What a good book, I like how the author addressed the feelings of someone who has been heavy and has dealt with a lot of emotional issues that end up oozing out after some time. Great read and very quick - really like this author.
Can a romance book get any better than Susan Donovan's HE LOVES LUCY? I think not! From true-to-life characters, deep emotion, witty dialogue, and red-hot sexual tension, this book has the one thing that contemporary romances should have-everything!
Lucy Cunningham is a marketing executive for the advertising firm of Sherrod & Thoms. And she's hit upon the absolutely perfect idea for a gimmick for the Palm Club of Miami Beach, Florida-bring in an overweight woman, throw her into the capable hands of a personal trainer, vow to lose one hundred pounds in a year, and let the television show WakeUp Miami detail each achievement and setback. It was an excellent idea, until the powers-that-be decided that Lucy-and her two hundred and thirty some pounds-be the human guinea pig in this marketing campaign.
Threatened by the fact that she'll have to give up Milk Duds, extra-cheese pizza, and butter brickle ice cream, Lucy is overwhelmed by the task ahead of her. Sure, ever since the debacle of being the slump buster for Pitt State's football team, she's been eating herself into oblivion, and something obviously needs to change. But working with a Ken look-a-like named Theodore Redmond was never part of the deal!
From the first time Theo is forced to perform CPR on a candy-choking, overweight loudmouth by the name of Lucy, he's smitten by her courageous attitude and brave strength in the face of adversity. As for Lucy, being in the presence of Theo's male perfection is taking a toll on her already fragile hormones.
As Stephan Sherrod, her boss, comes close to having a mental breakdown over Lucy's sudden stardom and weight loss; as Theo's rebuffed coworker Lola DiPaolo attempts to bring down the Palm Club; as Lucy's brother, Dan, falls in lust with her new model friend, Gia Altamonte; as Lucy's sister, Mary Fran, goes through a marital crisis, you just know that HE LOVES LUCY is heading toward one heck of an ending!
Susan Donovan has taken a premise that might have failed, and turned it into a funny, poignant, truly romantic story. I love romance books that feature real-sized characters, and Lucy is definitely that. I have to admit that I was at first worried about Theo's feelings for Lucy-was he only going to fall head-over-heels once Lucy was a stick-thin version of her former self? As I learned, there was nothing to fear! At the end of the story, Lucy is still not a beanpole, and Theo shows that behind his gorgeous exterior lies a heart of gold.
Theo is the kind of hero I love the best, a mix of alpha male. Theo dropped out of medical school to care for his brother Buddy. Sixteen years old and born with Downs Syndrome, Buddy, is the kind of brother anyone would want. An athlete in the Special Olympics, his antics and no-holds-barred advice to his older brother are not to be missed.
The supporting cast of characters only adds to the charm of Lucy and Theo's story. An excellent book by an excellent author, HE LOVES LUCY goes onto my keeper shelf, in the to-be-read-again category.
Cute fast read. 1st I've read by this author and I really enjoyed it. An overweight gal falls for a man with buns of steel. He's helping her lose the pounds and her heart. Read in 1 day was soooo good. Enjoy.
We should all be so lucky to have our own hot personal trainer to help us lose weight! AND have our jobs pay for it! It was a little unbelievable how quick she jumped on board and started losing the weight, with only one little food slip-up. Come on! We all know it is harder than that! It was a cute book though.
Lucy is an overweight lady who has never really gotten over a college incident. As a result she hids behind her looks. That is until a PR stunt forces Lucy to take a good hard look at herself. It also brings her into the sphere of trainer Theo Redmond. It's love at first sight for Lucy...but will her feeling ever be returned?
Theo may have the looks that mean success, but his heart is frozen. Life has been hard and he works jsut as hard to keep his demons at bay. That is until a funny, sweet lady stumbles into his world. He takes one look at Lucy and realizes his life is about to change...and for the better...if he lets it. Will these two special people finally find a happy ending?
Any avid reader of romances should definitely pick up any of Susan Donovan's books. Her books have it all. Romance, emotion and steamy love scenes. This book about a plus size woman who wants to makeover her body and finds the love of her life in the process. I absolutely loved it.
I DEVOURED this book in one sitting! As a plus size girl, I loved being able to relate to the character and understand what's going through her head when she's debating ordering a pizza with a side of ice cream!! Excellent book, right up there with other plus size friendly books "Jemima J by Jane Green and "Take Me" by Bella Andre.
i loved this book.. and have shared it with everyone around me...
it's been passed on to all ages of women too... a great 1st read from her...
looking for all her books now....so truthfully the binding is very used.. but still very readable and worth your time... a wonderful book
This was a great story. I enjoyed reading about a down to earth, average heroine who is overweight (how often does that happen?) and finds love. Granted, the storyline involves a challenge to lose the weight, but also how her personal trainer appreciates the lovely person inside and ultimately falls in love with her. Great fun with lots of laugh out loud scenes.
This is one of my favorite books of all time. By far, my favorite romance. I have purchased multiple copies just to give to friends. The only other book I have done that with is Like Water for Chocolate, which made me weep because it was so moving.
Since reading this book for the first time years ago, I read all of Susan Donovan's books. Another of my favorite books is "The Kept Woman" by Donovan. I do wonder, however, how someone from Ohio knows so much about Miami. She manages to capture Miami with remarkable accuracy.
You can't go wrong with this book -- for yourself or as a gift for others.
This is one of my favorite books of all. I love that the female lead is not pencil thin and thinks she's ugly. The whole storyline is enthralling and I have actually read this book about three times. Really loved it.
i know your not supposed to judge a book by it;s cover but this one was so cute i had to. This book was incredible cute, funny, & extremly sexy. I love how lucy is not a size 2 but Theo loves her anyway. Im gonna go inroll in a gym and find myself a Theo Redmond. Great read i woul recommend to anyone.
In this fun book, an overweight Advertising Executive comes up with an sure fire promotion idea to publicize a Fitness Club. Prove she can lose a 100 pounds. The fact that her trainor is a doctor who needs nothing to make him gorgeous adds to the spice.
From back of book:
Marketing exec Lucy Cunningham's firm lands the account for a hot fitness club. The campaign concept is to take one fitness-challenged woman, put her in fron of TV cameras and into the hands of the club's top personal trainer with a big chash reward for each pound shed. Only she ends up being the guinea pig.
I thought it was a cute funny book. It's nice to read about a woman who doesn't have a perfect body -- although she ends up with one!
Smart and funny ad executive, Lucy Cunningham finds herself in a contest to lose 100 lbs in a year. She immediately falls for (literally) her hunky trainer, Theo Redmond, whom she describes as Malibu Ken. As a college student, Lucy was involved in a very humiliating experience and has padded her heart and her booty ever since. Theos life has also brought him heartache and major responsibilities so he too has shielded his heart. He grows to admire and love Lucys determination and personality.
This is a great book - funny and heart-warming. "Marketing exec Lucy Cunningham is thrilled when her firm lands The Palm Club account. The campaign concept for Miami's hottest fitness club was Lucy's idea: take one fitness-challenged woman, put her in front of TV cameras, and into the hands of the club's top personal trainer, Theo Redmond. And there's a big cash reward for each pound shed. It seems like a brilliant idea-until Lucy gets picked to be the guinea pig. It's obvious she needs to drop the pounds, but the idea of letting it all hang out in front of some Malibu Ken jock has her choking on her Milk Duds before she even begins!After one meeting, Theo knows Lucy will be his toughest client and one of the most unforgettable women he'll ever meet. Smart-mouthed and stubborn, it's clear she isn't fond of marching to anyone's drumbeat but her own. But she shocks Theo by rising to the challenge like a pro. And he finds his heart in jeopardy long before Lucy starts to slim down and turn heads. As Lucy sweats her way into a whole new life, things start to heat up between her and Theo. But trust doesn't come easy for either of them. They've both been burned by romance in the past. Now Lucy and Theo are about to discover that appearances can be deceiving-and in the end, true love lies somewhere between pizza and Pilates.... "