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Guest Post & Giveaway: “Breaking the Rules” by Melinda Dozier

Jul 11
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Melinda Dozier dishes on sexy doctors:


The irresistible hero in Breaking the Rules is Dr. Colin Calaway, a single dad and an orthopedic surgeon. I always knew I wanted to write a doctor into one of my stories.

Luckily, Colin screamed at me from the rooftops of Harbor Bay Hospital!

The inspiration behind his looks is Chris O’Donnell in Grey’s Anatomy (around 2006). So what if Dr. Finn Dandridge was only a vet? A sexy man in a white coat and a stethoscope is an eye-catcher.

Here’s a gorgeous picture of Chris O’Donnell (Dr. Colin Calaway in Breaking the Rules):


(thanks to the simplyirresistiblemen tumblr for the pic)

Which other sexy doctors do you drool over enjoy watching? Let me share a few of mine from a long list of T.V. doctors.

Dr. Tony Gates (a.k.a. John Stamos).


(thanks to Wikipedia for the pic)

I can’t leave out my old teenage heartthrob, John Stamos. This man never ages and never disappoints. Stamos played Dr. Tony Gates on ER during Season 12. HEARTTHROB!


Dr. Ben Keeton (a.k.a. Martin Henderson)


(thanks to New York Post)

Ever since I watched the Bollywood version of P&P, Bride and Prejudice, with Martin Henderson, I’ve been a huge fan of this blue-eyed actor. What a great idea to have him as a doctor on Off the Map. Unfortunately, the show didn’t last, going off the air in 2011. He’s a fine piece of specimen!


Dr. Mark Sloan (a.k.a. Eric Dane)


I couldn’t leave out one of the obvious hotties from Grey’s Anatomy (next to McSteamy, of course). Eric Dane is one handsome man that I never tire to look at.

Even with all these fabulous, hot doctors, the one who stands out the most in my mind is Dr. Colin Calaway. Want to know why?

He’s incredibly sexy, with a swimmer’s body.

He’s smart – not just book smart, but common sense smart.

He’s funny and flirtatious, just ask Hope.

He’s an amazing father, who despite his busy schedule at the clinic and hospital, always puts his son first.

He’s a Yankees fan. Yep. I said it.

 I’d love to hear who your top sexy doctor is! Leave a comment below so I can check him out.



Melinda is giving away an ecopy of Breaking the Rules and winners choice of a Yankees or Red Sox baseball cap through her tour wide giveaway. Winners must enter via Rafflecopter and will be chosen on July 27.

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A forbidden love affair in the past has led Hope Robinson, a middle school principal, to Harbor Bay, Florida, where she commits herself to play by the rules. This can be difficult for a perpetual klutz, who – even strapped in a cast – has to uphold a competent attitude at all times.

Luckily, she has Dr. Colin Calaway on her side, a widower and father of a student, who is ready to give love another try. When Colin convinces Hope they should explore the connection between them, a steamy romance develops, though it could destroy them both. They must decide if their jobs – and their hearts – are worth the risk.

Sensuality Level: Sensual  (EXCERPT at bottom of post)

BUY Links:


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Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4A_ow8MRw1M


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Melinda Dozier lives in Guatemala, Central America, with her husband, three boys and German Shepherd.

She enjoys being the queen of her household and dreams of being pampered fully by her boys once they’re grown. Learn more about her at www.melindadozier.com.


EXCERPT from Breaking the Rules:

He shook his head. “I can’t believe we’re doing this.”

“Doing what?” She looked around, confusion in her eyes.

“Talking about the weather.” He scooted closer to her, making her back up toward the railing.

“Colin—” A warning came from her mouth.

He scooted her all the way back. “You can’t go around saying stuff like you did back there and just pretend nothing’s happening.”

“I’m sorry, Colin. I didn’t think before I spoke.”

He put his arms around her, holding onto the rail. “Sometimes it’s better to just speak what’s on your mind.” He lifted one hand and caressed her cheek. “Damn it, Hope. Life is too short to ignore the truth and the truth is that we are extremely attracted to each other.”

She opened her mouth, then closed it before saying anything. He was right, but she didn’t know what to do about it.

“Don’t deny it.” He brought his thumb down and touched her bottom lip.

Leaning into his touch, she said, “Remember we’re just friends.”

He shook his head. “To hell with friends, Hope. I haven’t felt like this in so long.” He placed his forehead on hers and leaned in more. Enough that she could feel his quickened breath on her chin.

“Me too.” She sighed. Leaning back, she looked in his eyes. “I know it’s not fair, but we can’t.”

“I’m not going to lie—this is freakin’ frustrating.” He scraped his hand over his face. “I mean, I haven’t been on a date in months, because I just don’t feel it with anyone. Then, when I do feel ‘it,’ I can’t do anything about it.”

She looked down. “I feel the same way and I’m frustrated, too.”

“Then why are we ignoring it? Even the tarot card lady said we should be more than friends.”

She rolled her eyes. “Oh, and she is a knowledgeable source to trust.”

“Just hear me out, Hope.” He stroked her hair, causing her heart to beat faster. “We’ve had an amazing afternoon together.” He pointed back and forth between them. “This is who we really are. You. Me. Hope and Colin. Just two people having an incredible time together. See how much fun we can have if we forget all the labels? No principal, parent, doctor bull crap. Just us.”

She sighed and looked into his eyes. “It has been a great day.”

“You need to just stop thinking about all the reasons why we shouldn’t be together and look at the one reason why we should.” He held her chin up. “Us.”






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