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After being dumped by his long-term boyfriend for being overweight, Henry Beckett decides to make some drastic changes. In a vain attempt at getting his boyfriend back, Henry does the most absurdly frightening thing he can think of.
He joins a gym.
Reed Henske is a personal trainer who isn’t sure he’ll ever be ready to date again. He’s sick of guys who are only interested in the perfect body image, never seeing him for who he really is.
As Reed tortures Henry with things like diet and exercise, Henry enamours Reed with recipes and laughter. As the friendship lines start to blur, Henry is convinced there’s no way Thor-like Reed could ever be interested in a guy like him.
Reed just has to convince Henry that life isn’t about reaching your ideal bodyweight. It’s about finding your perfect counterweight.
Going into this book, I was on a constant high from the Spencer Cohen Series. I loved it, and was super happy for something else so soon from this author. I liked it, but it was definitely a low-angst story. A feel good kind for the realistic people. I did find that after a while I missed the mark with the humor. It was okay, but after so many jokes I was bored. Reed did get on my nerves about working out. I am on this journey and don’t whine this much. It was a complete turn-off to hear him constantly whining about it, and all the self doubts. I wonder if he would have these doubts if He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named ever left him.
I enjoyed Reed. He was such an amazing coach and guy. I wish I had him as a personal trainer. Good Lord, it’s hard and to see him make these changes in his life and talking to Henry from experience made my day. I truly liked him as a character. I loved that he was positive to Henry. Very motivating as well.
All in all, I liked the story. It was low on the steam side, and I had more then a few of eye rolls, but it was realistic. Everything that each of the mc went through was understanding. I look forward to more from this author as usual.