Training for Love

by Amanda Kabak

Charlie Williamson is a life-long jock who’s butch enough to cause plenty of raised eyebrows in gym locker rooms. Since flaming out of college on a wave of drugs, alcohol, and depression, she’s worked the same easy, low-stress job at RRiotWear—a women’s fitness clothing startup in Chicago. Then with a promotion on the horizon, Charlie’s boss ropes her into leading a beginner’s marathon group in the RRiotWear facilities.

Elizabeth McIntyre runs a boutique tech company. Since graduating from MIT, she’s made herself into the face of women in technology. She has a beautiful apartment she never sees, a string of ex-girlfriends, and a propensity for panic attacks. When her doctor confirms what her best friend has been saying for years—that Elizabeth needs to slow down and make some radical life changes—she signs up for RRiotWear’s marathon program.

Despite everything that points to a not-so-perfect fit, the attraction between Charlie and Elizabeth grows week after week, and mile after mile. But with secrets lingering between them, they might find their relationship stumbles before it can even get to the starting line.

Genre Romance
Length 174 pages
Publication Date March 17, 2022
Publisher Bella Books
ISBN 9781642473483A
Editor Heather Flournoy
Cover Designer Heather Honeywell



"Though I draw the line at 13.1 miles (hey, we all have our limits), my years of running along Lake Michigan in Chicago means I've shared that path with all sorts of different marathon training groups during summer weekends--but get it nearly to myself during the freezing winter. What better backdrop for the ups and downs of falling in love than the ups and downs of long-distance running in one of my favorite places? Training for Love hits close to my heart, and I hope it will do the same for future readers."

—Amanda Kabak


D Booker - I’m a big fan of authors who take the time to really develop their characters and both Charlie and Elizabeth were really well written. Both these characters have issues, some based on past experiences, lifestyle, others that are foisted on them. In this story Kabak tackles the sensitive topic of mental health with Charlie being bipolar. The helplessness and the struggle to lead and participate in life is captured extremely well. I also liked the pacing of the book, the titles depicting the training milestones were a nice touch. Charlie’s coaching of Elizabeth through her 8-mile run was a particularly good exchange and I really enjoyed it. I do like slow burns and this definitely fell into that category.

Abbott F. - If you’re looking for a book with characters you can’t help but like with conflicts that are “real,” then this is the book for you. If you want a well-paced book that is also well-written, do not pass on this book.

Bonnie S. - Ms Kabak has given us a story about a bi-polar woman and an overworked business owner. Strong characters along with a moving plot kept me from putting this book down. Very nice read.

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