I bought a copy of Fit by Rebekah Weatherspoon back in June after hearing some good buzz about it, which honestly surprised me since it features a chubby heroine who begins a relationship with her personal trainer. Books about weight loss are typically stories I avoid, because they’re very hard to do without being completely offensive. So I bought it, and then inevitably put it on hold until I had a gap in my reading schedule, which happened to be last night. I finished it in one evening and absolutely loved it.
Heroine Violet is a chubby television producer of cooking competition shows who initially wants to lose weight, but learns that there may be other sources of her unhappiness, including a not-so-great best friend and her inability to take more time for herself. The story starts out with Violet breaking down during an intense Crossfit-like exercise class, complete with burpees and a hulking drill sergeant instructor. She feels like she’s been transported back to high school gym class, a feeling anyone who has ever been anything but athletic can empathize with. Right from the start readers connect with Violet, and the story just gets better from there.
Giant drill sergeant instructor suggests Violet try personal trailer Grant, a gentler personality who specializes in beginner fitness. When Grant, who just so happens to also be a Dom, looks up Violet online before their first session he is instantly attracted to her. Let me just stop here and say, hell yes. It gets even better, too, because when Violet first learns Grant is attracted to her, she makes it clear she doesn’t want her body to be fetishized:
“Are you a chubby chaser? Like do you just screw fat women as some sort of fetish? Does banging big girls stroke your ego?”
“No.” Grant laughed. “It’s nothing like that.”
“Do you have yellow fever? Do you only date Asian women? Should I tell you now that I’m Chinese, not Korean or Japanese, lest it fuck up some weird nationalist streak you have going?”
Grant’s laugh was pretty manic this time. “Whoa. No. And what kind of guys have you been dating?”
“I haven’t been dating those guys. I just know those guys are out there.”
Standing ovation for Violet. She is awesome. While she’s understandably defensive at first, she knows she wants a piece of Grant, who suggests domination and submission as part of her post-workout routine. This scene was really interesting, because at novella length there really isn’t time for Grant to gently introduce Violet to BDSM. So he doesn’t, he makes the mistake of blurting it out during their first meeting, Violet tells him he’s being a professional creep and he apologizes. It works for the story and becomes part of their awkward, sexual tension-filled meet/cute.
The BDSM in this story is light, no ropes or chains, just a commanding, “Alpha in the sheets, beta on the streets” hero taking it slow with a newbie submissive. There’s plenty of hot locker room sex too, and while Violet’s friend points out that it’s kinda gross to have sex in a public place where people sweat, readers will roll their eyes along with Violet because the sex scenes are hot, period.
What starts out at Violet’s quest to drop some weight turns into soul searching, courtesy of Grant pushing her to identify what in her life is making her unhappy — her weight or something else? I loved this development in the story, and I appreciated the message. It’s ok if you want to change your body, as long as you’re doing it for the right reasons. Violet has to take a step back and examine her life, and figure out what those reasons are.
I was impressed by so much in this story, but ultimately what impressed me the most was how rich the story was for a novella. I felt satisfied by a complete story at the end, and would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a fun, relatable contemporary romance.
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