Veronica Cruz has been
through hell and back. After disconnecting with the world two years ago
to be at the side of her dying mother, she’s left alone, unemployed,
overweight, and feeling a decade older than her twenty-eight years. When
her best friend coaxes her into joining the local gym to ditch her
depression and rejuvenate her life, she meets Noah. Assigned to help
Veronica lose weight, Noah is everything she expected a young trainer to
be—perfectly chiseled, supportive and motivating. Add to that, he’s
incredibly sexy. He’s everything she’s ever looked for in a man. What
she least expected was for him to fall for her, but he has. There's just
one glaring problem: Noah is eight years younger.
Noah Quintanilla has his eye on a boxing title—someday. Down for a
few months with an injury, his maintenance-boy pay at 5th Street Gym
won't cut it. He’s finally given the opportunity to train. The catch?
His trainee is an out-of-shape woman with a free week pass. Taking on
the challenge, Noah stumbles into one of the closest friendships he’s
ever known, and before he knows it, he’s in love. But Veronica’s not
having it—the age difference is too much. Their platonic relationship
means having to watch her date other men—something that would make him
crazy. Believing he's the man for her, Noah sets out to prove that age
is but an illusion, and there's more to him than just a number.--Goodreads
I don't know how Elizabeth's mind works but I definitely LOVE it!! She has some of the best stories I've ever read. So passionate and emotional. I absolutely love them! My biggest attraction to them is the fact that they hit close to home being that they are about Hispanic (since I’m one myself). *sighs dreamily* So, Noah Quintanilla is a nineteen soon to be twenty year old Hispanic male working his way up to becoming a professional boxer at the 5th Street Gym. Orphaned at the age of six he has grown up in foster care and has had a rocky past. Noah has had many challenges in his life but he was not prepared for one that would consume him completely mind, body and soul. At the age of twenty-eight Veronica "Roni" Cruz is now drifting along in life with no direction since losing her mother after helping her fight cancer for two years. Her depression has caused her to be over weight and out of shape which lead to a vicious cycle of Catch 22. Her best and only friend Nellie has decided to enroll Roni and herself into the 5th Street Gym in order to lose weight. This is where she meets Noah and the crazy roller coaster begins. Noah and Roni’s epic journey to become a couple is so intense and excruciating at times I couldn’t sit still through most of this book. I was a nervous wreck! But I’m so happy with the ending and can’t wait for Gio’s story because I know it’s going to just as good if not better. Elizabeth is a genius and her stories never disappoint. If she was in front of me I would jump on her like a spider monkey and give her a very loud kiss on the cheek! (MMMUUUAAHH!) Thank you for making my life so much better with your stories!
“If there’s one thing I’ve learned my whole life, time and age are but an illusion.”
*****“ I know everything tastes better with whip cream.”
*****"Haven't you picked up on the irony of life by now? Things only just happen when you're not ready. When you're ready, you start trying, and gadamn I feel like trying right now."