*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*
Jeremy Johnson has struggled with his weight most of his life, but his recent gain has finally made him realize that he’s ready for something new. Deciding to make a change for the better, he dedicates himself to implementing a new diet and exercise program that he hopes will whip him into shape. He makes himself a promise that he intends to keep, but it doesn’t help that he’s working for a food-focused blog where he spends his days writing about delicious, forbidden food that he knows he’s not supposed to indulge in.
But when the blog he writes for is purchased by a fitness company, he realizes he’s going to be the odd man out among his new fit, attractive coworkers. On his first day, he meets the infamous Ryan Bennett, a man known for his dedication to all things fitness. Muscles, cockiness, and a trademark smile all seem natural to Ryan, but no one seems to know if he’s attracted to men or women.
With encouragement from Ryan, Jeremy decides to shape up his life, work on his attitude, and rebuild his physique, but he soon discovers that it isn’t as easy as he originally thought. While maneuvering his way toward a new lifestyle, he watches as Ryan charms and teases every man – and woman – in his vicinity. But when Jeremy senses a flirtatious vibe from Ryan, he’s forced to choose between allowing his weight to define him or ditching his old insecurities for a shot at something exciting.
There is less to say about the blurb since it’s so long. I liked this book because of the character and how nice the topic losing weight was managed.
Jeremy and Ryan are pleasant character but to fully (no pun intended) give 5 stars there was something missing and I have to honest say: it was the character depth. Jeremy was good displayed, his struggle were plausible, his low willpower too but he surprised me.
Ryan on the other hand was a bit flat, though I liked him, but I didn’t saw too much from him. I really wished the two guys could bond a bit more and the events at the end were different.
The end is also a thing I have to reduce half an start, which leads to 4 instead of 4.5 stars… The ending was a bit exagerrated and close to be “too much”. I understand what was the purpose but the realisation was a bit weak.
There was constant chemistry between Ryan and Jeremy but a lot of potential was given away…
Though these small things the book was entertaining and I was losely reminded of N.R. Walker’s The Weight of it all, but can say that Jason Collins created his own story. But it’s charming to read another story about a guy who is not in “right shape” and couples with a sporty guy. 🙂
4 out of 5 stars. 🙂 I see definitely improvements to the other books by the author, things I have complained. 🙂