Title: Just Physical (The Hollywood Series #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Jae (Ylva Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: December 2nd 2015- 368 pages
After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, twenty-five-year-old Jill Corrigan takes herself off the romantic market. Not wanting to become a burden to a potential partner, she focuses on her career as an actress instead. On the set of a disaster movie, she meets stunt woman Kristine “Crash” Patterson, whose easy smile instantly makes Jill wish things were different.
Meanwhile, Crash is trained to fall, but she didn’t count on falling in love. Despite their growing feelings for each other, Jill resolves to let Crash into her bed, but not her heart. As they start to play with fire on and off camera, will they really be able to keep things just physical?
This was an interesting read. First of all, Jae writes so well that there isn’t much I don’t like of her work. The characters have depth, and personality, making the reader become invested in how they handle the conflicts in their lives. Jae makes us care about the characters’ trials and tribulations. And all the while, she entrances us with the building romance that twines around Jill and Crash, despite Jill’s efforts to push it away. And that is really what this book is about. Jill was diagnosed with MS and decided to stop living. She still struggles to prove that she can do everything she used to professionally. But in her personal life, she’s decided that she can’t put anybody else through what might happen to her, so she’s sworn off intimate, romantic relationships. Suddenly, a sexy stuntwoman crashes into her life and can’t let her go. At its most basic, this is a story about fear, and perhaps about finding someone who either makes us feel safe, or able to push past the fear in order to get to a better place. I really liked the look into the life of someone living with MS, and I liked that both characters end up taking advantage of support groups that give them insight into what they might be facing. I like getting information in this way because I think it opens me up to diversity in a way that allows me to identify with what they’re going through. This, in turn, allows me to view those differences in a way that allows me to respect and appreciate them. The MS and how Jill feels about it was the major obstacle to the relationship developing between her and Crash. But there was so much more to this story. The scenes of the movie set were intriguing, as were the glimpses into what goes into making movie stunts. Crash’s previous experiences were an integral part of Jill’s ability to feel like an equal partner in the relationship between the two. The one thing I didn’t like in this book was that Jill’s stubbornness passes a point not of credibility, but of tolerance. It’s difficult to like that part of her personality, so it’s even more difficult to see how Crash can not only tolerate it, but keep coming back for more, like a puppy who’s been kicked coming back for a nice pat on the head. Otherwise, I loved the story. And I missed Damage Control, so now I’m going to have to go back and pick that one up too. Can’t wait for more.
I really warmed to this story and the characters in it. Jill obviously had trouble accepting her illness and she was so vulnerable and afraid. I could see why she wouldn’t want to burden Crash but felt so frustrated with her when she kept pushing her away. The writer really went into depth on the issue of relationships between the able bodied and those with disabilities. Crash was a wonderful, thoughtful and loving character. She was there whatever happened and I wanted her to have her happily ever after. The love scenes between the two were sizzling and loving at the same time.
The other characters, who I believe Jae wrote about in previous books, were so integral to the story. I now want to go and read their stories as there were hints of how interesting they could be. The Hollywood setting was fascinating and I wanted to know more about it all.
A really thought provoking read.