My Take: (MILD spoilers)
So … there is a lot to like about this book. It was great to see a plus size heroine, and Rian was very funny and relatable. I also like that she was a little older than your average character. The author’s voice is very engaging and fun to read. I also liked seeing glimpses of Quinn and mentions of Janie.
Unfortunately, for me the negatives outweighed the positives. The two main characters hardly interact until 40+% into the book, except for a brief dinner with a mutual friend that we only get details of via a flashback. In fact, if the book wasn’t told in dual POV, I would have thought Rian’s trainer was the love interest because a LOT more time is spent building their relationship.
While Rian was fun, every single chapter about her was focused on her weight. She’s morbidly obese, she’s fat, she’s curvy, she doesn’t want to work out, she’s voluptuous, over and over and over. Her weight is such a focus it’s hard to care about anything else that’s happening because her weight has been discussed ad nauseam and I just wanted the book to get to the point. Her weight is basically her entire plot. Her family, especially her sister, were so disgusting it was hard to read.
Carlos has very few redeeming qualities that I could discern. While Rian only focused on her weight, Carlos only focused on Carlos and how awesome he found himself. He repeatedly thinks about how great he is, how great his body is, how successful he is, how he’s God’s gift to women as the World’s Best Lover (which we don’t even get to experience). He doesn’t want to date anyone seriously, which he thinks about all the time, and Rian is NOT HIS TYPE which he also thinks about a lot. In fact, check out this little treat from him about a woman he goes on a date with. “Yes, Marley is beautiful. Yes, she has a banging body. But that’s where my interest in her ends. She’s smart and witty and goal oriented. Not at all the kind of woman I want.” What a delight!
I don’t know, this just wasn’t the book for me. I hate leaving love ratings but I have to be honest and I just did not enjoy this at all. 2.5 (only for Rian’s few moments that weren’t focused on weight)/5 stars
Rian Thompson thought she joined the gym to get healthy. Little did she know she was about to add hundred and ninety pounds of swoonworthy abdominal muscles and arrogance to her life.
Every day in Rians’s life follows a predictable pattern, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. She’s got a nice job, a nice place to live, and a nice family—even if they are a little wedding-zilla-ish at the moment.
She doesn’t need anything spectacular to be happy. She just needs to get healthy—mentally, physically. . . and maybe spiritually if that happens. But she’ll settle for two out of three until her sister finally gets hitched.
Carlos Davies thought his life was perfect. Little did he know it was about to be turned upside down by a woman who is not his type.
In Carlos’s mind, his life is damn near perfect. He’s got a great job, a great place to live, and a great stash of pick up lines that always work. It has occurred to him that maybe no one actually takes him all that seriously. But with these bulging biceps and thick, dark hair, does that even matter since he’s never sleeping alone?
Welcome to Weight Expectations, where great—and unexpected—things happen.
‘Weight Expectations’ is a full-length contemporary romantic comedy, can be read as a standalone, and is book#1 in the Cipher Office series, Knitting in the City World, Penny Reid Book Universe.
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About M.E. Carter
My name is ME Carter and I have no idea how I ended writing books. I’m more of a story teller (the more exaggerated the better) and I happen to know people who helped me get those stories on paper. I love reading (read almost 200 books last year), hate working out (but I do it anyway because my trainer makes me), love food (but hate what it does to my butt) and love traveling to non-touristy places most people never see. I live in Houston with my four kids, Mary, Elizabeth, Carter and Bug, who was just a twinkle in my eye when I came up with my pen name. Yeah, I’ll probably have to pay for his therapy someday for being left out.
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