OAKLAND HILLS ROMANCE, BOOK #1
When a couch potato inherits a fitnesswear company in San Francisco, sparks fly with her arrogant, Olympic medalist vice president.
The world of fitness apparel isn't ready for Beverly Lewis. She hates the gym, is nice to everybody, and shops at Ross Dress for Less. When she's not teaching preschool, she's wearing yoga pants . . . to nap in. So when she inherits her estranged grandfather's fitnesswear company in San Francisco, nobody expects her to keep it. Fite Fitness needs a heartless suit to save it from bankruptcy, not a thirty-year-old woman who cries when her students leave for kindergarten.
Someone like Liam Johnson. A former Olympic swimmer, Liam is Fite's executive vice president. Unlike Bev, he's devoted his life to Fite's success. Managing one little preschool teacher—and his attraction to her—shouldn't be an issue. Right?
But Bev's tired of being underpaid and underrated, and refuses to step aside as an obedient figurehead. To everyone's shock and horror, she moves up to San Francisco, sets up an office, and dives into the business. Nothing—not mockery, not exercise, not sabotage, not a disastrously hot night with her aggravating VP—is going to scare her away.
As Liam realizes she's tougher than she looks, he discovers that losing Fite might not be nearly as bad as losing her . . .
A story about the pursuit of love, happiness, and the perfect yoga pants, Love Handles will speak to anyone who's ever had to face what scares her most.
Warning: contains at least two loves scenes and a happy ending.
The characters are well developed in this book. They intertwine nicely and it makes you feel like you could actually know them. Bev is sweet and generally a happy person, who just doesn’t like exercising that much. Liam is athletic, (an ex-Olympian swimmer), head-strong, and loves the Fite company where he has worked under the thumb of Bev’s grandfather under he passed away.
Bev’s plan from the get-go was to sell the company to her aunt in order to try to bring her family back together, but that went wrong very fast. Bev loses her teaching job and decides to stay at Fite and try to turn the company around. This causes problems with everyone at first. She has no management skills to speak of and has no interest exercise or the clothing at all. Bev realizes early on that she can’t do anything without the help of Liam, but Liam just wants her gone so that he can run the company, so they team up.
Neither Bev not Liam expected to fall for the other person. They are so different after all. In the process of trying to prove that she’s not a pushover with her family and trying to break down the barrier involving her mom and her aunt, Bev finds her inner strength and it’s great to read about. She comes into her own as a business owner and as someone who can stand up for what she believes is right.
The only problem I had with this book and it was a small one is that there were some mistakes in the editing. Other than that I would highly recommend this book to anyone wanting a stressful, fun book.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars!
About the Author
Gretchen Galway is a USA TODAY bestselling author who writes romantic comedies because love is too painful to survive without laughing. A native of the American Midwest, she now lives in California with her husband and two kids.