Series: Drexler University #1
Publisher: Embrace on October 20, 2014
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Two years ago, the medical world was shaken by scandal, and Payton Daniels's family was at the center of it. The second she graduated, Payton left everything behind―her high school sweetheart, her family, and the controversy surrounding her mother's death—and hid within the anonymity of college. But Payton’s ex, Blake Hiller, hasn't forgiven her for leaving, and when he enrolls in the same medical ethics class, she panics. She can’t run the risk of him telling everyone who she really is.
As if being at the same university isn’t enough, both Blake and Payton land the same internship. Forced together, their passion for each other reignites, but when Payton is asked to testify in her father’s high-profile trial, she must choose between risking her acceptance into medical school to help her father, and losing every connection to her past—including the only guy she’s ever loved.
When I saw the word medical, I was sold. After all, I am an aspiring doctor!
Unethical was a unique novel for me. It was your standard new adult contemporary romance but its subject made it a lot more relatable and thus enjoyable for me. Payton Daniels is trying to make a new beginning at a new college. After all, there is a big scandal about her parents and assisted suicide, and Payton is afraid that it’ll ruin her chances at medical school. What she didn’t expect was to see her ex, Blake, again. They didn’t end on great terms—in fact, Payton just up and left. And Blake wasn’t too happy about that one. To make matters worse, they land a position at the same internship. There are still feelings between them, but a lot of baggage keeping the space large as ever.
I think that what really made me enjoy this novel was its revolution around the subject of medical ethics. As an aspiring doctor, it was a unique experience for me to read about characters who were directly involved in something that I want to be involved in. Moreover, there was enough suspense about wondering if people would find out about Payton’s family and wondering what would happen between Blake and Payton to keep me practically glued to the book.
I liked Payton. She came off a bit distracted but I was able to overlook that given her circumstances. I would have liked for her to open up more as a character earlier on in the novel though. I felt as if I didn’t get the chance to know her character as I wanted to. Regardless, I felt like she was a relatable character who had some growing up to do over the course of the novel. And I think that she did that very well.
Blake had me feeling all sorts of things. He was kind of emotionally distraught seeing Payton again, especially not knowing what had happened in the past between them that would cause her to just disappear. I liked his character well enough. He was smart. He came off a bit manipulative at points in regards to Payton, which was a bit disheartening, but it was obvious that he still cared for her despite all the games he was playing.
This book had a second chance romance. I actually really enjoyed it for the most part. I could have done without some of the mind games and seemingly unwarranted emotional problems, but I liked seeing Blake and Payton together. As I mentioned, Payton was a bit lacking in the excitement department as a character, and I felt like Blake countered that well. They were one of those characters that you could say were OTP.
I really enjoyed Unethical. It was an extremely great story that I honestly would not have expected from a debut novel. It had an interesting theme to it that I haven’t countered yet—in fact, the only book I can think of that comes close is Third Degree by Julie Cross. And if you enjoyed that one, this is definitely a book to check out.