Author: M.E. Carter
Series: Cipher Office #1
Release date: October 15, 2019
(Sub)genres: Contemporary Romance
Buy: Amazon US ~ Amazon UK
I received this book from Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
Falling in love without even realizing it… With somebody who isn’t your normal type… Would you go for it? Weight Expectations tells the charming story of Rian and Carlos, who try to fight the feelings they have for each other, until they have to give in. I love their story.
Rian and Carlos are both members of the same gym; Weight Expectations. But where Carlos is ‘addicted’ to perfecting and maintaining his impressive body, Rian is kind of forced by her doctor to get her body healthier. Rian and Carlos have a very different outlook on life; from the food they eat, to training and to the people they date. But what begins as an easy friendship, slowly changes into something much more. And Carlos and Rian can’t escape it…
Weight Expectations is told from a double POV, giving an insight in the thoughts of Rian and Carlos. We get to see the couple getting to know each other (duh, it’s a romantic story!), but also what has shaped their believes about love and themselves. Although it’s a simple story – man and woman meet but try to keep it just friendly – the storytelling of the author holds your attention. Weight Expectations is an addicting written story with realistic characters you have to love (but sometimes want to shout at).
Rian and Carlos; they are so different, but I love them for each other. Love doesn’t care about ‘your usual choice’, it just happens when it happens, and you can’t do a thing about it. I love Rian, she finally realizes she deserves everything, that she doesn’t have to settle. At first, I wasn’t so sure about Carlos (you vain, shallow man), but when he got his act together… He’s kind of perfect (for Rian). What I love most about this story is that Rian keeps being herself. Yes, she gets a lot healthier, but she doesn’t turn into a size 6. She’s still a big, pretty woman, but she’s confident in her own skin and doesn’t care what other people think.
I love Weight Expectations; I give the story of Rian and Carlos 5 stars.