Review: Moore to Love by Faith Andrews

Review:  Moore to Love by Faith AndrewsMoore to Love July 18, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 264
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
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I used to imagine that life would be easier, more enjoyable, if I were tall, blond, and supermodel thin. But real life—like the average, every day woman—is full of curves and imperfections, and many opportunities to learn that it’s not the number on the scale that measures the capacity of your heart.

After years of struggling with poor self esteem and too many crash diets to count, I finally got wise—and hired a trainer. With an enthusiastic push from my brother’s fiancé and more motivation than a Joel Osteen sermon, I, Madeline “Leni” Moore, am ready to ditch the oh-woe-is-me act.

That is, until I smack head-on into a tree and collide with him. Lane Sheffield is the guy you drool over from afar. One look at him the first day on the runner’s track, and my panties are up in flames. He’s out of my league. Slim, sleek, and athletic to my plump, dull, and unfit. Lane has no reason to like me, but to my utter shock . . . he does and this newfound attention from the opposite sex has me all sorts of baffled.

What starts out as a healthy journey to lose some of the extra me, turns into a quest to find my true self. Will the need to fit in and finally have someone to call my own lead me to my weight loss goal or my happiness goal? I've focused so long on being skinny, what will it take for me to learn the ultimate lesson—that beauty is only skin deep?

This was my first Faith Andrews book! I was equal parts excited, yet hesitant, after reading the blurb. I LOVE stories with bigger women, or women with body insecurities – but I hate when that becomes the entire plot… Or when the character doesn’t have ANY confidence in herself, at all. When they’re whiney and self-loathing, the story becomes exhausting.

Thankfully, in Moore To Love, that didn’t happen. At least not with her.

Moore To Love focuses on main character Leni. She’s a fluffier gal living in NYC, and when her brother gets engaged, she decides to hire trainers and lose some weight and gain self-confidence. During her daily running, she spies a hot dude who ends up saving the day after she quite literally runs into a tree and knocks herself out.

From there, a friendship sparks and so does a romance. This is a very cutesy, surface read. Almost on the verge of a fluffy romance (which, there’s nothing wrong with that, just not my personal preference typically.) I was expecting to hate Leni, but she ended up being my favorite. She had her insecurities, but they weren’t overdone. She was actually very realistically written, and I could relate to her A LOT.

My biggest problem was with the “alpha.” Lane on the surface seems to be everything you want in the hero. Hot. Athletic. Great job. Kind and caring and sweet. But… he ended up being what I was afraid of Leni becoming – whiney and so full of self-loathing that he annoyed me. Now, I’m not saying men can’t have insecurities or imperfections, but he was lacking confidence in buckets worth.

And when both characters are full of self-doubt, it kind of takes over the story and the plot and your whole focus is on them feeling sorry for themselves rather than anything else.

I think if a few things were different with the characters, I would have enjoyed it a lot more.  There was a ton of “pep” talks between Leni and her friends, making them a bit redundant and overdone…but I really enjoyed the supporting characters, and wouldn read from her again in the future.

If you don’t mind a non-super-alpha alpha, and love lighter romances, you’ll probably really enjoy Moore to Love.

*2.5-3 stars*

 

 



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