Adele Blackthorne is a big girl, a curvy chick. She knows it, and she’s been picked on all her life because of it. But she’s gotten to the stage where she doesn’t care. She might be Rubenesque, but she’s healthy too. Much healthier than the mean girls at the leisure center who point and stare and say spiteful things about her. Adele rises above it all and simply enjoys her secretive glances at the center’s hunky lifeguard, Oliver.
As the bullying of Adele becomes worse, Oliver finds it increasingly difficult not to intervene. He doesn’t want to get into trouble with work, but equally he can’t stand to see Adele treated in such a horrible way. Especially since he doesn’t agree that she’s fat and unattractive. He thinks she’s a seriously sexy woman, and would like to get to know her better—much better.
Review: Ms. Felthouse shows us love comes in all shapes in sizes in this romantic tale with a twist.
Adele is a plus size woman comfortable with her looks and resistant to the foolish comments made by others. At her local leisure center, the English version of a Y.M.C.A., she swims at least three times a week under the watchful eyes of Oliver. The young lifeguard is always quick with a greeting and a smile that reminds her how long it’s been since she’s had sex. With her crush safely buried she’s shocked into silence when Oliver expresses his interest, sending the wrong message. Successful, kind-hearted, and driven she’s easy to like. But I felt too much emphasis was placed on her size. She had so many other interesting things going I would have liked to learn more about like her job as a head Chef. It took me away from the story at times.
There’s nothing sexier than confidence, and as far as Oliver is concerned, Adele has that in spades. A gentleman with a swimmer’s body , and the maturity to see past age and society’s norm on beauty… what was not to like about this hero? His willingness to stand up when he saw something wrong totally won me over. He had a confident, yet awkward vibe that reminded me of Hugh Grant. That very human element i could relate that might have been lost otherwise.
If you’re looking for a romance that steps a bit out of the box, and the country, because this is set in England, this is the perfect one for you.