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Summary

The world of fitness apparel isn't ready for Beverly Lewis. She hates the gym, is nice to everybody, and shops at Ross Dress for Less. When she's not teaching preschool, she's wearing yoga pants...to nap in. So when she inherits her estranged grandfather's fitnesswear company in San Francisco, nobody expects her to keep it. Fite Fitness needs a heartless suit to save it from bankruptcy, not a thirty-year-old woman who cries when her students leave for kindergarten.

Someone like Liam Johnson. A former Olympic swimmer, Liam is Fite's executive vice president. Unlike Bev, he's devoted his life to Fite's success. Managing one little preschool teacher - and his attraction to her - shouldn't be an issue. Right?

But Bev's tired of being underpaid and underrated, and refuses to step aside as an obedient figurehead. To everyone's shock and horror, she moves up to San Francisco, sets up an office, and dives into the business. Nothing - not mockery, not exercise, not sabotage, not a disastrously hot night with her aggravating VP - is going to scare her away.

As Liam realizes she's tougher than she looks, he discovers that losing Fite might not be nearly as bad as losing her...

©2011 Gretchen Galway (P)2013 Gretchen Galway

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Nice and easy to listen to

Very nicely done :-) at times a little predictable but on the whole I liked the story and it was presented perfectly.

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Romantic comedy

Easy listening. Great company for night owels. Moving on to the next book of the trilogy.

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trust and deception

Any additional comments?

What a way to start the series. I really liked this story even though it was not the first in the series I came across. I read This Changes Everything as an ARC and really liked her style. It was not a difficult decision to read more of her work.
The deception and willingness to trust really made this a who dunnit almost till the end. It was not until late in the novel that I finally suspected who the real traitor was.
Well written and well narrated.
I am definitely reading the next

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  • C. Macduff
  • 24-10-14

This is not a romantic COMEDY!

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend this book to a friend if they wanted an contemporary romance to listen to. Howerver, if they wanted a romanctic comedy, then no. The book didn't have much humor in it and much of it wasn't very light, as one would expect with a comedy. It actually had some dark or mean spots through out the story. Not much humor in book at all. Title is very misleading.

Which character – as performed by Tanya Eby – was your favorite?

I found the mother and the sister of the main character quite annoying, but that's just how the characters were written. Tanya Eby did a great job with the different character voices.

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  • Jane M
  • 13-11-17

A bit lacking but still cute

It was an okay story but I felt like I was reading the abbreviated version, or the version they would use for a movie. As a book, I think it could have developed the characters more and the character development that was there was a little confusing. At times I liked Liam, then at times he was almost contradictory - "scratch and itch" but then gets mad when she said "thanks for the F***" - didn't always flow and this annoyed me. Then you have Ellen and she was exactly the same - I never liked any of the characters except the main one, she was at least consistent in her personality!

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  • Susan in Lake Stevens
  • 30-04-17

Sweet and Sexy

Enjoyed the characters. Started a bit slow, but once into the book, I was hooked. The romantic scenes were almost too much for me, as they are quite sexy. I look forward to more books by this author.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-08-16

just meh

the woman performing the story did a great job but the story is really boring. not that it's particularly predictable or anything it's just slow and boring. Sorry. not for me.

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  • Philipmr
  • 26-01-16

Fun

Engaging, realistic characters and story. Fun and insightful development of the role of the woman as boss and how employees, family, friends and lover deal with that reality.

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  • Diana Turmenne
  • 04-11-15

Gretchen Galway is great!

I really enjoyed this book. I like how Gretchen Galway writes woman with real bodies and not just stick thin perfect people falling in love. I liked the idea of a kindergarten teacher becoming the head of a fitness clothes company as well. Bev was great and so was Liam and their chemistry. Her writing style kind of reminded me a little of Jennifer Crusie it was a nice love story with other small dramas thrown in. I really enjoyed Tanya Eby narrating I think she did a good job distinguishing each character.

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  • Jean
  • 15-08-15

Fun

Glad I purchased. Characters were fun and story was good. Tanya ebie is on of my favorite.

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  • A. J. Powers
  • 11-07-15

Cute story

What did you love best about Love Handles?

I loved that the main lady of the story is not the typical skinny woman, she had curves and reminded me more of your regular everyday woman.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Love Handles?

When Beverly was trying to jog, it was so funny.

What does Tanya Eby bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I felt like Tanya made me really feel the emotions of Beverly.

Who was the most memorable character of Love Handles and why?

Beverly because she was both funny, strong, and kind.

Any additional comments?

Great fun read

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  • Kenneth Cotton
  • 18-02-15

Very entertaining

Just the right blend of conflict and happy endings for a good romantic story. Narrator did a excellent job giving each character a different voice.

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  • Listener
  • 20-02-16

4 Solid Stars!

First loved the narration. She really keeps the story alive and not dull.
I am always apprehensive when I know the heroine is a plus size gal. Usually authors like to make them feel bad about them selves. Or the weight is all they talk about.
Sooooo NOT the case in this book. I loved how she was just a normal granted pushed around gal. But it had NOTHING to do with the size of her weight. THANK YOU Gretchen for that.
Oh Liam I wanted to hump his leg through half this book. He was just a swoon worthy kind a guy. You do want to smack up side his head a few times but what you gotta do.
There was a lot of twists and turns I wasn't expected. I loved her sisters punk lol or right hook ahaha.
I really liked watching Bev come into her own in this book, and Liam taking a step back and seeing Bev for who she really is.
Over all a fun light heart'ed read one I look forward to re-listening to.

15 of 27 people found this review helpful