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Weight for Happiness

3.31  ·  Rating details ·  320 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Jeremy Johnson is stuck between a rock and a hard place. He doesn’t want to be overweight anymore, but temptation is unavoidable thanks to his job. Deciding to make a change for the better, he dedicates himself to implementing a new diet and exercise program that he hopes will whip him into shape. He makes himself a promise that he intends to keep, but it doesn’t help that ...more
Kindle Edition, 228 pages
Published February 5th 2017 (first published February 2017)
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Feb 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
I'll start by saying that this book had great promise of a story about finding love despite the lack of a six-pack, but unfortunately I found the execution to be sorely lacking in... well, almost everything. I cannot say anything about typos and spelling as I spotted no mistakes in that aspect BUT I must say that the overall story needs some more work. Maybe it's just me, but I felt that the hero Jeremy and his "insecurities" were just infuriating. Also, what was with his obsession with Ryan?

Jenny Wood
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
I just couldn't get into this one. I didn't hate it, that wouldn't be fair to say..
I know this author put a lot of time and energy into making a story, as a writer myself, I know how hard it is... I think maybe it just wasn't the right story for me.
I thought the dialogue was.....I didn't like it.
I thought Jeremy was too obsessed with his weight and insecurities, then he was obsessed with Ryan, and for what? They'd literally spent one or two days together, then got in a fight over something so
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"Move on," I thought. "Your willpower is not strong enough yet."

Losing weight is hard, I would know after suffering for years with a back injury that led to a sedentary life. I used to be, softball, even power walks. Now, I have been reduced to yoga...something I can't even get cheery about. And let's not mention the comfort foods. So, I understand the plight Jeremy faced to present himself as a health conscious
Feb 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
Very 'new-to-me' author. Willing to give this a try and am thanking KU for the fact that I can "safely" do so. I've been burned by a few books [read: 'new-to-me' authors] in the past and without KU, in this instance, I most likely would not have taken the leap. So thank you, KU :-)!! ...more
Wendy Moore
Feb 09, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I did enjoy the story. It was well written. I think Jason did an amazing job describing Jeremy and his struggles with weight. I not sure what I think of Ryan. Perhaps if it was written in dual POV we would have known what Ryan was thinking/feeling. I would have loved an epilogue to get an HEA instead of a HFN. Just my opinion...
Abbey's Fully Booked
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cute, fast read. Loved the characters, including the secondary ones.
My first read of Jasons, and will def continue to read more of his work.
Isabella ~Mikku-chan~
*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*

There is less to say about the blurb since it’s so long. I liked this book because of the character and how nice the topic losing weight was managed.

Jeremy and Ryan are pleasant character but to fully (no pun intended) give 5 stars there was something missing and I have to honest say: it was the character depth. Jeremy was good displayed, his struggle were plausible, his low willpower too but he surprised me.

Ryan on
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it
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Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm fat with a big dick and unhappy, I'm fit now but the guy who liked me when I was fat isn't here anymore so I'm unhappy about that now. This is the basic plot of this story, sprinkle in idiotic choices(stalking, letting a guy with a knife that you just got fired into your house AFTER he specifically stated he was going to hurt you, ect). I'm sorry but the main character in this story is just crazy as hell, he isn't fit to be in a relationship with anybody and he needs serious mental help. (vi ...more
Coral Mitchell
Feb 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Jeremy Johnson is stuck. He doesn’t want to be overweight anymore and decides to make a change. The change is not so easy because Jeremy's self-esteem is nonexistent. He cannot believe anyone could be remotely interested in his overweight self. It doesn’t help he works for a food-focused blog where he spends his days writing about delicious, forbidden food he knows he’s not supposed to indulge in. On his first day at his new job, he meets the infamous Ryan Bennett, a man known for his dedication ...more
Sandra Mueller
Feb 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked the book but I loved the weight of it all from N. R. Walker more. I know it's not fair from my side because Jason's book is also good. I think it's great that there are books where men struggling with the lose of weight. often it's only spoken about with woman but men have also problems. In this book is missed something..and I'm not sure what..maybe I thought too often on N. R. Walkers book, again not so fair. ...more
Barbara Holloway
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Outside looking in

I love this book. As someone that has struggled with weight and body image all their lives. I could completely understand. I adore that love and work were not the reason for the weight lost but happiness and self worth were. The romantic and acceptance that came along when they did was terrific.
Julianno Ramirez
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is the 3rd book I’ve read by this author. I did enjoy the characterization of Jeremy and I found him EXTREMELY relatable, however I do feel like the story lacked something. All in all it was an okay read, and I will continue to read books by this author because he can write some really cute and steamy romances. This was just a little more angst then anything.
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Meh! This story got better at about 38% in, that was chapter 9! Weirdly unrealistic, but there is potential. I will check out more from this author, especially if he has more books in KU. A nice reminder that there really is someone for everyone!
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very Good could have been longer

The book was good. There was a lack of detail in some places that bothered me but otherwise, it was an interesting story.
Maria Lentini
Mar 11, 2019 rated it liked it
First time reading this writers work

Good story, a little too fragmented for me and a touch boring. Would consider another book. I think it needed a little bit more
Joyfully Jay
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kirsty
A Joyfully Jay review.

5 stars

In my opinion, Jason Collins has done a fantastic job with Weight for Happiness. I loved the ease with which the story flowed and once I started the book, I did not want to stop reading. I particularly liked how Collins chooses to break certain expectations of the romance genre. There are so many novels that feature physically perfect protagonists that for someone like me, who has always struggled with my weight and confidence, Jeremy’s character is validating and r
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
The best part about the book is that it is a pretty quick read... okay that might be an exaggeration but I almost stopped reading at 80% but figured I mind as well finish since I was so close to the end. I'm not sure if it was worth it.

I didn't like any of the characters. Jeremy is struggling with low self-esteem. Which is fine. That wasn't my problem, although it was a bit annoying at times, but even he recognized he needed to improve his self-esteem, so that was fine. What wasn't fine is that
Ian S. Michaels
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good read

Better than average. Easy to follow. Glad there was more story than overt action. I would recommend to give try
Sj Smithson
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it

I liked the determination Jeremy had to lose weight for himself. His self doubt was funny at times especially when he forgot to keep it inside.
I would have liked to have seen a longer relationship between Jeremy and Ryan but it worked for the length of the book
Mar 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gay-mm
DNF. At 15% I was complete exhausted. It's because of the inner dialogue of Jeremy. Grow a pair would you? So time to read something else and eat some chocolate to comfort me ...more
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Nice concept -execution needs work

Great concept but seriously flawed delivery.

They meet on a Friday and not even a week later one of the characters moves across the country yet they are madly in love?
In that time frame they work out once, spend a day together, hook up, have a blow out fight, don't talk for a almost 2 days, haver an awkward day or two at work, one goes out of town for business, can't forget the night of stalking (yikes) and the next day one character says he's moving to
Dara Nelson
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Okay. This was definitely my favorite Jason Collins book so far. I felt for Jeremy and his struggles, not only with weight but also with self-esteem issues too. Ryan? I liked him at first but then, well, he confused me. I didn't understand his reaction to a particular situation. It seemed, well, odd. And it never really got explained either. Actually a lot didn't get explained because these two never learned how to talk. They needed to - it would've made it a perfect story in my view. But overal ...more
Thomas Fox
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
I can relate to Jeremy, I have gone thru the same feelings myself with a lot of the same insecurities. I loved the story it was a great read and touched home on more than one level and had the a perfect HEA. Thank You
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-reviews
Jeremy is down on his luck, and we all know how easy it is to put on weight comfort eating, especially whilst working from home. He wants to lose weight and live healthier but his will power only lasts till he spots a pot of ice cream in the fridge. I know that feeling well.

All changes when his Blog is taken over by a healthy eating company. But its not his new work that gives him the power to get fit, it is a new colleague Ryan. Ryan is the definition of fit, and Jeremy can not believe the Ryan
K.M. Neuhold
Feb 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Unique and sweet

This was a really unique and sweet story about learning to love yourself. The main character was really relatable for anyone who's ever had self-esteem issues. The one complaint I have is I wish this story had focused on the relationship between these guys more, it felt more like a story about self-improvement with a romantic side plot. But very well written and sweet overall
Pam Kay
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jason Collins always brings life and relationships to the heart. Story line was strong and the characters were well developed and amazing. Jeremy was a gay writer of food articles that led him to working from home and gaining 40 pounds. Self esteem and self portrayal has always been a problem for him beating himself up in the process. He was a gorgeous man in every aspect. A new fit and healthy company had bought out the one he worked for which put even more stress on him especially since he had ...more
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m-contemporary, own
Very WELLL Written... Jason has created a very complex character in Jeremy. Jeremy struggles with his weight currently and when he was a child. He goes through all of the self worth and insecurities because he is 40 pounds overweight. The struggles he has in the dating world and wondering why a fit buff gorgeous Ryan would even notice him little lone be interested was very heartfelt and emotional. You feel everything that Jeremy is feeling through out the entire book.
Feb 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
Editor needed

Not sure if it's Kindle or the way the book was written, but there are several pages in the beginning that look like they where copy and pasted without making sure the linked up to the previous page.
That on top of the stilted writing and scant character development made it difficult to finish this book.
Kris Mielke
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It captivated my heart

5 Stars

I truly adored this story. Every now and again I read a story that I can relate to. This is one of those stories. Sometimes a person can forget that he/she isn’t the only one who suffers from insecurities and self-loathing. In this story, Jeremy is self-conscience about his appearance. He’s put on some weight after becoming a blogger for a magazine. He worked from home and didn’t venture out, except to take care of the necessities.

When it comes to Ryan, some may s
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