Author: Ingela Bohm
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Ingela Bohm
Rating: 2.50 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 01/29/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Drama, Gay Fiction
How do you date someone who doesn’t eat?
Dietician Xavier Deniel is the poster boy for healthy eating. Toned and fit, he practices what he preaches, and his patients keep coming back just for the pleasure of seeing him. His spare time is divided between the gym and the other men who go there, and that’s the way he likes it.
Until Guy turns up. He is Xavier’s opposite in every way: mousy and awkward, sullen and frail. Worst of all, he carries a beast inside him, one that makes all human connection impossible. Lesser men than Xavier would recoil in disgust if they knew, and Guy is not about to reveal his true self to a bloody Frenchman.
But what Guy doesn’t know is that Xavier has stumbled on his half-forgotten blog, the one place where he has confessed all his secrets. When the truth comes out, will Xavier run for the hills – or will he be the one to finally force the beast out in the open?
I asked to review this title because I thought it would be “attractive and helpful medical professional meets quietly suffering patient, yada yada, they fall in love.” It’s, umm…not.
Although I struggled with many parts of the story, the main problem I had was that there was no reasoning behind anything the characters did or said. I mean, Xavier is a shallow jerk literally from page one, and Guy is a sniveling snob, but at least if I could understand why or how they got that way I may have been able to sympathize. Without that logic it just seemed like two extremely unlikeable guys who had no business trying to be friends, let alone lovers.
Additionally, while I certainly don’t expect a book about eating disorders to be all fluff and sunshine, I found both Guy’s condition and Xavier’s treatment of it to be poorly written. The prose was almost distasteful in some parts, and I had a hard time believing that even the most dense dietician in the world would react to a patient’s behavior the way Xavier did to Guy.
Ms. Bohm is not entirely without skill, and I did enjoy how she illustrated the cultural differences between Sweden and France, but on the whole, All You Can Eat is a pretty hard pass for me.
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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