The Skinny on Love

Thirty seven year old fitness fanatic and gym owner John Moorcroft has always known he was gay, and he has always had a problem admitting it, even to himself After a failed attempt at a relationship with Roslyn, his long time female BFF, he knows he must take a hard look at himself The first thing John does is to try to find out what happened to his mother who disappeareThirty seven year old fitness fanatic and gym owner John Moorcroft has always known he was gay, and he has always had a problem admitting it, even to himself After a failed attempt at a relationship with Roslyn, his long time female BFF, he knows he must take a hard look at himself The first thing John does is to try to find out what happened to his mother who disappeared when he was four years old Roslyn recommends Sky Cook Investigations to help him The first time John meets Sky he finds himself extremely attracted to the man s bear like physique and eager to please manner.Sky Cook, thirty six years old, is sweet, mild mannered and desperately in need of a health regime He knows he needs to lose weight but is thwarted by issues from his childhood Sky also wants a loving, yet dominant man to direct him, so when John suggests they barter services, the perfect storm for a relationship unfolds.
The Skinny on Love Thirty seven year old fitness fanatic and gym owner John Moorcroft has always known he was gay and he has always had a problem admitting it even to himself After a failed attempt at a relationship w

  • Title: The Skinny on Love
  • Author: Fyn Alexander
  • ISBN: 9781623007904
  • Page: 390
  • Format: ebook
  • 1 thought on “The Skinny on Love”

    1. How did a book that started out being about a man being not only in the closet, but also in denial turn out to be so touching? I would've never guessed it would turn out that way based on the beginning. John was a specimen of bodily perfection with the personality of a hypocritical, judgmental asshole. Not being perfectly proportioned myself, his words struck a nerve, pissed me right off to the point of wanting to DNF, but John's words really made me hurt for Sky. Sky had demons of his own, but [...]

    2. Amazing writing. Complex characters. I love and hate books by Fyn Alexander because I adore the many layers and complexity of Alexander's characters, but I hate the harsh realities these characters are plunged into. I'm a wimpy reader, I read for laughs, smiles and heart-warming moments--which Alexander definitely provides, at the price of some serious heart-wrenching along the way. So, five stars for the fab characters and layered plot, and one star deduction for the gut-wrenchingly harsh reali [...]

    3. Bailed at 17%.John is just so unlikable! I'm sure he's all hurt and shit, and will redeem himself, but reading is supposed to be pleasurable. Nuh uh.

    4. Ugh. Just ugh. I hated one of the MCs (John) in this. The other MC (Sky) had me thinking he was either tstl or just didn't give a f*ck about himself for the first half of the book. The 2nd half I just felt sorry for him. John owns a gym. He's ex-military and now spends his days as a personal trainer. He's a hard-ass take no prisoners sort which I could have been perfectly okay with. Unfortunately he's also rude, condescending, hypocritical, and not only closeted but in deep denial. Sky is a priv [...]

    5. 3.5 StarsYou take the good, you take the bad, and there you haveJohn's a good character. He's an ass, and frankly deserves to be a fucking miserable git--so out of line with Sky I'd have taken a swing at him. He becomes less offensive as the story goes on, but does he really deserve a happy ending? O_oSky. Good natured and instinctively kind he's an easy target for asshats and bullies, which he's managed to find plenty of over the years. He's so lovely that all I want is for him to be happy--eve [...]

    6. This was a sweet and redemptive story. John starts out as a fitness obsessed closeted ass, but he takes steps to get over himself. Even before meeting Sky, he was maybe starting to come to some self-realization, and Sky is just a lovely gentle submissive man. I liked that John doesn't change who he is, even after he acknowledges that he's gay (I know a lot of fitness fanatics and I don't think you can lose that obsession). I like that Sky doesn't instantly become fit and healthy. If you look pas [...]

    7. I’m not gay. I’m not gay. I’m not gay. That’s the only tune that MC John Moorcroft seems to know. Problem is that he is gay, and he just can’t bring himself to admit it to anyone. This 37-year-old former Army Captain is the proud owner of a gym, a goal he’s had for years, and he’s very happy with his life, or so he thinks. When his best friend, Roslyn, points out his inability to have sex with women, and his need to find out what happened to his mother over thirty years ago, he fir [...]

    8. After having problems getting into the story, from some point on it turned out to be a very gripping read. Yes, John was obnoxious at the beginning and I felt with Sky. Poor guy. The change in John was believable and it was nice following along. In the end it got more serious, but not over the top. Very well done. (view spoiler)[I especially liked the way the meeting with John's mother was handled. (hide spoiler)]Yes, in the end it was a great read.

    9. 3.5 Stars ~ Part of my interest in reading 'The Skinny on Love' is my own recent lifestyle changes in diet and exercise. I wanted to see the transformation of Sky, that I hoped would happen, and to get a little more inspired for myself. The other part of my interest, of course, is that Fyn Alexander is a new author, to me, and I really enjoy reading new voices, plus this book is set in England which meant I might get some dry humor. All in all, excellent reasons to read this book.I adored Sky fr [...]

    10. At the beginning of this story, I started to dislike one of the characters, John, who seemed too judgmental and extremely disciplined with a streak of cruelty and intolerance which annoyed me. On the other side of the equation we have a teddy bear of a man, kind and sweet, overweight, unhealthy, and addicted to food. Talking about extremes, this was not a match in heaven. Yet Fyn manages to show through this story that we are the sum of all parts, past, present and future, and that these torture [...]

    11. (Second review)When one suppresses his natural inclination towards something, it will still manifest out in ways they don't notice.John Moorcroft is in deep denial of his desire for other men. When his best friend, Roslyn, points out all the ways he swings the other way, especially the location of his business, it forces John to take a look at himself. Not happy with this line of thought, Roslyn further aggravates John when she points out that something in his past must have had some impact on h [...]

    12. A review by The Blogger Girls.I’m a bit torn about this story. There were certain aspects I enjoyed and others I couldn’t stand, almost to the point of not wanting to keep reading. Most of that negativity surrounded the one MC, John. He is pretty awful most of the time, so I will start with him.John is in the closet and in major denial. The story opens up with him attempting to have sex with his long-time friend, Roslyn. She tries to get John to admit he is gay, but John’s is steadfast in [...]

    13. synopsis:john is a former soldier, a fitness trainer and gay, although he doesn't admit it to himself. he figures that if he can find his mother, who abandoned him when he was young, he might be able to resolve his supposed issues with women, and he won't be attracted to guys anymore. he is directed to sky cook as an investigator. sky comes to talk to john and is mistaken as a new client who wants to lose weight. he initially goes along with it, and john puts him through a particularly hard work [...]

    14. Two men scarred by their childhoods clash over weight issues in this poignant love story. When 36-year old private detective Sky Cook gets a call from 37-year-old former British Army captain (now gym owner) John Moorcroft about finding his long lost mother, Sky thinks the case will be a slam dunk. But when the tall, overweight Sky shows up at John's gym and realizes how much he despises flabby, unfit people, Sky's skeptical about being able to work with him. However, they agree to barter service [...]

    15. Fyn Alexander is an automatic buy for me but, even so, I was a little unsure about this book during the first few chapters. My feelings changed very quickly and very dramatically for me though as I became more involved with John, a fitness fanatic and gym owner/instructor and Sky, the overweight, bear-like private detective who is hired by John to find his missing mother. John is gorgeous, in denial about his sexuality and a dom while Sky is in obvious need for a health regime as well as someone [...]

    16. I really didn't like this one. John was a fckin dick. And not the good kind either. I was really hoping Sky would be the top, but he ended being such a pushover bottom boy I couldn't stand it. The title Sir could only be said so many times in one Damn sentence and was way over used. He was a bear man, I woulda loved him as a top. Shit for all the teaching he had to do, might as well. The Sky being Fat issue wasn't a problem for me, johns fckin problem with sky being chubby was my problem. He was [...]

    17. Fyn Alexander is an automatic buy as a favorite author and I have never been disappointed until now. I struggled to finish this book and while it had a HEA, the book did not flow for me and I felt disconnected as the MCs seemed so mismatched. John was a douche and not deserving of Sky. While he got a clue at the end it was too late for me. I also thought Sky was a doormat to John. I gave it 2 stars for the HEA or I would have given it 1 star. I will continue to buy from Fyn but this will be one [...]

    18. I just loved it. We all have things that hold us back or makes us not have the life we think we should John learnt a lot about himself on this journey.

    19. Reviewer: BarbaraGenre: M/M Contemporary5 HeartsSee Review Here: Hearts On Fire ReviewsFacebook link: facebook/pages/HeartsReview:I’m not gay. I’m not gay. I’m not gay. That’s the only tune that MC John Moorcroft seems to know. Problem is that he is gay, and he just can’t bring himself to admit it to anyone. This 37-year-old former Army Captain is the proud owner of a gym, a goal he’s had for years, and he’s very happy with his life, or so he thinks. When his best friend, Roslyn, p [...]

    20. spoilers may be included!!Sorry, I tried. But I always expected Sky to finally leave John and let John know how he doesn't deserve Sky. It was too sad to have John deny Sky again and again, and the sudden change of John's attitude towards Sky doesn't help at all; it feels really forced. I was really frustrated throughout the reading, and it even gave me a nauseous. I was truely pissed off when John insulted/denied Sky. And I was more pissed off when Sky accepted everything John gave him, even th [...]

    21. REVIEWED FOR PRISM BOOK ALLIANCE3.75 StarsI have a bit of a quandary with this review and I couldn’t decide whether the rating should be 3.5 or 4 stars, so I split the difference and went for 3.75.The story itself is enjoyable but John Moorcrofts personality and attitude left me wanting to stick pins in his eyes.John was raised by his father after his mother vanished suddenly when he was 4 years old. His upbringing wasn’t particularly happy or loving and he endured enforced religion as his f [...]

    22. Written for mmgoodbookreviews nblo/ZY6ijI was skeptical about reading a book that flowed around the issue of eating disorder/weight management, but this book really surprised me and hit a much deeper note. The issues John tangles with are mistrust and hiding from himself, which his ex manages to find a perfectly good solution for…Sky Cook.Sky is happy to avoid hard truths, and his own past. The issues of his eating are much deeper than we expect and the author does an excellent job at examinin [...]

    23. 4.5 stars.I genuinely loved this book in the end in spite of it's flaws. Yes, John was rather repellant at first but it quickly became obvious that he had formed a thick emotional shell and so was unaware that his words could cause real damage. Clearly he was ripe for redemption and I was looking forward to it. My real problem was the author's descriptions of Sky. I got the impression the F.A. rather despises people who are unfit/overweight. As a result, in spite of the frequent comments about h [...]

    24. Title: The Skinny on LoveAuthor: Fyn AlexanderCover Artist: Ginny GlassPublisher: Loose IDReviewer: JayGenre: ContemporaryType: RomancePairing: GayLength: NovelHeat Rating: ♨♨♨♨Book Rating: ★★★¾This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review This is a story of finding love in the most unlikely places. It is a story of redemption. It is a story of love that may not work for everyone but does for these guys. It is about family and forgiving the sins of the p [...]

    25. I vacillated between interest and annoyance reading this. The gym freak/overweight nice guy pairing is not something I usually choose to read but I like this author so I gave it a go. John (the gym guy) is quite unlikeable. Seriously. Slings around emotionally abusive comments to Sky to make himself feel better. Denies he's gay so many times that I started to become offended. But in the end he redeemed himself and I actually could see why Sky was attracted to him. They made sense. Their respecti [...]

    26. Hated John with the intensity of a thousand burning suns. He had a single moment of self-awareness at the end where he realised he, in fact, didn't win the shittiest childhood award, but it took him learning that Sky had lived in poverty and oppression for his first four years before being given away to an orphanage where he suffered even worse abuses for another four years and, as a result, now suffered from an eating disorder and non-existent self esteem for him to come to this awareness. Sky [...]

    27. This book brought together so many elements that irked me that I just can't bring myself to giving it another star. First of all the writing is all over the place and most of the time reads like the work of a middle schooler. The relationship described is extremely fishy by all standards. The final chapters are just absolutely out of character for John. And I could go on and on and on.

    28. I liked the book but not quite as much as other books written by Fyn Alexander. I thought John was a bit of a cock to be honest and for the first half of the book I really wondered why Skye liked him as he didn't really seem have any redeeming qualities at all. But, as I read on I think I "got" John a bit more and by the end of the book I realized I actually enjoyed it quite a lot.

    29. Why is the age of both the MCs mentioned in the blurb? I havent read the book as yet but finding this quite ridiculous. Unless both their ages were super significant to the plot, why would you mention it in the blurb? Makes me not want to read the book.

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