The Weight Of It All (Lili’s Review)

The Weight of it All
Title: The Weight Of It All
Author: N.R. Walker
Publisher: BlueHeart Press
Release Date: September 12th 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 244 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 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.


The Weight Of It All by N.R. Walker is a delightful, feel good story. It’s a simple story about a man who suddenly finds himself alone and overweight. After taking a hard look at himself, he decides to make some changes in his life. He starts working out with a trainer and eating healthier. Reed, his trainer, is kind, encouraging, and patient and their friendship takes a natural progression.

My highlights:

-Reed & Henry. I just loved them. At first glance this would seem like opposites attract story except it’s not. They share many common interests, and their relationship felt natural.

-No unnecessary drama. This is a simple story about two adults who fall in love. There’s no villain lurking or family crisis, and I was happy about that. I hate when contrived drama is added just for show.

-The supporting cast. Henry’s friends were the best. They were loyal, supportive, and funny.

-Slow burn romance. I love when feelings are simmering at the surface, and you feel the tension building. It was nicely done.

-The epilogue was one of the best I’ve read.

My only niggle– as much as I love a slow burn I would’ve liked more steam. More time of them together as a couple. But this was by no means a deal breaker just a preference.

All in all, this was a great little story. I highly recommend it for when you need some smiles and a pick me up from life. 4 Stars!

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I'm a romance junkie, who loves when books make her cry from heartbreak and happiness. A few of my favorite tropes: -Friends to lovers -Hurt/comfort/healing -Age gap NetGalley Member since 2015 2016 NetGalley Challenge 80% Professional Reader 2015 Challenge Participant