The Derby Girl by Tamara Morgan: Review

September 18, 2013 Reviews 0

The Derby GirlRoller derby girl Gretchen “Honey Badger” Badgerton lives in the moment, no apologies. Like every woman in Pleasant Park with a pulse, she finds Dr. Jared Fine irresistible, but she’s taken by surprise when her unattainable new neighbor asks her out.

On paper, Jared is the perfect man: gorgeous, wealthy and charitable. But his golden image is just that, and opening an upstate practice is a welcome chance to start a new life. When Gretchen stops to help him with a flat tire, he’s intrigued by her feisty attitude—and her sexy body art. There’s something refreshing about being with a take-charge woman who doesn’t expect him to be anything but himself.

Though Gretchen is hesitant to shatter Jared’s “bad girl” illusion of her, she has to face facts: she’s fallen for the good doctor. She’s used to putting everyone else’s needs before hers, but as their relationship heats up, can she handle having someone take care of her for a change?

When it was hinted in The Rebound Girl that Jared would be the hero of a future story, I wondered how on earth Tamara Morgan was going to redeem him enough in the eyes of the reader. Let’s face it, he comes across as a bit of a self-interested douche at times. And there is the little issue of his cheating…

I’m more than happy to say job well done, Tamara!

There could be no less likely partner (on paper!) for Jared than Gretchen Badgerton. He’s a well-known plastic surgeon with a reputation for grand humanitarian work. She’s a heavily tattooed perpetual student who makes coffee and plays roller derby.

This should have been the death knell for any potential relationship, but boy, are these two just perfect for each other. Jared sees past the tattoos and surly exterior to the real Gretchen and he wants what he sees. I love how she brings out the protector and nice guy in him. Oh, and I just love how Gretchen pulls Jared up on his arrogant and often self-important attitude – this is obviously something not too many people have done before – and encourages him to show the good side of himself.

The physical and emotional chemistry between Jared and Gretchen is smoking hot. Tamara Morgan does the sexytimes so very well – their encounters are passionate and sexy and real. I loved that their flaws weren’t wallpapered over, they were explored and this made for a greater believability.

What I really enjoyed about this book, and its predecessor, is the humour and charm of the characters and the town. The supporting characters are a hoot – Whitney and her filter-free opinions, and the rest of the clinic crew insinuating their way into the burgeoning relationship between Jared and Gretchen make for some very funny reading.

I really do hope that this is not the end for the Getting Physical series and the people of Pleasant Park – a story for Kendra would be lovely!

My rating: 4.5 out of 5

Release date: 26 August 2013

Purchase Links: Amazon – Carina Press – iBookstore – Nook

Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book by Carina Press via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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