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The Black Widow Trainer (The Black Widow Trainer #1)

3.43  ·  Rating Details ·  68 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
Bored with tedium of her passionless marriage, Misty's life explodes after a weekend of mind-blowing sex with the man of her dreams. Exploring the physical limits of her newfound desire, she combines the lure of her honed, disciplined body with cunning business acumen and redefines herself as the Black Widow Trainer, a high-price personal trainer/escort. Negotiating an ...more
Paperback, 314 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by Emerald Book Co (first published October 14th 2010)
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Jan 23, 2011 Dimity rated it it was ok
I won a copy of this book through the First Reads program. This is far outside my usual reading material but I signed up to win it on a whim, looking for books I could read while caring for a newborn. “The Black Widow Trainer” fit that bill and I flew through it. This is an entertaining read that’s easy to get into but it does suffer from a lack of thorough editing and I caught several spelling and other errors.
Laya White
Feb 04, 2011 Laya White rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I've been debating on whether to give this book three or four stars. Here's the thing.

The book has some flaws. It told a whole lot more than it showed. At times I felt like I was reading a movie synopsis or actor instructions moreso than a novel - too much "he felt/she felt". It could have used at least one more edit. I even caught one particularly vivid metaphor being used twice in successive chapters - a huge put off. The sex scenes were definitely from the perspective of the "male gaze" despi
Katie Rodante
Feb 20, 2011 Katie Rodante rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this through Good Reads First Reads program.

Tedious with very little character development. Instead of focusing on Misty's point of view (she is the main character after all), the book tells me what nearly everyone is thinking and feeling. Frankly, I don't give a damn about those characters. I would rather have read about Misty growing as a person, or having any reason other than boredom for abandoning her husband for months at a time.

The concept is interesting, but I dislike the execution
Feb 06, 2011 Shannon rated it liked it
Shelves: own, first-reads
I won the book The Black Widow Trainer, by Craig Odanovich, in a firstreads giveaway on Goodreads. Maybe if I'd read the blurb, I'd have noticed that this was "an erotic adventure novel." Maybe I would have entered to win, maybe not. Anyway, that being said, I still read the book.

Misty is a personal trainer who has grown bored with her lackluster marriage to longtime best friend Rob. After about eight years of not enough passion, she finally understands that she will never love him the way he lo
Laurie Little-Watkins
Apr 25, 2011 Laurie Little-Watkins rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all age 18 and over
There should be ten stars to rate this book. This is the first book I have read like this and I am absolutely hooked. But be warned, once you pick it up and start reading, your going to not want to set it down. Filled with different experiances and beliefs you will learn that there is no "right" way of living. There is no need to judge. No one person is better than the other. From Rob, to Becca and from 'The Man' to Teake, this is an absolute must read. And by the way, you may want company after ...more
Rachel Thompson
Jan 09, 2011 Rachel Thompson rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, erotica
I won this through Good Reads First Reads program.

Misty is a personal trainer who's grown bored with her life and realizes she doesn't love her husband. She uses this excuse to have an affair, after which she and her husband, Rob, discuss having an open marriage. Misty, with the help of one of her clients, comes up with the idea of The Black Widow Trainer, where Misty will train someone for three months. The client can have sex with her once during those three months, but after that happens, she
Jan 30, 2011 Cookie rated it it was ok
Shelves: series, first-reads
I won this as a Goodreads First-Reads book.

The storytelling in this novel was OK, but lacked as far as story development. Instead of reading like a complete novel, it read like mini-stories all put together in one book. Had there been more character development, I think I would have enjoyed the story more. With that said, I am intrigued by the idea of reading more books in this series. However, just as one must decide to see a movie in the theater, at the discount show, when it's first available
Mar 07, 2011 Monica rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I am still so up in the air about this book. I like the concept...there are just a few things that threw me about it. I mean...why personal trainer? Also...the author switched characters quite often sometimes in adjacent paragraphs and now that I have started noticing that stuff in my own writing it drives me nuts.

All of the above aside, the story is pretty cool, interesting, and I like the character progression and plot. I am so glad about how it ended, I was sorta surprised and not expecting t
Feb 06, 2011 Lauren rated it really liked it
Shelves: erotica, read-in-2011
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Diane Sallans
Feb 05, 2011 Diane Sallans rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I found this an easy book to read, it flowed rather well and I wanted to see what happened next. Apparently, to really find that I'd have to read the next book in the series (Tangled Web). Unfortunatly, I'd rather read something else, something with romance. As another commentor said, I felt bad for Misty's husband Rob, and would have liked it better if Misty wasn't married. It had some good travlogue descriptions, especially Argentina, so I wonder if the author traveled to all the settings. I ...more
Misty is a fantastic character that leads an adventurous life style, as The Black Widow Trainer. She travels the world, makes fantastic money and has a blast doing her job. The people she meets on her adventures are all fun in interesting locations. I usually write short reviews because I want to read that others either enjoyed a book or did not. With this book, I could go on and on but I don't want to give away any of the story line. It was so much fun to read about some places I have visited a ...more
Feb 09, 2011 Camille rated it really liked it
So, this isn't typically the kind of things I read but it was definitely interesting. I wasn't in love with it but I definitely would read the next book in the series. One of my misgivings about the book is the relationship that allows this type of thing to go on. I understand not being alone but at what cost? Also, Misty, the main character, seems to be having some issues of her own that come to light. While the prose is at times far fetched as to what is said, some of it is right on. I ...more
Jan 19, 2011 Tiffany rated it really liked it
I rather enjoyed the book. I have to admit I was more drawn to Miguel and Rob than the main character Misty. I felt that Misty was very selfish and wasn't out for anyone, but herself - at first. By the end of the book I realized that what she was doing wasn't just about her, but was something she could do for herself and others. She had a sexual awakening that was well utilized to let her explore herself and others.
Hope to learn more about Miguel and even Rob in future books.
May 02, 2013 Danielle rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I was really looking forward to this book. I wanted it to be good since not very often do guys write romance and he is from Texas, but it was lack luster. The dialog is robotic and unrealistic. The plot could have been good but it wasn't executed well. I probably could have finished it but there are other books that I want to read more instead of wasting my time with one that I only think is so-so.
Roger Davidson
Feb 01, 2011 Roger Davidson rated it it was amazing
A great escape novel by Mr. Odanovich. For me it was a cross between James Bond and La Femme Nikita. I did not have to think real hard; just went along for the ride to some exciting places filled with unique characters. And of course I must say that I did enjoy being a voyeur while Misty worked her way in and out of various predicaments. Looking forward to the next novel Mr. O!

Jan 19, 2011 Sadie rated it it was amazing
New fresh writing. Misty's cool job as an elite fitness trainer threads through some great situations and adventures. Believable. Easy to bond to the characters with desire to know what happens to each of them. Sensual implications add pizazz to the story. Story locales are rich with detail. Glad I read it and waiting on the sequel.
Jennifer Holley
Oct 13, 2013 Jennifer Holley rated it really liked it
Enjoyed the book. She's a personal trainer that gets an opportunity to travel the world training privately. Enjoyed reading her adventures and about the different people she encountered. I look forward to the next book of the series.
Clarrissa Moon
Jan 22, 2011 Clarrissa Moon rated it it was amazing
Great book. Well written and flowed nicely. I enjoyed Misty's adventure in finding out who she is through her growth in sexuality. Great job by the author in bringing a different perspective in the world of fitness and intrigue.
Apr 17, 2011 Angela rated it it was amazing
Loving this book. Misty is a hot This book was well worth the time it took to read. Peter/Ivan was really a shocker. Definitely looking forward to the next installment. Who knows what Misty will get into next.
Mary Mathews
Nov 13, 2011 Mary Mathews rated it did not like it
I did not care for this book. I kept reading it hoping it would get better. I read it only because one niece If you like to read about someone having sex with a trave guide thrown in, this book is for you. But if you are into good fiction, find another one.
Feb 06, 2011 Evelyn rated it liked it
This book was a giveaway from the Goodreads First Reads program
Not my typical reading choice. I don't usually read erotica (ok I did read Lolita does that count?) I had hoped for a little more fitness but it was entertaining enough
Amy Evans
Dec 28, 2010 Amy Evans rated it it was amazing
This book is great. It is not just about sex. It's about a woman you find yourself rooting for. You want her to win and/or kick butt. Just reading it gives you more confidence in yourself. I can't wait to see what Odanovich puts out next.
Oct 18, 2012 Tina rated it really liked it
I won this through Good Reads First Reads program a while back.

Good story with interesting characters.
Feb 21, 2011 Patty rated it it was ok
Shelves: new-reads
Very interesting premise...but just couldn't invest in the characters. Didn't think they were developed enough. I guess I wanted more about the characters reasonings and thoughts than I got.
Jan 03, 2011 Lynne marked it as to-read
Thank you so much for letting me win this free book from First Reads. Looking forward to reading it. Thank you.
Feb 26, 2011 Lura rated it it was ok
Shelves: to-be-reviewed
Going back and forth between 2 and 3 stars on this one. While I liked the ending, the beginning was pretty rough.

Full review (and final rating) to come...
Janet R
Mar 15, 2011 Janet R rated it really liked it
I won this book from Goodreads. I really enjoyed it. Misty and Rob both made me like and not like them at times. I enjoyed the way the book ended and can't wait for the next one.
Nicole Morse
Jun 09, 2011 Nicole Morse rated it liked it
I won this book in a firstreads giveaway on Goodreads. I really enjoyed Misty in this book. I liked the way it ended and look forward to the next one!
Robin rated it really liked it
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Steven Craig Odanovich grew up in Flour Bluff, Texas, only minutesfrom the beaches of Padre Island. His creative roots are firmly grounded in the muscle car culture of the seventies. As a young music business entrepreneur, Odanovich launched a successful record store at a time when neighborhood record stores were still a prime point of connection between popular music and the public. His genuine ...more
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