Title: Weight of Happiness
Author: Jason Collins
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: 2/5/2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance, M/M Coming Out,M/M Bisexual
Page Count: 228
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Jeremy Johnson is stuck between a rock and a hard place. He doesn’t want to be overweight anymore, but temptation is unavoidable thanks to his job. Deciding to make a change for the better, he dedicates himself to implementing a new diet and exercise program that he hopes will whip him into shape. He makes himself a promise that he intends to keep, but it doesn’t help that he works for a food-focused blog where he spends his days writing about delicious, forbidden food that he knows he’s not supposed to indulge in.
But when the blog he writes for is purchased by a fitness company, he realizes he’s going to be the odd man out among his new fit, attractive coworkers. On his first day, he meets the infamous Ryan Bennett, a man known for his dedication to all things fitness. Muscles, cockiness, and a trademark smile all seem natural to Ryan, but no one seems to know if he’s attracted to men or women.
With encouragement from Ryan, Jeremy decides to shape up his life, work on his attitude, and rebuild his physique, but he soon discovers that it isn’t as easy as he originally thought. While maneuvering his way toward a new lifestyle, he watches as Ryan charms and teases every man – and woman – in his vicinity. But when Jeremy senses a flirtatious vibe from Ryan, he’s forced to choose between allowing his weight to define him or ditching his old insecurities for a shot at something exciting.
•*¨*•*´¨)Rawness & Realness
“Move on,” I thought. “Your willpower is not strong enough yet.”
Losing weight is hard, I would know after suffering for years with a back injury that led to a sedentary life. I used to be fit…active…track, softball, even power walks. Now, I have been reduced to yoga…something I can’t even get cheery about. And let’s not mention the comfort foods. So, I understand the plight Jeremy faced to present himself as a health conscious person working for a company that promoted fitness.
“To something new.”
Facing a new life was not going to be easy, not after packing on the pounds while working from home. But Jeremy had an incentive. He was going to be working alongside Ryan; a man who gave him palpitation, a man who could encourage him to keep up with his goals. Yet, even with his man crush so close, Jeremy is faced with a horrible boss who could destroy everything that he is working so hard for.
“I no longer needed anyone to validate me.”
Ryan and Jeremy just were. Both felt the attraction and it wasn’t hard not to follow through. But Ryan and Jeremy both unconsciously wanted something they felt the other could not give. One wrong word leads to a decision they both regret, but can they be man enough to save this thing between them, or will both suffer the weight of it all?
The romantic aspect was handled through instalove, one of my favorite topics. I wanted more, more more!!! This fast paced story handled a lot, while still holding back. I would have liked to have known more about the characters past and how it affected their present. I totally got behind the way the bullying was handled, yay!! This book presented a realism that Jeremy and Ryan faced in order to be with one another, but it took guts and a bit a spying (eye wink) for everything to settle.
Author Jason Collins poured his heart and soul into this one. I sense his growth in this writing genre and his confidence. Even though the heat level is at a minimum, he is getting more and more comfortable with suggestions. I look forward to further reads and anticipate even more je ne sais quoi, but I am waiting for it.