A sexy romance about a plus-size sweetheart who gets a full-life makeover after a brutal breakup and falls for the incredibly hot contractor renovating her home.
Savvy Sheldon spends a lot of time tiptoeing around the cracks in her life: her high-stress and low-thanks job, her clueless boyfriend and the falling-apart kitchen she inherited from her beloved grandma—who taught her how to cook and how to love people by feeding them. But when Savvy’s world starts to crash down around her, she knows it’s time for some renovations.
Starting from the outside in, Savvy tackles her crumbling kitchen, her relationship with her body, her work–life balance (or lack thereof) and, last but not least, her love life. The only thing that doesn’t seem to require effort is her ride-or-die squad of friends. But as any home-reno-show junkie can tell you, something always falls apart during renovations. First, Savvy passes out during hot yoga. Then it turns out that the contractor she hires is the same sexy stranger she unintentionally offended by judging based on appearances. Worst of all, Savvy can’t seem to go anywhere without tripping over her ex and his latest "upgrade." Savvy begins to realize that maybe she should’ve started her renovations the other way around: beginning with how she sees herself before building a love that lasts.
"A heartfelt, hopeful, and humorous exploration of the importance of learning to love yourself...a joy to read.” –Booklist, STARRED review
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
We adore this wonderfully heartfelt romantic comedy. Newly dumped by her insensitive boyfriend, plus-size Savannah “Savvy” Sheldon decides to make some changes: renovating her kitchen, repairing her work-life balance, and rethinking her relationship with her body. But when these attempts go sideways—she faints during yoga, botches an attempt at a promotion, and mistakes her very hot contractor for a homeless person—she opts to act on her truest desires. First-time author Taj McCoy crafts a delightfully body-positive rom-com that’s as energetic and warm as its funny, relatable Black heroine. Reading Savvy Sheldon Feels Good as Hell feels like spending time with a great friend.
McCoy's swoon-worthy debut centers on finding love from the inside out. Savannah "Savvy" Sheldon believes she has the makings of a perfect life with her long-term boyfriend, Jason until he suddenly dumps her because he wants an "upgrade." Incensed by his negative comments on her lifestyle and her body, Savvy decides to "reclaim her sexy" and show him what he's missing. As part of this life makeover, she decides to redesign her kitchen. She's not expecting the intense attraction she feels to her detailed and attentive contractor, Spencer Morgan. As she renovates both the kitchen and her life, things start looking up for her health, her job, and her budding romance with Spencer though untimely and unsavory run-ins with Jason threaten to derail her. McCoy populates Savvy's world with a diverse cast of immediately endearing friends and family, especially besties Joan and Maggie, who reinforce positivity and love for Savvy and help her prioritize the things that make her happy. With a focus on heartbreak and reflection, Savvy's story has every flavor of love. McCoy is sure to win fans.)
A Black Woman with a Happy Heart ❤️
This book felt like home to me, it felt like I knew every character. I appreciate the love and sincerity in this book more than anything especially amongst Characters of Color. I loved the blessing of evolution that Savvy allowed us to experience along with her. Truly a beautiful story... I am hoping and praying this isn’t the last we hear of these characters, they made us as readers feel like family.
A little too predictable
This was a feel good book and I really wanted to love it but it fell short due to the predictable characters and story. It was really just ok.