Review: Weightless by Kandi Steiner

Release: June 16, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heroine POV - 1st person
Heat: Descriptive
Type: Standalone
Length: 401 pages
Publisher: Indie published
Format: ebook purchase from Amazon


Synopsis
I remember the lights.

I remember I wanted to photograph them, the way the red and blue splashed across his cold, emotionless face. But I knew even if my feet could move from the place where they had cemented themselves to the ground and I could run for my camera, I wouldn’t be able to capture that moment.

I had trusted him, I had loved him, and even though my body had changed that summer, he’d made sure to help me hold on to who I was inside, regardless of how the exterior altered.

But then everything changed.

He stole my innocence. He scarred my heart. He took everything I thought I knew about my life and fast-pitched it out the window, shattering the glass that held my world together in the process.

I remember the lights.

The passionate, desperate, hot strikes of red. The harsh, cruel, icy bolts of blue.

They symbolized everything I endured that summer.

And everything I would never face again.

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My Review

★★★★☆

This is the second book I've read from this author, and after reading it, I now know why she's such a huge hit with readers. I don't know if it's because the hero hit all of my buttons or if it's because the heroine shares my name or if it's because this story tackled body image, which I find underrepresented in romance fiction, but whatever it was, I most definitely liked it.

Natalie has just been dumped by her best friend/boyfriend and replaced with a tiny wisp of a mean girl. After having her image attacked, she finally realizes that it's time to make a change. At first, it's all in hopes of getting her boy back. But through her health journey, she starts finding herself and a new form of happiness. Rhodes has a lot to do with that. He was brooding and mysterious and hella sexy and he pushed her and made her question everything. He challenged her and, in my opinion, helped shape her into a better version of herself.

This story had all of the angst I expected, most of it coming from the push and pull act Rhodes had going on. Oh and his lifestyle. WTH was that??? So not okay!!! However, I loved the slow development of his relationship with Natalie. I would have loved getting his perspective on things, but I think the author did a great job of creating a well-developed character through Natalie's eyes. I'm not a big fan of single POV stories, but this one worked for me. With one heck of a climax, something completely unexpected and I'm still trying to figure out why it was there, this book ended up being an entertaining read and I look forward to the next one.

About The Author
Kandi Steiner is a bestselling author and whiskey connoisseur living in Tampa, FL. Best known for writing “emotional rollercoaster” stories, she loves bringing flawed characters to life and writing about real, raw romance — in all its forms. No two Kandi Steiner books are the same, and if you’re a lover of angsty, emotional, and inspirational reads, she’s your gal.

An alumna of the University of Central Florida, Kandi graduated with a double major in Creative Writing and Advertising/PR with a minor in Women’s Studies. She started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her “freedom of press.” She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a die hard hopeless romantic, and likes to highlight all the challenges of love as well as the triumphs.

When Kandi isn’t writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, talking with her extremely vocal cat, and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys live music, traveling, anything heavy in carbs, beach days, movie marathons, craft beer and sweet wine — not necessarily in that order.

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