Title: The Weight of It All
Author: NR Walker
Release Date: September 12, 2016
Page Length: 244 pages
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
After being dumped by his long-term boyfriend for being overweight, Henry Beckett decides to make some drastic changes. In a vain attempt at getting his boyfriend back, Henry does the most absurdly frightening thing he can think of.
He joins a gym.
Reed Henske is a personal trainer who isn’t sure he’ll ever be ready to date again. He’s sick of guys who are only interested in the perfect body image, never seeing him for who he really is.
As Reed tortures Henry with things like diet and exercise, Henry enamours Reed with recipes and laughter. As the friendship lines start to blur, Henry is convinced there’s no way Thor-like Reed could ever be interested in a guy like him.
Reed just has to convince Henry that life isn’t about reaching your ideal bodyweight. It’s about finding your perfect counterweight.
I really adored this book. I’m always a Walker fan, but there’s something to be said when any author writes an MC whom you, personally, can relate to. And I related to Henry all over the place.
Henry’s partner of 8 years ups and leaves him with a nice parting shot about how he’s gotten fat. Douchebag. Henry takes a good look at himself in the mirror (and later the scale) and realized that he does want to lose some weight and be healthier. Enter Reed – the ripped, smokin’ hot, Personal Trainer at Henry’s local gym.
Henry and Reed hit it off immediately. Not in the form of romance, but just two people who enjoy talking. Friendly and platonic. Later, as they transition into friends who hang out outside of the gym, Henry realizes he may have a bit of a crush on Reed.
The best part of the story was how realistic Henry’s insecurities were over the differences in looks there were between he and Reed. Who wouldn’t? I’ve personally always been a tad on the overweight side of the scale, so I can appreciate where Henry was coming from when he wondered why Reed, Mr. Six-Pack Abs and Cantaloupe-Biceps, would even look his way.
Reed was perfect. Almost too perfect. He had his own past and perspective and doesn’t like when people make judgments over his looks anymore than Henry does. I swooned over this man!
Henry’s journey to a healthier him was so inspiring. It showed that it’s not easy – which it’s not. There are many people out there who have never battled weight a day in their life and simply love to exercise. And I’ve personally heard some of them say “It’s easy. Just stop eating bad foods and go to the gym. If you want it bad enough, you’ll do it.” The first part of that statement is incredibly false. It may be simple, but it’s not easy. Just like math is easy for some and not others, weight loss is the same. We should never ridicule those for which things don’t come as easy as others. The second part of that statement is true, though. If you want it bad enough, you’ll do it. And Henry wanted it bad enough.
This one was lower on the steam, but very appropriate. This was a slow burn, friends to lovers story. Jumping in the sack early on wouldn’t have made sense for this couple. The steam that was there made up for it IMO, and the epilogue was so awesome!
Between the relatability, Henry’s humor, and Reed’s perfection, I highly recommend!