I loved the premise of For the Love of Mollie: An overweight heroine trying to gain her own self-esteem back by losing weight. That’s something nearly every woman can connect with. Yet, I wasn’t drawn into the story the way I wanted to be.
Mollie McGree is on a mission to seduce her best friend, the sexy masseuse Juan-Carlos. But she wants to lose a few extra pounds first. She joins a gym run by self-made millionaire and personal trailer, Conner Bean. Conner thinks Mollie doesn’t need to lose any weight, and is perfect the way she is. He plans to seduce the curvy Mollie by giving her his own special training sessions in passion and desire.
Soon Mollie is enjoying a no-holds-barred love affair with the vibrant and skilled Conner. But self-esteem issues on her part, as well as her unresolved feelings for Juan-Carlos, cause her to second guess Conner’s motives. Conner will stop at nothing until he claims Mollie’s heart for his own.
If there is one thing I can say about For the Love of Mollie, it’s that I really wish there was more to it: More plot and more sexual tension. In that I mean, I really wish there had been more build up to Mollie and Conner getting together, rather than them falling into bed the day after they met. In my opinion, if there had been more of a build-up, the sex would have had more of an impact on both the characters and the readers. I wish there had been more about their relationship than just the sex. Don’t get me wrong – I love nothing more than a smutty book full of hot, explosive sex. The sex in For the Love of Mollie didn’t really give that to me. That’s mainly because Grant kept using the word “moist” to describe how wet Mollie was. Personally, I can’t stand that word, especially when used in that kind of context. Every time it was used I would cringe, making the hot sex not so hot anymore.
Mollie and Conner were polar opposites in almost every aspect. Conner was strong, smart and suave. There wasn’t much in the way of character development for Conner, it was all about Mollie’s character transformation. She was klutzy, had no self-esteem and was hung-up on her feelings for Juan-Carlos. Again, I wish there had been more about the way she changed and grew. As it was, it seemed like she only changed because of the sex. Yes, having sex with a really hot guy would make any woman feel fabulous but there was an internal process that Grant didn’t really explore.
Everyone in For the Love of Mollie was really straightforward and blunt. In almost every single conversation throughout the entire book, both characters said what was on their mind and rarely sugar coated their words. I found it very refreshing, as it kept a lot of drama out of the plot.
I didn’t hate For the Love of Mollie. I didn’t have to force myself to finish it, and I did honestly care about what happened to the characters. That being said, I think that For the Love of Mollie had the potential to be great but fell short on several different levels. If there had been more plot, more sexual tension and less usage of the word “moist,” I would have loved this book.