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Love Handles (Oakland Hills #1)

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  3,786 Ratings  ·  260 Reviews
The world of fitness apparel isn't ready for Beverly Lewis. She hates the gym, is nice to everybody, and shops at Ross Dress for Less. When she's not teaching preschool, she's wearing yoga pants . . . to nap in. So when she inherits her estranged grandfather's fitnesswear company in San Francisco, nobody expects her to keep it. Fite Fitness needs a heartless suit to save i ...more
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Published April 24th 2011 by Eton Field
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Feb 13, 2015 Carmen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance fans
She closed and locked the door, letting out her breath in a whoosh. He was barefoot. Wearing an apron. In her kitchen.

It's true what they said about porn: "you know it when you see it."

Occasionally I wander through Amazon and pick up a free, self-published e-book. Just to see what's up. Usually, this is an unmitigated disaster. See: The Big, Not-So-Small, Curvy Girls, BBW Romance, Dating Agency. ANYWAY. These tend to be romances and if they are about a heroine who is in some way marginalized, so
Aug 25, 2016 Siv30 rated it liked it
Shelves: oakland-hills
ספר נחמד.

בוורלי לא הכירה את סבא שלה. אמא שלה עזבה את הבית בגיל צעיר והקשר ניתק. לכן כשהיא מגלה שהיא ירשה את העסק של סבא שלה לבגדי ספורט אופנתיים, היא מוכנה מיד לחתום ויתור לדודתה ולהסתלק חזרה ללוס אנגלס למשרתה כגננת.

אבל אז היא פוגשת את ליאם, המנהל בפועל של העסק ומגלה שהמשרה שלה כגננת כבר לא מחכה לה והעיניינים מתחילים להתגלגל.

הסיפור נע בין נסיונות להציל את העסק שאינו מנוהל כלכלית היטב, מחלוקות משפחתיות, נסיונות התנכלות לבוורלי וחיזורים.

ספר נחמד מאוד אם כי צפוי לחלוטין.
ᴥ Irena ᴥ

An okay way to pass one or two afternoons, Love Handles is a light contemporary romance with some drama thrown into the mix. The family drama part is a bit forced and the resolutions to almost all the issues in the story end up unbelievable. There is some suspense here too.

Bev is constantly told she has to exercise, she has to start being careful with her body and whatnot. And she doesn't think too much of how she looks. Actually, she thinks she has a big ass, among other things. Now, let me
Beverly Lewis, known as Bev, is a preschool teacher who does not like being told what to do but more often then not, lets people walk all over her. Bev's family is hardly close-nit, in fact a family grudge has kept her from ever getting to know her mother's side of the family. When Bev's grandfather, who she has never met, dies, she is surprised to learn he left her the family business, a fitness wear line, located in San Francisco. Under the impression she is going to bring her mother and aunt ...more
There was nothing intrinsically wrong with this book - it just didn't really match the blurb.

Bev inherits a fitness clothing company from her grandfather, who she has never seen. No-one seems to want her to stay, not her aunt, not the super-hot Executive VP, not her mother, father, brother or sister, not her staff.

The blurb made it sound as though Bev was a plus size woman who single-handedly turns around the business and/or recognises the talent within the business and gives it free rein. In re
Jan 19, 2015 Luli rated it liked it
2.5 stars.
Nada especial aquí, pero tampoco ha estado mal.
Demasiado drama familiar, y sobre todo, demasiado empalagoso. (Esta es una de esas historias en las que todo el mundo está perdonado y redimido sin condiciones)
El romance es otro caso de insta-lust, aunque hay que decir, a favor de la historia, que no saltan al catre en el minuto uno.
Sí que me ha gustado cómo ha tratado el tema del aspecto físico de la protagonista la autora, fantástico, nada de repeticiones cansinas por si el lector es to
HR readsNstuff
Feb 03, 2015 HR readsNstuff rated it did not like it
There seems to be some promise here. Patches of the book were good. I loved the bit where Bev went on about her dental hygiene routine in the same way people go on about their workouts. I just couldn't buy her optimism about bringing the family together. I couldn't work out why she would give any of them the time of day.

I'm trying to think of something positive to say about liam but I've got nothing. I couldn't see the attraction and couldn't find the chemistry. Yet there was a spark of somethin
Bernadette Marie
Apr 29, 2013 Bernadette Marie rated it it was amazing
To say I can't get enough of Gretchen Galway is an understatement. Hands down she is one if my favorite authors. Her characters are real. I love opening a book to find the main character to be absolutely normal size! Ms Galway mixes it up and turns up the heat creating scenes you hope never end. Fantastic dialogue and banter make you cancel appointments and forget deadlines so you remain engaged with the characters.
Tracy Kellies
Oct 27, 2015 Tracy Kellies rated it it was amazing
What a fun, contemporary romance story. At times I would get frustrated at the way the two main characters, Bev and Liam try and fight the feelings that they have for each other, but all in all I loved the way the story panned out.

I need to get me some Liam in my life....

I would highly recommend this book.
Jan 13, 2015 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
What a fun story! Grandfather leaves his crumbling business to his granddaughter and the fun begins. She's a former nursery school teacher, he's a former Olympic swimmer. Together they try to resurrect the business. Romance, mystery, and crazy family make it very interesting. I never saw the ending coming, what a twist!
Susan Buchanan
Sep 10, 2015 Susan Buchanan rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book, but it's a 3.5 star from me, as the cover I purchased it based on was more of a romantic comedy cover, but it's actually more romance, which I don't enjoy reading so much. That said, it was good, and I would read more by this author.
Feb 02, 2015 Sonia rated it did not like it
I only got through half of this book. By that point I was hating ALL the characters but especially the two main ones. They were either too "welcome mat" wimpy or too manipulative. So irritating. Plus there was too much descriptive sex already in just the first half.
Sep 27, 2015 Mya rated it liked it
This book had more lows then high it was very nice den jus bad
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Mar 24, 2015 Dayreader Reviews rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is not your typical love story. Bev has never had it easy. Her family is a nightmare and no one gets along. When Bev's grandfather dies she learns that he has left his struggling fitness wear company to her, someone he had never met. Not only is this the last thing that she wants to take care of, but it soon causes more problems than she ever had working as a preschool teacher.

The characters are well developed in this book. They intertwine nicely and it makes you feel like you could actual
Apr 17, 2015 Ashley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could give this book negative stars!

First off, in no way was this book funny. The really wasn't any romance in it either, so I have no idea why it is called a romantic comedy.

Secondly, the hero was so unlikable!
He was constantly telling her that she needed to exercise. He was so bitter that the company wasn't left to him. Even in the end, he still was obsessed with the company.

The heroine was just as unlikable. She was weak minded and when she did stick up for herself,she sounded nai
Jennifer Collin
Mar 29, 2016 Jennifer Collin rated it it was amazing
The blurb for Love Handles hinted at so many of my favourite chick-lit features, that I could not resist this book when I came across it. It's based on my favourite trope, the enemies to lovers tale; the heroine is underestimated by everyone around her, but regardless, she's strong enough to believe in herself; the ex-Olympic swimmer hero promised to be as sexy as hell; and the blurb promised sex scenes, which, quite frankly, I find hard to go past.

Love Handles did not disappoint. The enemies to
Anna D.
Feb 27, 2015 Anna D. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: plus-side, free
4.5 stars!

The reason it’s not a full 5 stars is that it got a bit convoluted at the end and also the reason the H/h fight was not convincing, especially on Liam’s side. I honestly still don’t get what he was insecure about or afraid of from Bev. That being said, this couple was sizzling and well matched..Liam was dreamy and sexy and Bev, although a people pleaser, was smart and capable.

A very enjoyable read! I look forward to reading the other books in this series.
Jan 27, 2015 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So So Book

I liked this book, but I didn't enjoy it. I just couldn't like the main character, Bev. She struck me as silly and scatterbrained. Too much fluff and not enough meat to the story. I'm sorry but I can't recommend this book.
♣️ Lynda ♣️
Jun 07, 2015 ♣️ Lynda ♣️ rated it it was amazing
This book was really good. I read it in 1 day.
Liam and Bev are great together. There's plenty of humor and sexual energy. I have to say Bev's family are a bunch off assholes though!

Smiles and positive energy DO Work!!
Jul 11, 2016 Alison rated it liked it
I like this book but didn't love it

I think because all through the book the hero& heroine didn't connect for me. Chemistry yes but something didn't quite gel for me.
Sep 20, 2011 Sheryl rated it really liked it
They say opposites attract and in "Love Handles" they certainly do. Bev Lewis, preschool teacher and self-professed "nice" person, inherits her recently deceased and long-time estranged grandfather's failing fitness wear company. Liam Johnson was his right-hand man and like a son to him, or so he thought, until he found himself left out of his will. Regardless, Liam loves Fite like it's his own company and can't bear to see it continue to fail, which he figures will happen for sure if a woman wi ...more
May 10, 2015 Awakencordy rated it really liked it
Shelves: x-read-in-2015
Even though the ending arc was over crowded and unnecessary, the beginning and the middle of the book kinda made up for it.

Firstly, i haven't read any books regarding fitness companies so it was a fresh change. I'd rather the author went more into that world rather than skipping it with how everyone dressed.

The romance was fine, the sex was mediocre (but the ust was nice) even though at some point i was really fed up reading about the size of her breasts. Which is something to dwell on: the gi
Cory Ida

I rate books based purely on how much I enjoy reading them. They don't have to be special or important, they just have to make me happy.
This book is NOT a special, important book. It is, however, rather adorable. I love that Bev is an average (other than her boobs) woman, not tiny or even really fit, and yet she was completely comfortable in her own skin and confident about her appearance. That's very refreshing and, based on the blurb for the next book in the series, I wonder if that's som
Jaime ~ Fiction Fangirls Book Review
This was one of those books that I just love to get lost in. It was sweet and simple but not boring. At times I found myself really frustrated with Bev's family and how manipulative and naive they were. Even towards the end when things started falling into place I wanted Bev to give them each what they deserved, which was nothing, but the author must be a better person than I because she made sure that Bev did what was right instead of just what was easy.
I really, really loved Liam. He could be
Bunnita (Worth Reading It?)
Bev is a preschool teacher. She has a big heart which makes her a popular and love teacher by most. The grandfather she doesn't know leaves her his failing fitness wear company. No one is happy about the change in ownership. The book is basically about her trying to prove to everyone including herself that she is able to be the businesswoman the company needs all while falling for Liam. There is a side story of someone harassing her at home and at the office.

I liked Bev determination to stick wi
Jan 10, 2016 Marie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book annoyed me to no end. The MC was weird. Either it was her or everyone around her but I didn't understand why everyone kept giving her such shit if she was supposedly this smart sweet girl? Everyone in her family keeps telling her that she can't handle the company but she's supposedly a graduate of UCLA. Not exactly a cake school to get into. And Liam..I never saw the draw. Yes he was hot but the fact that he acted like a dick the entire book made me wonder why we were supposed to be in ...more
Apr 11, 2014 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute and sweet

This book was cute and sweet but could have been so much more. It started off pretty good until the relationship started but kind of frizzled out. Finding out wrong doing in the company was joke and how she dealt with her mother was also a joke. Trying to prove how much she loved him was a joke. These things could have been handle in a way that could have made this book spectacular, but the author fell short & rushed the story and the ending. I'm being generous giving this a 3
Aug 16, 2016 Liza rated it liked it
I liked the premise of the story and the slow build of the romance, but a lot of the time, I had no idea what was going on in terms of the company. Also, the end seemed a bit rushed and the whole time that Bev and Liam were having interactions, I hardly felt any of the "love" that they were going on and on about. It was mostly just suuuper lusty vibes that I got from both of them. So when it got to the end, I was just confused on what they were talking about.
The pacing seemed to be off too, b
Jun 18, 2014 Karrisx rated it liked it
I wish I could have given this book a higher rating. I absolutely loved it right up until the last few chapters when I feel like Gretchen just completely lost it! It was as if she was writing to a tight deadline and needed to wrap things up super quickly. It just felt a bit rushed and contrived which is a shame as it really had me for 95% of the book.
Oct 06, 2014 Judy rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, romance
Cute story of a preschool teacher who inherits a fitness apparel business. Her nemesis is the guy who's been running the business for her grandfather, but they are also irresistibly drawn to each other. As usual not very realistic but fun to read anyway.
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“They’re just treats. Like Cookie Monster says, ‘Cookies are a sometimes food.’ Sometimes doesn’t mean never.” “You’re quoting Cookie Monster?” Bev stared at him. “Somebody has to.” 2 likes
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