The Fastest Way to Fall

Britta didn’t plan on falling for her personal trainer, and Wes didn’t plan on Britta. Plans change and it’s unclear if love, career, or both will meet them at the finish line.

Britta Colby works for a lifestyle website, and when tasked to write about her experience with a hot new body-positive fitness app that includes personal coaching, she knows it’s a major opportunity to prove she should write for the site full-time.

As CEO of the FitMi Fitness app, Wes Lawson finally has the financial security he grew up without, but despite his success, his floundering love life and complicated family situation leaves him feeling isolated and unfulfilled. He decides to get back to what he loves—coaching. Britta’s his first new client and they click immediately.

As weeks pass, she’s surprised at how much she enjoys experimenting with her exercise routine. He’s surprised at how much he looks forward to talking to her every day. They convince themselves their attraction is harmless, but when they start working out in person, Wes and Britta find it increasingly challenging to deny their chemistry and maintain a professional distance.

Wes isn’t supposed to be training clients, much less meeting with them, and Britta’s credibility will be sunk if the lifestyle site finds out she’s practically dating the fitness coach she’s reviewing. Walking away from each other is the smartest thing to do, but running side by side feels like the start of something big.

I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

I feel as though I should mention upfront that this review will be a bit more personal than my usual. It will be more personal because this book and my connection to it both feel more personal than what I normally read. Every once in a while a book or character will come around that you just really see yourself in, and that is the case for me with The Fastest Way to Fall.

I’ve experienced so many of the things that Britta goes through in this book. I’ve had men that I had feelings for make comments about weight loss, I’ve had them ask me to be friends with benefits because they liked my body, but didn’t want an actual relationship with me because of it. Her relationship with food, exercise and confidence really struck a chord with me because I’ve experienced and regularly still experience much of the same.

The overall messages contained in this book were messages that I’ve needed to hear for years, and I think that more people in my position need to hear them too. As a size 14 woman I’ve long believed that I can’t be fat and hot, and that I only ever needed to work out to lose weight, not because I enjoy it or want to be fit. The same goes for eating healthy. I eat vegetables because I enjoy them, but often the assumption is that I’m eating them to lose weight.

Not only was this book full of body positivity that I and a lot of other women desperately need, it contained one of the sweetest romances I’ve read in a long while. Wes was so genuine in his support of Britta and I can’t say enough how much I enjoyed watching their friendship grow and then blossom into something more. I cried on multiple occasions, which was not ideal given that I was listening to the audiobook while working. Do you know hard it is to look at a spreadsheet through tears? I doo

For my fellow spice readers – don’t you worry, this book brought the heat. The spice was light but incredibly well written and did not fade to black.

Speaking of the audiobook, the narration was so well done and the voice actors really brought both characters to life. Teddy Hamilton ALWAYS kills it on audio and while this was the first book I’ve listened to from N’Jameh Camara, it certainly won’t be the last.

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