Such a feel good read! After the heavy storyline of How to Fail at Flirting, I really wasn’t sure what to expect going into The Fastest Way to Fall – but it was sweet, swoony, slow burn goodness. The hero is ADORABLE, and I absolutely loved the strong, resilient heroine. They have a relationship that was great to read, interacting through messages first, building a friendship, and then falling for each other along the way. And the BEST part of the whole thing? Yes, our heroine is more than curvy and the story focuses on health and wellness, but it’s not a book about shame or changing yourself. It’s about loving yourself. I loved how that storyline was incorporated, and it was the first time that I’ve read one that felt so natural and inclusive. Wes genuinely loves every part of Britta – and that includes her body.
The story follows Britta, a journalist hoping to make her big break. That opportunity comes in the form of a series of posts reviewing an up-and-coming fitness app. While Britta doesn’t want to lose weight, she wouldn’t mind feeling healthier and better about herself, which is something the app claims to offer. As she begins messaging her new fitness coach, the two strike up a connection that feels a lot like friendship. And when they meet in person, that friendship starts to feel like more. But Britta and Wes are both keeping secrets, and – while they might have felt innocent at the time – those lies of omission begin to feel like a weight on their shoulders.
Personally, I enjoyed this more than How to Fail at Flirting. The two books are loosely connected through a group of friends, but this will easily stand on its own. I suppose you could say that they have similar vibes, though this one is a lot lighter. It still tackles a few heavy subjects – like eating disorders, body image, ex drama, and addiction – but the overall feel is upbeat and uplifting. This is a true slow burn with a strangers to friends to lovers dynamic, and both characters are exceedingly likable. Wes makes such a great complement to Britta, and it was so refreshing to read about a seriously GOOD guy. I loved them together, and I was rooting for that moment when they finally crossed the line. If you’re looking for something light with depth and heart, then this is sure to satisfy. I was lucky enough to receive an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this heartfelt romance.
Britta didn’t plan on falling for her personal trainer, and Wes didn’t plan on Britta. Plans change and it’s unclear if love, career, or both will meet them at the finish line.
Britta Colby works for a lifestyle website, and when tasked to write about her experience with a hot new body-positive fitness app that includes personal coaching, she knows it’s a major opportunity to prove she should write for the site full-time.
As CEO of the FitMi Fitness app, Wes Lawson finally has the financial security he grew up without, but despite his success, his floundering love life and complicated family situation leaves him feeling isolated and unfulfilled. He decides to get back to what he loves—coaching. Britta’s his first new client and they click immediately.
As weeks pass, she’s surprised at how much she enjoys experimenting with her exercise routine. He’s surprised at how much he looks forward to talking to her every day. They convince themselves their attraction is harmless, but when they start working out in person, Wes and Britta find it increasingly challenging to deny their chemistry and maintain a professional distance.
Wes isn’t supposed to be training clients, much less meeting with them, and Britta’s credibility will be sunk if the lifestyle site finds out she’s practically dating the fitness coach she’s reviewing. Walking away from each other is the smartest thing to do, but running side by side feels like the start of something big.
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One daring to-do list and a crash course in flirtation turn a Type A overachiever’s world upside down.
When her flailing department lands on the university’s chopping block, Professor Naya Turner’s friends convince her to shed her frumpy cardigan for an evening on the town. For one night her focus will stray from her demanding job and she’ll tackle a new kind of to-do list. When she meets a charming stranger in town on business, he presents the perfect opportunity to check off the items on her list. Let the guy buy her a drink. Check. Try something new. Check. A no-strings-attached hookup. Check…almost.
Jake makes her laugh and challenges Naya to rebuild her confidence, which was left toppled by her abusive ex-boyfriend. Soon she’s flirting with the chance at a more serious romantic relationship—except nothing can be that easy. The complicated strings around her dating Jake might destroy her career.
Naya has two options. She can protect her professional reputation and return to her old life or she can flirt with the unknown and stay with the person who makes her feel like she’s finally living again.
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About the Author:
Denise Williams wrote her first book in the 2nd grade. I Hate You and its sequel, I Still Hate You, featured a tough, funny heroine, a quirky hero, witty banter, and a dragon. Minus the dragons, these are still the books she likes to write. After penning those early works, she finished second grade and eventually earned a PhD in education, going on to work in higher education. After growing up a military brat around the world and across the country, Denise now lives in Des Moines, Iowa with her husband, son, and two ornery shih-tzus who think they own the house.
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