Fighting For Hope



Title : Fighting For Hope

Author : Serena Yates


Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY HERE)

Genre : M/M, Contemporary

Length : 240 pages (e-book)

Published : August 2, 2013

Rating :  ★★★



2nd Edition
Modern Battles: Book One

Eccentric Sir Malcolm Witherspoon has bequeathed a rare piece of land to the Oxford Hospital Trust with only one stipulation: it must become the site for a new medical center. Unfortunately, he left the details unwritten. Now, several hospital departments are fighting to get their visions approved by the Appropriations Committee. Head of Pediatrics Dr. Grayson Burrows believes the land should be used to build a new children’s hospital. Oncologist Dr. James Pearson is certain a cancer research center will do the most good.

It’s a battle neither wants to lose.

Soon, their professional integrity is on the line, and they don’t see eye to eye on medical care: Grayson thinks a holistic approach is optimal, while James knows logical trial and error works best. But when they’re tasked with obtaining the hospital board’s approval for their respective proposals, their personal attraction threatens to take over, making them behave in an entirely unprofessional way. As the deadline looms on the committee’s decision, both Grayson and James must reevaluate their priorities or neither doctor will get what he wants.

1st edition published by Silver Publishing, March 2011.


Dr. Grayson Burrows and Dr. James Pearson are both vying for the same thing. Both want to be granted use of the new building site, which was left to the hospital by Sir Malcolm Witherspoon. Grayson wants the site to go to the children’s department and James wants it for theoretical research.

When these two men first meet there is an instant attraction, but neither one of them seems to be willing to make the first move. Grayson could use James’ support with setting up a new Oncology unit for the children, and after talking at length James impulsively invites Grayson to dinner. After a few dinners and a day of hiking both men realize they really like each other, but they’ve both been hurt terribly in the past and neither one of them really wants to go through that again.

These two guys had me wanting to pull my hair out. They both were so back-and-forth with their feelings that I wanted to insert myself into the book just so I could slap them.

With both of them having professional and personal problems, they weren’t sure they could separate the two, and for most of the book they couldn’t. Grayson was all about the kids and their emotional needs, not to mention healing them. James was all about research and logic, he just didn’t understand it any other way. Despite those things these guys are drawn to each other, they can’t help it but they just can’t seem to pull it together and trust that things will work out. Both of them are very sensitive men. Insecure and so afraid – afraid to hope for something more. With all of the ups and downs these two went through, I wasn’t sure they were ever going to get it together but then Grayson has an accident and James just can’t take it anymore. He’s going to get his man no matter what it takes.

I’ll admit, I had a really hard time getting into this book. There were just things that made the story hard for me to read.

The first problem I had were the two main characters and the fact that they both behaved like teenagers all the time. All that back-and-forth just seemed so childish.

The second was the dialogue. I’m not used to reading books were both MC’s talk like they’re elegant old men. Saying things like divine, despicable, atrocious. It’s not something I’m used too.

The third thing that I had trouble getting used too was that both MC’s seemed to be so soft and delicate, where I’m used to having at least one of them being more dominant.

I’ve never read anything by this author before and even though I had a difficult time with this book, it won’t stop me from trying other books she has written.

Rated 3 stars by Jen

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