The Lightening Round by Bruce Stuart
Publication Date: PB - July 8, 2015 / eBook - October 6, 2015
Format: Paperback - 260 pages
Kindle - 880 KB
Genre: Romantic Comedy / Women's Fiction
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours.
Did you ever wonder what it’s like to dare to fall in love with someone who literally isn’t on your level?
The Lightening Round is a fast-paced novel brimming with colorful characters, sinister plots of intrigue and revenge, and over-the-top antics.
Hannah More, a single mom with weight issues, assumes that her longtime boyfriend, Luke Havitt, is about to propose marriage to her. Instead, he proposes that in order for Hannah to take their relationship to the next level, that she needs to join a gym and to lose weight. Hannah soon finds herself entering the Ultimate Level, a highly controversial yet incredibly sought after San Francisco “fitness experience” known for not only having the latest in technology and fashion, but also segregating all of its members based solely on their weight and fitness levels.
This snappy novel ultimately questions whether true love can survive two individuals from different levels. Even if those levels are only found at a gym.
My Book Review:
The Lightening Round is an entertaining story that follows single mom Hannah More's humorous trials and tribulations when she joins Ultimate Level, a trendy San Francisco gym. Ultimate Level is considered more of a club that promotes a comprehensive health and fitness experience by grouping its members based on their weight and fitness levels, allowing them to work out on their own level without being judged by other members.
Hannah More is a thirty-nine year old single mom and successful owner of J'Adore L'Amour, a baked goods online business. Hannah has been in a relationship with Luke Havitt, a self-absorbed man who insults Hannah's plus size figure and looks, and just when she thinks he is going to propose to her, Luke tells Hannah that if she wants to take their relationship to the next level, she has to agree to his demands or he will leave her. Luke demands to be made a full partner in her business, wants her to give him more money for his side projects, and he wants her to go on a diet and join a gym. Reluctantly, Hannah and best friend Levreece Monroe join Ultimate Level, embarking on a journey to get fit, filled with humorous trials and tribulations, and an unexpected romance along the way.
Author Bruce Stuart weaves a fun tale that easily draws the reader into Hannah's story. Hannah is a sassy lady with a witty sense of humor whose journey to get fit will keep the reader in stitches. I was intrigued by the concept of Ultimate Level being a health and fitness club that basically tracks virtually every aspect of the members' daily interactions and fitness experience via a self-report e-Log on a silver metal wristband called Reveal. The assessment data provides an overall evaluation and insight into which level group the member belongs in, with a goal to progress and advance up each level. And if that isn't enough, the members are also limited in their interactions with members on the other levels, it is a rule used as an incentive to get the members to work on their fitness goals on their own level in order to advance to the next level. Hannah starts her fitness journey calling Ultimate Level a little torture chamber gym of horrors run by smug and sadistic trainers, but as she gets used to the club's regimen filled with a variety of interesting members, obstacles, challenges, sabotage, sexual dalliances, and comedic trials and tribulations, she comes up with crazy schemes and antics that makes the journey worthwhile, especially when she catches the eye of fellow member Brendan Daniels, who is on a higher fitness level.
The Lightening Round is a thoroughly entertaining romantic comedy / women's fiction tale that kept me in stitches. I really enjoyed following Hannah on her journey, the humorous dialogue and the zany interactions of the members at the fitness club, the quest for friendship and romance, and the author's tongue in cheek wittiness of creating a virtual Big Brother kind of fitness club that makes the reader ponder the idea if such a club could really exist. The Lightening Round is a fast paced and enjoyable romantic comedy to read!
RATING: 4 STARS
About The Author
Bruce lives and works in San Francisco.
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