Elsa Quinn has been bullied for being fat all her life. On the start of her new year of school, she makes a decision. She is going to lose weight. Elsa joins a gym out of town to ensure it’s top secret.
Noah Stewart lives for exercise. When he wants to relax, he works out, pumps weights, and runs to clear his head. After an embarrassing scene by his crazed ex, Noah decides to exercise in a gym a town over. When he meets Elsa, it seems too good to be true. He can’t let her out of his life when he knows he can help her—even though she’s already perfect to him. Striking up a deal, he’ll help Elsa get in shape, and in return she will keep his new gym a secret.
Day after day, week after week, it’s hard for Noah to not see how beautiful Elsa is. He’s struggling to keep his hands to himself, and when he finally claims her, he doesn’t want to keep it a secret. Noah wants the world to know Elsa belongs to him.
What will happen when their peers find out? Will Elsa be too scared to stay with Noah? Will he let her go when he sees what his ex does to her?
I really enjoyed this sweet but sizzling offering from the fabulous Sam Crescent. Since I love her books I jumped at this one even wondering at the new adult genre but it seems that this author can do it all. I was simply captivated from the very first page until the last one.
Elsa and Noah were the usual amazing Sam Crescent characters. Just a bit younger. Elsa was comfortable with her pin up body type, but she wanted to please her mom who was always ragging on her to lose the weight. Noah was a jock who leaned toward the dominant side. Normally, they didn’t hang with the same crowd, until they accidentally met at a gym and when they clicked it was so good that the reader could tell these two would have something special. Special would be an understatement, I felt, for the relationship that Sam Crescent was able to show to the readers on those pages.
Noah was one of the best alphas I remember reading. He was sweet and worked so hard at getting her to finally trust him, and then he kept her trust, not that the story was without drama. It had all the complexities of a Sam Crescent romance, jealous mean girls, family drama and an interesting side story between friends. She perfectly straddled the line of a new adult story by keeping it sweet but enlivening the story with sizzling hotness. This book was done beautifully and I absolutely loved it. So looking forward to Kurt and Kim since I already know their love story will be more complicated but just as sweet.