Wednesday, October 23

Review: Weight Expectations by M.E. Carter

Title: Weight Expectations
By: M.E. Carter
My Copy: ARC from Author
The BookWhisperer's Rating: 

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.
I thought that this synopsis sounded pretty good; how could a girl not love a story about a handsome man realizing that beauty is not just skin deep?  However, I struggled with Rian and Carlos throughout the whole book and I hate that I did! 

I did like Rian’s character separately.  She had a good head on her shoulders, was smart, witty, fun, and was just trying to get through life the best way she could.  I can respect that; I’m the same way.  What really brought me down about her character was how she let people walk over her; mainly her sister, mother, co-worker (the guy), and herself.  She was quite pessimistic of who she was, always putting herself down and I found myself really wanting her to be a strong, confident character.

Carlos was hard for me to love.  I felt like there were some good chances for him to grow (and he did at the end) but getting there was rough.  He bounced back and forth between, “why is Rian so important in my head” to “Oh, look at gym girl, let’s take her home with me.”  I felt like Carlos was one dimensional and not multi-dimensional, which is how I like my book men. J  He was focused on his job, his body, his single life, focused on himself.  Yes, he grew into a man that could think more than just about himself but this growth happen in an instant.

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