BLOG TOUR REVIEW: Weight Expectations by M.E. Carter


Hilarious, engaging and relatable, I started laughing out loud from the first page” — Kristin Vayden, bestselling author

Weight Expectations, the first in the romantic comedy Cipher Office series of standalones, from M.E. Carter is available now!

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Rian Thompson thought she joined the gym to get healthy. Little did she know she was about to add hundred and ninety pounds of swoonworthy abdominal muscles and arrogance to her life.

Every day in Rians’s life follows a predictable pattern, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. She’s got a nice job, a nice place to live, and a nice family—even if they are a little wedding-zilla-ish at the moment.

She doesn’t need anything spectacular to be happy. She just needs to get healthy—mentally, physically. . . and maybe spiritually if that happens. But she’ll settle for two out of three until her sister finally gets hitched.

Carlos Davies thought his life was perfect. Little did he know it was about to be turned upside down by a woman who is not his type.

In Carlos’s mind, his life is damn near perfect. He’s got a great job, a great place to live, and a great stash of pick up lines that always work. It has occurred to him that maybe no one actually takes him all that seriously. But with these bulging biceps and thick, dark hair, does that even matter since he’s never sleeping alone?

Welcome to Weight Expectations, where great—and unexpected—things happen.

‘Weight Expectations’ is a full-length contemporary romantic comedy, can be read as a standalone, and is book#1 in the Cipher Office series, Knitting in the City World, Penny Reid Book Universe.


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My Review

One idea that I appreciate about the new releases from Smartypants Romance is the diversity of topics as well as the social issues/concerns that are not only alluded to but addressed in a way that allows for reader contemplation and discussion. And with Weight Expectations’ subject matter, readers will identify with the heroine and hope that the hero knows what’s important in a partner and is not simply attracted to surface level features.

Rian is a heroine who readers will connect with on a number of different levels; it was easy to relate to her struggles with weight, with self-worth, with the reasons she wants and maybe even needs things to change in her life, and I very much appreciated the way M.E. Carter crafted Rian’s personality and developed it over the course of the story.

I do have to admit that I struggled a bit with Carlos; it took me awhile to figure him out and to understand exactly how he viewed his life and what he truly wanted out of it. But once I wrapped my head around the kind of man he is and the fact that even though he may appear to have it all together with the way he carries himself, the flaws are there and are admitted to, at least on some level.

Like in the other stories I’ve read in the Pennyverse, the cameos by characters I’ve loved makes the story that much sweeter; these are characters I will never forget and would love catching up with them as much as possible, so the fact that readers get that throughout the new releases makes my love for all things Penny Reid even bigger. 

3.5 Poison Apples

About M.E. Carter

My name is ME Carter and I have no idea how I ended writing books. I’m more of a story teller (the more exaggerated the better) and I happen to know people who helped me get those stories on paper. I love reading (read almost 200 books last year), hate working out (but I do it anyway because my trainer makes me), love food (but hate what it does to my butt) and love traveling to non-touristy places most people never see. I live in Houston with my four kids, Mary, Elizabeth, Carter and Bug, who was just a twinkle in my eye when I came up with my pen name. Yeah, I’ll probably have to pay for his therapy someday for being left out.

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