because bibliophiles require refreshment

Deliver Me by Farrah Rochon



Deliver Me is the first of Rochon’s Holmes Brothers series, which is set in New Orleans. This book is about Monica and Eli who are both doctors at a hospital in the city. They meet under less than awesome circumstances – Eli assumes Monica is a nurse and speaks to her wholly inappropriately – even if she was a nurse!

The two bond over a fundraising project for a parenting center in the city and after a few speed bumps in the forms of past baggage, they find their happily ever after.

I adored this book and went to purchase the next two in the series as soon as I finished. It ticked a lot of my boxes – there’s a family that acts more like a tribe than a family, a rich setting written so that I feel ready to book a vacation, a slow burn romance with exceptional sex. I loved how Eli and Monica learned each other and how they learned each other’s worlds. And, to be honest, I can’t wait to check in on them as soon as I start the next book.

For regular readers of the blog, you know I’m trying to be conscious of reading books written by non-white authors. Romancelandia is a vast country and I’m realizing more and more that I have only but dipped my toe into the vast wonders of it. I heard Rochon interviewed on a podcast and put her immediately on my TBR list. As my TBR list is probably in the thousands by now, I wasn’t sure how soon I’d get to her! However, a stroke of fortune moved this book to the top of the list and boy am I glad it did.

One of the things with books about cultures that aren’t yours is that they can either serve as windows into that world or barriers to it. This book is a window. I never felt unwelcome in this story or confused. Instead, Rochon made me feel like I could pull up a chair at a family dinner and be fully welcomed.

I can’t quite explain why, but this book deserves a bold drink. Either a red wine – think Cab Sav – or a whiskey. My current favorite Cab Sav is from Rose Bank Winery in Newtown, PA. If you can get your hands on it, check out their reserve vintage. Whiskey is a standard Bushmills Black Bush blend.


Further Reading:

  • Books about New Orleans
  • Food plays a huge part of this story – and I would imagine any book set in the Big Easy! Check out this list of starter recipes to satisfy the cravings this book will absolutely start up.
  • Hospitals in New Orleans are still recovering from Katrina. Check out this article from the New York Times about a particularly recent re-opening.


I got a copy of this book direct from the author with no obligation to review.