Pride

Author

E.M. Leya

Genre

Contemporary

Publisher

E.L. Publishing

Release Date

August 31st, 2017

ISBN/ASIN

B0759XN7PH

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The world is full of perfectly imperfect people.

After being dumped by his longtime boyfriend, Milan finds himself back in the dating scene, and it isn't anything like he thought it would be. Shamed and ridiculed for how he looks, Milan decides that it's time to get back into shape, but stepping foot in a gym is harder than he imagined.

Everything in Kelson's life is about fitness. He's a well-known trainer as well as a fitness model. His focus in life is working out and helping others to improve their lives. As content as he is on a professional level, personally life leaves a lot to be desired. He longs for someone to share his future with.

There's something about Milan that catches Kelson's attention right away. Finding excuses to spend time together is easy, and as the friendship flourishes, they find attraction growing with it.

The world isn't as accepting as it seems, and when some see Kelson with Milan, they attack, convinced that a man like Kelson wouldn't be with someone like Milan without using him for something.

Reacting to the hate and attacks, Kelson calls out those he works with, reminding them of their pledge to help people and not to shame them.

With the world watching, Milan and Kelson must work through the publicity and hate while trying to hold on to what matters most — each other.

4.5

Amazing

Book Cover

  • Generic but attractive

Engagement

  • Eagerly awaited after I put it down for a few hours

Likes

  • That Kelson was physically and emotionally attracted to Milan - it gives me hope that maybe I'll someday find who I'm looking for
  • Engaging storyline
  • Kelson's rant had me yelling YES while clapping extra hard
  • Milan accepting that Kelson loves him the way he is, whatever weight that may be - this is a hard thing to believe sometimes IRL
  • There wasn't nearly as much angst as I expected

Character Depth

  • Chest deep

Mood Upon Completion

  • Happy
  • Hopeful

Grammar

  • Very few/no typos

Sex Scenes

  • Decently hot and/or sweet

Dislikes

  • A few typos near the end of the book
  • There wasn't much about the MCs' families, especially after the climax when it seems they would have contacted at least Milan to ask questions

Emotional Depth

  • Moderately emotional

Content Warnings

  • Cheating (minor character)
BODY-POSITIVE ≠ HEALTH-NEGATIVE

This is a VIB – a Very Important Book. Not everyone wants to be with someone of a similar body type, to which I can relate. The couple shouldn’t have to deal with thinly veiled insults, but should instead expect the acceptance afforded more “typical” couples.

I loved that the author called out the fitness community for shaming the very people they’re trying to help. This is a huge problem in real life that’s rarely mentioned in any books or conversations except to mock fat people. I also refuse to use regular gyms; I don’t really care what people think of me, but I simply don’t believe trainers are equipped to deal with major physical problems. If your body is nearly perfect, the average gym or any trainer will work for you, and I’m just not sure how many of them go the extra mile to specialize in helping those with severe lower back issues, for example.

The topic of this book is a big issue in the m/m romance community, too – only reading about characters we’re attracted to is fine, but don’t shame books, authors, or reader because they feature/write about/read about those who don’t fit an ideal. I think authors shy away from books with overweight characters because they feel the target audience doesn’t want to read about fat people. To cater to this demographic, m/m romances are becoming increasingly formulaic in the vein of m/f romances; all ripped dominants and fainting male damsels with little substance to the story. I want to read about people of all body types trying to improve themselves or just being happy the way they are, and finding love wherever they can. I guess that’s too close to reality for some, though.

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