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Britta didn’t plan on falling for her personal trainer, and Wes didn’t plan on Britta. Plans change and it’s unclear if love, career, or both will meet them at the finish line. Britta Colby works for a lifestyle website, and when tasked to write about her experience with a hot new body-positive fitness app that includes personal coaching, she knows it’s a major opportunity Britta didn’t plan on falling for her personal trainer, and Wes didn’t plan on Britta. Plans change and it’s unclear if love, career, or both will meet them at the finish line. Britta Colby works for a lifestyle website, and when tasked to write about her experience with a hot new body-positive fitness app that includes personal coaching, she knows it’s a major opportunity to prove she should write for the site full-time. As CEO of the FitMe app, Wes Lawson finally has the financial security he grew up without, but despite his success, his floundering love life and complicated family situation leaves him feeling isolated and unfulfilled. He decides to get back to what he loves—coaching. Britta’s his first new client and they click immediately. As weeks pass, she’s surprised at how much she enjoys experimenting with her exercise routine. He’s surprised at how much he looks forward to talking to her every day. They convince themselves their attraction is harmless, but when they start working out in person, Wes and Britta find it increasingly challenging to deny their chemistry and maintain a professional distance. Wes isn’t supposed to be training clients, much less meeting with them, and Britta’s credibility will be sunk if the lifestyle site finds out she’s practically dating the fitness coach she’s reviewing. Walking away from each other is the smartest thing to do, but running side by side feels like the start of something big.


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Britta didn’t plan on falling for her personal trainer, and Wes didn’t plan on Britta. Plans change and it’s unclear if love, career, or both will meet them at the finish line. Britta Colby works for a lifestyle website, and when tasked to write about her experience with a hot new body-positive fitness app that includes personal coaching, she knows it’s a major opportunity Britta didn’t plan on falling for her personal trainer, and Wes didn’t plan on Britta. Plans change and it’s unclear if love, career, or both will meet them at the finish line. Britta Colby works for a lifestyle website, and when tasked to write about her experience with a hot new body-positive fitness app that includes personal coaching, she knows it’s a major opportunity to prove she should write for the site full-time. As CEO of the FitMe app, Wes Lawson finally has the financial security he grew up without, but despite his success, his floundering love life and complicated family situation leaves him feeling isolated and unfulfilled. He decides to get back to what he loves—coaching. Britta’s his first new client and they click immediately. As weeks pass, she’s surprised at how much she enjoys experimenting with her exercise routine. He’s surprised at how much he looks forward to talking to her every day. They convince themselves their attraction is harmless, but when they start working out in person, Wes and Britta find it increasingly challenging to deny their chemistry and maintain a professional distance. Wes isn’t supposed to be training clients, much less meeting with them, and Britta’s credibility will be sunk if the lifestyle site finds out she’s practically dating the fitness coach she’s reviewing. Walking away from each other is the smartest thing to do, but running side by side feels like the start of something big.

30 review for The Fastest Way To Fall

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Awwwwww! This is freaking cute! I’m not crying! Certainly not! Nope! I think I got dust in my eyes! Okay, well, I got emotional a little but those are happy tears! Oh Britta, you’re epic, you’re bold, tough, sarcastic, smart, entertaining, creative! I give everything to be your friend and follow your blog! And Wes, you’re sweet pie, you’re kind, romantic, gold hearted, sweet, selfless, caring! You’re exemplary book boyfriend! OMG! I’m talking about characters as they are real people! But this i Awwwwww! This is freaking cute! I’m not crying! Certainly not! Nope! I think I got dust in my eyes! Okay, well, I got emotional a little but those are happy tears! Oh Britta, you’re epic, you’re bold, tough, sarcastic, smart, entertaining, creative! I give everything to be your friend and follow your blog! And Wes, you’re sweet pie, you’re kind, romantic, gold hearted, sweet, selfless, caring! You’re exemplary book boyfriend! OMG! I’m talking about characters as they are real people! But this is power of creative writing. Such a talented author like Denise Williams can write heartwarming, touching story can heal our souls and inspire us to love ourselves without self criticism. The story starts like You’ve got mail meets Oh My Venus Korean Drama series with women empowering, anti- fat shaming messages and motivational perspective which fills our hearts with hope and recharging us with brand new self confidant energy. Britta Colby works for life-style website as assistant, who’s pursuing her dream to become a writer but she get to compete with Clare who is another ambitious writer candidate working hard to get the position designated for only one person. They will collaborate to write about two different Fitness apps and share their experiences about the apps’ approach to the clients’ needs. Britta chose FitMe app because this application focused on its customers’ health more than their physical appearances as Clare’s app focused on users’ bikini bodies and hotness. Wes Lawson is the one of the founders of FitMe app but his backstabbing girlfriend Kelsey she’s dated for 6 years and planned to marry, left him to work for rival company. Now she tries to reconnect with him, confusing his mind. And he’s dealing with his family issues: the addiction of his mother, his estranged sister who is suffering from eating disorder left without a word and he’s worried about her well being. He needs a distraction. Maybe working with a client via FitMe, being a virtual coach can give him the distraction he needs. And when he reads applications Britta’s smart ass comments under the influence of red wine, something clicks. Their banters on emails move to the chat room conversations. And after a sudden incident puts Britta’s heart into danger, they become more than strangers without faces. But both of them keep secrets: Britta literally writes about FitMe without knowing she has crush on CEO of the company as Wes is so close to cross the lines by dating with his client! Could they keep things private? Could they have a chance after they learn to trust each other? Is there any way to form a relationship without ruining each other’s careers and personal reputations? And eventually are they brave enough risk it all to be together? I loved Naya and Jack’s story at How to fail at flirting but I loved Britta and Wes’ story more! This book checks all the boxes for inspirational, motivational and feel good romance reading! Its message is clear and loud: we’re beautiful just the way we are and who cares what the others think! Giving my five healthy, beautiful, self confidence, feminism, girl power, grabbing my running shoes stars! Special thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for sharing this amazing reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinions.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    this was just really sweet and nice. A true comfort read, which is one of my favorite kinds.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    4.5 stars TW for drug abuse and eating disorders I love Denise Williams so much and I'm so happy I discovered her this year! I was so excited for this book because I love books about athletes and people who work out. Britta works for a magazine and really wants a permanent writing job, so she proposes a story idea of trying out an exercise app and tracking her journey along the way. She ends up getting paired up with her coach who just so happens to be one of the owners of the app. To start, I re 4.5 stars TW for drug abuse and eating disorders I love Denise Williams so much and I'm so happy I discovered her this year! I was so excited for this book because I love books about athletes and people who work out. Britta works for a magazine and really wants a permanent writing job, so she proposes a story idea of trying out an exercise app and tracking her journey along the way. She ends up getting paired up with her coach who just so happens to be one of the owners of the app. To start, I really loved Britta's attitude toward her body and exercise and how her goal was to feel good and strong, not to lose weight. When her and Wes start chatting on the app, they immediately hit it off and become fast friends. Wes is dealing with a lot with his mom and isn't feeling motivated about his job as co-owner of the app, so he decides to take on a few clients, including Britta. Their romance was so cute and I loved how much they genuinely cared for one another. There was a bit of fake dating in here, which was fun, and I loved how they just couldn't stop thinking about each other. They both tried to see if they could date other people, but they always came back to one another. Britta keeps her article a secret for a looooongggg time, which was obviously going to be a conflict near the end, but I didn't mind that. The ending was just so sweet and I loved how they ended up together!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kezia Duah

    “I’ll give you my first born child if you don’t make me give up coffee”- Williams, straight to jail. There’s more where that came from. Along with humor, this book had other things that I loved, including a lot of body positivity and some good smut! This is a spoiler free review so if there’s anything I need to take out, let me know! Britta and Wes started off with a professional relationship, but that didn’t last long because they inconveniently started to have feelings for each other. How soon “I’ll give you my first born child if you don’t make me give up coffee”- Williams, straight to jail. There’s more where that came from. Along with humor, this book had other things that I loved, including a lot of body positivity and some good smut! This is a spoiler free review so if there’s anything I need to take out, let me know! Britta and Wes started off with a professional relationship, but that didn’t last long because they inconveniently started to have feelings for each other. How soon did they act on these feelings though? Britta had this kind of blog thing going on for her where she talks about her fitness journey. This built a community which inspired a lot of people to go into fitness for themselves and not because of societal pressures to look a certain way. She is such a great character because of how relatable she is. Wes is also head of a company that coaches people, and this is how he and Britta meet, by being her coach. How does this relationship complicate their individual professional requirements ? I thought they were really cute and even sometimes cheesy, but mostly cute. Their chemistry and sexual tension was definitely superb. There is also the one bed trope and a little bit of fake dating if that’s enough to get you to give this book a shot. Can I just say that personally for me this is only cute to read about, but in real life, I wouldn’t honestly think it’s a good idea. Don’t mix business with pleasure people. The day that I get a personal trainer, this book is definitely going to pop up in my mind…..oh boy. We also get a lot of side characters that were connected to either Britta or Wes. Prominent ones that stood out to me include Wes’s horrible ex who was definitely abusive in their past relationship. We also have Wes’s mom who has addiction issues and his sister who parted from the family a while ago due to a lot of conflicts. Britta's family is also mentioned, and honestly there’s not much to say except that they seemed like nice people, which is something that Wes notices and notes that he lacks in his life. There were also some few men in Britta’s life that made her feel horrible about her body, and I love that as Britta reflects on these experiences, she understands that it has nothing to do with her and everything to do with them, a great message for readers. What further impacts do these people and other characters have on Wes and Britta’s relationship ? The fastest way to fall…..well, falling out of love for this book was definitely faster than I expected. So far I have talked about what I liked about this book right, so where did it fall short? Well honestly kids, I’m not sure. For some reason,Wes started to feel very bratty to me. This is going to be spoiler free so I can’t give the exact plot lines where I started to feel this, but these feelings started to arise around more than halfway in the book. Basically, Wes made Britta feel a bit shitty for things that occurred later in the book, and even though he did take some responsibility, I felt it wasn’t enough. The ending was also just messy. It could have been better. I’m not a writer so I couldn’t tell you exactly how to make it better, but I just felt like it fell flat. Overall: If you like any type of forbidden love with a lot of messiness, I would give it a shot.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Chris C - A Midlife Wife

    This book gutted me in many ways. I saw myself in these written words. Too many tears reading this but very eye-opening. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I love the plot of the story. It is so refreshing to have characters connect on a emotional and friendship based level first and not just on a physical one. Getting to know someone emotionally is huge and so many relationships really miss that connection. By having the app be an “anonymous” platform allowed for those deeper levels and to build that friendsh This book gutted me in many ways. I saw myself in these written words. Too many tears reading this but very eye-opening. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I love the plot of the story. It is so refreshing to have characters connect on a emotional and friendship based level first and not just on a physical one. Getting to know someone emotionally is huge and so many relationships really miss that connection. By having the app be an “anonymous” platform allowed for those deeper levels and to build that friendship. Were things all sunshine and roses? No way. As you can expect things hit the fan but by then the connection is worth fighting for. Cheering for a fabulous resolution and ending just made the whole story worthwhile. Watching the characters grow and connect on that deeper level is inspiring. Williams really gets it with her story and digs inside herself to share her emotional journey with us. Looking for inspiration? It finds us when and where we least expect it. * copy received for review consideration full review - https://amidlifewife.com/the-fastest-...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Reads Ravenously

    3.5 stars I absolutely adored Denise Williams’ debut novel, so when I saw this book was already released I jumped on it right away. I loved the first half of this book, but around the halfway mark it started to really fall flat for me. The plot pacing was way off and the connection between the characters seemed to dissipate instead of intensify. I will say, the thing I loved about this book was the plus sized representation. We really need to see more characters like Britta in books/media/etc. 3.5 stars I absolutely adored Denise Williams’ debut novel, so when I saw this book was already released I jumped on it right away. I loved the first half of this book, but around the halfway mark it started to really fall flat for me. The plot pacing was way off and the connection between the characters seemed to dissipate instead of intensify. I will say, the thing I loved about this book was the plus sized representation. We really need to see more characters like Britta in books/media/etc. Not just in romance. And even though I didn’t love this book I will continue to support Denise Williams because I think she writes some of the best damn heroines in books, period.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lacey (laceybooklovers)

    3.5 stars! I liked it for the most part but it just wasn’t as good as the author’s debut.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mae - Twice Upon A Book

    Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review CW: fat shaming, brief disordered eating, brief crash dieting, parent with addiction, discussions of weight loss and other topics of weight, mention of side character with eating disorder (Please also read the author's note as well) I would recommend if you're looking for (SPOILERS) -m/f friends to lovers -epistolary romance -elements of forbidden relationship -adorable nicknames -so much body positivity -slow burn I'll be u Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review CW: fat shaming, brief disordered eating, brief crash dieting, parent with addiction, discussions of weight loss and other topics of weight, mention of side character with eating disorder (Please also read the author's note as well) I would recommend if you're looking for (SPOILERS) -m/f friends to lovers -epistolary romance -elements of forbidden relationship -adorable nicknames -so much body positivity -slow burn I'll be up front I was hesitant to read this book as someone who has been overweight my entire life, whether this will be too triggering for me. I really appreciated Denise William's author note at the beginning and the CW. I went in with eyes wide open and it was truly appreciated. This isn't a book about weight loss or diet culture or anything else. This is a book about being strong, body positivity, and believing in yourself despite all those little comments that people make that you're great but... The message of this book is beautiful. Both Britta and Wes were dealing with different things and slowly leaned on the other. Not because they needed them, but ultimately in a form of strength as a partnership in so many ways. I related to Britta in so many different ways. The adorable and flirty messages between them sucked me in and I adored this book. Both MCs had their flaws but especially that ending, this is a beautiful love story. I wish I could put a more coherent review together about how much I enjoyed this book, but all I can say is it touched my heart in so many ways and I'm so glad I read it. Steam: 3

  9. 5 out of 5

    emma

    i was so excited to read this book. then i saw how small the font was on my review copy and i was immediately defeated. some things are just too important. (thanks to netgalley for the copy, which i will vanquish eventually)

  10. 4 out of 5

    book bruin

    3.5 stars CW: (from the author’s website) - Intentional changes in exercise and nutrition habits by a main character (that do not include dieting) including on-page reflections on exercise and eating habits. - Off-page alcohol and drug abuse of a side character. - The heroine participates in brief and off-page over-exercise. - Reference to the eating disorder of a side character. I’m struggling a bit to write this review because parts of the novel worked so well for me and the emotions were so relatab 3.5 stars CW: (from the author’s website) - Intentional changes in exercise and nutrition habits by a main character (that do not include dieting) including on-page reflections on exercise and eating habits. - Off-page alcohol and drug abuse of a side character. - The heroine participates in brief and off-page over-exercise. - Reference to the eating disorder of a side character. I’m struggling a bit to write this review because parts of the novel worked so well for me and the emotions were so relatable, but other parts left me frustrated and annoyed. What I enjoyed: - The author did a fantastic job discussing and showing Britta’s vulnerabilities and thoughts about her body. Her struggles and feelings were very relatable and I loved that the focus was on Britta being strong and loving her body and not on diet or losing weight. - The banter and build up between her and Wes. I’m a huge fan of back and forth emails and texts in romance and I loved how playful they were with each other and how their connection evolved. - Britta. Her character arc was a great one and though she stumbled at times, I was always rooting for her. The Body Bae pieces at the start of many of her chapters were my favorite. - The epilogue. Perfect way to bring everything together and left me with a huge smile on my face. - The Fastest Way To Fall featured some of my favorite tropes: friends to lovers, forced proximity, epistolary romance, caretaker, there’s only one bed, and slow burn. What didn't quite work: - The miscommunications. I’m just not a fan of lying by omission or issues that could be addressed and solved together if everyone would just be honest. I understand why Wes and Britta were hesitant to come clean, but this plot point lasted much too long. - Wes. I wanted to love him so badly, but boy did he make it hard sometimes! He was such a sweetheart, but he was so hot and cold. I was glad Britta called him out on it before moving forward, but I really needed to see him fight for her and what he wanted. My heart broke as he struggled under the weight of his family and how lost he felt professionally. I think it just felt like there was too much going on with him and I would have preferred seeing him come into his own the same way that Britta did. - Kelsey. Her character felt very one dimensional and her interactions with Wes grated on me. After understanding how emotionally abusive their relationship had been, however, it made more sense why he took so long to rebuff her. The professional drama at the end resolved very quickly and made the ending feel rushed. Overall, I enjoyed The Fastest Way To Fall, but I sadly didn’t love it. *I voluntarily read an advance review copy of this book*

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (Remarkablylisa)

    I liked how it was set up but I got kind of bored by the friends to lovers romance. It was just meh.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jeeves Reads Romance

    Such a feel good read! After the heavy storyline of How to Fail at Flirting, I really wasn't sure what to expect going into The Fastest Way to Fall - but it was sweet, swoony, slow burn goodness. The hero is ADORABLE, and I absolutely loved the strong, resilient heroine. They have a relationship that was great to read, interacting through messages first, building a friendship, and then falling for each other along the way. And the BEST part of the whole thing? Yes, our heroine is more than curvy Such a feel good read! After the heavy storyline of How to Fail at Flirting, I really wasn't sure what to expect going into The Fastest Way to Fall - but it was sweet, swoony, slow burn goodness. The hero is ADORABLE, and I absolutely loved the strong, resilient heroine. They have a relationship that was great to read, interacting through messages first, building a friendship, and then falling for each other along the way. And the BEST part of the whole thing? Yes, our heroine is more than curvy and the story focuses on health and wellness, but it's not a book about shame or changing yourself. It's about loving yourself. I loved how that storyline was incorporated, and it was the first time that I've read one that felt so natural and inclusive. Wes genuinely loves every part of Britta - and that includes her body. The story follows Britta, a journalist hoping to make her big break. That opportunity comes in the form of a series of posts reviewing an up-and-coming fitness app. While Britta doesn't want to lose weight, she wouldn't mind feeling healthier and better about herself, which is something the app claims to offer. As she begins messaging her new fitness coach, the two strike up a connection that feels a lot like friendship. And when they meet in person, that friendship starts to feel like more. But Britta and Wes are both keeping secrets, and - while they might have felt innocent at the time - those lies of omission begin to feel like a weight on their shoulders. Personally, I enjoyed this more than How to Fail at Flirting. The two books are loosely connected through a group of friends, but this will easily stand on its own. I suppose you could say that they have similar vibes, though this one is a lot lighter. It still tackles a few heavy subjects - like eating disorders, body image, ex drama, and addiction - but the overall feel is upbeat and uplifting. This is a true slow burn with a strangers to friends to lovers dynamic, and both characters are exceedingly likable. Wes makes such a great complement to Britta, and it was so refreshing to read about a seriously GOOD guy. I loved them together, and I was rooting for that moment when they finally crossed the line. If you're looking for something light with depth and heart, then this is sure to satisfy. I was lucky enough to receive an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this heartfelt romance.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Simant Verma

    2nd Feb, 2021: Just saw the cover and this illustrated cover is gorgeous 😍 and these highlights from the author really made me interested in the book: ✨slow burn ✨epistolary meet cute ✨a fat heroine who knows she’s beautiful ✨a hero tired of running away ✨workplace conflict

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ayushi (bookwormbullet)

    Thank you so much to Berkley Publishing Group for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review! Another favorite adult rom-com added to my list! I adored Denise Williams’ previous novel, How to Fail at Flirting when I read it earlier this year and was beyond excited to read Wes and Britta’s story in The Fastest Way to Fall. One of the aspects of Denise Williams’ storytelling is how she is able to balance discussions of such important topics with the actual romance plot. In this book, Thank you so much to Berkley Publishing Group for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review! Another favorite adult rom-com added to my list! I adored Denise Williams’ previous novel, How to Fail at Flirting when I read it earlier this year and was beyond excited to read Wes and Britta’s story in The Fastest Way to Fall. One of the aspects of Denise Williams’ storytelling is how she is able to balance discussions of such important topics with the actual romance plot. In this book, there were discussions of substance abuse and addiction, emotional abuse, sexual harassment, and body shaming, which were thoughtfully handled. I LOVED the body positivity in this book! Seeing Britta on the cover and reading about her journey to feel good in her body was so incredible. Denise Williams has always been amazing with her representation in the past and I was glad to see it portrayed so well in this book too! I think overall, I enjoyed The Fastest Way to Fall better than How to Fail at Flirting, mainly because we got a dual-POV from both Britta and Wes. In How to Fail at Flirting, we only had a sole POV from Naya and that made me feel like I wasn’t that connected to Jake as a character (loved their cameos in this book, though!). However, with the dual-POV in this book, we really got to see both Britta and Wes’s feelings for each other develop and it made their relationship seem so much more genuine. The slowburn and tension between the two was also drawn-out really well and made the climax and resolution so much more satisfying. I think I just adored the romance in this book so much more, too. Wes is so incredibly sweet and supportive of Britta every step of her journey. The romance has so many tropes that I adore too, including the one-bed trope and the guy-falls-first trope. I easily gave this book 5 stars and I’m so excited for everyone to read The Fastest Way to Fall when it comes out this November!

  15. 4 out of 5

    jada❀❣

    thank you to net galley and the publisher for this arc in exchange for an honest review! dnf at 45% 1.5 stars ⭐️ soo britta is a journalist and she works for this lifestyle website. she proposes an idea for her to join a fitness app that includes personal coaching anonymously and blog her journey and thoughts. wes just so happens to be the ceo of this app and picks to be her coach. they instantly form a bond with each other. coaches and clients aren't supposed to meet; everything is online. untilll thank you to net galley and the publisher for this arc in exchange for an honest review! dnf at 45% 1.5 stars ⭐️ soo britta is a journalist and she works for this lifestyle website. she proposes an idea for her to join a fitness app that includes personal coaching anonymously and blog her journey and thoughts. wes just so happens to be the ceo of this app and picks to be her coach. they instantly form a bond with each other. coaches and clients aren't supposed to meet; everything is online. untilll they do meet and gradually fall for each other. i couldn't really be bothered to finish this book. britta was annoying and wes was just bland. it has a pretty interesting plot though and i wish it was just executed better. :/ i've got other books i want to read and this was keeping me from reading them sooo 🙃

  16. 4 out of 5

    daria ❀

    it took me a while to finish this one, and not because the book was bad (it was decidedly not) but because i felt very attached to the topics discussed and the romance forming between our two leads. this novel follows britta, who is vying for a single open writing position at the website best life and is in direct competition with her work nemesis. britta is tasked with creating an account on the insanely popular fitme app and reporting on every step of her health and fitness journey. she is ass it took me a while to finish this one, and not because the book was bad (it was decidedly not) but because i felt very attached to the topics discussed and the romance forming between our two leads. this novel follows britta, who is vying for a single open writing position at the website best life and is in direct competition with her work nemesis. britta is tasked with creating an account on the insanely popular fitme app and reporting on every step of her health and fitness journey. she is assigned a coach who will help her incorporate exercise, wellness, and nutrition into her busy schedule, all in a way that matches her lifestyle and personal likes and dislikes. unbeknownst to her, britta is paired up with the ceo of the app itself, wes lawson, and as they exchange messages and begin meeting up in person for sessions, they slowly start to develop feelings for one another. britta’s story tackles a lot of topics that hit close to home for me. the ideas of body positivity and what exactly it means to be "healthy" and "hot" (and who is allowed to be called and view themselves as those things). there were so many times britta’s thoughts and anxieties mirrored my own. it was almost scary. what i liked most about this story is that britta’s view of herself and her body was constantly shifting, which i think is something a lot of us can relate to. there were some days where she was entirely comfortable and confident, and other moments where she felt painfully insecure and small. and then there were even instances where she felt neutral about her body and just appreciated it for working to keep her alive. britta and wes’s love story was also so damn adorable. personal trainer romances are always a hit, after all. i loved how they grew to depend on one another and were constantly supporting and encouraging the other person to push and challenge themselves. they were also just hot together. like super hot.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I really loved this endearing, fun, body positive romance.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina

    NOW LIVE! Amazon US * Amazon UK This was such a fun read and I absolutely adored these characters. Britta was so funny and loved her wit, she was the kind of heroine that I could see as my best friend and it made reading her story so captivating. I also really enjoyed that she wasn't afraid to be herself even at moments that she had doubts and showed her vulnerability. Those moments didn't take over but did show the strength Britta had and made her character more real ad relatable. This book was o NOW LIVE! Amazon US * Amazon UK This was such a fun read and I absolutely adored these characters. Britta was so funny and loved her wit, she was the kind of heroine that I could see as my best friend and it made reading her story so captivating. I also really enjoyed that she wasn't afraid to be herself even at moments that she had doubts and showed her vulnerability. Those moments didn't take over but did show the strength Britta had and made her character more real ad relatable. This book was obviously centered around Britta and her journey but there was still a good amount of romance that had me swooning. The connection she and Wes shared was so cute and I loved their witty banter over messages. I will say that as a character Wes did sometimes get pushed into the background, and while that was mostly okay, by the end I did wish we saw a little more of his life, especially more closure on his family drama. Overall, this was a great read and even though it was my first book from this author I already count myself a fan and can't wait to read more from her. ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jenny - TotallybookedBlog

    4.5 STARS “Thank you for coming to my rescue.” “Thank you for coming to mine.” The Fastest Way to Fall was our first book by Denise Williams and we loved it! A great mix of humour, sweetness, swoon, with a poignant storyline and wonderfully relatable characters. A slow-burn romance with a wonderful message about body positivity, for anyone who’s struggled to find their place, for those of us who have struggled with their weight, or for those who have not yet learned to love themselves, this is a st 4.5 STARS “Thank you for coming to my rescue.” “Thank you for coming to mine.” The Fastest Way to Fall was our first book by Denise Williams and we loved it! A great mix of humour, sweetness, swoon, with a poignant storyline and wonderfully relatable characters. A slow-burn romance with a wonderful message about body positivity, for anyone who’s struggled to find their place, for those of us who have struggled with their weight, or for those who have not yet learned to love themselves, this is a story for you. Despite its light-heartedness and cartoon cover, this book touches on some important issues. Though not at all a dark read, the story does deal with self-love, trial by social media, drug addiction, and eating disorders, but as we said, the author deals with these in a light, but no less important way. ‘I never wanted someone to have the ammunition to make me feel like that again.’ Parts of this story really struck a chord with us, and we related to it in so many ways, as will a lot of our fellow readers. So relatable was it, that by the end, we were not only cheering on Britta, but we were also cheering on ourselves, such was the way the author beautifully told Britta’s story. Editorial assistant Britta Colby dreams of being a journalist, to share her thoughts and refreshing take on her battles with the world. Britta is a natural, she’s honest, open, and had a wonderfully funny self-deprecating humour. Although Britta is basically happy with who she is, she endures the judgment of others because of her weight. ‘She said she was embarrassed to go to the gym like thin people would judge her and fat people would think she didn’t like herself?’ Pitted against her colleague Claire, to document her journey with a fitness and wellness app, Britta discovers, not only the power she wields within, but she meets the gorgeous, sweet Wes Lawson. Now, every girl needs a Wes to spur her on! If he was our trainer, we couldn’t help but succeed with his encouragement and positivity. The sky would be the limit on what could be achieved if you had a Wes in your corner. ‘Britta’s kiss was like her smile – it made me feel invincible.’ Britta and her refreshing honesty soon struck a chord with many online followers, who take the chirpy Britta to heart. Her talent for writing what’s in her heart is a runaway success, but the stakes are high between Britta and Claire. Wes Lawson is a man battling his own demons. There is so much vulnerability beneath his sunny veneer, and we couldn’t love him more! So much lies beneath the CEO of the hugely popular FitME App. “I promised I’d catch you.” The friendship between Wes and Britta was so sweet, and their love, a wonderful slow burn as both Wes and Britta take an introspective look inside themselves. What a fabulous read! We were there every step of the way, cheering Britta and Wes to the finish line. It certainly moved and motivated us, that’s for sure! “For the record, you’re actually kind of great, Wes.” “You’re pretty great too, Britt.” Available below Ebook Paperback Come and say hi, at: ✲ TotallyBookedBlog ✲ TBB on Facebook ✲ TBB on Instagram ✲ TBB on Twitter ✲ TBB on Pinterest

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tilly

    3.5 Stars Smut level: 3/5 I was a huge fan of Denise Williams' book How to Fail at Flirting so I could not wait to dive into this book! The Fastest Way to Fall is a funny, sexy, romantic and fun read although it also does have a few more serious themes which were handled very well. It is about plus sized magazine assistant writer Britta who pitches an idea to review a fitness app in the hopes the story helps her career progress. Britta doesn't necessarily want to lose weight but to "look good nak 3.5 Stars Smut level: 3/5 I was a huge fan of Denise Williams' book How to Fail at Flirting so I could not wait to dive into this book! The Fastest Way to Fall is a funny, sexy, romantic and fun read although it also does have a few more serious themes which were handled very well. It is about plus sized magazine assistant writer Britta who pitches an idea to review a fitness app in the hopes the story helps her career progress. Britta doesn't necessarily want to lose weight but to "look good naked". She gets matched up with coach Wes who is also the CEO of the company (Britta doesn't know this). It is a slow burn romance with some tougher themes including disordered eating and helping a family member with drug addiction. Britta is a great character, I loved her personality and thought it was great that she was so open about her insecurities as many people will be able to relate to those. Wes is such a kind and caring lead male who is struggling with life and his connection with Britta helps him cope better. I loved the connection between these two characters and the chemistry was plain to see. My favourite thing was their humour and how they bounced off each other, it made for a fun read. I wasn't a huge fan of the amount of miscommunication in this book. I am not a huge fan of that trope anyway but felt this took it to the extreme and that two intelligent adults just wouldn't have let it get so far. It made for a frustrating read. I also didn't think the big twist near the end was used to its main potential. There was a huge build up and then it was a bit of a letdown when it all came together. I also don't think the side characters were used to their full potential. Britta's friends were just a bit bland and unforgettable, although I did like Wes's friends and wish we had had more interaction with them. The writing was engaging and the humour is enjoyable and made me want to read on. There was some great potential with the storyline and characters but sadly I just don't think it was brought together in the best way. Overall, it was a fun read with interesting characters but the set up let them down. I mich preferred Denise Williams' first book and so will definitely read more from her in the future. Please note that I was gifted this ebook in exchange for an honest review. TW: Disordered eating, alcohol and drug abuse of side character, past parental abandonment, mental health issues.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    MY HEART. Denise Williams has ruined me. I thought I loved How to Fail At Flirting. And then I read The Fastest Way to Fall. I am ruined for Britta. I am ruined for Wes. Please read this book. PLEASE! Britta is an assistant at a lifestyle website and gets her chance to actually write when she is in competition with her colleague Claire: both with test out one of the new fitness apps, write about their experiences, and at the end of their time one of them will be promoted. Britta is paired with F MY HEART. Denise Williams has ruined me. I thought I loved How to Fail At Flirting. And then I read The Fastest Way to Fall. I am ruined for Britta. I am ruined for Wes. Please read this book. PLEASE! Britta is an assistant at a lifestyle website and gets her chance to actually write when she is in competition with her colleague Claire: both with test out one of the new fitness apps, write about their experiences, and at the end of their time one of them will be promoted. Britta is paired with FitMi Fitness and goes into her journey skeptical - she is not looking to lose weight and cares more about the story than anything. But when she is paired with her coach, Wes, her mindset starts to shift as she sees that amazing things her body can do. But as she slowly starts to fall for Wes, she has to decide between her dream job and this amazing man. BRITTA - Britta!!!!!! I loved her so much. She is strong and smart but also extremely vulnerable. She is comfortable with her weight but still struggles with both the number and comparing herself to others. After a few low points, Wes helps her believe in herself, in her strength and sexiness. Her pushes her to realize that she is amazing no matter what, to treat her body not only with respect and awe, but with love. And the tension is there - you can feel how much each want the other one: their casual touches, and sweet words. It's so obvious to the reader and makes the tension so strong. I have so many quotes from this book but will share post pub day. I messaged Denise after reading this and thanked her for writing this book - fat rep is so rare in romance and it was so affirming to read this. Thank you Berkley so much for my copy to review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kate Olson

    (free review copy) Williams absolutely NAILS this romance between a fat magazine reporter and the CEO of a fitness app. The way she writes about disordered eating and exercise is so thoughtful and non-triggering (for me) and the romance is HOT. In both of her books now, the love interests have some pretty big ethical blockades to their relationships but these issues are always ultimately dealt with in an appropriate and mature way (with angst to work through first of course). Because, regardless (free review copy) Williams absolutely NAILS this romance between a fat magazine reporter and the CEO of a fitness app. The way she writes about disordered eating and exercise is so thoughtful and non-triggering (for me) and the romance is HOT. In both of her books now, the love interests have some pretty big ethical blockades to their relationships but these issues are always ultimately dealt with in an appropriate and mature way (with angst to work through first of course). Because, regardless of rules, love will ultimately prevail. Note that this book is VERY loosely tied to “How to Fail at Flirting” but this can definitely can be read as a stand-alone. “How to Fail” is excellent though, so you might as well just read that first!

  23. 5 out of 5

    ABookNook

    ✨ unsuspecting ceo falls head over heels for the banter filled heroine he has to train ✨ Tropes: - plus size heroine - adorably swoony hero - banter - slow burn - workplace romance - friends to lovers - forbidden romance-ish Please read the author’s TWs in the book. When I had initially read the summary of the book, I thought this was going to be another book full of fluffy body positivity and girl-boss feminism. But I am so glad I was dead wrong. Right off the bat, the book called out the fluffy b ✨ unsuspecting ceo falls head over heels for the banter filled heroine he has to train ✨ Tropes: - plus size heroine - adorably swoony hero - banter - slow burn - workplace romance - friends to lovers - forbidden romance-ish Please read the author’s TWs in the book. When I had initially read the summary of the book, I thought this was going to be another book full of fluffy body positivity and girl-boss feminism. But I am so glad I was dead wrong. Right off the bat, the book called out the fluffy body positive content we see and established itself as something that was going to give me more than that. Denise knew exactly what I wanted and delivered. This book wasn’t filled with discussions on weight and size but rather doing what makes you happy and feel healthy, and that is such a positive mindset to have. Britta was the kind of woman that I want to be; she had her moments of insecurity but she was strong and confident. I am glad there are books like this that young women will get to turn to when it is their time to start reading these books. The banter in this book is seriously off the charts. I loved the chemistry and the romantic development between Britta and Wes. I was thoroughly hooked throughout the book. You guys know that I MELT when I read two characters who make each other better and help each other grow. Britta and Wes were so healthy and perfect for each other. I don’t really like mixed media ways of storytelling but it honestly worked in this book. Are we getting Jake and Naya’s book? We better. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/ 5 stars | 🌶🌶🌶/ 5 steam Thank you to Berkley Romance and Denise Williams for an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion ❤️

  24. 5 out of 5

    gauri

    3.5 stars this was an enjoyable (and somewhat predictable romcom) that i loved reading for 2 reasons: —i loved how body positive this was. i loved how it showed we have days we love our bodies and days where we don't and that's fine. its all part of the process when we're working towards building a healthy life or a healthy relationship with our bodies. britta's posts about this journey of hers were the highlight of the book. they were so entertaining, showed her charming personality and the way s 3.5 stars this was an enjoyable (and somewhat predictable romcom) that i loved reading for 2 reasons: —i loved how body positive this was. i loved how it showed we have days we love our bodies and days where we don't and that's fine. its all part of the process when we're working towards building a healthy life or a healthy relationship with our bodies. britta's posts about this journey of hers were the highlight of the book. they were so entertaining, showed her charming personality and the way she came to conclusions about her feelings and eventually felt comfortable in her body was all so so refreshing! i enjoyed reading her pov so much and at times they felt deeply personal. —wes and britta's banter. its entertaining and funny to see them communicate and be flirty. even though i didn't feel the tension between them at all times. their romance is cute, fun tropes included here and there and i liked that they supported each other. wes as a character felt a little mainstream to me. i liked how he got his closures but ultimately, they fell flat. also, there's quite a couple of miscommunications so that front didn't feel nice to read about and made me feel as if the book was dragged enough. communication exists in 2021?? overall the fastest way to fall is an easy to read with a lot of nuance and a forbidden romance! i would definitely recommend if you're looking for a contemporary romance like this! thank you netgalley and berkley for the arc!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Bookphenomena (Micky)

    3.5 - 4 stars Headlines: Health, eating, fitness Body positivity and negativity Misunderstandings This contemporary romance offered a serious slice of themes to digest alongside the connection and romance between these two main characters. Britta was a bit of a hero to me, she mostly demonstrated a true love of her own body even though she fell off the wagon on occasion. We see some disordered eating alongside the positive in this story. Wes was her online fitness coach through an app but he crossed 3.5 - 4 stars Headlines: Health, eating, fitness Body positivity and negativity Misunderstandings This contemporary romance offered a serious slice of themes to digest alongside the connection and romance between these two main characters. Britta was a bit of a hero to me, she mostly demonstrated a true love of her own body even though she fell off the wagon on occasion. We see some disordered eating alongside the positive in this story. Wes was her online fitness coach through an app but he crossed some lines. I enjoyed the storyline for the first three quarters, it was easy to slip into and provided a couple to cheer for. I found the overall tone of the plot to be very body positive in all the ways and I appreciated how the author pitched this without any preach. It was about real, flawed and wonderful humans. I did struggle with the misunderstandings and miscommunications that came a bit later on but I pushed through for a great ending, which I got. If you enjoyed this author's previous book (like me), we do some some of those characters in the background which was a bonus. Overall, this was enjoyable with a great depth to the plot. Thank you to Piatkus for the eARC. Find this review at A Take From Two Cities Blog.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    As this books starts, the author mentions how our heroine lives her best life although she is fat (author's words). I love it... What a wonderful read and I am glad to be sharing my review now. Britta and Wes. Wes may be the CEO of his own company, but that doesn't mean his life is easy. His long-standing relationship combusted just as he was finally ready to pop the question. Moreso, his family life is really strained - his mother is an addict and his sister is MIA. Then we have Britta, beautiful As this books starts, the author mentions how our heroine lives her best life although she is fat (author's words). I love it... What a wonderful read and I am glad to be sharing my review now. Britta and Wes. Wes may be the CEO of his own company, but that doesn't mean his life is easy. His long-standing relationship combusted just as he was finally ready to pop the question. Moreso, his family life is really strained - his mother is an addict and his sister is MIA. Then we have Britta, beautiful in her own skin, with body positivity being a partial focus of her life. Her weight does not take away from her beauty. Of that she is certain. However, as a writer for a lifestyle website, she finds herself working with Wes as she composes her newest article. Wes becomes her coach and Britta needs this to work in order to get the full-time hours she has been aiming for. Wes and Britta hit it off right way - even after their first meeting where Britta finds herself injured. Their relationship skirts the boundaries of becoming personal, but neither seem to be able to stop the frisson of attraction that they share. However, it soon becomes that their attraction goes far beyond the physical, but considering their professional roles it seems doubtful that things will go anywhere. What a wonderful read that shows that attraction transcends outward appearance, and that said outward appearance can display true beauty. True beauty that reaches the heart. However, this book does hit on some serious subjects. Not only is our heroine plus-sized and focused on a strong regimen, we learn why she works so hard. The issue of fat-shaming is clearly shown. Then there is the issue of drug use for one of the secondary characters. If you haven't already read a book by Denise Williams, then this book would be a perfect start. I would also like to recommend her previous book, How to Fail at Flirting, I love this author and how she manages to write such compelling books. Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    I have a new book that I can call one of my favourites. This book had me hooked so early on. Beautiful characterisation, super lovable characters, amazing chemistry between the two, off the charts cuteness etc. There’s so much I can say but this was such a well crafted romance novel. One of the best contemporary romances I’ve read this year by far.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Hannah B.

    ✨Nope they needed to fuck at her parents’ house.✨ As someone who doesn’t care about fitness, I had a hard time caring about a lot of the content. I appreciated Denise’s intro and the resources at the back of the book. I’m happy that Britta didn’t need to change her body to find happiness, but that wanting to have her body feel better also didn’t mean that she disliked the way she looked. Wes was awkward and cute but also pretty dense at times, especially when Kelsey was around. He needed to kick ✨Nope they needed to fuck at her parents’ house.✨ As someone who doesn’t care about fitness, I had a hard time caring about a lot of the content. I appreciated Denise’s intro and the resources at the back of the book. I’m happy that Britta didn’t need to change her body to find happiness, but that wanting to have her body feel better also didn’t mean that she disliked the way she looked. Wes was awkward and cute but also pretty dense at times, especially when Kelsey was around. He needed to kick her to the curb and put those thighs to USE. It obviously got better, I just wasn’t a fan of her character and wasn’t a fan when he devoted any space to her. I know that’s not entirely logical but it’s my review and I felt how I felt. Britta was pretty good, I learned a lot more about her than Wes throughout this whole shindig. She was interesting and I liked getting to know her and her thoughts. I disliked however when she was all like “did you step down because of me?” No shit Sherlock lol goddamn—nepotism is a sexy beast in this one lol. I felt weird sometimes when he was coaching her and just wasn’t a fan of him being a trainer. A lot of his character dialogue felt very cheesy or gimmicky. I also felt weird with her taking the job but I suppose I would have taken it myself so yolo. I learned a lot and felt a lot in this one. But I can’t escape the fact that it was entirely too slow burn and that the last three hours dragged me down so far I had a nice brunch with Davie Jones. I got bored and antsy and just plain tired of the lack of communication and how they could truly be surprised that they found themselves in a crock of shit. I also never like the whole “undercover” nonsense because you know that’ll come back around to punch you in the boob. I’m happy the lies weren’t a huge source of issue, but I still would have preferred Wes realize that yeah Britta should have told him, but he was the CEO and he was breaking so many rules (some legal) to be with her so he didn’t have a high horse to be angry on. I was happy that he wasn’t mad and then laughed out loud when I realized no, he just thought she was a different reporter, so then he got mad. Their breakup was just…not it for me. Breakup sex is all well and good but to skirt right over it and not even make it a scene? Rude. There was legitimately only one sex scene in this book and that made me want to break things. It happened three hours before the end of the book, as well as Wes’s whole “feelings and emotions” speech. Both of them together just felt like the end of the book, but there was still so much left (and none of it sexy). The sex scene was fine but not worth eleven hours of the rest of the book. I’m sorry I know it’s bad to say that but?? Like I said, I don’t really care about fitness unless it’s of the sexual variety. They definitely needed to bang it out at her parents’ house and you can’t change my mind on that. Book one was so steamy and this one fell so flat. Why? Why? Why? I think Britta and Wes’s story deserves just as much sex as Naya and Jake, but I hope it just wasn’t “tone down the sex for the current market” because if so—screaming, crying, throwing up. Overall, it’s a big ol blah from me. I don’t really have an interest in book three. ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 🌶🌶🌶/5

  29. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Loved this! Full review to come ❤️ 4 ⭐️.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Louise

    Beautifully written and with an emphasis on body positivity, this romance was wonderful. Tasked with writing an article about FitMi, a health and fitness app, Britta joins and is electronically paired with Wes to coach her progress. Focusing on health rather than weight loss, I really loved the discussions of loving yourself and listening to your body. Filled with email exchanges and text messages, the banter these two developed was so flirty and fun. It was really special to have two characters Beautifully written and with an emphasis on body positivity, this romance was wonderful. Tasked with writing an article about FitMi, a health and fitness app, Britta joins and is electronically paired with Wes to coach her progress. Focusing on health rather than weight loss, I really loved the discussions of loving yourself and listening to your body. Filled with email exchanges and text messages, the banter these two developed was so flirty and fun. It was really special to have two characters connect emotionally foremost. And Britta was absolutely hilarious! I adored having snippets of her heartfelt social media posts within the chapters. As the two form a personal connection, it begins to cross a forbidden territory that I loved. The forced-proximity workout sessions were my favourite, especially with Britta jokingly expressing her hatred. Towards the end I found the pacing a little slow, but this epilogue couldn't have been more perfect.

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