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 Kristine “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?
Just Physical, with lots of love
Angst, fear, stubbornness, independence, denial, ableism, and finally the power of love are the hallmarks of this novel. Imagine this: a medical illness diagnosis upends your life plans. Your ambitious life built with blood, sweat and tears dissolves beneath your feet. Our heroines are Jill and Crash/Kristine, who meet 18 months after Jill’s MS diagnosis. Jill is an actress and Crash a stuntwoman. After an initial misunderstanding, they build a friendship, but bubbling under the surface is intense attraction. Jill keeps pushing Crash away because she can’t envision a relationship due to her illness. Who in her right mind would want a relationship with someone with terrible medical problems? The flip side of that is who in her right mind would shun love in her life? A central question of the book is; is a relationship with someone with an illness inherently unequal? In the end, Jill develops self acceptance and that allows her to be a full participant in all her relationships including Crash. Just Physical is more than a great novel, it’s important.