Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Cardio Conditioning

Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-62380-271-4
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

When his doctor suggests regular exercise might help regulate his blood sugar, Jerry March joins a gym. He’s insecure about his body image and worries how he’ll look to others. On his first day at the gym, he overdoes it on the treadmill, his blood sugar plummets and Jerry rouses to find he’s sitting in the lap of gorgeous Gianni Lappatura.

A few days later, Jerry sees Gianni at the club where he works as an opera singing stripper. When he’s ready to leave and realizes Gianni is having car trouble, Jerry gives him a ride. He’s happy to help and even more happy when the sexy hunk asks him on a date. After some disastrous relationships Jerry’s hoping for a chance at happiness. Is it possible with a guy like Gianni, who seems so perfect? Can Gianni understand what it feels to be flawed?

Cardio Conditioning is the latest release in Andrew Grey’s Work Out series. The returning characters don’t play important roles, so the book can be read as a standalone.

On the surface Jerry and Gianni are different but Mr. Grey has once again created a perfect couple because in actuality both men have insecurities they need to worth through. How smart is it that the author deals with the same problem in both men—how each feels about their body and how others react to it—just from different perspectives. I enjoyed watching these two likeable men develop their relationship—and fall in love—while dealing with their individual problems.

For a release of this length their personalities are pretty well developed and I felt I knew them well, and what they wanted out of life. The pacing is smooth throughout, the descriptions of Jerry and his health issues handled believably and the sex is sizzling hot. Be aware that there isn’t a lot of angst. It’s a fun and entertaining read and fits in nicely with the other books in the series. I look forward to the next release.

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