Thank you to the author and publisher for the opportunity to read this book. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Cat is a model who, after suffering an unfortunate horse-riding accident, has to go through extensive surgeries and therapy, resulting in her gaining 60 lbs. When modeling and fashion is the only thing she knew (and that paid the bills) she returns to college uneasy and insecure about her body. Add her sort-of boyfriend humiliating her in front of everyone to the mix - Cat realizes she needs to seek help in order to deal with her depression and insecurities.
She sees a counselor on campus who suggests that she pose nude for an art class in a neigboring college. What she never expected was that an incredibly gorgeous guy that she met once would be a student in the class. She manages to do the pose for most of the session before rushing out embarrassed. Then said hot guy from class follows her and asks her out.
Being a fat kid growing up and dealing with his own insecurities for years, Nate moved away from that life to start over. He sees Cat as the beautiful woman that she is and sweeps her off her feet. But something from his past will make waves in their relationship and cause Cat to second-guess his true feelings for her.
I was able to relate to Cat so much throughout this story, and that's why I devoured the book in two days. I could put myself in her shoes, having dealt with body issues and insecurities my whole life. The important lesson this story teaches is that you have to learn to love yourself and be comfortable in your own skin - not relying on someone else to make you feel beautiful. I think every woman deserves a man who makes them feel beautiful and sexy. But I also know that it's important to have self-confidence and be accepting of yourself, because you can never truly be happy without that. It's not healthy to rely on others to make you feel good. And that's the struggle Cat and Nate had to deal with throughout this book. Learning that she can be happy in her skin, but also be loved and desired by an incredible man like Nate.
Nate was a sweetheart. I loved how romantic and wonderful he was to Cat. I just wished he'd been a little more aggressive or dominant. A girl likes a little dominance to make her feel sexy and wanted, and I felt this book was lacking a little in that aspect.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and feel that a lot of women will be able to relate to Cat. Her and Nate had a beautiful romance that was great to see unfold throughout the book, but it was her self-transformation that was the real beauty of the story.