Thursday, January 24, 2013


A Work Out Story
Dreamspinner Press
January 2nd, 2013
Contemporary M/M
E-book ARC
Reviewed by Dawn (
Obtained by publisher


For Jerry March, joining a gym was a way to help get him shape and ease his diabetes as much as possible. Knowing his condition caused many other men to walk away. But when he overdoes it and passes out on the treadmill, he never anticipates that one episode will change his life. For the man who saved him was Gianni Lappatura who stirs his senses and makes him wish for someone to love him for him. Gianni is a man who knows he can get any guy he wants but all he desires is someone to love him for himself. Jerry finds himself drawn to Gianni even as he baby steps back into the dating life with Gianni. But can past insecurities fall away as these two fall more and more in love?

Andrew Grey pens a lovely heartwarming tale of two people who find that to grab a hold of happiness they need to let go of their insecurities and let themselves believe in love again. For beauty is only skin deep and these two will find that imperfections are the most attractive thing around. This is an author who knows how to let his characters shine and the reader falls in love with them, flaws and all. The story moves smoothly, characters are well written and the readers are treated to a story that leaves you breathless.

Meet Jerry March. Determined to regulate his blood sugar he joins a gym his co-worker and friend recommends but after overdoing it on the first day there, he lands in the lap of a sexy god of a man named Gianni Lappatura. Jerry and Gianni have issues with their looks and more. It will take a leap of faith from both of them as well as trust in each other to have their happily ever after. These two characters are complete opposites yet both possess something that the other needs, wants and adores. Mr. Grey does a great job in showing the many sides of living with a disease that consumes a person, the life style changes you need to make and more. Not doing it is hazardous to your health. The way this author takes those issues and turns them into a believable storyline is amazing. I have some experience in my family with diabetes so the way this author has written a character with this disease was remarkable. Jerry was a pleasant, charming man who felt he was ordinary when in fact he was exceptional in the eyes of Gianni. The connection between these two is simmering and kept me flipping the pages to see what would happen next between these two. Some of my favorite characters showed up from past gym stories had me smiling in delight.

CARDIO CONDITIONING is a delightful story and the reader is treated to an afternoon of reading entertainment. If you are looking f or stories with heart, simmering sexual tension and a story that tugs at the heart then grab CARDIO CONDITIONING. You don’t have to read the other gym stories but I do recommend you start with book one first. You get the full enjoyment of all the characters that pop in all the stories. I look forward to seeing where the author goes in this wonderful series of his in the future. This is one author who is on my auto-buy each time he has a release.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement.


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