Valentine's Book Review + Giveaway: Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich

Stephanie Evanovich pens a fine debut that deals with weight-loss, body image and redefining what society considers 'obese' from the point-of-view of a not-so-size-zero character.

Blurb: In BIG GIRL PANTIES, Evanovich introduces readers to Holly Brennan—a 32-year old grieving widow in need of a change. Having spent too much time mired in sadness and grief-eating, Holly heads out of town to settle her husband’s estate and try to move on. Enter Logan Montgomery—a personal trainer to the country’s most famous professional athletes who also happens to be sitting next to her on the flight home.

Holly’s mortified by the way she’s squeezed into the airplane seat, butas they chat, Logan quickly realizes she has a sharp wit and keen insight—a welcome change from the sexy but superficial women he usually dates. When he impulsively offers to train her at his private gym, Holly surprises even herself and agrees.

Holly discovers she’s a natural athlete, and as her fitness level increases, so does a new found confidence. When Logan finally introduces Holly to his best friends, baseball superstar Chase Walker and his wife Amanda (a feisty curvy woman herself), they instantly see what Logan doesn’t; Holly is knockout. As their smoldering attraction starts to spark in earnest,Holly and Logan will have to decide if their love is for real…or just about looks.

BIG GIRL PANTIES is a fun, sexy, smart, and exceptionally saucy romp—a must-have book for the summer and a debut not to be missed.

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Holly suffers a loss hard to deal with: the loss of a spouse. For two years she's been locked up in a world of tears and comfort-eating. Who knew too much bingeing and ice cream could make you bloat over proportions that could crash a beam balance? There must be an exception for when you are grieving. But no, besides lack of time to apply any amount of makeup, do your hair and have reason to get into that Little Big Black Dress, there's the ginormous strata of belly, the unflattering stretch-mark ridden thigh, the double chin that might just give way for a third and the back that looks like a sword was run through it vertically. Still, Holly might think she's a fat, walking disaster (only if she has the courage to stare herself in the mirror), no man wants an obese walking disaster. But little does she know personal trainers would kill to trim that fat arse.

Logan Montgomery—hot, sexy, personal trainer, rumoured to date the thick-headed plastic size-zero blond types and dumps them right when they manage to string words together for a sentence—meets Holly. It's disgust at first sight. Surely there must be a reason someone would horde that much food in her system and he's aching to find out why. He's struck with sympathy for Holly after finding out the reason behind her BMI being fatter than a woman's overnight bag. He proposes to help trim that ass, Holly agrees tentatively.

In a matter of weeks, Holly doesn't expect to be turning heads of guys neither does she ever think she'd ever be able to shop at the size twelve section at Macy's. Now thanks to Logan she's even hanging out with baseball star, Chase Walker and his wife Amanda chinking glasses with the crème de la crème of the sports scene attending charity galas and enjoying front row seats at baseball games.

Logan is watching Holly morph into a confident, sassy and sexy woman. You heard right, sexy woman. All he wanted to do was trim that ass, but for some reason, he wants to tap,tap all over it.

There are somethings everyone wants to see these days in a chicklit title before clicking the ADD TO CART icon.

1. Everyone wants a relatable heroine. Holly is relatable. I love that she holds this appeal for the plus-sized for being, well, plus-sized. It's such a nice change when it isn't a size-zero silhouetted glamazon dangling shopping bags on her arm on a chicklit cover. After this novel, maybe meat-on-bones might be the in-thing in chicklit. Also, our slim, trendy sisters should dig this title because, the ginormous self-pity you see in some Big characters is hardly seen in Holly thanks to her funny cynicism and wisecracks.—★

2. Everyone wants a title with a lesson that is timeless in society. Stephanie Evanovich picks up a touchy subject and delivers it so perfectly without rising tempers. We all care about our cellulites, or the little flags we have pulling down our underarms, or whether we need to have that chin tuck surgery or the lipo. Holly says, "It all doesn't matter as long as you are healthy!" Society isn't every guy! We all have preferences, we are human we don't look alike. Why then for some reason it should ever cross your mind that because you shop at a two-digit section, you can't attract attention! Lessons about dealing with loss, Body Image are paramount in this title, and definitely earns it a star from me—★★

3. Everyone wants something steamy. The sex in this title is hot, naughty. Who knew gym sex could be so fun? Especially when it is with a trainer you ladies would roll your eyes into your heads for the numerous mouth-watering positions he's capable of getting you into, all in the name of losing that extra pound. You wouldn't believe me. But every time there was a sex scene I'd hop onto my bed, lie down and read. All. Through. The. Killer. Orgasm. Abstinence till marriage can be a real sucker, you know. —★★★ (Sorry for that much details into my sex life).

4. Rom-coms go with super-romantic and swoon-worthy endings. I loved, loved the ending of this title. It was creative and left me feeling all ooey-gooey. Big Girl Panties' ending might just get on my list of best rom-com endings in life—★★★★

On a general note, I liked this book. It was fine. But it could have been fantastic if it hadn't limited me to one LOL moment, everyone knows humor is a Big thing for me and I wish the humor was amped a bit. I also wished much job was done on the supporting cast, I'd love that they had a little—How do I put it?—flesh (pun very well intended).

My rating stands at four stars!

I totally recommend this title to anyone who's the least worried about their body image. Anyone who's quite the fitness goddess. Anyone who wants something with lessons they can nod to. Anyone who loves their chicklit steamy and sexified!

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Fingers-crossed to read The Sweet Spot, Stephanie's second coming out this July.

My work not done here. Off to post my review on Goodreads.

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