They say that big girls don’t cry. But when the chips are down and the dip is gone, what can you do? Pull up your BIG GIRL PANTIES and change your life.
Holly Brennan didn’t expect to be a widow at thirty-two. She also didn’t expect to be so big. Through her husband Bruce’s diagnosis and death, food was the one thing she could always count on. Now, those extra pounds make flying coach more than a little mortifying-especially since she’s sitting next to Adonis himself, aka Logan Montgomery, a personal trainer to the country’s most famous pro athletes.
Though Holly doesn’t make the grade on his first-impression meter, Logan finds himself intrigued by her sharp wit and keen insight-a welcome change from the beautiful bubble-headed dolls he usually dates-and impulsively offers to get her back in shape. Ready to make at least one positive change in her life, Holly agrees.
To Logan’s (and her own) surprise, Holly turns out to be a natural in the gym. Throwing herself into exercise, the red head with the blazing wit and welcoming smile slims down into a bonafide looker with killer curves-and a new kind of hunger. Soon, the easy intimacy and playful banter of their training sessions lead Logan and Holly into the bedroom where they share their most intense and steamy workouts yet.
But can a man whose whole life depends on looks commit himself to a woman who doesn’t fit his image? Now that Holly’s turning other men’s heads, does she even need Logan anymore? Are they a couple built to last . . . or is this sizzling affair going to burn out fast? (from Goodreads)
Source: eARC from William Morrow/Edelweiss for an honest review
I loved this book! I couldn’t put it down. Holly was a great heroine, smart, funny, self-deprecating. I immediately liked her and was pulling for her. I felt for her when she started to fall for Logan because she is decidely not his type, but she was tenacious and a lot of fun to read.
Logan was great, too. His initial impression of Holly quickly changes and they become friends, which is a great place for any romance to start. I loved that he was attracted to her personality as well as her body, even though she didn’t fit the mold of his past lovers. There was a lot of depth to Logan, more than even he expected, and he had me pulling for him, as well, to get over his ideals of beauty and perfection and go for something with a little substance, literally and figuratively.
The other characters, Logan’s friends Amanda and Chase, were a hoot. Funny, sexy. They definitely added a lot to the story. Their little subplot was fun.
My issue, and it’s small, with this book was the omnicient POV, which took a little getting used to. We were treated to, not only Logan & Holly’s POV, but Amanda & Chase, too. But it worked. I read this in one sitting and put off my homework to finish it. It was a lot more sexy than I was expecting because it doesn’t fit into the contemporary romance structure, I guess, so that surprised me, but it didn’t put me off (mainly because I love contemporary romance and don’t mind a little hanky panky). I will definitely read more by this author. This book was surprising and fun and had a lot of heart.