I’m rock hard.
winning requires more than just killer workouts, diet, or stage presence.
Schultz. She understands the career killer of a badly placed white spot.
an emergency patch, Frank knows exactly who to call.
spring to life.
of me no longer fit.
Pickle is going to get anything but hot.
junkies, bodybuilding gods, and the couple who sprays together, stays together.
and unsure. She’s getting to me. I toss them on the floor with my bag and hold
out my arms.
against her cheek.
always wear them for your final day tan to avoid this.” Her hand smooths
something low on my ass, and everything in my body goes warm.
touch. I run through my bodybuilding poses, picturing myself on the stage.
again. “I have your back acceptable. You shouldn’t lose any points.”
chest. “But we have to do something about these abs. You have a light patch
just below your navel in the critical area from belly button to…”
she doesn’t want to use around me.
any favors with the judges.”
junk, a tube in her hand.
Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars
Max and Camryn have the most awkward of meetings, but there’s that spark between them from the moment they lay eyes on one another. And for as big and brawny as he is, bodybuilder Max is a sweetheart. Especially when it comes to Camryn and the romance they are trying to keep secret from her brother, his training buddy. Franklin is very much the overprotective big brother when it comes to keeping Camryn away from bodybuilders — even though their relationship seems to be somewhat distant since Max never met her when he and Franklin lived together in college or since they’ve been working out and training over the past year.
But okay. They need to keep their relationship a secret from her big brother because he has a nasty streak and can ruin Max’s success as he rises through the ranks. And that is exactly what happens once Max and Camryn are found out. What Franklin does in retaliation, however, is atrocious. It’s kind of unceremoniously dropped, however, and that bugged me. The thing that Franklin had dangling over Camryn’s head was never explained, and that was a big plot hole that I couldn’t look past. That made the difference in me ranking this 4 versus 5 stars. I loved everything else about this story but there was a huge hole regarding Camryn’s history and ultimate decision in breaking things off with Max that was not plugged up. Or even mentioned again!
I thought I’d get tired of the pickle innuendos… but nope. They are still quite funny! Hot Pickle is a standalone in this series about brothers who own franchises of a family deli, so there were a few hysterical scenes with the rest of the Pickle/Packwood bunch.
I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.
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