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The world of fitness apparel isn't ready for Beverly Lewis. She hates the gym, is nice to everybody, and shops at Ross Dress for Less. When she's not teaching preschool, she's wearing yoga pants . . . to nap in. So when she inherits her estranged grandfather's fitnesswear company in San Francisco, nobody expects her to keep it. Fite Fitness needs a heartless suit to save iThe world of fitness apparel isn't ready for Beverly Lewis. She hates the gym, is nice to everybody, and shops at Ross Dress for Less. When she's not teaching preschool, she's wearing yoga pants . . . to nap in. So when she inherits her estranged grandfather's fitnesswear company in San Francisco, nobody expects her to keep it. Fite Fitness needs a heartless suit to save it from bankruptcy, not a thirty-year-old woman who cries when her students leave for kindergarten.Someone like Liam Johnson. A former Olympic swimmer, Liam is Fite's executive vice president. Unlike Bev, he's devoted his life to Fite's success. Managing one little preschool teacher--and his attraction to her--shouldn't be an issue. Right?But Bev's tired of being underpaid and underrated, and refuses to step aside as an obedient figurehead. To everyone's shock and horror, she moves up to San Francisco, sets up an office, and dives into the business. Nothing--not mockery, not exercise, not sabotage, not a disastrously hot night with her aggravating VP--is going to scare her away.As Liam realizes she's tougher than she looks, he discovers that losing Fite might not be nearly as bad as losing her . . . A story about the pursuit of love, happiness, and the perfect yoga pants, Love Handles will speak to anyone who's ever had to face what scares her most.Warning: contains at least two loves scenes and a happy ending....

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  • Carmen
    2019-06-23 10:28

    She closed and locked the door, letting out her breath in a whoosh. He was barefoot. Wearing an apron. In her kitchen.It's true what they said about porn: "you know it when you see it."Occasionally I wander through Amazon and pick up a free, self-published e-book. Just to see what's up. Usually, this is an unmitigated disaster. See: The Big, Not-So-Small, Curvy Girls, BBW Romance, Dating Agency. ANYWAY. These tend to be romances and if they are about a heroine who is in some way marginalized, so much the better. This was marketed as a plus-size romance. Jeez, I hate that term. Romance with a fat heroine. Phew, much better. However, I maintain that this is NOT actually a romance with a fat heroine.Bev is 30 and she is a preschool teacher. She has big breasts, a tiny little waist, and a big ass. Despite what Galway would have me believe, this is not a problematic figure to have at all - unless you're trying to find clothing that fits. But as for attracting men, she pretty much is the embodiment of Jessica Rabbit as far as I'm concerned. I mean, sure, a softbody and not a hardbody, but definitely not what I would call "chubby," much less "fat." Therefore, this is not really a fat romance.Bev inherits her grandfather's fitnesswear company, and has to maneuver through complicated office politics, deal with her family from hell, and decide what to do about her budding attraction to the handsome and muscular ex-Olympian vice president, Liam....Now. When I pluck a random free self-published e-book off of Amazon's shelves my expectations are always very low. Frankly, I expect whatever I pick up to be shit. Then I am always surprised and pleased when it is actually good. This is actually good.Galway has a well-constructed story here. There are many levels to the story and they all blend perfectly together. Her characters are fully formed and three-dimensional. I might not always like them, but they are strongly developed characters. This also surprised me - most romances don't even bother building up good characters and Galway's had many more layers than I expected. Tons of plot to be found here - not just sex and cuddles....BEVUsually when I read fat romances I am disgusted with how cowed and meek the heroines are. I can understand where authors are coming from when they do this, but it's annoying. I want to see fat (or allegedly fat *rolls eyes*) heroines who are strong women, fighters, and have ovaries of steel. Galway really delivers. For the first five chapters or so, I was really worried. Bev is classically nice... I mean, she's a preschool teacher for gosh sakes! But slowly, slowly her steel backbone comes out and we see that she IS capable of telling people off and standing up for herself. This is great. She's actually the perfect blend of someone who is "sweet and nice" but also knows when to draw a line and tell people to 'shut the fuck up.' Not that she'd ever use the f-word, but you know what I mean.I also liked how Bev is aware that she's soft and doesn't really have a problem with it. She's not constantly berating herself for not exercising and not eating enough green beans, or something. And when (of course, because it's a fitness company) she gets a lot of crap for being soft and not really an exercise person (although she loves swimming), she just lets it roll off her back. She doesn't try to kill herself to please others, is what I'm saying. I think this was a really good and healthy message in the book and a rare one.What else? She's kind of power-hungry and not nearly as "nice" as she seems. This was interesting. Also, due to her horrible boss at the preschool she has some issues with how she sees herself regarding her methods of teaching children. This was interesting, too. She has a horrible family - seriously, a hellish family - that she has to put up with and the family scenes were always making me terribly anxious.If I am feeling terribly anxious and worried about what is going to happen to our heroine, then the author is doing her job. Excellent....LIAMThis guy was kind of a smarmy asshole. At least, that's what I thought of him for the first 6 chapters or so. But as we get to know him better, we see a lot of different layers to this character, and I think Galway does a great job of slowly making him a complex person. I won't tell you all his issues, since they are kind of spoilers, but I was pleasantly surprised.Really, based on the excerpt posted on Amazon (the one scene from the changing room) I seriously thought I was going to hate this man. Ugh, I cannot stand patronizing, condescending assholes who invade a heroine's personal space and sneer at her a lot. But he turned out to be A LOT better than what I was expecting. Someone should put up a different "example scene" from Amazon because that excerpt isn't doing Galway any favors. It makes Liam look like an arrogant jerk - which I guess he is some of the time - but still. Not an accurate representation of what's in the novel....ARE THESE CHARACTERS "LIKABLE?"Well... I didn't DISLIKE them. But they certainly weren't 100% good people either. I really enjoyed this level of complexity which is almost unheard of in romance novels. o.O...HOW'S THE SEX, CARMEN?I thought the sexual tension was great. Here you have two people who are working together, initially are slated as more-or-less enemies rather than allies, but who both are really attracted to each other. Amazing sexual tension/build-up. Really exciting.As for the actual sex, it was just okay. I wasn't blown away or anything. It could have been better. But it wasn't AWFUL or anything.42% through the book, they still haven't kissed. And he's putting his hands on her for measurements or something, and the sexual tension is so thick you could cut it with a knife. I was like, "Is there going to be kissing?!?!?!" Wow, on the edge of my seat with excitement. :)Too bad the sex didn't follow through as well. I'm so picky with sex scenes though - probably TONS of women would be absolutely satisfied with them. Take my criticisms with a grain of salt....OFFICE POLITICSThere is tons of office politics in this book, and that makes me anxious. I hate office politics. They give me the wiggens. But this was a good way to ramp up the anxiety and I didn't feel like Galway was 'phoning it in' when she wrote about the fashion/fitness industry. It felt very authentic. (I have no idea what the fashion industry is actually like, but if she's faking it she's doing a good job.)...HUMORGalway has a great sense of humor - she made me laugh more than once. :) Extra points to romance books that make me laugh with them and not at them. ...TALKINGOf course the book is frustrating because the two MCs never flippin' TALK to each other about their feelings and issues. "Just talk to each other about it, FFS!" I screamed at the book. But, of course, romances have to do this kind of stuff in order to actually have a book. ...Tl;dr - More plot than I'm used to in romance. More character development than I expect in a romance novel. Galway tries to cash in on having a fat heroine, but since her heroine isn't really fat, this fails. Great sexual tension, mediocre sex. A pleasant surprise of a book.3 REAL STARS, 3 ROMANCE STARSP.S. The ending is muddled and a little shaky, I feel. She should've had a stronger, more concise ending.

  • Giss Golabetoon
    2019-07-02 11:58

    Yes I know! I should not be reading books at work but I couldn't do anything else, I'm not a fan of easy read chick flick sexy romance books but what can I say? Sometimes when you need to let go it's the best distraction, it makes you forget everything. I liked the heroine, the fact she was not athletic and she hated working out, her stubbornness, and I liked the storyline and well I'm not gonna pretend I didn't like the love scenes. I usually skip those, they're too graphic but not this time. I might read the next book in the series.

  • Siv30
    2019-07-03 09:52

    ספר נחמד.בוורלי לא הכירה את סבא שלה. אמא שלה עזבה את הבית בגיל צעיר והקשר ניתק. לכן כשהיא מגלה שהיא ירשה את העסק של סבא שלה לבגדי ספורט אופנתיים, היא מוכנה מיד לחתום ויתור לדודתה ולהסתלק חזרה ללוס אנגלס למשרתה כגננת.אבל אז היא פוגשת את ליאם, המנהל בפועל של העסק ומגלה שהמשרה שלה כגננת כבר לא מחכה לה והעיניינים מתחילים להתגלגל.הסיפור נע בין נסיונות להציל את העסק שאינו מנוהל כלכלית היטב, מחלוקות משפחתיות, נסיונות התנכלות לבוורלי וחיזורים. ספר נחמד מאוד אם כי צפוי לחלוטין.

  • ᴥ Irena ᴥ
    2019-06-25 13:44

    2.5An okay way to pass one or two afternoons, Love Handles is a light contemporary romance with some drama thrown into the mix. The family drama part is a bit forced and the resolutions to almost all the issues in the story end up unbelievable. There is some suspense here too.Bev is constantly told she has to exercise, she has to start being careful with her body and whatnot. And she doesn't think too much of how she looks. Actually, she thinks she has a big ass, among other things. Now, let me describe this plain young woman to you: tall, big breasts, tiny waist, wide hips, black hair and turquoise eyes! Numbers two, three and four are called the damn hourglass! The blurb sounds better.

  • Amanda
    2019-07-07 13:30

    Beverly Lewis, known as Bev, is a preschool teacher who does not like being told what to do but more often then not, lets people walk all over her. Bev's family is hardly close-nit, in fact a family grudge has kept her from ever getting to know her mother's side of the family. When Bev's grandfather, who she has never met, dies, she is surprised to learn he left her the family business, a fitness wear line, located in San Francisco. Under the impression she is going to bring her mother and aunt together after years of silence, and believing this is her chance to make a life change and finally be her own boss, she decided to move to San Francisco and produce fitness wear, which is pretty ironic considering Bev is not one who you would describe as being in-shape and hates all things having to do with exercise. This was not my favorite read. And though I didn't hate it, I wouldn't recommend it or read it again. I found the stories premise silly, and not silly as in ha, ha, but silly as in "why?" I suppose I just didn't believe the characters motives. Their choices didn't seem justifiable. Mostly because there was very little character development. We were given little to no background information on our characters and the rare glimpses we were given by the author, there was no follow up. You can't just throw out a piece of someones past and then just let it hang out there without explaining it's significance.I'm planning on reading the second book in The Oakland series about Mark, the olympians younger brother. I found Mark very interesting, I love those shy reclusive types. I am hoping his story will be more character based.

  • Alison
    2019-07-03 14:34

    There was nothing intrinsically wrong with this book - it just didn't really match the blurb.Bev inherits a fitness clothing company from her grandfather, who she has never seen. No-one seems to want her to stay, not her aunt, not the super-hot Executive VP, not her mother, father, brother or sister, not her staff.The blurb made it sound as though Bev was a plus size woman who single-handedly turns around the business and/or recognises the talent within the business and gives it free rein. In reality this is more a book about her and the Executive VP Liam, the trouble is there was too much unsaid (to the reader as well) so I actually found it difficult to understand what Liam was thinking or why he was doing things - the same was true of Bev. Bev's family starts off as self-absorbed, mercenary and unkind - by the end they were all misunderstood and actually were all lovely people!The end of the book annoyed me, there were a lot of revelations which were a bit OTT and then Bev made some frankly stupid decisions in order to force family harmony - she seemed to be rewarding some unpleasant behaviour from most of her family.I felt like this was a much bigger book which had been edited and some of the story got lost in the editing. Like the book that the blurb described.

  • HR readsNstuff
    2019-07-12 09:32

    There seems to be some promise here. Patches of the book were good. I loved the bit where Bev went on about her dental hygiene routine in the same way people go on about their workouts. I just couldn't buy her optimism about bringing the family together. I couldn't work out why she would give any of them the time of day.I'm trying to think of something positive to say about liam but I've got nothing. I couldn't see the attraction and couldn't find the chemistry. Yet there was a spark of something promising in this story but it was just too all over the place to catch fire.And then I read that ending... I have very little time for characters who blindly forgive such huge transgressions. Seriously in some of the cases that were forgiven by bev a court of law would have given jail time.

  • Tina Tacey
    2019-06-28 16:33

    I started to read this based on May's book of the month on one the chick lit reading groups. I intended to make it last the whole of May but once I started to read it, I couldn't put it down. This happens a fair amount as I love to read and don't get as much time as I would like, so I have bursts of lots of reading and then months of nothing. But i could not out this book down because I fell in love with the characters so quickly.The main character was impressive in her niceness and naivety but with undertones of strength and charm, the main male character for me was equally as intriguing and even though the build up to their relationship was fairly predictable, the way it started and rose, and all the underlying flirting and scheming really intensified his character. I quite like all the little subplots going on through the story, and the twist near the end was impressive, as I like the characters in the plot assumed wrongly and did not see the twist until it was being laid out in front of me. I love a bit of romance and drama in my chick lit. I like to escape with a good book into a realistic world but where anything can and does happen to the characters and you can imagine yourself being bold along with the characters. I think this was a pretty good book, I would have like to see more of the minor characters, but I think there is more to this series so hopefully I can start the next one and see where these stories will go.

  • Luli
    2019-06-28 10:36

    2.5 stars.Nada especial aquí, pero tampoco ha estado mal.Demasiado drama familiar, y sobre todo, demasiado empalagoso. (Esta es una de esas historias en las que todo el mundo está perdonado y redimido sin condiciones)El romance es otro caso de insta-lust, aunque hay que decir, a favor de la historia, que no saltan al catre en el minuto uno.Sí que me ha gustado cómo ha tratado el tema del aspecto físico de la protagonista la autora, fantástico, nada de repeticiones cansinas por si el lector es tonto y no lo pilla a la primera, lo ha tratado con naturalidad y normalidad, como cualquier otro elemento de la historia.No estoy de acuerdo con algunas reseñas que dicen que el protagonista es un imbécil ( o algo parecido), a mí me ha resultado totalmente creíble su comportamiento, no tanto así el de la protagonista, quizás me ha parecido que el drama estaba mal enfocado. (view spoiler)[ Para mí sería terriblemente dramático que el vicepresidente de la empresa en la que acabo de aterrizar abandone su puesto sin yo tener ni idea de cómo funciona un negocio que se va a pique, a todo el drama familiar y de compañeros que boicotean tanto la empresa como mi vida privada, IMO. Of course.(hide spoiler)] Hubiese sido más interesante un poco más de enfoque en cómo se hace con las riendas de la empresa si el drama familiar le hubiese dejado un poco de tiempo. Para pasar el rato pero sólo si soportas drama de familias desestructuradas.Nothing special here, but neither has been bad at all.Too much family drama, and above all, too cloying. (This is one of those stories in which everyone is forgiven and redeemed without conditions)The romance is another case of insta-lust, although it must be said, for the sake of the story, that the MC´s does not jump to the bed in one minute. I liked how the author deals with the issue of the physical appearance of the protagonist, it´s fantastic, there aren´t repetitions and repetitions just in case the reader is slow and can´t understand the facts the first time he reads it, it´s dealt with naturalness and normalcy, as any other element of the story.I do not agree with some reviews that say that the protagonist, Liam, is an ass** (or something similar), I found his behaviour was totally credible, maybe I had a few issues with Bev´s behaviour because I thought that the drama was poorly focused. (view spoiler)[ for me would be more dramatic if the Vice President of the company in which I have just landed quits his job and I don´t have an idea how the business works, than all the family drama and workmates boycotting both the company and my private life, IMO, of course.(hide spoiler)] It would have been more interesting to focus on how she gains the reins of the company than the family drama, if the family would have left her a little time. To pass the time but only if you bear drama of dysfunctional families.

  • Ashley
    2019-07-06 09:41

    I wish I could give this book negative stars!First off, in no way was this book funny. The really wasn't any romance in it either, so I have no idea why it is called a romantic comedy. Secondly, the hero was so unlikable! He was constantly telling her that she needed to exercise. He was so bitter that the company wasn't left to him. Even in the end, he still was obsessed with the company. The heroine was just as unlikable. She was weak minded and when she did stick up for herself,she sounded naive. She cared far too much about what her parents thought of her. The hero was constantly calling her kindness fake and he was right. She ran the company by talking to her employee like they were four year olds. Subscribed them with cookies and treats just so that they would like her. Back to the romance, or lack thereof, in the story. The first time that attraction was acted on was 58% into the book. You can't call this book a romance story if it's over half was through the book before anything happens. Even after that, the romance sucked. There is just nothing romantic about what is going on between these characters. A few rolls in the hay and they think that they are in love! Not once did either of them make any romantic gesture that wasn't about getting laid. (spoiler) Sure the hero quit, but the heroine also lost the company because of that! (Spoiler over) As I said before, this book isn't funny. I don't understand why the author would call this a comedy. I can't think,if one funny thing that happened. Lastly, this book was BORING! It felt like it dragged on and on. I was waiting and waiting for something excited happen and nothing did. I feel really bad for saying this, but this book was just awful. I was so excited to read it because the cover looked promising, but it was a huge letdown. If it wasn't free, I would demand my money back. If only I could get the time I wasted reading this back.

  • Bernadette Marie
    2019-06-28 16:46

    To say I can't get enough of Gretchen Galway is an understatement. Hands down she is one if my favorite authors. Her characters are real. I love opening a book to find the main character to be absolutely normal size! Ms Galway mixes it up and turns up the heat creating scenes you hope never end. Fantastic dialogue and banter make you cancel appointments and forget deadlines so you remain engaged with the characters.

  • Tracy Kellies
    2019-07-04 16:46

    What a fun, contemporary romance story. At times I would get frustrated at the way the two main characters, Bev and Liam try and fight the feelings that they have for each other, but all in all I loved the way the story panned out. I need to get me some Liam in my life.... I would highly recommend this book.

  • Kimberly
    2019-06-28 10:43

    What a fun story! Grandfather leaves his crumbling business to his granddaughter and the fun begins. She's a former nursery school teacher, he's a former Olympic swimmer. Together they try to resurrect the business. Romance, mystery, and crazy family make it very interesting. I never saw the ending coming, what a twist!

  • Susan Buchanan
    2019-07-16 10:49

    I really enjoyed this book, but it's a 3.5 star from me, as the cover I purchased it based on was more of a romantic comedy cover, but it's actually more romance, which I don't enjoy reading so much. That said, it was good, and I would read more by this author.

  • Sonia
    2019-07-10 12:34

    I only got through half of this book. By that point I was hating ALL the characters but especially the two main ones. They were either too "welcome mat" wimpy or too manipulative. So irritating. Plus there was too much descriptive sex already in just the first half.

  • Mya
    2019-07-04 17:36

    This book had more lows then high it was very nice den jus bad

  • Dayreader Reviews
    2019-07-04 09:44

    This is not your typical love story. Bev has never had it easy. Her family is a nightmare and no one gets along. When Bev's grandfather dies she learns that he has left his struggling fitness wear company to her, someone he had never met. Not only is this the last thing that she wants to take care of, but it soon causes more problems than she ever had working as a preschool teacher. The characters are well developed in this book. They intertwine nicely and it makes you feel like you could actually know them. Bev is sweet and generally a happy person, who just doesn’t like exercising that much. Liam is athletic, (an ex-Olympian swimmer), head-strong, and loves the Fite company where he has worked under the thumb of Bev’s grandfather under he passed away. Bev’s plan from the get-go was to sell the company to her aunt in order to try to bring her family back together, but that went wrong very fast. Bev loses her teaching job and decides to stay at Fite and try to turn the company around. This causes problems with everyone at first. She has no management skills to speak of and has no interest exercise or the clothing at all. Bev realizes early on that she can’t do anything without the help of Liam, but Liam just wants her gone so that he can run the company, so they team up. Neither Bev not Liam expected to fall for the other person. They are so different after all. In the process of trying to prove that she’s not a pushover with her family and trying to break down the barrier involving her mom and her aunt, Bev finds her inner strength and it’s great to read about. She comes into her own as a business owner and as someone who can stand up for what she believes is right. The only problem I had with this book and it was a small one is that there were some mistakes in the editing. Other than that I would highly recommend this book to anyone wanting a stressful, fun book.

  • Jennifer Collin
    2019-07-23 11:51

    The blurb for Love Handles hinted at so many of my favourite chick-lit features, that I could not resist this book when I came across it. It's based on my favourite trope, the enemies to lovers tale; the heroine is underestimated by everyone around her, but regardless, she's strong enough to believe in herself; the ex-Olympic swimmer hero promised to be as sexy as hell; and the blurb promised sex scenes, which, quite frankly, I find hard to go past.Love Handles did not disappoint. The enemies to lovers story is full of twists and turns that keep you turning the pages and make you forget everything else you should be doing. Bev is a great heroine. Outwardly, she appears vulnerable, innocent and in need of protection, which is precisely how everyone around her sees her. But inwardly, she's as tough as nails and as determined as hell. Liam is also as sexy as promised, and although he's something of an alpha male, there's depth to him and he's not arrogant or obnoxious. And he sure does steam up the bedroom scenes. *sighLove Handles introduces Liam's brother Mark, who takes the lead in the second book of Gretchen Galway's Oakland Hills series. Mark is the cute geek, uncomfortable around women. I can't wait to get into his story, This Time Next Door, and watch him fall in love. There are four books in this series, and right now, Love Handles is available for free. Grab it while you can and get a taste. You won't regret it.

  • Jaime Fiction Fangirls Book Review
    2019-07-08 11:37

    This was one of those books that I just love to get lost in. It was sweet and simple but not boring. At times I found myself really frustrated with Bev's family and how manipulative and naive they were. Even towards the end when things started falling into place I wanted Bev to give them each what they deserved, which was nothing, but the author must be a better person than I because she made sure that Bev did what was right instead of just what was easy. I really, really loved Liam. He could be a real jerk and was out to sabotage Bev but he was always honest about it. The sexual tension between Liam and Bev was off the charts and when the pressure finally broke between them, it was extremely hot!! I love that the sex scenes were not overly descriptive and rare. It really made them that much more special and sexy when they did happen. I will be reading the rest of the books in this series for sure.

  • Marie
    2019-06-29 13:29

    This book annoyed me to no end. The MC was weird. Either it was her or everyone around her but I didn't understand why everyone kept giving her such shit if she was supposedly this smart sweet girl? Everyone in her family keeps telling her that she can't handle the company but she's supposedly a graduate of UCLA. Not exactly a cake school to get into. And Liam..I never saw the draw. Yes he was hot but the fact that he acted like a dick the entire book made me wonder why we were supposed to be into him. He wasn't fun about being mean to her he was just a straight up jerk. And homeboy didn't even graduate college! Skip this. While it had some funny parts overall it was just annoying and frustrating.

  • Anna D.
    2019-06-29 09:54

    4.5 stars!The reason it’s not a full 5 stars is that it got a bit convoluted at the end and also the reason the H/h fight was not convincing, especially on Liam’s side. I honestly still don’t get what he was insecure about or afraid of from Bev. That being said, this couple was sizzling and well matched..Liam was dreamy and sexy and Bev, although a people pleaser, was smart and capable.A very enjoyable read! I look forward to reading the other books in this series.

  • Michelle
    2019-06-29 14:34

    So So BookI liked this book, but I didn't enjoy it. I just couldn't like the main character, Bev. She struck me as silly and scatterbrained. Too much fluff and not enough meat to the story. I'm sorry but I can't recommend this book.

  • ♣️ Lynda ♣️
    2019-07-07 14:37

    This book was really good. I read it in 1 day. Liam and Bev are great together. There's plenty of humor and sexual energy. I have to say Bev's family are a bunch off assholes though!Smiles and positive energy DO Work!!

  • Alison
    2019-07-03 09:29

    I like this book but didn't love itI think because all through the book the hero& heroine didn't connect for me. Chemistry yes but something didn't quite gel for me.

  • Terri Weitze
    2019-07-19 12:37

    Well that was a quick fun silly read. Nothing like a romance novel to clear the palate after you read something weird. Also a tale from the garment industry, where I worked briefly, so that was personally interesting to me. The characters were very interesting and (mostly) likeable. Of course, because it is a romance novel you have to deal with a certain amount of stupidity and miscommunication. Predictable - but that's what a romance novel is all about - predictability. It's comfy like an old sweater or a meal from McDonalds - you know what you're going to get, and this book delivers the expected.

  • Sheryl
    2019-07-12 16:40

    They say opposites attract and in "Love Handles" they certainly do. Bev Lewis, preschool teacher and self-professed "nice" person, inherits her recently deceased and long-time estranged grandfather's failing fitness wear company. Liam Johnson was his right-hand man and like a son to him, or so he thought, until he found himself left out of his will. Regardless, Liam loves Fite like it's his own company and can't bear to see it continue to fail, which he figures will happen for sure if a woman with no business experience at all takes the helm. He's convinced that he can get Bev to leave the running of the company in his capable hands. Recently out of a job, Bev wants to take on this new challenge and turn her grandfather's company around, but she knows she can't do it without Liam's expertise. Neither one expected to like the other, let alone be so attracted.This was a fun contemporary romance with two very likeable main characters. While trying to prove herself to her family and save her company, Bev finds an inner strength that she never knew she had and Liam, while getting to know Bev, finds his softer side. Together they make a great pair. I wouldn't necessarily call this a romantic comedy, as I didn't find myself laughing, but it is definitely a solid romance.If I could make one constructive criticism, it would be that someone re-proofread the book, as I found multiple typos throughout. These are not something that would be caught with spell-check, but they might with a grammar check. Most of the time it was a spelling error that resulted in a different (but real) word (like "his" instead of "this"). However sometimes it was a missing word (like "the") or other small grammatical errors. These mistakes didn't bother me nor do I feel they detracted from the story in any way, but I thought they should be mentioned in case it bothers some readers.All in all I really enjoyed reading this book and would definitely read more by this author.**Please note that I received a free copy of this book through a group on this site but writing a review was not a requirement of receiving the copy.**

  • Cory Ida
    2019-06-25 10:52

    CuteI rate books based purely on how much I enjoy reading them. They don't have to be special or important, they just have to make me happy. This book is NOT a special, important book. It is, however, rather adorable. I love that Bev is an average (other than her boobs) woman, not tiny or even really fit, and yet she was completely comfortable in her own skin and confident about her appearance. That's very refreshing and, based on the blurb for the next book in the series, I wonder if that's something the author does frequently.I usually like the hero more than the heroine, but I think Bev was written with more depth and relatability than Liam was. I liked him, but I definitely wasn't crazy about him.The ending was rushed and a little convoluted but I still liked this book enough to want to read the next in the series. Actually, I loved Mark in this book and I am a sucker for beta heroes so I can't wait to read more about him.

  • Bunnita (Worth Reading It?)
    2019-07-09 16:47

    Bev is a preschool teacher. She has a big heart which makes her a popular and love teacher by most. The grandfather she doesn't know leaves her his failing fitness wear company. No one is happy about the change in ownership. The book is basically about her trying to prove to everyone including herself that she is able to be the businesswoman the company needs all while falling for Liam. There is a side story of someone harassing her at home and at the office.I liked Bev determination to stick with the company. I like that how she went about winning people over. However, she is a bit of a pushover. I'm not too keen on Liam. He was underhanded and entitled so the romance element of this story didn't win me over. I did like the side story of finding out who was causing her all that trouble and even finding out a litle info about the bitter family drama.

  • Kim
    2019-07-02 10:49

    Cute and sweetThis book was cute and sweet but could have been so much more. It started off pretty good until the relationship started but kind of frizzled out. Finding out wrong doing in the company was joke and how she dealt with her mother was also a joke. Trying to prove how much she loved him was a joke. These things could have been handle in a way that could have made this book spectacular, but the author fell short & rushed the story and the ending. I'm being generous giving this a 3 because at least half of the book was good. The last half was mediocre.

  • Liza
    2019-07-03 10:56

    I liked the premise of the story and the slow build of the romance, but a lot of the time, I had no idea what was going on in terms of the company. Also, the end seemed a bit rushed and the whole time that Bev and Liam were having interactions, I hardly felt any of the "love" that they were going on and on about. It was mostly justsuuuperlusty vibes that I got from both of them. So when it got to the end, I was just confused on what they were talking about. The pacing seemed to be off too, because I think a few months should've passed when it just felt like a week or so.