Title: Slim Chance
Author: Jeff Erno
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 26, 2017
Genre(s): Gay contemporary romance, self discovery, weight loss, acceptance
Page Count: 201 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Can a man improve his appearance without losing everything good inside him?
Oliver has always been obese and suffered from a negative body image. He’s tried diets before, failing time after time, but he vows this time will be different. As he begins an exercise program, his confidence increases—and so does his interest in his friend and coworker Benjy. Though they bonded long ago over a love of online gaming, it takes a lot of courage for Oliver to share his new body and be intimate with another man.
A passionate romance blooms, but as Oliver nears his goal, it seems he doesn’t need Benjy—with his chronic anxiety and troubled past—now that he’s made attractive new friends at the gym. But not all relationships are equal, and Oliver realizes that Benjy, who loved and supported him when no one else did, is more than a reminder of his old life.
A pleasing appearance means nothing when it hides a lonely, empty heart, and if Oliver cannot decide what’s truly important, he’ll lose what he cherishes most.
I really enjoyed buoyed this book. It is a book that is best described as a self discovery book.
Oliver is not happy with his weight. He makes jokes about it in hopes that others will not notice how much it affects him not only emotionally but physically also. He knows that the weight is a health risk too him but until recently diets, exercise, none of it worked. But Oliver took a long look at himself in the mirror and once and for all decided enough is enough and that he has had it with his weight.
I think what is the most help to Oliver is Benjy. They started out with Oliver coming to his rescue but Benjy ends uo being the one that supports Oliver through his tough road of weight loss. It is not an easy thing for anyone to do, lose weight the right way. But with Benny’s encouragement Oliver is losing weight and has even gotten up enough nerve to join a gym to help him to keep it off and maintain the weight that Oliver wants.
Not only is Benjy supportive through it all as a friend but their friendship has blossomed into much more between them. Though Oliver has his hang ups about his weight and Benjy tried his best to be supportive, it is not always easy because Benjy has his own demons he is dealing with also.
Can two men that have hang ups about themselves be enough of a support system for each other to make their relationship work or will they crash and burn before it ever gets started really good.
This is a book about discovering who one wants to be and learning to love ones self even if they are not perfect? Perfect is in the eye of the beholder and one cannot love and accept anyone else until they learn to live and accept themselves first and that is what this book is about. Such an inspiring read.
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