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 Katherine "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?
For a long time, having been somewhat new to the scene of the F/F romance novel world, I drank from a lot list of books, one after the other after the other. A sort of, literary thirst that I couldn't really quench because I hadn't ever really thought to read the genre (although it suits me so well). Everything was (at least a little) exciting. I didn't care so much about exposition, plot, or grammar as I read book after book.
Eventually, the novelty wore off and all of the building blocks of good books that I had ignored for a while started to creep up on me. I'd start books - I must have started 10 of them, at least - just to grunt and delete them from my kindle. I found my English major roots come back to me. It turns out, I can't ignore stiffly starched prose that hobbles its way down the plot on formula and phrases that ought to be re-worked. It seems I'm a much harsher critic than I thought I was.
Just Physical, on the other hand, let me release a breath of thank-goodness-somebody-knows-the-difference-between-your-and-you're. Formulaic or not - and with or without comparison to my misspent moments on other, less worthy books - Just Physical was enjoyable. Enjoyable enough, in fact, that I purchased the other two books in the series even though this one came free to me on NetGalley.
The characters are likeable, if not a little one-dimensional (Jill is an actress with MS; Crash is a stunt woman who is afraid of fire - these are their primary signifiers). That being said, Jae dragged out the romance long enough that when Jill and Crash finally 'got together' it was like a wonderful itch being scratched.
Was Just Physical the best book I've ever read? No, certainly not - nor do I think it ever aimed to be. But was it fun? Yes. Sexy? Yes. And it was a welcome change from a long line of books that I won't mention, because they just aren't worth your time.
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