“Steph Nuss has woven a lighthearted story that brought me to my knees on numerous occasions with its addictive writing and swoonworthy characters.” – Candy at Prisoners of Print
“Max and Whitley’s chemistry was immediate and palpable, making it impossible not to fall for them both.” – Stephanie Rose, author of Rewrite and the Second Chances series
5 out of 5 stars
I tend to read a lot of books that are in the middle of a series, but somehow I managed to read the last book in the series. Normally, this would very much upset me, but I have to say, the author did a great job of filling us in on who the other characters were.
Inspired by You is the story of Whitley Gonzalez, single mom to 8-year old Zane. She works as the volunteer coordinator at a hospital, and is quite surprised to hear that Max Waters, the Sexiest Man Alive and star of Marvel movies, is volunteering at her hospital as part of community service. Whitley has buried herself in her work and being a mom, and often forgets she is a young woman as well.
Max tries to live under the radar, but as a star in the Marvel universe, the paparazzi follows him around quite frequently. He is happy to do his community service, and is pleasantly surprised by Whitley, who instantly stereotypes him and doesn’t give him a chance to show who he really is.
As it turns out, Max is an incredible guy. Max and Whitley have similar backgrounds, but Whitley has decided to be as charitable as she can. She and Zane work at a homeless shelter together once per week.
Once Whitley finally agrees to give Max a chance, she is incredibly surprised to realize what a sweet and caring guy he is. He is very loyal to his friends, and he is very kind of his fans. Zane is a big fan of Max and the character he plays in the MCU. He and Zane instantly connect over their love of comic books and baseball.
Zane was a very cute kid, and very much a tell it like it is kind of kid. My son is very much like this, so I was able to relate to him quickly. I really liked Whitley – she always put others in front of herself.
Max, despite being a big star, was really a great guy who went out of his way to protect those he loved and cared about. The side characters, who made up the first five books of the series, were all very likable as well.
This is a 5 star read and I would highly recommend it.