Thursday, September 8, 2011

Personal Training

Title: Personal Training
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 978-1-61372-082-0
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Holton’s life is stagnant. He’s alone, overweight and afraid of ending up like his diabetic father, so he decides to make some changes in his life. He’s determine to get healthy so he throws out his junk food and joins a gym, where he meet Marcus, a trainer, the most gorgeous man he’s ever seen. Over the next three months, Holton works hard to shed the unwanted pounds and build muscles and then one day, learns he’s caught Marcus’ eye. 

Holton is shocked but thrilled when Marcus asks him out and despite his nerves, says yes.  It doesn’t take long to learn they have a lot in common but an event in Holton’s past makes getting close difficult. If they have any chance of developing a relationship, he’s going to have to learn to let go of the hurt and open his heart to the possibilities of love. 

Personal Training is the newest release in Andrew Grey’s Work Out series. The formula for these books is pretty similar from one to the other but that doesn’t mean that each one isn’t unique in their own way.  While there is a character carry-over from previous releases, it’s possible to read Personal Training as a standalone without a problem. 

As with all of Andrew Grey’s characters, they’re believable and Holton isn’t any different. This guy has real problems and while we might not be able to relate to his particular experience, his fears and insecurities have been felt by everyone, making him easy to relate to. First of all how many of us don’t want to drop a few pounds…hands up if it’s you. Then there are the health problems of Holton’s mother. Everyone with aging parents can certainly relate to that fear associated with her illness… real, painful and scary. 

I enjoyed the book, despite it being more painful and angst driven than the others. The characters personalities are well developed; there are plenty of high emotions, a few surprises and a slow growing passion between Holton and Marcus. The only real complaint I have is that Holton’s long standing problem seems to be resolved much faster than was realistic to get to the end. I look forward to the next release in the series.

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