In Need of Therapy by Tracie Banister
Lending a sympathetic ear and dispensing sage words of advice is all part of the job for psychologist Pilar Alvarez, and she’s everything a good therapist should be: warm, compassionate, supportive. She listens, she cares, and she has all the answers, but how’s the woman everyone turns to in their hour of need supposed to cope when her own life starts to fall apart?
While working hard to make a success of her recently-opened practice in trendy South Beach, Pilar must also find time to cater to the demands of her boisterous Cuban family, which includes younger sister Izzy, an unemployed, navel-pierced wild child who can't stay out of trouble, and their mother, a beauty queen turned drama queen who’s equally obsessed with her fading looks and getting Pilar married before it’s “too late.” Although she’d like to oblige her mother and make a permanent love connection, Pilar’s romantic prospects look grim. Her cheating ex, who swears that he’s reformed, is stalking her. A hunky, but strictly off-limits, patient with bad-boy appeal and intimacy issues is making passes. And the sexy shrink in the suite across the hall has a gold band on his left ring finger.
When a series of personal and professional disasters lead Pilar into the arms of one of her unsuitable suitors, she's left shaken, confused, and full of self-doubt. With time running out, she must make sense of her feelings and learn to trust herself again so that she can save her business, her family, and most importantly, her heart.
In Need of Therapy, Tracie Banister's second novel, has been on my TBR list since I finished Blame it on the Fame. I've been so busy reading other books by my new amazing Indie author friends, that I kept putting it off. I wish I hadn't! This story was so much fun to read. I was drawn into Pilar's world and her problems. She is your typical "middle-child" adult: the mediator, the one who gets taken advantage of, the one who just wants peace and love. That's the last thing she gets, though. I could relate to her need to keep the peace, to cover up for her sister - even though having her sister live with her disrupted Pilar's life to the point of frustration.
The angst between Pilar and her ex-boyfriend was really fun to read and I know I kept rolling my eyes like "Is he ever gonna get it?!?!" And the antics from Pilar's mother had me in stitches, so dramatic and lovable. And when one of the nephews caught the couch on fire?? Oh my gosh, tears streaming down my cheeks from laughing! I feel like if I say much more, I'm going to give away the book and I don't want to do that.
Ms. Banister's characters are well-drawn out, the extra bits of setting make the story come alive and the way all of her characters relate to each other - well it makes you wonder if she has a huge whiteboard hanging on the wall with arrows pointing this way and that. This book really does have it all and that's one of the things I love about Ms. Banister's work. There's something for everyone in the stories - that and there are stories within the stories. I love the depth of each novel. You'd be crazy not to buy it and add to your Tracie Banister collection!
As always, thank you for reading my review and for supporting Indie authors!