Out of the Blue

Alison Bliss. Forever, $15.99 trade paper (368p) ISBN 978-1-5387-6458-9
Pairing a plus-size heroine with a hunky personal trainer who thinks she’s ravishingly beautiful whether she loses an ounce or not, Bliss’s heartwarming fourth Perfect Fit rom-com (after More to Love) proves that “sexy isn’t a size.” Antiques dealer Preslee Owens has just been told she’s prediabetic and musters up the courage to enter Granite, Tex.’s only gym, the Body Shop. Though she’s convinced she’ll be mocked, owner Adam Caldwell is instantly attracted to her. Unaware of Preslee’s insecurities, Adam makes an innocent bet with his best friend, Kurt, about whether he’ll be able to help Preslee reach her fitness goals. As they begin training and grow closer, he realizes how much this action could potentially hurt her—but it’s too late, and after Preslee learns about the bet, Adam faces an uphill battle to prove his feelings for her are true. Bliss makes Preslee’s body image issues both nuanced and instantly recognizable, and readers who’ve dealt with similar insecurities will feel seen. A heart-wrenching subplot about her search for her birth mother will further cement readers’ desire to see her achieve the love she deserves. Luckily, an uncommonly sensitive hero is on hand to provide support. This smart, tender rom-com will linger long in readers’ minds. Agent: Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger. (Feb.)
Reviewed on : 11/29/2021
Release date: 02/01/2022
Genre: Romance/Erotica
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