- Title: Doc
- A Club Alias Standalone
- Author: KD Robichaux
- Genre: Romantic Suspense
- Release Date: September 4, 2020
Adventures in Literature Review:
An emotionally challenging love story that brings two damaged souls and fuses them back into one. Simply a 5-star read for me based on how it made me feel, the depth of the characters background and experiences and how much I quickly loved these characters like my own family.
This was a feel-good book for me. Maybe not for everyone as Astrid is recovering from over a decade of an abusive relationship. But Doc’s supportive and romantic qualities made this a feel-good book for me. Not just because of his profession, but who he is as a person. Doc is always hyper-aware of Astrid’s needs and how to make her feel wanted and reminding her how much value she has as a person.
Doc happens to be the Psychiatrist that manages the evaluation of each member of their exclusive club [Club Alias] for their ability to partake in the BDSM activities without being a danger to themselves or those around them. After experiencing his own tragedy as a young man, Doc set out to ensure that he spent his life helping others overcome trauma and find recovery from their demons. This profession gives Doc not just the sexy doctor demeanor, but it also provides him with a clearer understanding of how to reach Astrid in her moments of struggle and his Dominant personality ensures she feels wanted and protected. Such a wonderful combination for an Alpha hero in my opinion!
Abusive relationships are never an easy topic or setting to write about. Even more challenging, can be to write about someone overcoming those challenges in a way that doesn’t feel ofrced or “too easy”. Robichaux treated the characters and settings with a sense of respect and does a fine job of weaving the BDSM lifestyle and understanding into the story arc. She doesn’t make it easy for Astrid to come to terms with what’s happened to her nor does she make it simple for her to learn and grow as a this new version of Astrid.
Recovering from abuse is never an easy process and especially not so for someone who was completely controlled and managed in a way that broke her. But now she’s recovering with Doc by her side and their attraction to one another after a year of living together is becoming difficult to ignore. BDSM ends up being utilized as a means of recovery for those who have been sexually abused and is something the main character, Astrid, has always been interested in. But before really exploring that side of herself, she needs to learn to love herself and her body before she can just jump into a whole new set of sexual experiences. And Doc makes sure he walks her through every little necessary experience – that’s where it gets hot and heavy at times where you just cannot put this one down.
One of the aspects I really enjoyed about this particular story, is the similarity I have with Astrid and understanding how difficult it is to get past sexual and emotional trauma. She struggles just to see herself as worthy and has had very little positive sexual experiences. But Neil is always there to support her and walk her through her own thoughts even when she feels like she can’t do it. Having someone like that in your life that is constantly encouraging you to be your best self and reminding you of how beautiful you are, can really make a huge difference in the recovery process.
Dr. Neil Walker, M.D., M.F.T, Ph. D.
I’m not your average therapist. As the founder of Imperium Security—the cover for my mercenary team—I’ve dedicated my entire life to helping heal those who’ve had their power unwillingly taken from them and avenging the ones who didn’t survive.
A decade after creating the perfect team, I’ve now watched as every one of my brothers-in-arms has met and married their perfect match, the special women who were meant for them—because not just any woman is cut out to be the wife of a mercenary. And it was through one of these matches I finally met The One, the woman of my dreams, the one I’ve sworn to help heal and protect above all others.
Astrid Quill, Makeup Artist
It was only supposed to be for the weekend, but then all hell broke loose, and I went from just staying with Doc so my sister could have a worry-free romantic getaway with her honey, to living with him for an entire year.
Oh, boo-hoo, poor me, trapped in this amazing, state-of-the-art mansion with a dog who loves the hell out of me. And not trapped because Neil won’t let me go. Heavens, no. Neil is dreamy and a real-life hero, and he tries everything to help me step foot back into the world. It’s a self-imposed prison, because nothing good ever came of me being out in the wild.
I made a promise nearly a decade ago that I’d never let myself fall in love again. Love brought pain, both emotional and physical, and the last time I was in love, I barely escaped with my life. But I’m finding it harder to resist this magnetism between us, especially when he makes it perfectly clear he wants me and only me.
No, Doc isn’t your average therapist.
So is he the one man who can not only save me from my past, but also heal my heart?
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“Wanna play a game, Doc?” I ask in a creepy voice, mimicking the scary little fucker on the trike in the Saw movies.
“I never realized how much like Seth you are until today,” he replies instead, and a lazy smile pulls at my lips.
“My sister said since the day she met him that he’s like me but with a penis. I chose to ignore the fact that she then proceeded to have sex with that penis. I have enough psychologic damage to wonder why my sister fell in love with a man who reminds her of me,” I joke, and he shakes his head at that.
“Then I’ll choose to ignore the fact that I fell in love with a woman who reminds me of him with a vagina,” he replies, and I wrinkle my nose.
“No, I mean the vagina part. Don’t call it that.” I stick out my tongue.
“Are you twelve, goddess? I’m a medical professional,” he points out.
“You’re a head doctor. Not a vagina doctor,” I argue, sneering the word.
He lifts a brow. “You’d be amazed how much the mind is affected by what’s between one’s legs, Ms. Quill.”
KD Robichaux wanted to be a romance author since the first time she picked up her mom’s Sandra Brown books at the ripe old age of twelve. She went to college to become a writer, but then married her very own alpha and had babies. Putting her dream job on hold to raise her family as a stay at home mom who read entirely too much, she created a blog where she could keep her family and friends up-to-date on all the hottest reads. From there, by word of mouth, her blog took off and she began using her hard-earned degree as a full-time editor. When her kids started school, and with the encouragement from her many author friends, she finally sat down and started working on her first series, The Blogger Diaries, her own real-life romance. She’s now published more than fifteen stories in many different genres of romance.