Title: The Fastest Way to Fall
Author: Denise Williams
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Narrators: N’Jameh Camara and Teddy Hamilton
Length: 11 hours (361 pages)
Publisher: Berkley Romance; Penguin Random House Audio
Release Date: November 2, 2021
Recommended for fans of: romcoms & fitness
Content Warnings: fatphobia, disordered eating and exercise, addiction
Britta didn’t plan on falling for her personal trainer, and Wes didn’t plan on Britta. Plans change and it’s unclear if love, career, or both will meet them at the finish line.
Britta Colby works for a lifestyle website, and when tasked to write about her experience with a hot new body-positive fitness app that includes personal coaching, she knows it’s a major opportunity to prove she should write for the site full-time.
As CEO of the FitMe app, Wes Lawson finally has the financial security he grew up without, but despite his success, his floundering love life and complicated family situation leaves him feeling isolated and unfulfilled. He decides to get back to what he loves—coaching. Britta’s his first new client and they click immediately.
As weeks pass, she’s surprised at how much she enjoys experimenting with her exercise routine. He’s surprised at how much he looks forward to talking to her every day. They convince themselves their attraction is harmless, but when they start working out in person, Wes and Britta find it increasingly challenging to deny their chemistry and maintain a professional distance.
Wes isn’t supposed to be training clients, much less meeting with them, and Britta’s credibility will be sunk if the lifestyle site finds out she’s practically dating the fitness coach she’s reviewing. Walking away from each other is the smartest thing to do, but running side by side feels like the start of something big.
I love the positive spotlight this book shines on the complicated relationship between exercise, body positivity, and mental health.
Britta and Wes are couple goals. I love Britta’s passion, authenticity, and vulnerability. Wes is a dedicated and compassionate cinnamon roll. They have amazing chemistry and banter from their first interaction.
Britta and Wes initially communicate through a fitness app; Wes doesn’t know that Britta is a journalist writing about her experience using the app, and Britta doesn’t know that Wes is CEO of the company in addition to being her coach. They eventually meet irl, their genuine friendship developing into a forbidden romance as their relationship toes an ethical line for both of them professionally. The secrecy might make some readers uncomfortable, but Britta and Wes are a really solid match despite their morally ambiguous beginnings.
Britta’s journey was so inspiring. Her motivation to get fit was not to lose weight, but to become stronger and healthier both physically and mentally. I connected with her perseverance training to run a 10k, especially since I started training for a 10k around the time I listened to this audiobook!