Thursday, May 22, 2014

Book Blast for The Surgeon’s Apprentice by Richard Longfellow (Review & GIVEAWAY)

As a fan of the m/m genre I'm excited to introduce you to a new-to-me author.  Keep reading to get a taste of the fun and flirty read, The Surgeon's Apprentice by Richard Longfellow, along with my impressions of this book.  Make sure to leave a comment stating what you like about the m/m genre for the chance to win a $25 Amazon GC too!

Alex is a ditzy but adorable final-year medical student, whose sex life seems doomed to fantasies about Hollywood hunks and abuse and misuse of the mirror in his bedroom. Then along comes blond and blue-eyed Will, all sinewy muscles, a gorgeous face and a top orthopaedic surgeon to boot, but equally hopeless when it comes to love. Their first encounter in his clinic is almost ruined by an embarrassing incident with a pair of disposable briefs, but mutual attraction prevails and brings them together.
When ghosts from Will's past threaten their future together and all looks lost, Alex devises a plan to save Will’s reputation.
But will love be enough to save the day and win Alex the man of his dreams? Or will he be doomed to eating his favorite apple crumble all alone-–with lashings of crème anglaise, of course.


Empty chairs, no one at home apart from a grumpy-looking receptionist. “I’m a medical student. I’m looking for Mr Jackson’s clinic. I’m afraid I’m late,” he said in a sweaty, breathless, hyper/hypoglycaemic, verbal diarrhoeal explosion. She turned from her dirty, crumb-spattered NHS keyboard at a speed barely compatible with life and pointed a bony finger that could have belonged to ET. He looked in the direction of her home constellation and saw a consulting room door. One door of many, impossible to tell them apart, just like stars. Except this door said ‘Mr Jackson, Consultant Surgeon’. But the sign was at an angle with ‘Mr’ drooping about an inch lower than ‘Surgeon’, which was disconcerting. It was as if a mister was a lower life form than a surgeon – which is true, of course – but then, surgeons also insist on calling themselves ‘Mr’ rather than ‘Dr’, which was even more confusing given that doctors are universally known to be supreme beings, just below the Daleks. And that meant surgeons were on a par with Daleks, which was just plain ridiculous.
Alex reached up to adjust the sign (the least he could do, he thought, given his tardiness) but it was attached with something blue and sticky which had picked up its fair share of staph aureus-strewn fingerprints over the years. He heard a “Tut” from behind. He looked around and saw the receptionist shaking her head very, very slowly, as if wanting to make a point without her wretched cranium falling off her scrawny neck. “Sorry,” he said, leaving the drooping sign, adjusting his tie and generally checking that he was ready to cross the threshold to the delights/horrors that lay in the room ahead.
Alex knocked timidly on the door. Not a super-confident ‘da-da-de-dah’ but a pathetic ‘de-de’ that’s barely worth putting down on paper. He felt his right testicle rubbing itchily against his thigh. He didn’t have time to perform a rearrangement as a deep and commanding “Come in!” emanated from the inner sanctum. He opened the door and his first sight was of three female students on the left, sitting demurely on blue plastic chairs, pens poised in their hands like wands above steaming cauldrons. Directly opposite the door, and a scant six feet away, was Mr Jackson, sitting on the edge of his desk. The door remained open behind him and he felt a shiver of air on his left testicle and his thighs go all a-wobble.
Oh. My. God. He’s drop dead gorgeous. Imagine Brad Pitt and Hugh Jackman rolled into one. No, not rolling together (although that would be AMAZING) but genetically merged into a superbeing, a wankfest, a man beyond all men…well, you get the drift. But there’s more: blue eyes you could drown in, blond hair falling effortlessly to wide shoulders, a trim, muscular torso and long, long legs. It’s amazing what a good suit does for a man. And then there was the crotch…
The evaluation took milliseconds but he wanted it to be a lifetime.
“Mr Stevens, I presume?” inquired the demigod, addressing the mere mortal. “How nice of you to give us the pleasure of your company. Perhaps you stopped off somewhere for an extended lunch?”
Alex couldn’t be certain that his jaw actually dropped, but it certainly felt as if his mouth was searching for his voice on the floor. He felt as if Mr Jackson’s x-ray vision was dissecting him into his ever-so-slightly queenie parts and an end-of-bed diagnosis was imminent. That crumble was SUCH a mistake. “We seem to be away with the fairies, Mr Stevens,” Mr J added sarcastically.
But nota bene the Pluralis Majestatis. And the mention of fairies.
The trio of oh-too-perfect Hermiones, perched on their plastic chairs, giggled. It might have been a trick of the light but Alex was sure there was a hint of a smile in the corner of the demigod’s mouth. And those wonderful, sexy, luscious, subtly pouting, kissable lips…
Fimble, fumble, mimble, mumble. A strangulated stutter emerged: “S-s-sorry, M-M-Mr J-J-Jackson. I went to the wrong clinic. I’m v-v-very s-s-sorry.”


Take a bit of Grey's Anatomy, add in a bit of kinky sweet and sexy m/m loving, and mix in some British color and colloquialisms and you get The Surgeon's Apprentice.  It's a fast-paced story that includes everything and the kitchen sink and keeps you entertained every step of the way with its non-stop twists and turns.

Alex is the bubbly young med student who's sweetly endearing as he critiques his looks and love life.  He knows he's not a studly catch but you can't help but like him for his truthful candor.  He longs to have a full love life and thinks he finally has the chance when he meets the older and seemingly wiser surgeon, Will.  Though Alex thinks Will doesn't feel the same it's not long before fate brings them together in a relationship that moves at warp speed.  Through all their ups and downs Alex kept his energetic and happy go lucky outlook at life.  He never let anything get him down and pushed Will to grasp the happier moments in life.

Will is the serious-minded surgeon in public but behind the scenes he's tormented by his past which leaves him questioning his future.  Though he knows he shouldn't, he can't help but be drawn to the irreverent and charming Alex.  His past has kept him from embracing his love life fully but with Alex he feels safe to explore.  He discovers they're more similar than they thought as they both have had image issues, but together they find mutual support.  As their mutual explorations become hotter their connection becomes deeper.  As the student becomes the teacher things also get more complicated though in a story that's ultimately sweet, sexy, suspenseful, with a bit of mutual kink that makes for a very HEA.

There's a lot that happens in this story, too much at times.  Their whole relationship seemed to take place within a few weeks which stretched the credibility a bit.  Though it's a quick journey, it's also an entertaining one with its likable and colorful characters whose age difference helps rather than hurts their connection.  Though Will is older he hasn't really been living.  It takes the kindhearted Alex to show him how to live life to the fullest.  This made for a story that not only put a smile on my face but kept me guessing along the way which kept me glued to the pages.  Ultimately Mr. Longfellow crafted not a great read, but a good one that has me looking forward to what he comes up with next.

My rating for this is a C+

*I received this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


Richard Longfellow resides in London, Great Britain and works as a doctor. He’s tall, dark and handsome, and currently unattached. When he’s not tending to his patients, he enjoys stroking his two cats, movies with happy endings and opening the very best champagne, although not necessarily in that order. His favourite male movie stars include Brad Pitt and Hugh Jackman. ‘The Surgeon’s Apprentice’ is his first novella of quintessentially British, gay erotica.



Richard will be awarding a $25 Amazon Gift Card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

-To be entered, LEAVE A COMMENT STATING WHAT YOU LOVE ABOUT READING M/M BOOKS, along with your email addy (no email=no entry).
-Winners will be chosen randomly from all comments made throughout the tour, so the more you comment the greater your chances of winning.  A list of all participating blogs can be found here.
-Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM CST TONIGHT!


  1. Hi, everyone. I'm Richard Longfellow, author of 'The Surgeon's Apprentice', and I'd like to introduce myself and thank the host for this stop on the blog tour. I'd be pleased to answer any questions and I'll be dropping by throughout the day. I really hope you enjoy the book! And there's more to come...

  2. Pleasure to meet you Richard! I look forward to reading the book.

  3. like the characters

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  4. I'm not really interested in M/F stories. For me it's one man's good, two men is better. Also most stories with women have the women as TSTL, not having inner strength and I don't enjoy their personalities. I don't find that as often in M/M stories.


  5. I enjoy seeing men in roles and situations that hetero stories tend to not allow them. I get this when reading M/M. Besides, the only thing better than one attractive man? More than one ;)