by Rebekah Weatherspoon
Series: Fit Trilogy #1
Published by the Author (Self-Published) on June 3, 2014
Sub-Genre/Theme: Contemporary, Erotic
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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…
Fit by Rebekah Weatherspoon is book #1 in her Fit trilogy. This was a mixed bag for me, as there are elements that I really enjoyed and others that kind of fell flat.
Violet works in television production for a food channel. One of the perks and downfalls of her job is all the free food. She knows that she’s overweight and needs to get in shape. After a disastrous experience with one gym, she gets a referral for a personal trainer who might be just what she needs.
Grant is the trainer and co-owner of Melrose Fitness. He’s also a Dominant in the BDSM scene. He’s had relationships with clients before, and when he meets Violet, he cuts right to the chase. He’d like to train her–both in fitness and as a submissive. Violet is initially put off by Grant’s forwardness, but soon relents.
This part of the story didn’t quite work for me. Violet has no experience with BDSM–although she’s not opposed to it–but her willingness to accept Grant’s offer, despite her initial reservation, seemed unlikely to me. I guess his uber hotness helped sweeten the deal for her.
Grant has a good way with Violet as her trainer, and soon she’s making small but positive changes to her lifestyle. Grant also introduces her to some light BDSM–there’s nothing heavy or intense in the story–and simultaneously, they both begin to develop feelings for each other. There’s mild conflict, but not too much angst and it’s resolved fairly quickly.
As for things I liked: even though there’s just a handful of characters in the book, there is some diversity. Violet is Asian (hurray!) and Grant’s best friend/business partner is Latino.
The story moves pretty fast, which is why it didn’t work 100% for me. Also, Violet’s best friend really annoyed me at times. I think the framework of the story itself is good, but the pacing was a bit too fast, so I felt that the relationship was underdeveloped. Overall, though, it’s an enjoyable story and I plan on reading the next book in the series.
Rating: 3.5 stars