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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for Weight Expectations

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    3.25 Stars ”I don’t know what’s happening to me, but I don’t want the shallow surface-level relationship with you. I want you to know me. And I want to know you. And I don’t know what to do with those feelings.” Rian Thompson’s always had issues with her weight. Though she’d like to change that, she’s also always been comfortable enough in her own skin to deal with the extra pounds. When her doctor tells her she needs to get healthy, she knows she has to pull up her britches and join a gym. She expected to beStars 3.25 Stars ”I don’t know what’s happening to me, but I don’t want the shallow surface-level relationship with you. I want you to know me. And I want to know you. And I don’t know what to do with those feelings.” Rian Thompson’s always had issues with her weight. Though she’d like to change that, she’s also always been comfortable enough in her own skin to deal with the extra pounds. When her doctor tells her she needs to get healthy, she knows she has to pull up her britches and join a gym. She expected to be surrounded by beautiful, fit people. What she didn’t expect was…Carlos. Queue bigtime swoon and tingly feelings in special places. Carlos Davies has worked hard to ensure his body is a gorgeous, supremely fit temple. Nearing forty, Carlos has no intention of settling down or even entertaining the idea of a “Ms. Right”. So why does he find himself constantly thinking about Rian after only one casual group dinner together? There’s a whole lot to love about Weight Expectations so let’s start with the good stuff. • Rian is a loveable, witty and totally relatable character and I just loved her. She’s realistic about her health concerns and though she’s self-deprecating about her weight, it’s never mean spirited or unnecessarily harsh. She’s been around long enough to know how the world treats overweight people but while she’s skeptical about the interest Carlos shows in her at first, she never doubts her value or puts herself down. • After being a little leery of his character at first, Carlos grew on me. Once I got past that “seeing through people” thing he does at the gym, it became obvious Carlos has his own set of insecurities. His lack of past relationships has him scrambling a little when it comes to Rian, which helped to humanize him and endeared him to me even more. He took the time to really get to know her, with all the snarky quips and insecurities included, and I appreciate the fact he realized the awesomeness that is Rian. • Pregnant Quinn is a kick. Knitting in the City series fans, this one’s for you! This alpha husband is on a mission to procure some of the most exotic yarns in the world for his treasured pregnant wife Janie, and god help anyone that stands in his way. • The writing, flow of the story and added snarky fun bits of dialogue means I had a fabulous time reading Weight Expectations and I’ll most definitely be checking out this author’s backlog. Now on to the stuff that didn’t work so well. And it’s a biggie. To put it bluntly, I wasn’t feeling the romance between Carlos and Rian. Friendship? Yes. A deep respect and appreciation for what the other brought to the relationship? Sure. But attraction and heat? Not so much. It wasn’t just Carlos coming to terms with his attraction to a type of woman he’s not normally attracted to, though there was a little of that. I wasn’t feeling Rian’s attraction to Carlos either, unless it was in a “gee, he’s pretty” kind of way. It’s almost like they both appreciated the hell out of each other as people but were in no particular hurry to get down to the naked stuff. Though this book may not have pushed all of my romance buttons, once I started reading Weight Expectations, I was hooked. The dialogue and overall snarky attitude kept me reading until the end and I can’t wait for the next entry in this series. Janie’s pregnancy can only last so long. ARC provided by Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest, voluntary review

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jess Reads2Much

    I hate to be the jerk that leaves a terrible review on an ARC, I really do so I preface this by saying that I had high hopes for this book. The main character is "morbidly obese" and her love interest is a sexy Latino, this is right up my alley as a chubby latina, but this missed the mark in almost every way. First and foremost the pacing was terrible. 35% into the book the MCs have met once at a dinner and instead of fleshing out the scene the author cuts out and shows us only a snip I hate to be the jerk that leaves a terrible review on an ARC, I really do so I preface this by saying that I had high hopes for this book. The main character is "morbidly obese" and her love interest is a sexy Latino, this is right up my alley as a chubby latina, but this missed the mark in almost every way. First and foremost the pacing was terrible. 35% into the book the MCs have met once at a dinner and instead of fleshing out the scene the author cuts out and shows us only a snippet of this apparently life-changing encounter in a flashback. It isn't until more than half way through the book that the MCs even interact again for any extended time yet the sexy Latin Lover stereotype Carlos is already head over heels for her despite spending most of his time reiterating that he doesn't want a relationship and she is not his type in any way, shape or form. The first half of the book is literally just the protagonist building a strong relationship with her trainer and detailing her workouts (which by the way after months of doing her body doesn't change). I would have believed a romance with her trainer Abel more than Carlos. There was never a moment where I saw why he was falling for her. He went on and on about her not being his type but he couldn't stop thinking about her yet he never really explained and I as a reader never really felt the connection other than what I was being told. Let me tell you it is very apparent that the author has never been morbidly obese or if she has she didn't want to dig deep enough to deal with the real and varied baggage that comes with that. Rian was given a few moments of insecurity about hotter women and the sagginess of her boobs but a life of being overweight is far more complex than that, and if you are morbidly obese having sex with a super hot fit guy for the first time the sagginess of your boobs would mostly likely not be in the top 10 of your multitude of worries. Also why did Rian want Carlos? That isn't really fleshed out either and there are plenty of reasons not to like him. I mean he's hot so there's that. He has a good job, so also a plus but why? He was very vain and not particularly interesting to talk to. Another issue I have is changing characteristics that were already established in the source material. Carlos is described as being tall with brown eyes in the Knitting in the City series... for some reason the author decided to give him unrealistic blue eyes and make him short. Makes no sense. Another thing about pacing, I'm so down for a slow-burn, I have read 600+ page books where they don't have sex until the last 3 chapters (pretty much all Mariana Zapata books) but if we are going to wait for it there should be a pay off. First the tension should build and second we should actually get some action. Carlos goes on an on about his sexual prowess and yet there is no sex scene! We get yet another scene cut. So two of the most vital points in the relationship, their first meeting and their first time we don't see.

  3. 5 out of 5

    DJ Sakata

    My Rating: 4.5 Favorite Quotes: My eyes widen, both in disbelief and possible terror at what “stretching” might entail. I ate a bean burrito for lunch. Does he not understand the kind of danger “stretching” might put everyone in? “They’re vultures around here,” she continues which does not make me feel better at all. “And once you get sucked in, you’re stuck for life.” I gasp and throw my hands over my mouth. “Ohmygod. I’ve stumbled into the Hotel Cali My Rating: 4.5 Favorite Quotes: My eyes widen, both in disbelief and possible terror at what “stretching” might entail. I ate a bean burrito for lunch. Does he not understand the kind of danger “stretching” might put everyone in? “They’re vultures around here,” she continues which does not make me feel better at all. “And once you get sucked in, you’re stuck for life.” I gasp and throw my hands over my mouth. “Ohmygod. I’ve stumbled into the Hotel California.” I’ll leave the hacking into national security systems to him. I don’t look good in orange or jumpsuits. The combination of the two would be hideous. Right on cue, the office essentially stops, every single woman in the room staring at him, jaws agape. Rian included… “Ladies.” He nods in greeting, his British accent ringing out for everyone to hear. Teresa, who just happens to be in the vicinity when the door opens, should be grateful she’s walking by a chair, because her legs literally give out and she collapses into said chair as she watches him walk away… I don’t have a thing for Teresa, but I still don’t appreciate her collapsing dramatically in the office. Quinn needs to stop recommending attractive employees. I have no room in the budget for smelling salts. I just let them think what they want. I can see now that it’s been biting me in the ass behind my back.” “Well, behind your back is where your ass is located.” Putting her hands on my chest, Rebecca uses that breathy voice that’s supposed to be sexy, but now it makes me wonder if she has some sort of lung dysfunction. My Review: Having struggled with every fad diet verses an unbridled love of food - ALL my life - I totally fell into this story with a plus-sized heroine. M.E. Carter nailed the complications, insecurities, discomforts, and frustrations of living within a curvy and amply proportioned body, and she did so with sparkling wit and cleverly insightful observations. I adored Rian; we could be fun and kickass friends. She was realistically and craftily penned; as were many of the rude reactions, unpleasant comments, and thoughtless behaviors others directed and displayed towards her due to her size, including those of family. M.E. Carter masterfully captured all that noise and still kept me grinning. The storylines were original and entertaining while the writing was crisp, engaging, and laced with amusing visuals, clever snark, and smirk-worthy levity. The story was character-driven and developed slowly. While I had an instant liking for Rian, Carlos was a piece of work that required a lot more effort for me to fully appreciate, although that grew easier as he began to evolve from the shallow pool of ooze in which he started. I am totally grooving on these Smartypants Romances.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Smartypants Romance

    We are incredibly excited to announce the lovely and ultra fabulous M.E. Carter's book for Smartypants Romance. 'Weight Expectations' is the first book in the Cipher Office Series, is a full-length contemporary romantic comedy, and can be read as a standalone. RELEASE DATE: October 15th, 2019 Add to your shelf on Goodreads: https://bit.ly/2SHWSK2 (This book will have no pre-order and will release directly into Kindle Unlimited!) ** Blurb ** Rian Thompson thought she joined the gym to get healthy. Little did she know she was about to add hundred We are incredibly excited to announce the lovely and ultra fabulous M.E. Carter's book for Smartypants Romance. 'Weight Expectations' is the first book in the Cipher Office Series, is a full-length contemporary romantic comedy, and can be read as a standalone. RELEASE DATE: October 15th, 2019 Add to your shelf on Goodreads: https://bit.ly/2SHWSK2 (This book will have no pre-order and will release directly into Kindle Unlimited!) ** Blurb ** 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.

  5. 5 out of 5

    M.E. Carter

    OMG you guys... we are officially FOUR WEEKS AWAY! I can't wait!!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin Reads

    3.5 Stars I am really grateful to have received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. I have been loving the Smartypants Romance books but am sad to say this one wasn’t totally for me. This is my first ME Carter book and you can tell she’s a really good writer. I LOVED the heroine, Rian. She was funny and real with a lot of depth. I liked reading about her and her growth. I also applaud ME Carter for creating a real heroine who doesn’t have the perfect body which is what you typi 3.5 Stars I am really grateful to have received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. I have been loving the Smartypants Romance books but am sad to say this one wasn’t totally for me. This is my first ME Carter book and you can tell she’s a really good writer. I LOVED the heroine, Rian. She was funny and real with a lot of depth. I liked reading about her and her growth. I also applaud ME Carter for creating a real heroine who doesn’t have the perfect body which is what you typically find in romance novels. What I didn’t understand in this book was the romance. The development of the relationship between Rian and Carlos felt off. They didn’t spend that much time together in the first half of the book. Carlos didn’t really have any depth and was superficial and then all of the sudden he realizes he likes our “morbidly obese” main character? It didn’t feel real to me and Carlos just wasn’t likable. I felt more of a connection between Rian and her trainer, Abel. Overall, the lack of connection between the romantic leads hurt the reading experience for me but I would read more from this author in the future.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Izzie d

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is part of the Penny Reid Smartypants romance series. This story is Carlos, who works with Quinn. This one didn't work for me. Obviously the main topic is weight and the setting is a gym. Carlos is not interested in relationships and is happy single. He has a few thoughts about attempting to pick up a couple of women before noticing the heroine, who starts going to the gym and needs to loose weight on advice from her doctor. This is part of the Penny Reid Smartypants romance series. This story is Carlos, who works with Quinn. This one didn't work for me. Obviously the main topic is weight and the setting is a gym. Carlos is not interested in relationships and is happy single. He has a few thoughts about attempting to pick up a couple of women before noticing the heroine, who starts going to the gym and needs to loose weight on advice from her doctor. Carlos meets the heroine, looks right through her. He seemed so shallow not at all how I saw him in Neathdathal seeks human, Quinn and Janie's book. He goes on a date with another woman after officially meeting the heroine. "She’s no Rian, but those heels will still look fabulous wrapped around my waist tonight. Although I’m not sure why Rian just popped into my head. I’ve only met the woman once, and while I enjoyed talking to her, she’s not my type at all. Focus, Carlos. Your date is here and she’s a knockout." His intention is to wine, dine then have sex with this other woman. It doesnt work out that way but not because of him. "More important, I’m not the kind of guy she wants. That’s really what it boils down to—honesty. There is no reason to make her think I’m looking for a relationship. I’m not, and I don’t want to disappoint anyone by pretending otherwise. My interests in women are three-fold: Holidays and visits with my mother. Acquaintanceship and fun conversation with co-workers. One night of pleasure with anyone else who may catch my eye." He's such a peach. I honestly thought she was going to end up with the trainer, Abel, they spent so much time together esp at the start. I did like the author didn't label the heroine with a size, esp as dress sizing varies from country to country but it was for health reasons from her doctor that she was trying to get fit. Also there was a skinny person with deadly high cholesterol which showed you are not automatically healthy just because you are thinner. No intimate scenes with anyone other than the Hero and heroine. Ex drama. HEA.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lady Heather

    3.5 Stars I LOVED Rian! LOVED! LOVED! LOVED HER! She was such an amazing character and so freaking funny! Her inner dialogue had me cry-laughing. Her insecurities were real and relatable. Her relationship with Abel (secondary character) is what made this book so entertaining and funny. Carlo's character was very hard for me to like and relate to. He first came across as arrogant and narcissistic, and then the reader learns about Carlo's own insecurities and fe 3.5 Stars I LOVED Rian! LOVED! LOVED! LOVED HER! She was such an amazing character and so freaking funny! Her inner dialogue had me cry-laughing. Her insecurities were real and relatable. Her relationship with Abel (secondary character) is what made this book so entertaining and funny. Carlo's character was very hard for me to like and relate to. He first came across as arrogant and narcissistic, and then the reader learns about Carlo's own insecurities and fears. But, even reading about 'why' he was the way he was, I still didn't like him very much. This was a good read, but not one of my favourites. :-( "An ARC of this book was provided by SocialButterflyPR in exchange for an honest review."

  9. 4 out of 5

    Beth SHULAM

    As a morbidly obese person, I just could not suspend belief with this story. The heroine, Rian, is fat and trying to "get healthy" at her new gym. I like Rian. She is smart, sassy, and sarcastic. But Carlos, the hot Latin, ugh. He has his own body image issues, but he's just a jerk. There's no meet cute or mutual respect or like. I just didn't get it. What I do appreciate is how Smartpants Romance is bring inclusivity and diversity to the romance genre.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Antonella

    * Romance between these two is NOT believable * I missed/needed something more * I am confused if this book was supposed to make Rian more than her weight than why was the weight constantly in the center of a story or maybe that is the why should be than why was nothing resolved with it * Carlos is not redeemable asshole and I don't buy it, his and Rian relationship

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline Francis

    I started out really enjoying this book. Rian is so funny and relatable! I couldn’t wait to read a romance about a romance heroine who is described as “morbidly obese.” However, Carlos Carlos Carlos. What the heck?! The hero is obsessed with his looks and with the gym and barely notices Rian. Then all of a sudden he realizes that she is funny and likes her? It didn’t seem plausible to me. So many things just didn’t make sense—and when they are together, they don’t seem to have that amazing of ch I started out really enjoying this book. Rian is so funny and relatable! I couldn’t wait to read a romance about a romance heroine who is described as “morbidly obese.” However, Carlos Carlos Carlos. What the heck?! The hero is obsessed with his looks and with the gym and barely notices Rian. Then all of a sudden he realizes that she is funny and likes her? It didn’t seem plausible to me. So many things just didn’t make sense—and when they are together, they don’t seem to have that amazing of chemistry?! I just felt really distanced from the characters and I’m not sure how I feel about the “morbidly obese” portrayal. It seems like it was switched on and off. I am really grateful to have received an advanced copy of this book. It definitely opened the doors to some good conversations to be had.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dísir

    It isn’t often that I get a story with a protagonist whom I love and the other whom I absolutely detest—which incidentally, makes the book rating a very problematic one. It really was the weightiness of the heroine—pun not quite intended—that carried the story and it was for Rian that I kept reading. I loved her witty, self-deprecating, hilarious perspectives on all things gym-related, her mock-antagonistic relationship with a trainer she’s determined to see as sadistic and her very down-to-eart It isn’t often that I get a story with a protagonist whom I love and the other whom I absolutely detest—which incidentally, makes the book rating a very problematic one. It really was the weightiness of the heroine—pun not quite intended—that carried the story and it was for Rian that I kept reading. I loved her witty, self-deprecating, hilarious perspectives on all things gym-related, her mock-antagonistic relationship with a trainer she’s determined to see as sadistic and her very down-to-earth nature that made her oh-so-relatable. But there is also where my issues begin. I’d think that morbid obesity as Rian is described as having, is also a condition that comes with its own emotional and mental baggage (in that way, it’s not unlike other health conditions that affect the emotional state) but it wasn’t something that came across too strongly. In fact, Rian’s self-assurance was quite astonishing to read about, her own awareness of her capabilities and the general likability she has each time she comes around. And if Rian singlehandedly propped the book up, unfortunately, it was Carlos who singlehandedly tanked the entire read for me with his shallow, repetitive mantra about his only purpose being to give women pleasure to explain away his non-committal and player ways. The constant emphasis on Rian really not being his type throughout the book somehow made it even more intolerable—since the implication was that he liked her for her personality than anything else that he could get from his other hookups. His sheer arrogance and smarminess never quite went away throughout and the lack of proper ‘couple’ development time—Rian and Carlos don’t really interact too much for the first half of the book as they do their own things—don’t seem to help flesh him out as a character whose evolution I could buy into. ‘Weight Expectations’ is not a hard read narrative-wise but I finished the book more for Rian than anything else, whom I honestly thought deserved better.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    ***I received an ARC of this book, in exchange for an honest review.*** Listen. I'm a big girl. I've been big my whole life. I've been compared to my skinny elder sister and have been deemed as "the fat one" since birth. It doesn't matter if I lose weight or inches - my family will always see me as "the fat one." I'm 39, single, and I love the idea of romantic love. Hence, when Penny Reid announced her Smartypants Romance publications, I saw the title had the word "weight" in it and j ***I received an ARC of this book, in exchange for an honest review.*** Listen. I'm a big girl. I've been big my whole life. I've been compared to my skinny elder sister and have been deemed as "the fat one" since birth. It doesn't matter if I lose weight or inches - my family will always see me as "the fat one." I'm 39, single, and I love the idea of romantic love. Hence, when Penny Reid announced her Smartypants Romance publications, I saw the title had the word "weight" in it and just grabbed hold of it. I had wished/hoped/prayed that it'll be good. After reading it, I found it to be.... okay. The book heroine, Rian, is me, essentially. I'm a recent gym/dance convert. I'm obese. My mother would even say "morbidly obese." Any doctor would agree with her assessment. I take Zumba/dancercise classes regularly - 5 times a week. I hide my insecurities behind jokes and take pride in being the "funny one" amongst new acquaintances. I can be self-deprecating, but am also highly sensitive when those closest to me relentlessly tease/taunt me with my weaknesses. So, I struggled to really finish this without putting my own shit onto Rian. On this, however, I failed. Carlos and Rian's relationship felt contrived, like fitting a square peg into a round hole (no pun intended). I did not "feel" any romance between them, honestly. Sure, Rian was actively seeking a partner, but Carlos' eyes passed over her (or just glazed right over) when Rian was standing beside him at the gym, during the first time they met. I've been there, done that. So, if I were in Rian's shoes (which, I can say, I am IRL) there is no way in heaven, earth, purgatory, or hell would I even consider Carlos as The One. In real life, no way could this ever end in HEA. No way.......... not at least, in my eyes. P.S. I once saw a story on Yahoo (this was, of course, eons ago) of a young, muscular man from Europe moving to the USA to be with his "true love," a morbidly obese Filipino-American who's a comedienne on YouTube/social media. I can't find that story now. P.P.S. I did find this, however. So, maybe a pseudo-Carlos would be believable. Maybe.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shelly | The Mockingbird Reads

    I'm teetering between 2 "it was ok" stars and 3 "I liked it" stars with this book but will place it at 3 for now. Within the story we meet Rian, (which I'm still not quite sure if it's pronounced Ree-Ann, Ry-ann, or Ryan, but anyway) who is another "not-so-typical" female heroine (which is quickly becoming a running theme in the SmartyPants Romance books I've read so far...and I dig it!) who is described as "morbidly obese" and Carlos, the regimented gym rat who is a sexy Latino/Norwe I'm teetering between 2 "it was ok" stars and 3 "I liked it" stars with this book but will place it at 3 for now. Within the story we meet Rian, (which I'm still not quite sure if it's pronounced Ree-Ann, Ry-ann, or Ryan, but anyway) who is another "not-so-typical" female heroine (which is quickly becoming a running theme in the SmartyPants Romance books I've read so far...and I dig it!) who is described as "morbidly obese" and Carlos, the regimented gym rat who is a sexy Latino/Norwegian. I liked their characters enough but really didn't feel any type of connection to them or between them. My biggest pet peeve with this book is the interactions between Rian and Carlos. Aside from a random dinner out with friends (where they officially meet for the first time despite going to the same gym), and their quick, surface-level convo at said dinner, this is their only interaction until 50-55% into the story. *scratches head* I wasn't able to feel any type of connection between the two of them. I felt more of a connection between Rian and her trainer at the gym, Abel!!! I was also quite disappointed in Rian's reaction to her mother and sister. I wanted her to stand up for herself more but every time she'd say something sarcastically, it would go over both their heads and nothing would come of it. There were several other things that just felt out of sync or were left without an explanation. I did NOT like how the romantic scenes with Carlos and Rian were glazed over, almost fade-to-black. This would have been the perfect setting to make a point for plus-size women to feel just as sexy and worshiped in the bedroom as all the "skinny, perky model types"...so I'm disappointed in a missed opportunity there. Especially since this book focuses so much on body type, the societal interpretations of those bodies, and how we feel/view ourselves. I also would have liked to have gotten an update on Rian's gym journey (a weight loss update or something) as well as her relationship with her sister (following the sister's wedding). I just needed more. It was a decent, low-angst, and very contemporary read. *arc provided for honest review*

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

    I was already done and over this the first 1/4 of reading. The concept left much to be desire, the characters fell flat and I found myself zoning out more times that I could count due to the lackluster plot, so needless to say, this fell in the dropped graveyard.

  16. 5 out of 5

    maggieandteddy

    My first Smartypants book and my first book by this author. I really enjoyed this opposites attract story. Rian is a strong heroine, who gradually realizes her strengths and gifts. She starts to work out at Weight Expectations Gym after her Doctor advises her to get fit. I enjoyed Rian's interactions with her fitness instructor, Joel. She felt little pressure and an easy rapport since he's married with kids. Carlos works at Cypher Security. He's a bit of a player and confident with wom My first Smartypants book and my first book by this author. I really enjoyed this opposites attract story. Rian is a strong heroine, who gradually realizes her strengths and gifts. She starts to work out at Weight Expectations Gym after her Doctor advises her to get fit. I enjoyed Rian's interactions with her fitness instructor, Joel. She felt little pressure and an easy rapport since he's married with kids. Carlos works at Cypher Security. He's a bit of a player and confident with women. He's surprised at his growing attraction to Rian. He kept thinking: 'She's not my type'. He thought this a lot. I'm glad Rian didn't know how much he thought this. She'd be insulted. I would. Rian is under appreciated by her bridezilla sister and her mother. Rian gets demoted from maid of honor to bridesmaid. She doesn't mind at all. Rian's hates her job. Her boss is a jerk. I work with people all shapes and sizes. They don't get treated like Rian does. Lawsuit, HR involvement at the very least. Rian works on resolving that too. The middle of the book and forward had more growth in Rian and Carlos' relationship. I liked Carlos' growth. Rian wasn't the one that had the biggest changes to go through. I lot of this is the Eye of the Beholder kind of vibe. Once they got closer, It was more of wow, she/he is so great and I love how she looks, how funny and smart she is, etc. There was less of 'she's not my type'. I liked Rian from the start. Carlos really grew on me and by the end, I really liked him. I received an advanced copy from the Smartypants group. this book is out now on Kindle Unlimited. This is a standalone. Spin off from the Kitting in the City series (Neanderthal Seeks Human) by Penny Reid. Not necessary to read that before this one.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Paula Phillips

    I really liked this book as the main female character is a plus-size character who managed to get the hot guy over a skinny blonde twig. Weight Expectations is the third book I have read in the Smartypants Romance and like Code of Conduct this book takes part in the Cipher Office which features Quinn and Janie Sullivan from the Knitting in the City Universe. In Weight Expectations, we first meet Rian who is in a dead-end job and at their latest health insurance check-up her doctor advised her to I really liked this book as the main female character is a plus-size character who managed to get the hot guy over a skinny blonde twig. Weight Expectations is the third book I have read in the Smartypants Romance and like Code of Conduct this book takes part in the Cipher Office which features Quinn and Janie Sullivan from the Knitting in the City Universe. In Weight Expectations, we first meet Rian who is in a dead-end job and at their latest health insurance check-up her doctor advised her to lose some weight and get healthy. Rian joins a gym called Weight Expectations in order to become healthy, but little did she know that joining the gym would change her life in ways she never imagined from introducing her to new friends Tabitha and Abel, getting to know her co-worker Fran better and building a long-term friendship with her, getting a new job at Cipher Office and getting a hot guy interested in her - Carlos. However is her new life what she wants or is it too good to be true as why would a hunk named Carlos be interested in an overweight Irish female when he can get Rebecca the blonde from the gym? I really liked this book as Rian was a relatable character and felt like me and you and that anyone can get the guy and that you don't have to look like a model to have an awesome life and that people like us regular janes can be accepted for us and that our Inner beauty does shine through making us likable and wanted over someone who may be beautiful on the outside but cold and shallow and self-absorbed on the inside. If you haven't yet discovered the Smartypants Romance books that are being published, then what are you waiting for and check them out and add to your wishlists.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    ⭐⭐ The premise for Weight Expectations was promising and after the thoroughly enjoyable first instalment from the Smartypants Romance world (Baking Me Crazy) I had high hopes for it. Yet, I’m sorry to say this one just must not have been for me. Rian and Carlos’ chemistry didn’t feel authentic, the strong connection they felt seemed to appear from nowhere and with barely any interaction other than a group dinner. Also, their behaviours and thought patterns came across as too immature t ⭐️⭐️ The premise for Weight Expectations was promising and after the thoroughly enjoyable first instalment from the Smartypants Romance world (Baking Me Crazy) I had high hopes for it. Yet, I’m sorry to say this one just must not have been for me. Rian and Carlos’ chemistry didn’t feel authentic, the strong connection they felt seemed to appear from nowhere and with barely any interaction other than a group dinner. Also, their behaviours and thought patterns came across as too immature to realistically be middle-aged characters. I was excited to hear from some of the Cipher Security gang, but the portrayal of Quinn was very off for me. I hate that this isn’t a more positive review, I really wanted to love it and persevered to the end with the hope it would turn itself around, unfortunately it didn’t. ***ARC generously provided by Social Butterfly in exchange for an honest review*** #WeightExpectations

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kate (kate_reads_)

    Last year I fell hard into a Penny Reid shaped hole - in rapid succession I read all of the Knitting in the City and Winston Brothers book. On the whole, I absolutely loved them - loved getting to know and care about two whole communities of people who were friend groups and also each finding love. Occasionally a book was a miss for me - but that doesn’t stop me from continuing with the rest of the series. I was so excited to learn about SmartyPants romance and that the Pennyverse wou Last year I fell hard into a Penny Reid shaped hole - in rapid succession I read all of the Knitting in the City and Winston Brothers book. On the whole, I absolutely loved them - loved getting to know and care about two whole communities of people who were friend groups and also each finding love. Occasionally a book was a miss for me - but that doesn’t stop me from continuing with the rest of the series. I was so excited to learn about SmartyPants romance and that the Pennyverse would be expanding - with more great authors writing within these worlds I already know and love. Weight Expectations is the first of these books that I read and unfortunately it was a miss for me and I’m stopping at 52%. To start with what I like - I enjoyed the author’s writing voice and I really enjoy the heroine Rian. I am always a little cautious entering books where weight is a factor - but I think the representation of Rian and her experiences felt really true to me. I love her personality and her friendship with Francesca. I think she deserves to find an amazing guy. Unfortunately - that’s where this book lost me. I just can’t connect with Carlos. He is only interested in casual dating which is fine - but will lose all interest in a woman if he perceives her as smart and motivated. I assume at some point he’s going to come around and change his opinions - but having made it more than halfway through the book, I’m not interested in waiting longer for him to become someone I’m willing to spend time with. I do love that Carlos works at Cipher Security with Quinn - and loved seeing glimpses of characters I love from the Knitting in the City books. Like getting to peek glances of friends I haven’t seen in a long time. I’m really excited to keep reading more of the Pennyverse books. I would also definitely read other books by the author - I just wasn’t a good match with Carlos. Thank you so much to the publisher and the author for the advance reading copy.

  20. 5 out of 5

    julia ♥

    **ARC exchanged for an honest review — this just was not for me and didn’t do anything but fall flat for me. I do appreciate the fat girl rep.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Libby Harrison

    The hero was too vain for me

  22. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Spoilers . . . . This story is about Rian and Carlos. Rian has been labeled "morbidly obese" by her doctor, and so she joins a gym to get her health back on track. Carlos works out there, and is a 40 year old bachelor who doesn't do relationships (where have I heard that one before *rolls eyes*). They have a group dinner with some friends at the gym, and thus starts a I guess you could say fascination with each other. I always like to try books that expl Spoilers . . . . This story is about Rian and Carlos. Rian has been labeled "morbidly obese" by her doctor, and so she joins a gym to get her health back on track. Carlos works out there, and is a 40 year old bachelor who doesn't do relationships (where have I heard that one before *rolls eyes*). They have a group dinner with some friends at the gym, and thus starts a I guess you could say fascination with each other. I always like to try books that explore a heroine who is overweight or heavy just to see if the author can pull it off. I haven't found one that does it totally to my satisfaction, but that is why I gave this book a try. I actually quite liked Rian, she didn't dwell on her weight, and the author didn't spend a lot of time describing her, other than a mention in the book she resembled Mia Tyler, the model. She was funny, witty and ok with her station in life even if she didn't have everything she wanted. She was working out for her health not to be any certain size. I felt this aspect was probably the best part of the book so that is where most of the stars I gave it came from. If this had just been a book about Rian, strictly from her POV, meeting a great guy (her trainer, more on this in a bit) than it probably would have been a four star read for me, unfortunately the book was also about Carlos, and he had a POV every other chapter and he totally bought the whole book down. He was vain and shallow, it just sucked so much being in his head throughout the book. Not only did we have to hear about his gross thoughts about women or how great he thinks his body is, we also had to constantly be in his confusion on how he could possibly be attracted to someone like Rian, see because he likes slim women, with large breasts (I really need my rolling eyes emojis for this review). These were some of his thoughts: What in the world is happening to me? I shouldn't be attracted to this woman for any reason except some interesting conversation while our friends ignore us...This woman has caught my eye and I don't understand it. At All." And there goes my opportunity to get laid. I have no interest in daring smart, motivated women. Just constant stuff like this, where the author was trying to make him more palatable by saying he always was straight up with women, because he just knew he wasn't meant to be in a relationship, he thought he was meant to give pleasure to women, so essentially he thought he was gods gift to women....literally LMAO Anyways, he just came off like the creepy guys at the gym me and my friends avoid when we go work out, which we certainly don't try to get their attention, we try to make sure we get to our cars before ending up in their trunks. I will give the author credit that it wasn't JUST her looks he was not understanding his attraction with, but also because she was smart and had depth which meant she would want more from him then one night. I guess my problem is there was never any moment that bought him down a peg or two to show you why he learned being shallow and vain are not good traits, it was framed more that Rian was just special and she changed him. I would have wanted to see him have some character development to give some depth to his 180 of wanting a relationship. Overall though I just never bought his 180 of wanting a relationship, there was no finesse to the turnaround. Also they don't even spend more than dinner together by 60%, but yet he is consumed by thoughts of her, and she of him. I had no idea why she liked him other than his looks. There is a whole plot where she ends up working for him, it all just was weak. I sensed no true chemistry between them, no sexual tension was developed, and the sex scene was fade to black probably because the author didn't know how to write a love scene between them. I honestly think she didn't know how to mingle these two character prototypes together romantically, a plus size heroine with a manwhore, which is why they barely had any time together before the book was over. This brings me to Abel, her trainer at the gym, he should have been the hero. They had chemistry, banter, he was sweet, and wasn't a manwhore. Lost opportunity! One other aspect I didn't like, creepy Carlos slept with a women after meeting Rian (a no no for me on top of everything else) who he referred later to as a "dead fish in the sack", this guy is such a catch *blank stare into the distance* Anyways Rebecca was one of those OW characters designed to show how the hero treats the heroine differently, he even referred to as a "loose woman" IT IS 2019, STOP THIS! Jeez, a woman doing the exact shit he is doing isn't LOOSE she is just having fun the way he can, you don't have to bring the heroine down to calling petty names and make the hero look like a jerk to show he likes the heroine more, maybe you should have had them interact prior to 60% and that wouldn't have been needed! They have a whole fight over this woman when they barely had talked prior to her entering the story. Also just this constant need to have OW drama, the ability for the hero to be able to have sex to fulfill needs, but the heroine not having had sex in years. Why is it always that way? Why can't authors just write about normal people who have had lives and sex lives? Why do they always have to fit into these stereotypical boxes of how men and women have sex? Anyways, I would not recommend the book if you want romance, or if you want safe. If you want to maybe see what could have been of an awesome female character in a different plot and you have KU, it might be worth it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Rothert

    I LOVED Weight Expectations! The characters felt so real and I related with Rian immediately. If you like banter, laugh out loud moments, palpable tension and emotional growth in characters that makes you want to stand up and CHEER, this is the book for you!!! I love ME Carter's work, and this is my favorite of all her books.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Mandina

    I think this is my first book by this author and I am pleased to say that I really enjoyed it! I really connected with the main character, Rian. Although throughout the book my brain wasn't sure if I should pronounce her name like "Ryan" or "Ri-ann". So much though about her made me think of my own life. The sister that is a marathon runner, the sister that will tell you how you should eat. Not to mention her smart-ass reactions to everything, that is so me! There was even a part where she said I think this is my first book by this author and I am pleased to say that I really enjoyed it! I really connected with the main character, Rian. Although throughout the book my brain wasn't sure if I should pronounce her name like "Ryan" or "Ri-ann". So much though about her made me think of my own life. The sister that is a marathon runner, the sister that will tell you how you should eat. Not to mention her smart-ass reactions to everything, that is so me! There was even a part where she said she wasn't only "puffing" from exercising, but also just because she wanted to complain, I totally do that as well. Carlos started off though like a total ass. I mean so conceited and arrogant, that it took me a little to start to like him. But once he decided that he was into Rian, I got him a little better as he began to figure things out. Being part of the Knitting in the City world was also so awesome. I loved the Code Pink, and then the Code Red as well. Getting to be in a part of the timeline of the KITC series was so much fun with Janie being pregnant and Quinn being stressed about it. What really stood out for me too though, was how real the characters were, and even though it was about going to the gym and starting to work on losing weight or just getting healthy, we didn't necessarily get a countdown to how much weight Rian was losing. The nickname "ketozilla" totally made me laugh. As someone who is putting her toe in the pool of keto dieting, I have to say that while I've been adamantly disgusted by the thought of cauliflower rice, this story made me think I might actually want to try it. If someone who knew how to make it was the one who made it, and they made it as good as it sounded. Now one thing that I didn't get, why in the world was she shaving in the shower at the gym? I mean I get the taking a shower after exercising, but why in the world would you not shave BEFORE you go to the gym? Anyway, I really liked all the side characters as well. Even though I'm not planning to read the others in this series in the immediate future because of time constraints, I look forward to reading about all of them finding their HEA. Review first posted on Lisa Loves Literature.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Em__Jay

    WEIGHT EXPECTATIONS by M.E. Carter can just as easily be called ‘weighty expectations’ because expectations in many forms are weighing our characters down. Outwardly, Rian Thompson and Carlos Davies are a mismatch: physically, they don’t fit what we are told are society’s standards for coupledom. Professionally, one is driven and goal oriented, the other has been unconsciously treading water. They hold different, sometimes incompatible, opinions about topics. Most importantly for a romance novel WEIGHT EXPECTATIONS by M.E. Carter can just as easily be called ‘weighty expectations’ because expectations in many forms are weighing our characters down. Outwardly, Rian Thompson and Carlos Davies are a mismatch: physically, they don’t fit what we are told are society’s standards for coupledom. Professionally, one is driven and goal oriented, the other has been unconsciously treading water. They hold different, sometimes incompatible, opinions about topics. Most importantly for a romance novel, one’s not interested in a relationship while the other’s ambivalent. Given such differences, I am glad this story was written using dual points of view. I enjoyed getting to know both characters. Rian is funny, a bit quirky, and the kind of friend you want to have in your life. Carlos was a surprise. He is vain, a tad egotistical and quite regimented about his life and routine. I enjoyed him because beyond this he admits to himself he feels he falls short when compared with his uber-fit, uber-intelligent work colleagues. It’s rare to find a romance book hero who will be so forthright about their short-comings. As much as I liked the characters and their story, there were some parts that didn’t quite work for me. Firstly, we only get small glimpses into this relationship. It felt like a large chunk of the already small amount we get takes place off page. We are told what happens; we rarely get to experience it along with Rian and Carlos. Second, it took way too long for these two to come together. With only 30% of the book left, both Rian and Carlos are still pondering about this indefinable something that the other has, but this is never fully explored. It’s also at this point Carlos tells Rian he is interested in her as more than a work colleague. I need my romance couples to admit they have feelings for each other far earlier than this. Readers familiar with Penny Reid’s Knitting in the City series, may recall Carlos being a minor character in some of the books can without doubt be read as a standalone book. I am looking forward to more office romances in the Cipher Office world.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Wonderland

    I feel really lucky and honored to receive ARCs from the great adventure that is Smartypants romance. It allows me to discover authors i've never read before and to spend time in our Pennyverse. Weight Expectations was promising. An heroin with weight issues i loved this idea. Not just a few pounds but she's "morbidly obese". That's a first for me. I wanted to see a strong woman who assumes her body but who struggles with the consequences because let's be honest that doesn't make life easy. So y I feel really lucky and honored to receive ARCs from the great adventure that is Smartypants romance. It allows me to discover authors i've never read before and to spend time in our Pennyverse. Weight Expectations was promising. An heroin with weight issues i loved this idea. Not just a few pounds but she's "morbidly obese". That's a first for me. I wanted to see a strong woman who assumes her body but who struggles with the consequences because let's be honest that doesn't make life easy. So yes we have a strong heroine, Rian is amazing! She's funny, really smart, she's the best at her job, she has debth, she accepts her body more than her family. I liked her, i rooted for her! Too bad she falls for a narcissist idiot. I think she deserves better, like her coach with whom she has a good chemistry. But no she falls for Carlos. He spends his time telling and thinking how handsome he is, how smart he is, how successful he is, how good in bed he is... He only has eyes for brainless bombshells so the way he perceives Rian doesn't feel realistic. He thinks she's not his type but never references to her "morbidly obesity". For someone who is obsessed with looks that's just not plausible. I would have liked to see him gradually falling for her, talking with her, spending time with her... They don't meet before several chapters (too many), we have just glimpses of their first conversation (he was a douche), and BAM they're attracted to each other and can't stop thinking about each other. And i'm not talking about Carlos's date with another character... I liked ME Carter's writing, and i liked her heroin... I just had issues with the story itself. However i'd like to thank her for Rian who is amazing and for the cameos with Quinn and Janie. I received an ARC in exchange of an honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bibliomedico

    Check Out My Blog For More Reviews And Recommendations: https://bibliomedico.wordpress.com/ **************************** ARC provided by the publisher & Social Butterfly PR , Thanks for giving me the opportunity to read the book. **************************** " My Body Is what it is and having extra Pounds doesn't mean I'm any less Important than Jill in accounting, who has probably never had to diet in her life, and it certainly doesn't give him or anyone else the right to talk about it " This is one of the best bo/>/> Check Out My Blog For More Reviews And Recommendations: https://bibliomedico.wordpress.com/ **************************** ARC provided by the publisher & Social Butterfly PR , Thanks for giving me the opportunity to read the book. **************************** " My Body Is what it is and having extra Pounds doesn't mean I'm any less Important than Jill in accounting, who has probably never had to diet in her life, and it certainly doesn't give him or anyone else the right to talk about it " This is one of the best books I've read this year that discussed Self-image, Weight Problems, Confidence, and Social acceptance in a great way, without any harmful ideas or stupid assumptions. Author M.E. Carter surprised me throughout the book, with her beautiful, sarcastic, realistic, inspirational, heartbreaking and amazing Writing style. Rian Thompson our heroine , beautiful , smart , successful , funny and strong Rian . Also, One of my favorite female characters. The novel starts by Following Rian Journey towards " getting healthy " as she is suffering from Obesity. What I liked about the Author, her way of discussing this sensitive topic, she focused on " Getting healthy " rather than " Losing weight and getting skinny". "Be healthy rather than Skinny " On the other hand, Carlos Davies , Handsome, fashionable, Playboy, successful and sarcastic Carlos. " Dammit , I've been Friend-zoned by my own convictions " I have to admit, I wasn't always a fan of Carlos throughout the book, there were scenes I hated him. On the other hand, there were scenes, I adored him, how he encouraged Rian, Believed in her and her abilities, admired her personality, changed and developed, was AMAZING. I liked how the author changed many topics that are always the same for almost every romance novel, Such as : The Friendship between Rian and Abel Almost every romance author Make the male friend of the heroine ( homosexual " not that there is anything wrong with that, I actually always like this character" ) or there won't be any attraction or non-friendly thoughts about the hot friend , BUT , In this book, the friendship between Rian and Able was really cool, even though Able was hot and Rian at first felt attraction toward him . But, they ended up, great friends. " Are you always this dramatic? " " Always," I say without hesitation. "Good. I like it. See you in thirty. " " It's twenty -eight minutes now " also, the age of the hero and heroine I liked that Rian and Carlos were 37, 40, really interesting to read about them, not everyone should find love when they are in their 20s or 30s, Love is for everyone, no one should lose hope. " But here she is, stepping out of her comfort zone to make a better life for herself. And damn if that doesn't inspire me to do the same. " All in all, If you like to read Romance novels with interesting topics, brilliant characters, and outstanding writing style, this is for you. "Rian, Families aren't perfect. People aren't perfect. They are going to have flaws. "

  28. 4 out of 5

    J.D. Hollyfield

    Hilarious. Swoon-worthy. So darn Relatable.  Carter hits this one out of the park with the hilarious Rian and her sexy gym conquest, Carlos. I'm a sucker for slow burn, and holy hell did she produce. Weight Expectation's is where it's at. This book should teach everyone that Life isn't about being a size two. It's about loving yourself for you. I wanted to jump inside these pages and hug and high five the main characters on so many occasions. That's if I wasn't in tears laughing. Hilarious. Swoon-worthy. So darn Relatable.  Carter hits this one out of the park with the hilarious Rian and her sexy gym conquest, Carlos. I'm a sucker for slow burn, and holy hell did she produce. Weight Expectation's is where it's at. This book should teach everyone that Life isn't about being a size two. It's about loving yourself for you. I wanted to jump inside these pages and hug and high five the main characters on so many occasions. That's if I wasn't in tears laughing. Oh, and possibly wanting to squeeze some Latino tushie. Bravo Carter. You get my vote. #GimmeMore

  29. 5 out of 5

    Heather andrews

    Carlos's wooimg skills are kinda nonexistent, “you look… wow,” I’m finally able to croak out, still unable to stop staring at her." Carlos likes to point out his flaws to make his woman feel better, "rolling my eyes, I whip the sheet off my body and gesture to my lower half. “Hey, look, when my p***s isn’t hard, it sags, too.” I liked this book, I liked Carlos.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Susan (susayq ~)

    My first book by ME Carter and sadly, I didn't get through it. I will try this author again in the future.

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