Published by: Self-Published
Format: Kindle e-book
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Reviewed by: Erin
What kind of awesome can you expect inside: Featuring a fat heroine, a smitten hero, the agonies and ecstasies of exercise, lots of laughs, and incendiary sex.
Plot: Violet Ryan loves the delicious food she gets to eat on the reality shows she produces for The Food Channel. What she hates is her expanding waistline. Determined to drop the pounds, Violet hatches a plan to kick start a fitness regimen. But when her determination isn’t enough to get her through even one intense group class without breaking down into tears, she knows she needs a new approach and possibly a new trainer—one with a lighter touch.
Grant Gibson has always managed to mix business with pleasure, but now this trainer by day, and Dominant by night, is bored. Bored and lonely. Even though he owns one of L.A.’s hottest private gyms, his personal life is sorely lacking. After his last submissive tried to kidnap his dog and the contents of his bank account, he’s in no hurry to take a new lover under his wing. Not until the voluptuous Violet falls into his lap.
She may be wary of his unorthodox approach of using sexual gratification as a reward, but even before her initial weigh-in Violet can’t seem to stay away from the sexy fitness god. She may have to let Grant show her there’s more than one way to get in shape…
Review: I read this book sprawled on my bed, literally kicking my feet in glee and giggling the whole time I was reading it. Before I get into the rest of the review, let me put some things to rest:
- The heroine is fat.
- The hero loves her and is attracted to her while she is fat, without fetishizing her.
- He’s a personal trainer and part of the story has to do with her wanting to get in better shape, but she doesn’t lose a lot of weight. She’s not magically “fixed.”
There, don’t those three things alone make you want to read the story? You want more? Ok. Violet is a workaholic, producing shows for the Food Channel. She has one good friend, who she also works with, and decompresses from her long workdays with late nights and cocktails.
Grant is part-owner of a private gym, and also a part-time Dom. He also has possibly the most delightful secret past of any hero I’ve read about recently.
Grant is immediately smitten with Violet, and she’s immediately in lust with him. There’s a clear attraction, but both are hesitant to cross the boundary from a professional connection to something more. Grant makes the first move, offering to initiate her into the BDSM lifestyle in a hysterically awkward scene that had me howling. (Not hyperbole. I had tears running down my face. This book is funny.)
Of course, they find their way to each other’s beds and each other’s hearts. The sex scenes are as smoking hot as the gorgeous cover promises, and the BDSM element is present, but not very intense. You can really see why these two just plain like each other, which is wonderful to see in an erotic novella. There is so much playfulness and affection in this book.
One of the things I enjoyed about this novella, which I noticed even more strongly in the other two books in the series, is how much attention and care is given to Grant and Violet’s professional lives. They are good at their jobs, they sometimes can’t meet because of job obligations, and they both clearly take pride in what they do. It’s nice to see someone’s vocation used as more than just a backdrop. As I said, it’s more obvious when you read the whole series, (and you’ll want to) but I really appreciated that about her writing.
Things you might not like: There are some light BDSM elements.
Things I loved: A hero and heroine who have fun together, a fat heroine who gets to be sexy AND discover her love of exercise, hot sex scenes, job competence.