Losing and Gaining

Losing and Gaining At three hundred sixty seven pounds Douglas Everett Smith spent his school years being teased and verbally abused almost every day He was spared by no one except for Jesse Billson a classmate who t

  • Title: Losing and Gaining
  • Author: Heidi Champa
  • ISBN: 9781611242942
  • Page: 469
  • Format: ebook
  • At three hundred sixty seven pounds, Douglas Everett Smith spent his school years being teased and verbally abused almost every day He was spared by no one, except for Jesse Billson, a classmate who treated him like a normal person Douglas s crush on Jesse kept him going when things got really tough, even though deep down he knew Jesse would never see him as anything othAt three hundred sixty seven pounds, Douglas Everett Smith spent his school years being teased and verbally abused almost every day He was spared by no one, except for Jesse Billson, a classmate who treated him like a normal person Douglas s crush on Jesse kept him going when things got really tough, even though deep down he knew Jesse would never see him as anything other than a charity case.After spending years hating himself and feeling miserable, Douglas finally took action Two years of hard work and the support of a trainer helped him drop one hundred fifty pounds And, his first name Now, as the new and improved Everett Smith, he s thrilled when Jesse Billson comes back into his life Even amazing, his schoolboy crush doesn t even recognize him, but he does start flirting with him Everett knows he should come clean, but as romantic feelings quickly develop between the men, the fear of losing Jesse makes it harder for Everett to admit the truth about his identity.But nothing stays hidden forever And when the old days collide head on with the new, Everett wonders whether his improved life will fall flat before it gets fully started Or can he somehow make his past disappear

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    1. What a surprise this book was for me. I've never read any Champa books before but I'm hooked and I'm looking for more. I really enjoyed the writing style and characters. Everett/Doug is an IT guy at a pharmacutical company. He works out daily and watches his calories. Gabi, his trainer and friend, is the only one who knows about his past and it's with her help over 2 years that he was able to drop all the weight he did. They have a sweet relationship and there's a nice secondary romance here wit [...]

    2. 2.5 stars. Ok m/m romance about a guy who's always been obese until finally, at age 25 (two years before the story starts), he decides to reinvent himself by eating better, working out, getting a new job, and changing his name. Too bad you can't escape the past quite that easily I thought this had a lot of potential, but I got frustrated with the main character's doormat nature. People using each other's names too much in conversation was an additional frustration.

    3. This review can be found at The Armchair Reader.Two years ago, at three hundred and sixty-seven pounds, Doug Smith had enough of being pitied and disgusted and finally did something to change all that. He turned his life around by moving to a new town, going by his middle name, Everett, and signing up for a gym. Now, he’s a hundred and fifty pounds lighter but still deals with the daily struggle of not eating anything and everything he wants. He’s also still the shy, nervous and secretive bo [...]

    4. Reviewed for Hearts On Fire ReviewsThe author of this story did a fantastic job with Douglas Everett Smith. You are able to see the fat boy inside the fit man, because that’s how Evs sees himself. Even below his goal weight, he views himself as a fat person, self-conscious and ready to be ridiculed. He’s heartbreaking because he is all too real. A lifetime of being bullied, tormented and looked down on just can’t be erased overnight, even when he finally decides enough and begins to do som [...]

    5. 3.5 stars. I liked this story for a number of reasons, but the most important one I think is that the writer captured well Doug/Everett's feelings of self-loathing and his slavery to the scale and food choices and his embarrassment at being overweight. Why would he want to tell his former crush - who didn't even recognize him - that he was a former fat person who felt he had only been pitied or the object of disgust in high school? While I don't think starting off any relationship with keeping s [...]

    6. 3.5 starsI think I would have enjoyed this more if there was less talking to Gabi at the gym and his boring IT work. It was a chore for Everett and also for me at times even though I do get it was for his own good. More focus on the relationship between Jesse and Everett would have been an improvement in getting a better feel for them both. Still a good little romance, worthwhile to see Everett's hard work has paid off and how far he has come.

    7. This had great potential but after a while I got tired of Everett always putting himself down and the speech sounded really wooden and unrealistic. Also Jesse was a prat about his brother!

    8. I loved this book, I completely understand where the main character was coming from of wanting to reinvent himself after his childhood of being bullied (I've thought of it many times myself through my life!).As fate would have it, one of the good things from his past makes an appearance in his present, but he does not admit the truth of who he is and the history they have. While you understand why, at the same time, you know that it is not going to go well when Jesse finds out Everett is actuall [...]

    9. Wow. I really liked this book. I found Everett to be a sweet and compelling character. I could also totally relate to his not feeling comfortable in his own skin and I really loved how the author handled his transformation and did not turn him into something he wasn't just because he lost weight. But thn again, I'm a big fan of self-depricating humor. I thought the whole story was very well written and really made me feel like I was in Everett's head. Which wasn't always the easiest place to be. [...]

    10. I won this book in the Big-Ass Holiday Author Giveaway™-Thank you so much Heidi :D xxxWhen I read the description of the book I knew I had to read it.I liked Everett and Jesse a lot and their story is cute and held my attention. 4 stars because I would have liked a little more history or interaction between the MCs and their friends and family, especially with an ass-hat Rodney!!!.

    11. I really liked this, loved the plot and the idea. I did get annoyed at how Jesse said Everett's name almost every time he spoke and thought there was too much Gabbi. Still, a sweet read and I liked the ending.

    12. Reviewed by: LucyGenre: M/M ContemporaryRated: 3.5 hearts Check out the review at: Hearts On Fire Reviews

    13. Another winner from Heidi Champa. She never fails to deliver a well-written, riveting love story with characters that capture your heart and make you root for them to have their HEA.

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