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Reviewed by Stephanie Chapman for Readers' Favorite
Ally Asten’s Blood and Water is the first book in the North Point Series. Elena Foster had returned to North Point Hospital after working at the Rehabilitation Institute of Neurology. Elena had been a student occupational therapist at the hospital. She received stellar reviews and patient recovery success. However, she knew that Marco Rossi was a therapist at North Point. Elena dreaded encountering him after how they had parted ways 17 months before. His reputation as a player preceded him. Marco had charmed Elena despite her being a student. His obsession with Elena led to him leaving North Point and accepting a job at the Rehabilitation Institute. He hoped he could run into Elena while at work. When he saw her hugging Dr. Ryder Phoenix, Marco saw red.
Ally Asten created a volatile medical romance story. The alternating views of Elena and Marco gave insight into their motivations. The transitions from past to present were easy to follow. I found the amount of detail given to each character allowed me to connect with them. The unpredictable plot turned what could have been a simple romance into a conspiracy thriller. I had empathy for Marco’s mother, who still grieved over the death of her husband. I liked Ryder and felt he cared for Elena beyond just her physical attributes. Marco was like a child with a toy that was soon forgotten when something shinier replaced it. The end of the book leaves an opening for a sequel. I recommend Blood and Water to anyone who enjoys medical thrillers with romance included.