High Anxiety

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High Anxiety

Book 3, Can Stand-Alone

Kate Holly is a psychologist with a few issues of her own. She swore that she wouldn’t marry a fireman when her fireman father died in a fire when she was 10 years old. She did. She has a tendency to count to calm herself down. Not to 10 but things like the pencils on her desk. Kate is also impulsive and caring. That’s why she took care of her ex-husband, Jay, when he was hurt. Of course, she had planned on stopping the divorce but some how it didn’t happen.
Mona Epps is Kate’s receptionist. She doesn’t have to work but does because she’s Kate’s friend. She also has a tendency to “treat” Kate’s patients while their waiting based on Dr Phil. Mona is very conscience of her looks so when she got a rash, there was no way she was coming to work.
After Kate trying to run the office alone, and then, with her mother manning the front desk, Kate finally calls a temp agency. They send a temp right over, Abigail Davis. She seems friendly enough but maybe too friendly. She seems to be slightly off to Kate but she can’t figure out why. Can Kate deal with Abigail until Mona can come back to work?
Well, my summary can’t even come close to giving you an idea of all the fun things going on in this hilarious story. There is something going on from beginning to end with Kate finding herself dealing with a gun waving senior to worrying about Jay fighting a large fire in Florida to delivering a baby in Mona’s bathtub. 
On of the best things about this story are the quirky characters. Not a one doesn’t have some sort of issue or problem which only adds to the humor. Mona while a fashion plate has a hillbilly type mother who is a midwife and healer. Kate’s mother lives with her twin sister where they make a living by turning junk into art. They also still dress alike which can be strange. Their roommate is one of Kate’s patients, a former Marine who has gender issues. As strange as all of these characters are Abigail is even stranger and scarier.
The really weird thing is, I could actually picture all of these people and all of the situations that they found themselves in. Ms Hughes does a wonderful job describing things so you feel as if you are there and involved. 
While there is a bit of a romantic flavor to this story, I couldn’t call it a romance. There is also a mysterious element, yet it’s not exactly your normal mystery novel. What this book can be called is entertainingly funny. 
This was one of those books that I just couldn’t put down. I also couldn’t help laughing as Kate goes from one interesting situation to the next bringing with her chaos and hope. 
This is the third book in a series. I haven’t read the first two yet, and that is a definite yet. I plan of finding them as soon as I can. I didn’t need to read them to thoroughly enjoy High Anxiety. I just like Kate that much. This is one series that will be on my automatic buy list and one that I can’t wait to share with my family and friends.

Book Blurb for High Anxiety

304 pages
The mind is a scary place to explore…
After nursing her hunky firefighter ex-husband Jay Rush back to health, Kate Holly is ready for a little fun, only to get stuck with an anger management group that turns dangerous when a gun-toting granny loses her temper. Kate’s hopes for some frisky business are further put on hold when a monster forest fire erupts several hours south of Atlanta, drawing firefighters by the droves, including Jay.
Kate’s professional life isn’t faring any better. Her patients seem to be getting kookier, her junk-dealing mother and aunt more outrageous, and her secretary is convinced her peculiar rash is something akin to leprosy! Kate is forced to hire oddball temp employee Abigail Davis who becomes fixated with her. If Kate thinks it strange when Abigail’s “makeover” leaves them looking frighteningly identical, she soon has to wonder just how far the troubled young woman will go to in order to win Kate’s affection.

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2009 5.00