Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Aloha to Michele Gorman and WEIGHTLESS


One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life. That word is love. - Sophocles

Michele is an American living in England.  Sigh.  She is also blessed with a talent to entice readers into her world of contemporary romance.  Her publisher, Notting Hill Press, offered me the opportunity to review her new novella, WEIGHTLESS:

Sometimes looks can be deceiving

Annabel's not surprised when nobody recognizes her at her 10 year reunion. The spotty fat teen nicknamed AnnaBall by the school bullies is long gone. But standing on the edge of the popular crowd, she still feels like that girl. That is, until Jack, her teen crush, starts flirting with her. Much to her amusement, he has mistaken her for Christy Blake, Annabel's chief tormenter before she moved to France in their last year.

It's just a bit of fun at first, letting Jack believe she's Christy. After all, he was nuts about her before she said au revoir to England. And when he asks Annabel out, the fun becomes something even more interesting. The more they date the deeper they fall for each other. So what if Annabel has to fib a little to keep up the façade?

As the lies start compounding, and she realizes that they're falling in love, she has to tell him who she really is. But she'll lose the love of her life if she does.

Hawaii loves curvy girls ...

I read this 40 page digital book while waiting at the pharmacy. My son kept asking why I was laughing ... because I so relate to Annabel's fear at the reunion.   She jumps at the the chance to be someone else ... only to find out that "Christy" was allergic to cats (after she pets one), proudly displayed her tattoo (that is absent on her arm) and spoke French (her date assumes she can read the menu at a French restaurant):

The words were right there on the menu but I had not idea how to pronounce them.  Mille feuilles?  Was that Milly Fuilly, the French cousin to the 80s lip synching duo?  I had no clue.

While Annabel is living large at night, she is a nutritionist by day, counseling an overweight teen with the same confidence issues that Annabel faced in high school.   Her work reminds her that she should be true to herself in finding love.

WEIGHTLESS introduces Gorman's upcoming series The Curvy Girls Club (for UK readers) and The Big Boned Social Club (for US and Canadian readers).   I am looking forward to these adventures from Michele Gorman!

I received an e-ARC for an honest review.   Notting Hill Press is offering readers a free download of WEIGHTLESS from February 11-14 from Smashwords link.  Enter the coupon code ZH34Q (not case-sensitive) to download in any format.    After February 14, you can buy it from:

Amazon UK link
Amazon US: link
Barnes and Noble: link

Happy reading!


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

To learn more about Michele and her books, check out her blog at

Check out my review of Michele Gorman's CHRISTMAS CAROL (link) - I named this novella as one of my favorite top 13 books from 2013.



  1. Thank you for this, Kim and Michele! I love a book that makes you laugh.

    Marcy Shuler

  2. Thanks for the great review. I am finding more and more books for curvy women.

  3. Thank you for always writing such great reviews Kim.