Friday, May 24, 2019

Sarah's Review: Fit

Fit by Rebekah Weatherspoon
Publisher: Rebekah Weatherspoon (June 1, 2014)
Series: Fit Trilogy, 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Violet Ryan loves the delicious food she gets to eat on the reality shows she produces for The Food Channel. What she hates is her expanding waistline. Determined to drop the pounds, Violet hatches a plan to kick start a fitness regimen. But when her determination isn’t enough to get her through even one intense group class without breaking down into tears, she knows she needs a new approach and possibly a new trainer—one with a lighter touch.

Grant Gibson has always managed to mix business with pleasure, but now this trainer by day, and Dominant by night, is bored. Bored and lonely. Even though he owns one of L.A.’s hottest private gyms, his personal life is sorely lacking. After his last submissive tried to kidnap his dog and the contents of his bank account, he’s in no hurry to take a new lover under his wing. Not until the voluptuous Violet falls into his lap.

She may be wary of his unorthodox approach of using sexual gratification as a reward, but even before her initial weigh-in Violet can’t seem to stay away from the sexy fitness god. She may have to let Grant show her there’s more than one way to get in shape…

**This story contains light acts of bondage and a feisty submissive who gives her Dominant a run for his money.**

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Sarah's Review:

I work in higher ed and the end of the spring semester is always an intense, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants few weeks. I also just finished a book in another genre that, while excellent, was over 1200 pages and took me a month (and so much concentration) to read.

I’m telling you this so you’ll know why I went looking for Rebekah Weatherspoon’s back catalogue.  Her buff male nanny story, Rafe, is in my top 2 romance novels ever for me. And I thoroughly enjoyed her Beards and Bondage series.  I wanted a low stakes book by an author whose voice I knew and trusted to ease me out of my reading overload. I was not disappointed.

We meet Violet in a Saturday morning balls-to-the-wall fitness class. She tries to keep up, but ultimately has an awful experience. As someone who hates bootcamps and does not respond well to yelling, I totally felt at home with Violet. Though she is adopted, Asian, and a food network producer -- all things I am not -- I could see the world through her eyes. She’s got a few pounds she’d like to lose, but this workout is not going to cut it. The instructor holds her after class and gives her the number of a personal trainer, Grant Gibson, who is known to get results with a softer touch.

Sparks fly at their initial meeting, even though Grant puts his foot in his mouth asking to mix business and pleasure and train her as a client and a submissive. Violet is rightly freaked out. She is new to the idea of submission, but not to sex, she owns her desires and needs throughout the story.  While I liked seeing Grant mess up, apologize, and work hard to make amends, there is some shady ethics to the idea of starting a sexual relationship with a woman who is paying you as a personal training client. However, Weatherspoon hands this well. We see Grant and Violet both grow as complex, well rounded human beings. I like a story with soft kink that doesn’t rely on an uneven distribution of power. Violet is new to the BDSM scene, but knows what she wants and how to ask for it. Grant is a Dom, but it doesn’t mess with his sense of power as they relate to each other outside of the bedroom (or gym as that may be). While their relationship grows it is overall pretty healthy.  Violet’s co-dependent friendship with her co-producer Faye made me much more anxious than any interaction with Grant.

Overall, I give Fit 4 stars. I love Weatherspoon’s writing. This book was just what I needed, but based on Rafe and Beards and Bongage her writing has grown over the past few years. Just thinking about the growth in her writing from Fit to Rafe makes me 100x more excited for her upcoming cowboy romance!


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Source: Bought

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Thanks for the review, Sarah! 


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