Love Beyond the Curve (BookStrand Publishing Romance)by Kate Patrick
[BookStrand Rubenesque Romance, HEA] Charlotte Hamilton has just moved to Memphis to begin a new job at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. She is attracted to her gorgeous landlord, Reed Jackson, but thinks her plus-size body puts her out of the running as anything more than a friend. Her bubbly personality and fun-loving spirit appeal to Reed, who is used to high-maintenance women. The two quickly become good friends, and Charlotte is happy being "one of the guys." When Reed is injured on the job, Charlotte stays by his side during the initial days of recovery. As the two spend hours together during his convalescence, a spark ignites an underlying passion they are helpless to ignore. Reed wants to pursue a relationship with the vivacious beauty, but she shies away because of past hurts related to her less-than-perfect figure. Can Reed find a way to convince her that he sees Love Beyond the Curve? Note: This book contains adult language used as profanity. ** A BookStrand Mainstream Romance
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I liked this book although I did think Charlotte was a little to stressed about what other people thought of her. Reed had to keep reasuring her thst he liked her just the way she was.
Kate Patrick has written a story that drew me in from the very start with its realistic look at the pitfalls of relationships in a heartwarming and expressive way. Charlotte has always been made to feel unworthy by those who see her as overweight. Men sees her as either their dirty little secret or as their buddy. These actions have stuck with her and left her full of self-doubt and questioning every man's interest. Though she accepts her weight and knows it will always be a struggle the actions of others keep haunting her and it will take a strong man to win her and her inner demons over. I adored Charlotte and found much to admire about her. She's kindhearted through all her emotional ups and downs and strong-willed at first which is why it's sad to see the self-doubt eating away at her confidence. Enter landlord Reed who's just the man she needs as he says everything she deserves to hear. Reed is growing bored with his superficial, self-involved, skinny girlfriend and senses something special in the kindhearted Charlotte when they first meet. He senses the self-doubt she hides behind humor and what starts out as friendship soon morphs into fantasies of what could be. He takes it slow in his romantic battle against her inner demons which allows the sweetness of a first date to move to the sexual tension of unending foreplay. Along the way Reed says all the right romantic things that every woman longs to hear. He shares his feelings and actually listens when she talks and he completely won me over. In most stories it would be the woman who acts this way, but in this story there's a role reversal that's very refreshing. It's now Charlotte who allows emotions to act as a roadblock to their HEA and I applaud this updated view of modern relationships. This was a heartwarming story that tugged at my heart. It shows that the outer package means nothing when compared to the heart and soul of the inner package and true romantics will find themselves drawn wholeheartedly to this theme as well. With a couple worth rooting for and a romantic and sexually intense courtship, this story and its message stays with you long after the final page is turned.
Love Beyond a Size 2 I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review. I rated it 3.5 out of 5 Stars. According to the Beetles, "All You Need Is Love", and while that's true, the path to true love is often filled with difficulties - one of the key issues facing larger women (size 8 and above) today is low self esteem due to today's media images of "the perfect woman". Kate Patrick's Love Beyond the Curve asks the question "what is the perfect woman" - is it the image we see in glossy ads and television commercials, or is it a woman who will stand by her man, put his happiness above hers and be his full partner in life, business and raising a family? With a likable characters, frank and occasionally harsh language, Ms. Patrick reminds us that in life "love is all you need". Leaving her family behind, Charlotte moves from Nashville to Memphis to work as a nurse at St. Jude's Children's Hospital. A larger sized woman, Charlotte has become accustomed to being "the friend" and not the girlfriend. Discovering her landlord is hot, Charlotte is prepared to just be friends. She never planned on falling in love. Successful contractor Reed Jackson is at a crossroad he doesn't even know about. Dating women his mother introduces to him, Reed is unprepared when he meets Charlotte, a beautiful woman who happens to be his new tenant. Getting to know her as a friend, Reed considers himself lucky to count her as a friend - becoming attracted to her as a woman was unplanned but something he considers a plus. Now he just has to convince her that a real man likes a woman with real curves. The scenes between Charlotte and Reed are well written and it's easy to see why they get along as friends and have a mutual attraction for each other. They are each others missing piece. The biggest problem in their relationship is Charlotte's self esteem issue, courtesy of several relationships she tried to have in the past. Ms. Patrick did a good job addressing Charlotte's emotions and why she feels how she feels. While there were times I wanted to shake her, for taking one step forward and then two steps back, I applauded the truthful (if sometimes hurtful) way Ms. Patrick addressed how many people in our society look at women who aren't a size 2 or 4. When Madison Avenue declares a size 8 to be "a plus sized model" - what hope can there be for a woman who's a size 12 or 14? Will Reed get Charlotte to give him a real chance at love? Will Charlotte learn that a man really can love her and her curves? You'll want to read Love Beyond the Curve to find out.