Veronica Cruz has been through hell and back. After disconnecting with the world two years ago to be at the side of her dying mother, she’s left alone, unemployed, overweight, and feeling a decade older than her twenty-eight years. When her best friend coaxes her into joining the local gym to ditch her depression and rejuvenate her life, she meets Noah. Assigned to help Veronica lose weight, Noah is everything she expected a young trainer to be—perfectly chiseled, supportive and motivating. Add to that, he’s incredibly sexy. He’s everything she’s ever looked for in a man. What she least expected was for him to fall for her, but he has. There's just one glaring problem: Noah is eight years younger.
Noah Quintanilla has his eye on a boxing title—someday. Down for a few months with an injury, his maintenance-boy pay at 5th Street Gym won't cut it. He’s finally given the opportunity to train. The catch? His trainee is an out-of-shape woman with a free week pass. Taking on the challenge, Noah stumbles into one of the closest friendships he’s ever known, and before he knows it, he’s in love. But Veronica’s not having it—the age difference is too much. Their platonic relationship means having to watch her date other men—something that would make him crazy. Believing he's the man for her, Noah sets out to prove that age is but an illusion, and there's more to him than just a number.
Elizabeth Reyes is a new author to me and after seeing a few posts about her most recent release, Felix the fifth and last book of this series, I decided to give her a try only to find out that I had one clicked this book awhile ago and it had been buried in my TBR pile and I’m happy I did.
Noah was a fun, sweet read with a well developed cast of characters that I find I like and want to know more about. What honestly drew me in was the scene where Veronica and Nellie first step into the gym and the subsequent descriptions of their thoughts, Noah’s thoughts and how they both felt after their first workout. It was an echo of my own experiences and I found myself nodding in agreement with it all.
Noah surprised me. He was definitely much more mature that I was expecting as well as observant. He was also extremely sweet, maybe not a description he would appreciate, but after learning what his childhood was like and seeing all of the things he did for Veronica, that’s really one of the best words to use. Veronica is one of those characters that I alternately liked and yet got irritated with in equal measures. I loved how, once she got her butt kicked into gear by her best friend Nellie, she finally started to live again. She did it in baby steps, but she still did it. My irritation stems from how long it took her to look past the age difference between her and Noah. I understood her initial shock and resistance to starting anything with him, but after awhile her argument held no water for me since Noah kept proving the age really is only a number. So when she finally started to get over the age issue I was very happy.
My only issue is that we didn’t get a more detailed description of some of Veronica’s training sessions or Noah’s sessions. It would have been nice to have that integrated more into the story, but as stated in beginning I really liked the secondary cast of characters and am looking forward to continuing the series.
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