me another chance. There is one little problem. Although, she’s agreed to date me, she’s also seeing Jake Del Vecchio. I’m praying that if she and I are together enough, Dev will see that I’m the man for her and tell Deputy Dawg goodbye.

With Dev’s mother back in town and the number one suspect in her husband’s murder, I’m going to do everything in my power to help her figure out the identity of the real killer. And since Del Vecchio’s ex-wife is recuperating at his ranch, Jake will be too busy to help Dev. I, on the other hand, plan to spend a lot of time working on the case with her. And by the time the killer is in jail, I’m positive Dev will realize that I’m the guy she loves.

What do you think? Are you team Noah?


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---Denise Swanson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Scumble River, Devereaux’s Dime Store, and Stephanie Danielson mystery series. As well as the Change of Heart romance series.

www.DeniseSwanson.com

14 comments:

  1. Poor Dev, she is going through a lot. I know you will be great helping her and solving the case.

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  2. I need a lot more convincing to be on Team Noah.

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  3. Still up in the air - at times, Jake seems more understanding of Dev, other times not so much (like when she puts herself in danger by investigating).

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  4. It's a touch one. Right now I'm Team Noah, but if Jake posts tomorrow I might be Team Jake. Great series, thanks!

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  5. Della A bit of a muddle. But, well, I'm sure she can get her act together and do all right. Parents can be a pain. Not sure if I want to root for Noah or not. If he caved in to his Mom once. could she be a problem in the future. Don't know the series this post is my intro. Maybe, Jake & Noah could be good friends no matter what the situation is. I look forwards to reading the series. It is on my TBR. Thanks for the heads up

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  6. I'm hoping for someone new for Dev! Both Team Noah and Team Jake have some serious issues/baggage!

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  7. I'd say I'm team Noah with the hopes he has grown a backbone to stand up for Dev more than in the past. Jake is too involved yet with his ex-wife so I don't think he really has the commitment to Dev.

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  8. Right now I'm not sure Noah or Jake are right for Dev. Toss up MOM or EXWIFE and Dev doesn't need a 3rd party in her life. Ruth Nixon

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  9. Maybe you should have been upfront with Dev from the very beginning, telling her then what your mother was trying to do. Be honest! If you had been from the start, she would certainly trust you more.

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  10. Definitely Team Noah.
    You were both too young when all the bad stuff happened with Dev's father. She should understand that. Jake is not a good match for Dev. It is just a physical thing between them. Besides I think he is still stuck on his ex-wife. Good luck Noah. I hope you win.

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  11. Team Noah or Team Jake? I'm on Team Dev. I think she should keep her options open.

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  12. Team Jake. Honestly Noah scares me. His internal dialogue is borderline psycho. I can see him becoming a stalker. Jake is more stable but has his own baggage. I think Jake is smart enough to dispose of his baggage and truly see Dev through open eyes.

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  13. I'm definitely Team Jake, he's more stable at his job where Noah is a little crazy. I can't wait to read this series. Linda May

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