artist Dodie Layton is under orders from her mother to drop 2 dress sizes
in six weeks, or risk losing the chance of being Maid of Honor at her
sister's celebrity-studded wedding. Desperate for a workable weight-loss
scheme, Dodie will do anything to metamorphose from a dumpy dowd into a voluptuous vixen.
Even if it means living on nothing but her mother's cabbage soup, she'll
do whatever it takes for her philandering ex to
see her looking devastatingly gorgeous on the arm of sexy actor and best
man Charles Grey in the celebrity magazine photos of the wedding.
Realizing she can't pull this miracle off on her own, Dodie makes a
call to her best
friend Gina, a gym manager, and begs her to whip her into shape. The two cut a deal: artwork for the spa's reception area in exchange for
a healthier body in a hurry.
Pro-rugby-player-turned CEO Brad
Morgan is always hungry for a challenge, whether it's developing a new
sports and leisure center or just pushing his injured body to maintain its
professional level of fitness. Deciding to check up on his
latest and most expensive project, Lake Spa, he's prepared to finally take
a well-deserved working vacation. But while there, Brad crosses paths with a
frumpy artist-type who has a rush need for a personal trainer.
When the health club worker assigned to her falls ill, he jumps at
the chance to take on the job.
Brad is supposed to be whittling
Dodie down in time for the big day, but he finds he likes her generous curves, her softness.
He's drawn to them, to her dimpled smile, and her deep dark eyes.
Theirs is supposed to be a short-term business relationship, yet he wants
so much more. How can Brad make Dodie believe that he wants her as she
is, when she doesn't even know the truth about who he is?
worked for me:
I really appreciated the quiet humor throughout
the story, and found that Dodie and Brad were very
likeable people with a
terrific chemistry between them. I hated to leave them at the end of the
Size-wise Dodie was a
bit plump and thought she needed to lose some weight, but all she truly
needed was to bolster her self-esteem and gain some self-respect.
(In the end, she toned up some, but she didn't drop the dress sizes like
she'd originally planned.)
What didn't work for me:
didn't see much of them, but the mum and the ex-boyfriend were easy
to hate. I know it's a petty wish on my part, but I would have loved
to have had more time dedicated to Dodie's newfound happiness being rubbed
in their faces!
charming, well-written story was as delicious as the chocolate Dodie
craved! Anyone who delights in contemporary romances with a British
flavor should enjoy this one.
reviewer Danielle Hill
worked for me:
The thing I really liked about this book was that Brad was focused not on
Dodie losing weight but having a healthier lifestyle, regaining her
self-esteem, and breaking free from the bondage of comfort eating when she
really should have been dealing with her emotions. He tells her right out
that she doesnít need to change her body at all.
I also like the fact that Dodie is very down to
earth and realistic. Depending on the point of view, Dodie is described as
short and plump, or pretty in a Rubenesque fashion.
What didn't work for me:
Hopefully readers wonít take this book as a
wholesale portrayal of overweight women. Not all of us are binge-comfort
eaters who never exercise. This is just one womanís story.
The Bridesmaidís Reward was an enjoyable read, if
rather short, that shows that loving yourself is more important than how
well you fit into a dress, and for that I really enjoyed it.
If you liked "The Bridesmaid's
Reward" you might also enjoy "Love at
Large", "Coffee and Kung Fu", "The Independent Bride", "The Librarian's
"Suite Seduction", "The
Course of True Love",
"Born to be Wild", "More to Love", "Runaway Bay",
"Blushing Pink", "His Seductive
Away", "His E-mail Order Wife", "Dear Cupid",
"Spellbound", "It Had
to be You", or "This Heart of
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