Title – Inspired By You
Author – Steph Nuss
Publication Date – May 10, 2018
Series – Love in the City #6
Fame made him selfish.
Hollywood heartthrob, Maxton Waters, has just been named the World’s Sexiest Man Alive. Women fantasize about him. Men want to be him. The paparazzi continuously follow him. His ego is definitely larger than his heart.
Poverty made her grateful.
Whitley Gonzalez has made a life for herself after growing up in and out of homeless shelters. Now a hardworking nurse, she spends her spare time raising her son alone and giving back to the community that helped raise her.
But when Max is sentenced to hours of community services and placed under the single mom’s thumb, working together proves harder than they ever expected, inspiring an unlikely love in the city.
Love. Adore. Smitten for. Crazy about. Infatuated with. There just aren’t enough ways to accurately describe how much I fell for Inspired By You. Steph Nuss has woven a lighthearted story that brought me to my knees on numerous occasions with its addictive writing and swoonworthy characters. I’ve been with this author from the start and I’ve waited (im)patiently for this book. Well, it was without a doubt her best novel to date and one hundred percent worth the wait!
“Max couldn’t take his eyes or hands off of me. He admired me like I was the other half he’d been searching for his entire life.”
Nuss has written characters that felt timeless, like puzzle pieces that were just meant to go together. Whitley was the very embodiment of the word independence. As a single mom, she learned to build her walls high and make them indestructible. I loved how protective she was of Zane, whose personality shone bright on his own. I’d be remiss not to mention how hard I fell in love with his sweet, compassionate innocence. As a mom, I could easily see reflections of myself in Whitley; how we sometimes forget that underneath all the masks we wear, we’re women who deserve to feel love and be loved in returned. We had previously met Max and he certainly had a lot to redeem himself for. It was such a beautiful journey to see just how that happened in this book. He was so down to earth and understanding, always wanting to do the right thing by those around him. The guilt he held urged him to be a better man, forcing me to smile and butterflies to flutter in my stomach. However, what truly sold me on him was the way he constantly thought of Zane and took his needs into consideration. It’s hard not to fall in love with a man who falls head over heels for a woman’s child. The relationship that Max develops with Zane will have readers’ hearts melting time and time again.
“Bodies flushed, standing together in a quiet hallway, we found home again in each other’s arms.”
I love that I can always count on Steph Nuss to deliver a story filled with romance, tenderness, and awe-inducing sweetness. Inspired By You was one of those light-hearted relationships that doesn’t introduce conflict just to drive the story forward. Instead, the heartfelt emotions and transformations of the characters move the novel along and make you feel lighter just for experiencing it. Of all the books in the Love in the City series, Inspired By You is by far my favorite (and that’s saying something). If you haven’t picked up this series yet, you’re seriously missing out. I can’t recommend it enough!
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Don’t miss the rest of the Love in the City Series:
Wanted by You (Love in the City #1)
Fantasized By You (Love in the City, #2)
Pleasured by You (Love in the City #3)
Cherished by You (Love in the City #4)
Challenged By You (Love in the City #5)
Changed by You (Love in the City #7) – Coming Soon!
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Steph Nuss was born and raised in rural Kansas, where she currently resides with her black Labrador son named Gunner. She grew up with a passion for reading and writing. When she’s not immersed into the land of fiction, she enjoys listening to music that came before her time, watching movies and reruns of her favorite shows, and hanging out with her family and friends. She also has a bachelor’s degree in psychology that she’ll never use…unless she’s profiling her characters of course.