Thursday, February 28, 2019

5 stars for The Inside Track (License to Love #3) by Tamsen Parker

Love might mean coming as you are, but staying is a different matter.

Nick Fischer is a screw-up; everyone knows it and they’re not afraid to tell him so. The only thing he’s got going for him is that he plays a reliable rhythm guitar for License to Game, and his big fat bulldog, Princess Fiona, is so ugly she’s cute.

Dempsey Lawrence is a former child star turned financial advisor, and while she’s curious about the hot mess of a man who’s her co-panelist for a presentation on financial literacy, she has no intention of pursuing anything with him. Too loud, too crass, too wild, Nick is altogether too much. Plus, he’s famous and she is so over stardom and everything that comes with it.

Except that when Dempsey gives Nick an inch, he takes a mile and she finds that she doesn’t mind so much. And while Nick may have poor impulse control, he also doesn’t have a judgmental bone in his body. But when Nick brings the pitfalls of stardom to Dempsey’s doorstep, all the attraction in the world might not be enough to promise a happily ever after.

What I thought about Inside Track

When I first started reading Inside Track I was a bit worried about Nick's internal thoughts.  He's got ADHD and Tamsen Parker does an awesome job of making you feel like you are in his head.  It was a little hard to take his thought patterns at first, but he's so guileless and sweet that I couldn't help falling for him.  He ends up having to do some community service at a school and "meets" Dempsey over a video conferencing session she delivers after his presentation.

Nicky is immediately intrigued, but what he doesn't know is that Dempsey has severe anxiety and agoraphobia (why she was talking about financial planning via video conferencing technology).

What transpires after that is a really sweet story of two people who find each other and love. I just absolutely adored this book and I applaud Tamsen Parker for writing such a sensitive story about these issues and the impact these mental illnesses can have on a person.  Nicky knows his limitations, and so does Dempsey, although they have some new challenges with their health issues as they grow closer to each other.

This is a special book. I felt uplifted at the end of this and it reinforced my thoughts on the power of love.  I don't want to say more than that so I don't spoil it, but I really loved this story, and the characters, including Fiona, Nick's dog.  Everything was just right for me in this wonderfully offbeat and uniquely fresh love story.  It truly made my heart sing.

An ARC was provided for review.

 About Tamsen Parker

Tamsen Parker is a stay-at-home mom by day, USA Today bestselling erotic romance writer by naptime. She lives with her family outside of Boston, where she tweets too much, sleeps too little and is always in the middle of a book. Aside from good food, sweet rieslings and gin cocktails, she has a fondness for monograms and subway maps. She should really start drinking coffee.

1 comment:

Northwoman said...

It sounds like a special book. Great review! I'm glad you enjoyed it. Anne - Books of My Heart

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