Author: Stephanie Evanovich
Published: January 2014, William Morrow
Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Source: Publisher via TLC Book Tours
Holly didn’t expect to be a widow at thirty-two. She also didn’t expect to be so big. After her husband’s death, food was the one thing she could always count on. Then she meets Logan Montgomery, a personal trainer so hot that he makes her sweat in all the right (and so embarrassingly wrong!) places. Charmed by her witty wisecracks and sharp insights, he impulsively offers to help get her back in shape.
To Logan’s (and her own) surprise, Holly turns out to be a natural in the gym, slimming down into a bona fide looker with killer curves—and a new kind of hunger. Before either of them can stop it, the easy intimacy of their training sessions leads to even more steamy workouts away from the gym.
But can a man whose whole life depends on looks commit himself to a woman who doesn’t fit his ideal? Now that Holly’s turning other men’s heads, does she even need Logan anymore? Are they a couple built to last . . . or destined to fizzle?
My thoughts: This is Stephanie Evanovich's debut novel and I have to say it was quite the delightful read. It's a rather quick, charming read that touches on some pretty heavy topics, namely weight and the whole idea of looks can be deceiving. But it's also more than that - it's about liking who you are as a person first and foremost.
I really liked the character of Holly. I felt that she was a relatable character and loved how motivated she was to get her life back on track. I also enjoyed the relationship between Holly and Logan. It seems that while Holly needs to lose some weight and deal with her issues of isolation, Logan has his own issues to work through, namely that his ideal woman was far from what he really wanted. What I loved is that never once did Holly's weight loss become unrealistic - she's a big girl and while she did lose weight, she never became super-model skinny.
This book is filled with romance, one-line zingers and some heart-break. Holly is the type of character you want for a friend and you can't help but find yourself routing for her as she embarks on her journey to not only lose weight, but also to find balance in her life. Don't we all want that?
While most of the story focuses on Holly and Logan, we do meet Logan's best-friends, Chase and Amanda. They have an interesting story themselves and I can't wait to read about it in Stephanie's next book, The Sweet Spot, which is actually the prequel to this one. That comes out this summer and I am definitely looking forward to reading it!!!
About the author: Stephanie Evanovich is a full-fledged Jersey girl who attended New York Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts, performed with several improvisational troupes, and acted in a few small-budget movies, all in preparation for the greatest job she ever had: raising her two sons. Now a full-time writer, she’s an avid sports fan who holds a black belt in tae kwon do.
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