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  • Very relatable

    I enjoyed reading Out of the Blue. As a nurse, let me just say I love a book whose central character decides to take control of their own health.  Preslee is carrying a few extra pounds and makes the decision to join a gym to shed a few pounds and to feel healthier.  Little did she know that she was about to change her life forever. It takes a lot of courage to step in a gym if you never have before.  The fitness equipment can look intimidating, and it seems as though everyone  is staring at you.  The first time Preslee goes to the gym, she finds Adam and his staff to be very helpful.  But her lack of experience on the equipment soon catches up to her and finds the experience humiliating. She leaves the gym throwing her membership card in the trash and vowing never to return. What Preslee doesn’t know is that the vlog she recorded for her antique shop while at the gym records longer than what she had thought.  The video becomes a bit of a local sensation which sets into motion a series of events.  Despite Preslee’s decision not to return to the gym, Adam persuades her to allow him to train her. Preslee isn’t aware that Adam has just as much to gain from this relationship as she does.  In fact, I reserved my feelings for Adam in the beginning of this book.  But as his character begins to shine through I could see that he was a nice guy and a good fit for Preslee. The story is told from the viewpoints of Preslee and Adam and this worked very well in developing these characters. I loved reading about Preslee’s transition into a stronger, more confident woman.  There are some very funny moments in this book, but Preslee’s character was the star of this book for me.  The author does a great job in developing this character, and creates a story that is both fun and inspiring.

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  • Relatable characters

    Out of the Blue is the fourth book in a series of companion novels by Alison Bliss. It is not required to have read the previous novels in order to understand what is going on. It follows new characters, but I imagine having read the previous books will given you some back story to the side characters in this book. Preslee is an adorable klutz. I found her an endearing character and related a bit to her prediabetic diagnosis. She was a bit obsessive about the numerical scale number moving, rather than making changes Alison Bliss does a great job writing the feeling a plus sized woman when they enter a space that doesn't typically welcome plus-sized women. She also did a good job of talking about the dangers of dieting that many women fall into, including crash dieting and I think that it was handled better than some books typically do. I will admit, I did not want to like Adam. He seemed like a typical "jock", but really, he wasn't. He was a stand up guy. As a personal trainer he didn't seemed obsessed about the actual loss of weight (it was Preslee who measured success by this) but by feeling fitter and healthier and making changes to improve lifestyle. He was also a guy who loved a woman with curves, and let Preslee know it. One of the things that I think this books didn't deal with as well as it could have was the reason for Preslee's weight gain initially (some emotional things that had happened) and her learning to cope with these things in a more positive way. It is alluded that she did learn to do that, but there is no exploration of this on page. This book was a cute, spicy book, while being quite relavant to many readers. I will be checking out Alison Bliss' other books in this series as well! Thank you to NetGalley and the Forever Publishing for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an open and honest review. All opinions are 100% mine.

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  • Light, charming, and sweet!

    Light, charming, and sweet! Out of the Blue is a playful, steamy tale that mixes the kind, plus-sized Preslee, who’s determined to get fit now that she’s learned she’s prediabetic, even if it means she has to step into a gym for the first time in her life, and the hard-bodied, driven Adam, who may finally have found the perfect woman for him, curves and all. The writing is amusing and cosy. The characters are engaging, considerate, and endearing. And the plot is a delightfully entertaining tale filled with family, friendship, undeniable attraction, sizzling chemistry, tender moments, quirky hijinks, self-discovery, and light drama. Overall, Out of the Blue is a humorous, cute, feel-good read by Bliss that is the first novel I’ve read by this author but certainly won’t be my last.

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