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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Review | Weightless by Kandi Steiner

Hot damn. That was an amazing book.

Those were my first thoughts after I finished reading Weightless. When I purchased it a few months ago, I thought the cover was beautiful, but the back blurb was sooo vague. A brilliant decision on the author’s part. I went into the book without any idea what it was about.

And it completely blew me away.

Natalie Poxton has been dumped by her first love, Mason. When his skinny new girlfriend makes fun of her weight, she takes up her mother’s advice and decides that the first step toward getting him back/moving on (she hasn’t decided yet) is to lose weight. Her gym trainer turns out to be none other than Rhodes, Poxton Beach’s scowling bad boy. Soon, weight isn’t the only thing Natalie’s losing. With the bad boy’s help, she’s ditching her insecurities, too, and gaining confidence and maybe a new love in the process.

Yes, Weightless is indeed the story I summarized in the above paragraph.

It’s also so much more than that.

Natalie was such a frustrating character in the beginning. She was insecure, had no idea how to defend herself, and desperately wanted to get back some boy who wasn’t even that wonderful to start with. But the thing about sticking with frustrating characters is it’s so much more rewarding when they start changing.

You can’t help but cheer them on as they slowly grow a backbone, and that’s how I felt about Natalie. There were certain times when I wanted to beat her over the head with a Lost DVD (you’ll get the reference if you’ve read the book), but I clapped my hands together every time she took a self-improving baby step.

Rhodes and Natalie were scorching hot together and practically set my Kindle app on fire, but the author took their love story—the rest of the book, to be honest—to a whole other level.

I once read a quote about how relationships are supposed to lift you up, not weigh you down, and I thought of it while reading about Rhodes and Natalie. They were two damaged people who helped each other see beyond their issues.

The concept of another person “fixing” someone else usually doesn’t sit well with me, but I didn’t mind it at all in this book. In fact, I like the idea of a give and take relationship where you help each other become the people you’re supposed to be. Love in its truest sense.

Their relationship felt real. In all the right heart-hitting ways. Like something you might be lucky enough to find in real life.

And the ending! I love endings where seemingly unrelated pieces in the story come together and blow you away. There will be no spoilers in this review, but please believe me when I say that you’ll flip through the book again once you’re done reading it to marvel at all the seemingly unimportant details you missed.

Weightless was such a satisfying read. I can’t believe it took me so long to read it. I was sweating at the country club and falling in love with Rhodes (SA-WOON) right along with Natalie, and only a truly epic book can suck you into its world like that. Rest assured that I’ll read my way through Kandi Steiner’s backlist and purchase anything she comes up with in the future. I already have her newest book, A Love Letter to Whiskey, in my to-be-read pile.

Good times ahoy!

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