Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich

I received this ARC from work and was excited to read it--just the perfect escape novel for a stressful May.

I hate to say it, but I was disappointed.  I have been thinking about what left it flat for me, and I can't pinpoint exactly what it is about Holly and Logan that disappointed me.

The basic storyline is this:  Holly is overweight, and meets Logan on a flight back to New Jersey after she's been in Canada settling her late husband's estate.  Logan is a hot, popular personal trainer who is well known in the sports world and owns his own training center in New Jersey.  He can pick and choose who he works with, and makes a lot of money doing it.  He's also in incredible shape and doesn't have much sympathy for Holly, who barely fits into the seat next to him on the plane.

Holly quickly decides to crack jokes about the obvious, hoping to make the situation a little better for herself.  Soon Logan realizes she's overweight because of taking care of her ailing husband, and feels terrible for judging her appearance.  He offers to train her, and get her in shape.  Holly accepts, and the state is set for a possible romance.

But the romance doesn't move along for awhile--after all, Logan is an extremely fit stud who has one kind of woman--tall, blonde, and skinny.  Holly is short, overweight, and a red-head.  But she has a smart ass mouth and a laugh that soon has Logan looking forward to their sessions at the gym as their friendship grows.

Enter Logan's friends, Chase and Amanda.  Chase is a college buddy who's a famous baseball player, and Amanda is his adoring wife.  Their relationship takes up a huge amount of the book, which I thought took away from Logan and Holly.  And yes, Logan finds himself growing attracted to Holly, but only as she slims down.  He realizes she will never be a "skinny" type no matter how hard she exercises, but she has become much fitter and in great shape.  He begins to lust after her pretty much all the time, and can't wrap his head around it.  He's always picked a certain kind of woman, and Holly is the complete opposite.  He doesn't want to fall in love, and fights it every step of the way.  Of course Holly is head over heels for Logan, but afraid to show it.

As in all romances, misunderstandings abound, feelings remain hidden, and there's lots of hot sex.  The whole spanking thing was kinda dumb to me--not necessary at all.   I think it was the writing  that bothered me.  It felt stilted and had too much conversation between characters that was unnecessary.  Boo hoo!  I really wanted to like this one.

Rating:  4/10.  The intent was good, but the writing and the perfection of Logan was a bit off.  And too much attention was paid to his friends Chase and Amanda.

Available July 9th in hardcover, audio, and e-book format.

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