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quote 2018-07-19 11:20
I stopped in the doorway, unable to not look at him.

I liked the way he looked.

There. I said it.
#Junkie (GearShark Book 1) - Cambria Hebert

 

~~ #Junkie by Cambria Hebert

(GearShark series #1)

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review 2017-12-11 18:29
Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes & Jo Piazza
Fitness Junkie: A Novel - Lucy Sykes,Jo Piazza,Susan Bennett

This is a book about wealthy people wasting their money on fad health crazes and one 40ish successful woman’s descent into it all after her business partner who is her childhood friend tells her she is an embarrassment and can no longer be the face of the company she helped build because she’s too fat. And no, very much to my disappointment, she does not stab him to death.

 

She owns 49% the company and though she’s hurt by his rejection and horrible insults, she silently slinks away and embarks on all of the fad fitness journeys that money can buy. And, apparently, money can buy you a lot of useless diet aides (clay eating?!) and retreats and painful over-priced workouts. Thankfully, I’ll never have enough extra money laying around to throw away on a $50 topless yoga class!

 

Janie wasn’t too bad as the main character. She’s dealing with a double whammy of betrayal and humiliation and manages to keep on plugging away instead of falling into a fit of “poor me” despair. Despite being a little insecure and very dumb about her business partner, Beau, she’s pretty likable as far as these types go. She knows these things are ridiculous but she goes along with them anyway; drinking strange juices, spending $15,000 on a retreat, eating a little clay, taking her top off and buying a fitness watch thingy that embarrasses her at every turn.

 

This book does poke fun at Gwyneth Paltrow and her silly Goop-iness but other than that I found it all pretty shallow and only vaguely entertaining and though it promised to be “outrageously funny” it really was not. However, you may have a better sense of humor than I.

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review 2017-09-15 00:00
#Junkie (GearShark Book 1)
#Junkie (GearShark Book 1) - Cambria Hebert 3.5 stars

Short summary: Trent is in his last year of college. He plays football, is a fraternity president of a frat that use to have a bad rep but which he took two years to repair, and enjoys going out speed/street racing with his best friend, Drew. He's also good with the ladies. Oh, yeah, let's not forget to mention his deep dark secret...he's attracted to his straight best friend Drew.

Drew is a adrenaline junkie, he loves racing and longs for the day when he can leave his day job with computers to pursue his passion full time. When the chance at sponsorship finally comes, he grabs onto it.

Both feel the pull towards each other. Trent knows what it means but needs to see if it's just Drew that can make him feel this way. Drew, is a bit oblivious even if he feels the pull. He really doesn't think to much about it until he comes across Trent in the last place he expected to see him.

A bit confusing because the characters Trent, Drew and Drew's family (Ivy, Romeo, Braden and Rimmel) all already knew each other and have developed a a strong bond before the start of this series. This book appears to be a spin-off from another on of the author's other series (#Hashtag). Reading it as a standalone didn't really work for me since I wanted to read Trent and Drew's relationship from the start when they were just became friends to best friends then...well.. to the point in this book. I felt a bit cheated because of this. There was no warning in the blurb that this was a spin-off. I didn't learn until after the fact, that when you look up the actually series (https://www.goodreads.com/series/169260-gearshark) that it was a spin-off. While it says it can be read as a standalone I felt it would have been better read in order since the characters reference a couple of conversations and reiterated feelings from previous books. This made me feel like a stranger spying a cliche of people who knew each other. I also wished there had been more romance throughout the book.

That being said I did enjoy the read. I liked Drew and Trent and thought they had great chemistry I just wish I could have seen more in the book. I liked reading the family dynamic they had with Drew's family/Trent's friends. It was also fun picking up all those interesting car facts/trivia. The last few chapters really sucked me in. I feel I need to warn other that this does end on a cliffhanger.

As for the audiobook. The book is narrated by two narrators each take on one of the main characters. It was clear, it was moderate and both read with emotion. It was enjoyable. There were times where I lost focus of which character was being voiced but that's more my fault than the narrators.
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review 2017-07-21 02:02
Fitness Junkie: A Novel - Lucy Sykes,Jo Piazza

What a great story about losing weight and dieting. Then, the final straw, did Janey really and truly "need" to lose weight?

This was a very fun, entertaining and often times hilarious read that I found enjoyable. I could not believe all the different workout routines that are being offered these days. Some of them I just had to laugh at, the routine and the people doing them. Ha. Her friend from college, Beau, needs to be taken to the woodshed. 

The funniest part was her fitness bracelet, a character all in itself, showing up and speaking up at the oddest and most humiliating times.

I definitely had fun and was entertained reading this book.

Thanks to Doubleday Books and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest unbiased review.

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review 2016-09-08 04:41
Saved the best for last
#Junkie (GearShark Book 1) - Cambria Hebert

This series begins with some great characters from another beloved series, #nerd.  Drew & Trent are best friends first.  They share a love of fast cars, sports, and hot bodies.  

 

They also share a secret.  Both of them are attracted to one another.  Only one knows there is more to this friendship than meets the eye.  If he tells the truth, he may lose everything.

 

Will secrets unravel and ruin the friendships they share?  Can accepting ones true self help in accepting others?  What it takes to gain so much more when your scared - is facing the fear and claiming your choice.

 

This book is full of surprises for the reader.  Each chapter unfolding as if a wardrum playing in my head.  You never know what happens at the last beat.  I thoroughly loved each page and I am anxious to read the next book in the series!!  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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