I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Fastest Way to Fall by Denise Williams
Published by Penguin on November 7, 2021
Genres: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Romance / Multicultural & Interracial, Fiction / Women
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"The perfect feel-good read."--Emily Henry, #1 New York Times bestselling author of People We Meet on Vacation
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 want to thank Denise Williams for writing such an intelligent and wonderful story focusing on a woman’s journey to being healthier, accepting her body all while learning to be physically and mentally stronger and in the process finding the love of her life even if it was in an unusual way and a bit forbidden. ~ Sharon – Simply Love Book Reviews
The synopsis of this book caught my eye and I decided to give new to me author Denise Williams a try and I am so glad that I did. The Fastest Way to Fall was not only a wonderful romance; the body positivity messages contained within its pages were refreshing and well written. Being a thicc woman myself for all of my life no matter what diet, no matter what level of exercise, over the last decade and a half, I began to realize that this is just me, it’s who I am, what I am, and I have learned to accept and be happy with my body and myself. I hate that it took me so long and if this book helps even one woman realize that sooner, then it’s done its job. So first off I want to thank Denise Williams for writing such an intelligent and wonderful story focusing on a woman’s journey to being healthier, accepting her body all while learning to be physically and mentally stronger and in the process finding the love of her life even if it was in an unusual way and a bit forbidden.
Britta Colby is finally getting a chance to share her writing with the world, okay so it’s with the readers of the lifestyle website she works for, but it’s a step towards meeting her professional goals while also helping her meet a personal one, to live a more healthy lifestyle and feel better about her body. She and a co-worker will test out two new fitness apps one that focuses on a healthy lifestyle and body positivity and one that focuses on being a “hotter you.” Signing up with FitMe , Britta jumps right in when she is matched with “Wes” her virtual fitness coach. Right way the messages back and forth between them are funny, charming, and it is easy to feel a spark between them. As this is told from dual points of view, we see that both Britta and Wes are really enjoying their interactions.
Despite his company FitMe doing very well, Wes Lawson is feeling like something is missing from his life and he doesn’t mean his sister he hasn’t seen in years when she ran away from home at 17. As CEO he finds himself becoming more dissatisfied with his work life and his personal life isn’t much better. On the advice of his business partner and friend, Wes decides to take on a couple of fitness clients from the app to see if that helps get him back on track. What he doesn’t expect is to feel such interest in Bmoney34’s application and knows that he wants to help her achieve her goals.
I loved the way this story played out and while I wasn’t thrilled that both Britta and Wes didn’t share pertinent information with the other when they began seeing each other outside the app, I also understood while they held back. That was my only issue with this story is that they in fact lied to one another while their friendship formed and morphed into more. That being said, there were consequences to their actions and while in the end everything worked out I liked that they both suffered a little because of their actions. I loved the message of this book that weight is just a number; that living healthier is more about how you feel physically and mentally. We saw Britta make mistakes, pull herself up, and start over again a couple of times and that’s something everyone needs to remember. No one is perfect and you can always begin again. And through it all Wes was there helping her through each challenge and cheering her on. I loved the bond they formed, the friendship that was based on their personalities and not on the physical, and the love that grew between them that surprised both of them.
One other thing I want to note, when Britta’s boss told her that she would keep her job as an assistant but they could never let her write for them again, her boss also told her she was an extremely talented writer and needed to pursue that passion…THAT is a perfect example of one woman lifting up another woman when she is down. Yes, she was disappointed in Britta’s actions, but she also recognized her talent and wanted her to know that she was more than the mistake she made. I have seriously LOVE for that scene.
The Fastest Way to Fall was such a surprise treat for me, I loved this book and it is easily one of my favorites of 2021. Maybe it’s because I identify with Britta, maybe it’s because I have a good man who has always loved me just the way I am, or maybe it’s the fact that Denise Williams has a way with words that spoke so deeply to me. All I do know is that I can’t wait to read what she puts out next!