Swoony Saturdays – Dr. David Ross

by | Apr 15, 2017 | Fiction Book Reviews, Swoony Saturdays | 6 comments

Welcome! Welcome!

Swoony Saturdays are your opportunity to be introduced to a book hero who fits high quality hero characteristics. (okay, so he just makes us weak in the knees for all kinds of reasons, but you get the point)

The photos involved are chosen as the most representative of the heroes featured, so IF they look like someone you’ve seen before, that’s almost entirely accidental.

David Ross


Dr. David Ross

Where can we find this dreamboat?

The Thorn Keeper by Pepper Basham (released February, 2016)

Personality Summary

Looking for a focused, driven personality? You’ll find it in our hero for today. Dr. David Ross is devoted to his work in helping WWI soldiers recuperate and heal, and he’s not above allowing anyone to help him in his cause, even if that means stepping outside of social convention and befriending an unwed mother. David has a tremendous wealth of compassion but also a strict moral compass, so when Catherine’s reformed life begins to push at self-imposed safeguards he’s placed around his life, he has to reexamine his faith…and his heart. Once he makes the decision to love her, his faithful pursuit and gentle wooing, break down the barriers of self-deprecation and worthlessness Catherine continued to struggle with. David’s focus, as a surgeon, takes a whole new precision when he makes the decision to love her. His faithful pursuit and gentle wooing break down all of her excuses of being unworthy and unlovable. Oh, what a romance!!!

What makes us swoon?

#tasteslikeChristmas  – Enough said, we can all go home now. As long as that includes reading The Thorn Keeper immediately….

His heart. His compassion. He is a doctor…. His capacity for love.

He doesn’t give his heart easily, but when he does choose to love, there’s no going back.

His tenderness towards Catherine. His ability to see past her “scars” to the woman she truly is.

He is undoubtedly one of Pepper Basham’s best characters, he is in all three books and his steady, calm demeanor is amazing. David’s conversation with Katherine about Jesus is one of my favorite book scenes ever.  It’s not an easy thing to make something so intensely personal and internal, flow externally onto a written page. But Pepper did it. And those letters! He is a hopeless romantic when paired with the right woman. – Rebecca Maney

On a kiss factor, David smolders. I needed a fan for the hallway scene. Peppermint, grins, refusing to be ruffled, his heart, compassion, wooing ability. Oh, and that dimple! As well as his pursuit of Catherine.

Swoony barely begins to describe him. You need a fan for his wrist-kisses alone. His strength, encouragement, and constant response of GRACE toward Catherine make him my favorite! Plus #tasteslikeChristmas & supply rooms & his fascination with Catherine’s hair.

(A huge thank you to the team for your collaboration!)

A Note from Rachel: For FUN…Check out this new song from Beauty & the Beast. Dan Stevens is quite swoon worthy as the Beast…and his VOICE! *sigh* I admit that I have had this soundtrack on repeat 24/7.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPcxqpMbcSg]

Kissing level of such swooniness

David is a solid four, if not 4.9, but his sassy companion pulls him up to a 5 pretty quickly when they’re alone together. Their kisses are so memorable they even have their own hashtag…#tasteslikechristmas

“No one has ever touched my soul with a kiss.”

Basic Hero Type

Knightley’s description fits David perfectly, but his determination, slight stubbornness, and passionate nature are a lot like Darcy. Plus there’s a meddlesome aunt! (Thanks to Courtney for this lovely description!)

How can I meet this swoony mister? 

Dr. Ross can be found throughout the Penned in Time series. However, his book is The Thorn Keeper. You can find it on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Don’t forget to add it to Goodreads as well.


Kissing Levels & Hero Types


  1. courtney207

    This is the week I’ve been waiting for! Ah! David is tied with Wes as my favorite of your heroes. They are both different yet swoony and determined in their own ways.

    This post is making me want to reread parts of TTK AGAIN! Thank you for the shoutout! #tasteslikeChristmas

    • pepperbasham

      That pic of Dan Stevens has me swooning 😉 LOL. But YES! Oh my goodness, Courtney, I love David Ross! He’s such a great match for Kat. And…I’m ready to go reread a few scenes myself 😉

      • courtney207

        Oh yes, that picture! I didn’t know how much I liked him until Beauty and the Beast LOL! He’s the perfect David.

  2. Beth Erin

    Heaven Help ME! 😍 Great kissing scene!

  3. lelandandbecky

    Yep! I’m swooning!! TTK was my favorite until I read JTWYA! But TTB is still my favorite on Audio! ~sigh~

    • pepperbasham

      TTB on Audio is REMARKABLE!!!!!!



  1. April Happenings – The Green Mockingbird - […] of my favorite book heroes (ahem, book boyfriends) on one of her “Swoony Saturday” posts. It is Dr. DAVID…
  2. Swoony Saturdays – Charlie Lionheart – Pepper D Basham - […] 100% fan girl! I am SO excited to share one of MY favorite heroes with you today (Wes and…

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Meet Pepper

Subscribe to Blog

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This