Moore to Love by Faith Andrews follows the life of 25-year-old Madeleine “Leni” Moore. Although Leni lives in New York City and has a great job as make-up artist, she is anything but happy with her body. Leni is not tall, blonde and skinny. She is brunette, medium sized and has way too much weight on her hips for her liking. Over the years, Leni struggled with one too many diets and a not present self-esteem. But this is all over now: Leni hires a personal trainer to bring her body in shape for her brother’s upcoming wedding. But what happens when you run smack into a tree in Central Park – right in front of the guy you had a crush on for a while and who is way out of your league? Run for the hills or thank your lucky stars, because he not only seems worried about Leni’s open wound from the crash, he seems to be genuinely interested in Leni as well.
I had a hard time getting into the story. It seemed like I was stuck for a while. I can’t put my finger on it but there was something missing and the story didn’t seem to move forward. Then finally chapter nine came along and so did the story. Leni and Lane had some great chemistry and I loved Lane’s awkwardness. It was refreshing to not read about yet another alpha-male! Although Lane made a few cryptic comments about himself, I was quick to figure out what was going on with him. And as the story progressed my assumptions about him were confirmed. His behavior however got old very quick. His hot & cold feelings toward Leni got me whiplash. He should’ve confided in her earlier. Leni on the other hand was a little too eager with Lane and seemed on the verge of desperation. That fact alone made her annoying to me.
The ending seemed a little rushed, unfortunately. The epilogue was a little surprising because I didn’t expect Leni to agree to that certain job she was told to persue after the Miami incident. She was totally against it and seeing that she chose to do it after all was odd.
Overall, the book was a nice and quick read but fell flat for me in the end.
However, I was pleasantly surprised that Faith Andrews chose an unconventional female character as the main hero. Because lets’s be honest: how many books have you read that features a rather very curvy-with-their-weight-struggling female character? I can only name one and that is Moore to Love. Most of the female characters are tall, blonde/brunette, super skinny, beyond beautiful and oh so sporty. But the majority of us women are not and I loved that Andrews created a somewhat more seizable character for women to relate to. I want more of that!
The media and society tell us what is hip and what not. They tell us who is pretty and who not. They also tell us to be skinny because only skinny people are successful. And I tell you that is all ‘Bullsh*t’! It shouldn’t matter in life if you’re skinny or chubby! Be yourself and don’t let the media or society tell you otherwise! And thanks to plus-sized models like Iskra Lawrence and Ashley Graham we know that curves can be very sexy!
Love yourself and the rest will follow.