Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Review: The Rebound Girl (Getting Physical #1) by Tamara Morgan
Plastic surgeon Whitney Vidra knows all about getting over a cheating ex. She followed her boyfriend halfway around the world before she found out about his infidelity. Now she's focusing on her career and her friends, and using men just for single-serving, no-strings fun. Until she meets charming Matt Fuller.
Newly single Matt is captivated by the vibrant Whitney, in every way the opposite of his cheating ex-wife. When he confesses to Whitney that he hasn't had sex since his divorce, she volunteers to be his rebound girl. But Matt's not a no-commitment kind of guy—he's either all in, or all out.
Whitney is determined to remain attachment-free, but Matt is equally determined to prove to her that what they have is more than just a rebound fling.
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I’ve been wanting to read The Derby Girl – book #2 in the Getting Physical series by Tamara Morgan since reading this review over at Dear Author last year. But as you know I already have way too many books to read so I just never got around to it. Then I noticed that The Rebound Girl was on sale for .99 so I snapped it up along with The Derby Girl to give me the push I needed.
Well, three days later – I read those two plus an ARC of The Party Girl (Getting Physical #3 – release date: Feb 3rd, 2014)). I love this series! It was so much fun. I tend to read romance novels on auto pilot these days. They are so predictable. While the basic structure is in place with the series romances, it’s the characters that were a breath of fresh air. Morgan has a way of taking the bad boy, the tough girl, the jaded girl and gently pushing the boundaries to give us flawed, vibrant people.
But back to The Rebound Girl….
Matt is totally my kind of guy. A kindergarten teacher - slightly nerdy and awkward - with values that he sticks to with a stubborn tenacity. Whitney is a snarky, bold, sexually confident plastic surgeon that wants to sleep with Matt. Now.
Whitney is someone who is the polar opposite from me, and honestly I wouldn't even want to be like her, but I still liked her quite a bit. While reading reviews I noticed how many readers were put off by her and I can see that but I’m glad I didn’t read those before I started. I can be very hard on characters but Whitney worked for me. For one, I’ve read about 100’s of guys in romance novels that are just as bold as Whitney and we swoon. And while I do think Whitney occasionally crossed the line – those actions had consequences.
And holy hotness these two were beyond sexy and perfect together!
Whitney and Matt are two deeply flawed characters and I thought Morgan did a fantastic job of walking that line where you feel compassion for, rather than irritation with thier actions. I did want to shake them both at times but I got where they were coming from and still rooted for them.
My one nitpick would be the abrupt POV changes within a chapter. I had to stop and refocus. I guess I'm used to alternating chapters for characters and it took me a little bit to get used to that.
The Party Girl is .99 until Saturday.
I highly recommend this whole series if you’re looking for angsty romance that still allows the characters to function, have professional careers and friendships. I was so impressed by the relationships outside of the romance and how, even when things got bad, they didn’t just wallow in despair.
These people aren’t cookie cutter perfect, you will get annoyed at them, but I had a hell of a lot of fun yelling at them and rooting for their HEA, which I don't say very often.