Book Tour, Review + Giveaway: In The Pursuit of Charity by Alexandria Sure

Title: In The Pursuit of Charity
Series: Prequel to Credence Woods
Author: Alexandria Sure
Genre: NA College/Sports Romance
Release Date: June 30, 2017
He expected her to recognize him.
He expected her to be seduced by his charms.
He expected her to fall for him.
Expectations are a funny thing …

When his parents named him Herbert Lincoln James, they already had expectations that Linc would attend an ivy league university and go into politics. Linc didn’t. As captain of his swim team, he was expected to win the big relay to carry his swim team to the state championship for the first time in decades. Linc didn’t. Society expected him to walk past her. He couldn’t.

She expected him to see through her.
She expected him to make her into a joke.
She expected him to be cruel.
Expectations are a funny thing …

TWO 🎩🎩 hats from Britt

I very much had a love hate with this book. I mean that whole love/hate thing swung to the extreme on both sides. When I loved it I REALLY loved it, but I have to be honest and say as a plus size woman there were multiple times I actually yelled “SERIOUSLY?!” out loud while dramatically rolling my eyes. Let me break it down for anyone who’s not part of the big girl club, when I say plus sized I mean PLUS. I got a lot of booty, a lot of hips, and a lot of just everything. Idgaf about any judgement mostly because despite the way the world can be horrible, I haven’t had anyone try to attack me for being plus sized since middle school.

So for the author I’d like to say, I appreciate you taking the leap of a plus sized character but we fit on planes. We fit in booths. We can walk and keep up at events and socializing just fine even if we’re walking. It’s true, we can also walk. For miles. Shocking. I know. You’ve written a young woman who is plus sized as if she is debilitatingly morbidly obese. I have never walked through anywhere as a plus sized woman and been made fun of simply for being plus sized.

I mean, I’m sure d-bags have said stuff behind my back, but they’ve also said stuff about the skinny girl, and the short guy, and most likely their own mothers too. Do I believe people should take care of the bodies their given? Oh absolutely I do, but that gives no one the right to shame someone for how their bodies are built and even with the best of intentions that is exactly what you have done in this book by portraying your plus sized character this way.

Now that I’m off my love your body box, I can say I adored Linc. He seemed to be the only sane person in this book aside from Alexis. He was literally the ONLY one who treated her like a normal person and not like less than human,and that includes Alexis’ well intentioned friends. Well, let me rephrase that, he was perfect right up until he thought how he’d make her life better by getting her fit. *side eye* yeah, that was a thing. I just, I want to love this book, but I can’t. The way everyone in this book was aside from Linc and Alexis was just flat out toxic and self esteem ruining for anyone who is plus sized. I think the promise of great is there, but the execution left a lot to be desired. If the focus was taken more off of Alexis’ weight and put more on the actual romance this would have been incredibly sweet and a solid five stars for me.

 
Alexandria Sure is from Michigan and adores her supportive family, her two rescue pups, and her mighty Spartans. Her coffee obsession leads her to writing in local coffee shops where characters come alive between salted caramel lattes and large cups of “cold brew extra cream two Splenda,” which are usually on the counter when she walks in because the baristas know her car. (Thanks, Biggby!)
When she is not writing, she spends a great deal of her time perfecting her craft. She is an active member of Capital City Writers Association and attends several writing conferences each year.

Sure’s first novel, Before Him Comes Me, is an unconventional romance of self-discovery, described by readers as “the first BDSM book with no sex.”
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