Book Review – The Fastest Way to Fall by Denise Williams

Title: The Fastest Way to Fall

Author: Denise Williams

Publisher: Berkley

Publication date: November 2nd, 2021

361 pages

5/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

Britta didn’t plan on falling for her personal trainer, and Wes didn’t plan on Britta. Plans change and it’s unclear if love, career, or both will meet them at the finish line.

Britta Colby works for a lifestyle website, and when tasked to write about her experience with a hot new body-positive fitness app that includes personal coaching, she knows it’s a major opportunity to prove she should write for the site full-time.

As CEO of the FitMe app, Wes Lawson finally has the financial security he grew up without, but despite his success, his floundering love life and complicated family situation leaves him feeling isolated and unfulfilled. He decides to get back to what he loves—coaching. Britta’s his first new client and they click immediately.

As weeks pass, she’s surprised at how much she enjoys experimenting with her exercise routine. He’s surprised at how much he looks forward to talking to her every day. They convince themselves their attraction is harmless, but when they start working out in person, Wes and Britta find it increasingly challenging to deny their chemistry and maintain a professional distance.

Wes isn’t supposed to be training clients, much less meeting with them, and Britta’s credibility will be sunk if the lifestyle site finds out she’s practically dating the fitness coach she’s reviewing. Walking away from each other is the smartest thing to do, but running side by side feels like the start of something big.

Review

READ THE TRIGGERS FOLKS.

I can’t be any more clear than that. Britta is a plus size writer who signs up to test out a new body-positive fitness app and report on her experience. Wes is the CEO and just happens to pick up Britta as his trainee, but after they start messaging back and forth on the app sparks start to fly. Wes throws the playbook and rules out the window after Britta collapses during a low mental health period and not eating properly. They didn’t mean to fall for each other, but sometimes you stumble upon the best parts of life accidentally.

I adored this book with my whole soul. As someone who struggles with self image and her weight, I resonated with Britta’s struggles so much. The desire to love your body, but the continued comments from others and in society about having to change. Wes is wonderful about this with Britta and sometimes he sounded just like my therapist when she is talking me through a false core belief. Britta reaches exercise goals that have nothing to do with weight loss and I cheered for her the whole time. And phew boy the chemistry leapt off the page with these two – it’s one of those where you just want to shake them and say “oh for God’s sake just bone already!”.

Denise Williams is quickly growing to be one of my favorite contemporary romance author’s that have the ability to mix in very serious topics and handle them beautifully. If you read The Fastest Way to Fall, definitely go back and read How to Fail at Flirting as well.

Happy reading, folks!

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