Genre: Multicultural Romance
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 384
Date of Publication: November 2, 2021
My Rating: 5 Stars
"The perfect feel-good read."—Emily Henry, #1 New York Times bestselling author of People We Meet on Vacation
Britta didn’t plan on falling for her personal trainer, and Wes didn’t plan on Britta. Plans change and it's unclear if love, career, or both will meet them at the finish line.
Britta Colby works for a lifestyle website, and when tasked to write about her experience with a hot new body-positive fitness app that includes personal coaching, she knows it's a major opportunity to prove she should write for the site full-time.
As CEO of the FitMi Fitness app, Wes Lawson finally has the financial security he grew up without, but despite his success, his floundering love life and complicated family situation leaves him feeling isolated and unfulfilled. He decides to get back to what he loves—coaching. Britta’s his first new client and they click immediately.
As weeks pass, she’s surprised at how much she enjoys experimenting with her exercise routine. He’s surprised at how much he looks forward to talking to her every day. They convince themselves their attraction is harmless, but when they start working out in person, Wes and Britta find it increasingly challenging to deny their chemistry and maintain a professional distance.
Wes isn’t supposed to be training clients, much less meeting with them, and Britta’s credibility will be sunk if the lifestyle site finds out she’s practically dating the fitness coach she’s reviewing. Walking away from each other is the smartest thing to do, but running side by side feels like the start of something big.
As this books starts, the author mentions how our heroine lives her best life although she is fat (author's words).
I love it...
What a wonderful read and I am glad to be sharing my review now. Britta and Wes. Wes may be the CEO of his own company, but that doesn't mean his life is easy. His long-standing relationship combusted just as he was finally ready to pop the question. Moreso, his family life is really strained - his mother is an addict and his sister is MIA.
Then we have Britta, beautiful in her own skin, with body positivity being a partial focus of her life. Her weight does not take away from her beauty. Of that she is certain. However, as a writer for a lifestyle website, she finds herself working with Wes as she composes her newest article. Wes becomes her coach and Britta needs this to work in order to get the full-time hours she has been aiming for.
Wes and Britta hit it off right way - even after their first meeting where Britta finds herself injured. Their relationship skirts the boundaries of becoming personal, but neither seem to be able to stop the frisson of attraction that they share. However, it soon becomes that their attraction goes far beyond the physical, but considering their professional roles it seems doubtful that things will go anywhere.
What a wonderful read that shows that attraction transcends outward appearance, and that said outward appearance can display true beauty. True beauty that reaches the heart. However, this book does hit on some serious subjects. Not only is our heroine plus-sized and focused on a strong regimen, we learn why she works so hard. The issue of fat-shaming is clearly shown. Then there is the issue of drug use for one of the secondary characters.
If you haven't already read a book by Denise Williams, then this book would be a perfect start. I would also like to recommend her previous book, How to Fail at Flirting, I love this author and how she manages to write such compelling books.
Many thanks to Berkley Romance and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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