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 was such a fun and entertaining story of Dr. Pilar Alvarez, a young psychologist in South Beach who is trying to fix others’ problems while dealing with many of her own. Her many relationships (family, friends, patients, etc.) always seem to complicate Pilar’s life. She wants nothing more than to help those around her but there are several obstacles that keep getting in her way.
For starters, Pilar has a quite a handful of an ex boyfriend. Victor, a wannabe Rico Suave, can’t seem to accept the fact that Pilar broke up with him and continually tries to weasel his way back into her life. While Victor was a very comedic character, he was very creepy to me. I couldn’t help but envision him as some flashy jewelry wearing sleaze-ball that hit on anything resembling a female.
Then there is Pilar’s family, with each of it’s dynamic members. First of all there is Izzy, her unemployed live-in little sister. Izzy is always getting into trouble and needing Pilar, the peacemaking middle sister, to bail her out and be a buffer between her and their parents. Pilar’s father is the silent type that is there to dole out the cash and keep her mother happy. Pilar’s mother is very much the opposite of her father. Instead, she is an overly emotional and dramatic fixture in Pilar’s life that continuous meddles in every aspect that she can.
On top of ex boyfriend and family drama, Pilar’s career keeps complicating her life as well. Not only are some of her “crazy” patients working their way into her personal life, but Pilar has to deal with a new colleague. Ford is a very attractive and truly generous psychiatrist. However, he is off limits and has the ring to prove it.
All of these circumstance lead In Need of Therapy to be an enjoyable read. There were a few parts that didn’t hold my attention as well as others. But overall, this was a very cute 4 star story that I would recommend to anyone looking for a humorous and relatable read.