New go-to recommendation!
A new go-to romantic comedy novel recommendation finally! I really enjoyed this one!
Britta is a plus-size woman who is pretty secure in her own body, but less secure in her career path. She is “competing” against a fellow WOC writer for an open job position and so the two pitch an idea for a series in which they both sign up for different, new fitness apps in order to provide a very honest, realistic approach and review of the app and their experiences. Britta contacts her coach, who happens to be the company CEO (though she doesn’t know it) and the two begin working out together as well as supporting one another through the drama in their lives, ultimately falling for one another despite all the issues and moral questions their relationship brings to the surface.
I really loved this book! It’s not perfect, to me it could have involved a bit more sexiness, but that’s just something I enjoy personally. I really enjoyed how real Britta felt in that she was happy with who she was and how she looked but is willing to admit she enjoys the changes her body undergoes when it comes to losing weight and getting healthier. That’s another thing I loved about this book; it constantly emphasizes health and feeling good in your body, not losing weight. In fact, Wes, the CEO/coach/love interest of the novel openly chastises others for making comments about people’s weight rather than emphasizing lifestyle changes.
I enjoyed Wes more than most of the love interests in books like this because his reasoning for closing himself off a bit and being standoffish is justified due to his upbringing and feelings of guilt stemming from that. Sure, the Terms of Service of this app is broken like 10 times, but that’s something I can overlook since there were consequences the characters had to face due to their actions. I also enjoyed the relationships outside of romance within this book, in that Britta and Wes both have strong friend groups that reach out to support them through whatever they need, and even Britta’s “competition” isn’t so much an enemy as she is a fellow qualified woman who is trying to secure her own dream job.
Sure there are a few issues with the book, but most of them are things you accept as ridiculous and suspend your disbelief while reading. The romance world is not the real world so it’s okay to accept that sure, this dude just happens to live in the same city as our protagonist, etc. The pacing does feel a little weird once Britta and Wes have met in person, sometimes running a bit fast toward the ending and sometimes dawdling, but overall, I really enjoyed this, so those aspects didn’t turn me off. 4.5/5 stars for me if I had to rate it!
This is the first book I’ve read by Denise Williams and many people have recommended her first book to me, as well as claiming her first novel, How to Fail at Flirting is even BETTER than this one, so you know I’ll be reviewing that here soon!
Title: The Fastest Way to Fall
Author: Denise Williams
Three Descriptors: Engaging, Steamy, Relatable
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