Book Review~ The Waiting

Title: The Waiting
Author: Elizabeth Burgess, Marie Hewes
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 443 pages
Purchase: Amazon

On the banks of the Pontchartrain… 

Ambitious Dr. Andrew Douglas is always looking for ways to have more. More power. More money. More women. But when Slidell businessman, Dr. Bob O’Malley propositions him to bring River City Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, into a black market organ trade, he’s hesitant. How would they get away with it? What happens if they get caught? What happens if he says no? 

Conservative and proper Arianne Douglas seems to have it all. A happy marriage, three handsome sons, a loving stepdaughter, and fulfilling career that gives back to others. But when her husband’s ex-wife discovers her deepest secret, how will Arianne prevent her two worlds from colliding—especially since her secret involves her husband’s best friend and her thirteen-year-old son? 

Stoic and solemn Dr. Gregory Adams is an honorable man with a heart of gold. Proud of the legacy passed down through his father and grandfathers, he takes his job as Chief Medical Officer of River City Medical Center seriously. But after discovering that his best friend, Andrew is involved with something that is legally and ethically wrong, Gregory doesn’t know what to do. Further complicating his decision, are his long-standing feelings for Andrew’s wife—his one true love. 

Brazen Dr. Millicent Douglas has been on a twenty-seven year mission: destroy Arianne Douglas. And thirteen years ago, she was joined by the most unlikely of allies—Arianne’s oldest son Nash. Effortlessly, she persuades her ex-husband to convince his best friend to rehire her at Rivers, allowing her closer to the black market organ trade known as the “Operation.” With Nash’s help, she infiltrates the accounts of Arianne’s charitable organization and manages to discover her nemesis’ long-hidden secret. But the stakes are raised when Millie realizes that the relationship between her and Nash is changing, and she’s powerless to stop it. Is she strong enough to say no? Or will his love break down her walls? 

Ruthless Dr. Bob O’Malley has a score to settle with Andrew Douglas—for more reasons than one. The most recent offense—fifteen years ago when Andrew’s gross negligence left Bob’s youngest son in a vegetative state. Together with his eldest son, Sol, and a mysterious accomplice called the Congressman, Bob vows to exact his revenge any way possible. If that takes them down the road to death, then so be it. 

***The Waiting is intended for 18+ audiences due to language and adult content. 
I am torn on how to start this review. On one hand, I ended up loving this book. On the other hand, I had a hard time starting out. 
Now with that being said, the first time I read Chapter one I was completely confused. I felt I started this book mid conversation. There is so much history between these characters. I was swallowed up. I didn’t understand who was related to whom or how they knew each other. So I decided to start over, first by reading the appendix. Once I read that, there is still that feeling but at least you know the history of the characters. It’s almost as if you are looking into a window of their lives and seeing it as voyeur. There are a few times throughout the book I had to recall the appendix. There are so many characters and viewpoints that I got a little confused from time to time. Not so much that it took away from the plot, but enough that I had to stop and think.
I wanted to like every character in this book or at least see the decent side of them. We encounter this every day, we see the side of someone that we want to see. We know everyone has a side of their personality they don’t want anyone to see. We get to see it in the book. What it’s like behind closed doors. Every character shows their strengths and flaws. You see the heartache and struggles of Arianne and Andrew as parents, grandparents, lovers and friends. You see their children, as it is to grow up in a house with a father who is absent and a mother who would do anything for her children even sacrificing her own happiness. There are torn households due to lying and cheating. Ex-wives that hold grudges for decades and the children struggle as adults because of their upbringing. It makes you want to scream “Just be honest!” There are a few good people trying to make the best of the situation.  

I definitely found myself pulling for certain characters. But as I said previously, each characters faults are there for everyone to see. That makes it hard to truly like any one character.

I liked that the prologue and epilogue tied the beginning and end. I am looking forward to reading the next installment. I found myself wondering, what’s next for each character. I give this book 4 Stars. The only reason it wasn’t 5 stars, was the beginning. Trying to get to know the characters was hard but I enjoyed the twists and turns in the plot. It kept me guessing and wondering what’s next.

At the time of this posting, The Waiting is free.