Oct. 22, 2014

Breaking His Rules (Feeling the Heat, #4)Losing fifty pounds is an incredible achievement. But for Melissa Atherton, progress doesn’t come with praise—a scathing comment from an evil cousin at a bridal shower threatens to crush her new self-esteem. Who will she bring to the upcoming wedding? Showing up without a date would be humiliating. It just isn’t an option.

Personal trainer Jake Sawyer was attracted to Melissa before she lost weight, but her progress has him floored. When she admits she plans to hire a male escort—and why—his heart all but breaks. Melissa’s come too far to be knocked down, especially by her own family. He’ll go as her date…and figure out a way to keep his hands to himself.

But when a steamy hotel room encounter takes them both by surprise, Jake balks. He’s sworn never to date one of his clients, not again. And Melissa can’t bear to be just friends with the man who treated her so tenderly, even if it was only for a weekend. Jake’s helped her see she’s strong enough to stand up for herself, but will she find the strength to pursue the only man who’s ever seen the real her?

     The world is a cruel place when you have bullies like Melissa Atherton’s cousin Shauna and her sidekick and maid of honor Denise around.  You see Shauna’s dad is blood and forced her to ask either Melissa or Paige her fraternal twins cousins to be in the wedding party.  Neither wanted to be in it because the one time Musketeer with them turned on them and became a bully.  While in the stall at Shauna’s bridal shower Melissa overheard Shauna talking about why she even bothered to have Paige in the wedding when she was still a big fat pig, basically.  Shauna explained the reason she picked Paige over Melissa to be in the wedding even though she had already lost 50 pounds that Melissa would have ruined all of her bridal pictures because she was so fat, not that Paige was that much better.  That’s when she said neither could get a date.
     So, when she goes to work out later that afternoon Jake Sawyer her personal trainer sees she’s out of sorts and asks.  She explains that she’s so pissed she’s thinking of hiring a escort to be her date so she could prove her cousin wrong.  Jake, who didn’t want to admit it to himself, likes Melissa and considers her a good friend.  He right away right then and there says he would be her escort.  She says no at first but once she gets a phone call from Shauna later that afternoon she calls Jake and says she will take him up on the offer and says she will pay for everything and he says no way. He will. 
     After that Jake starts suggesting that they meet up after hours to go over their background stories and stuff so they do over the next two weeks.  When he gets tickets to his brothers game for the Blaze team he takes her to it with them under the pretense that they will have several hours to talk over the likes and dislikes and all other background.  When to go out for dinner and drinks after the game they keep telling his brother and sister in law that they are just friends.  So when she goes to the bathroom his brother J.T. hits him up and says basically what is going on?   She is more to you that just a friend.  His wife does too.  He still says no and that he has the rule of not dating clients at work.  They both roll their eyes.  When his brother rolls his eyes again when he is looking at the bar, then he shakes his head no.  Jake asks what’s up his brothers says well I’m glad you’re just friend’s cuz it won’t matter to you that our pitcher is making time with your friend. It’s all he can do to stay in his seat.  The just friend this is killing him but his business can’t take it after what happened two years prior.
     Now the thing that keeps happening right in front of him since she lost the 50+ lbs. is that guys are flirting with her, where were they 50+ lbs. ago when she was heavy?  She doesn’t flirt back but it still kills him.  So, it’s off to the wedding the check in, get to their room and there is a problem…a king size bed not the double beds they thought they would have.  Jake tries to change it but, no can do.  This is the start of one funny book.  Melissa’s twin is like her alter ego.  Paige has defended her sister for so long she knows how to cut to the wick quickly. 
     But she and Jake do have one flaming hot chemistry to say the least.  The thing beside the relationship that I like is that this book is about finding yourself through fitness.  Not dieting and exercise but eating when and what your body is actually hungry for.  Listening to your body.  Plus keeping fit, through “Yes”, exercise in the way of fitness so it is done in a way of endurance and well-being.  It’s about not listening to all the garbage all the external things people wanting to shove at you.  Negativity about your weight, never being happy with how much you love or what you look like, wanting to be thinner.
     Learning to be happy in your own skin.  I personally loved the part when Melissa stands up to Mr. Black the photographer.  Bravo!!! The speech all plus size woman want to give.
     I give this book 5 +++ stars.  This book had a great deal of typos.  I don’t know if that was due to whoever inputted the book on to the computer or if was just the way the book downloaded from Amazon.  Which has happened before from the site because the typos tended to be making words that shouldn’t be compounded words.  Provided by net galley.
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