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Rian Thompson thought she joined the gym to get healthy. Little did she know she was about to add hundred and ninety pounds of swoonworthy abdominal muscles and arrogance to her life.
Every day in Rians’s life follows a predictable pattern, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. She’s got a nice job, a nice place to live, and a nice family – even if they are a little wedding-zilla-ish at the moment.
She doesn’t need anything spectacular to be happy. She just needs to get healthy – mentally, physically. . . and maybe spiritually if that happens. But she’ll settle for two out of three until her sister finally gets hitched.
Carlos Davies thought his life was perfect. Little did he know it was about to be turned upside down by a woman who is not his type.
In Carlos’s mind, his life is damn near perfect. He’s got a great job, a great place to live, and a great stash of pick up lines that always work. It has occurred to him that maybe no one actually takes him all that seriously. But with these bulging biceps and thick, dark hair, does that even matter since he’s never sleeping alone?
Welcome to Weight Expectations, where great—and unexpected—things happen.
Setting a goal to become healthier doesn’t necessarily mean observing a ‘skinny girl’ in the mirror. For Rian – the objective she is trying to tackle isn’t that of someone looking for a total body transformation. In fact – Rian states in the beginning of her quest that she only cares about her health. The reality that you can be ‘bigger’ and healthy at the same time is the focus of Rian’s goals.
Carlos has no plans for finding love. His philosophy of ‘no strings attached’ has always worked in the past, so why change things? During his gym time, Carlos finds that his attention is pulled to a girl that is so far from his normal preference that it is a jolt to his system. In spite of trying to ignore the need to discover more of Rian, Carlos can’t quite be enamored by the confidence that Rian exudes. When an opening in his firm comes to light, Carlos pushes Rian to apply. With her presence a part of his daily routine, will Carlos be able to remain professional?
Weight Expectations is the first book in the Cipher Office series, and is part of the SmartyPants Romance collection. This series starter follows Carlos and his desire for a no strings attached relationship in his personal life. His journey coincides with Rian’s quest for health. The two don’t fit into the expectations that the world would place on a relationship about two individuals who posses different physical attributes. While Rian seems to have a very relatable issue with her weight, Carlos comes off as an arrogant and not necessarily likeable guy.
While I found myself wanting to experience the dynamic between Carlos and Rian, I felt that this book skimmed over a HUGE chunks of their attraction. There is a lot of back history in the book, and the connection really doesn’t happen until around 40% in the book. One minute the two are at a dinner with friends, and the next they are so drawn to each other they can’t ignore the pull. All of the action in between the two characters is pushed to the side, and it feels like we are missing vital thoughts and interactions that definitely would have added to the relationship.
This disconnect is evident in the way the plot seems to pull Rian and Abel together instead of Carlos and Rian. While the story had the best intent, it was evident that the two characters didn’t posses the realistic qualities I would expect from a romance. Even though the romance fell flat between Carlos and Rian for me, I found the interoffice buzz very interesting!! I love learning more about Cipher Security and wouldn’t mind delving deeper into the lives of the office crew.