Adult Contemporary Review: Big Girl Panties...A Novel

Big Girl Panties: A NovelTitle:  Big Girl Panties
Author:  Stephanie Evanovich
Format:  Print
Length:  336 pages
Publisher:  William Morrow
Rating:  4.5 Stars 

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?  -Goodreads

My Thoughts
Watch out Bridget Jones.  Holly Brennan of "Big Girl Panties" is a girl that can self deprecate with the best of them and has wit and charm to spare.
This read is just the well-written, feel good, heart-tugger that chick-lit fans the world over need to kick off their summer read-fest.

Holly Brennan is a woman in flux, when she meets the tall muscular Logan Montgomery on a plane.  Having just lost her husband to Cancer, she wants to go on living, but has no idea how?
Logan Montgomary, fitness trainer to the sports elite and a living Adonis, thinks he has the world on a string...and then.

What happens next is a story full of heart, laughs, sadness, joy, sex, honesty, resilience, and love.
Holly proves that you really can't "judge that proverbial book by it's cover."
While it is true that Holly has issues, the book's author takes great care not to make her a victim of said crisis.
What readers get in Holly, is a woman who, while flawed is strong and willing to go through the pain of healing her past for the chance of a better future.

Truth be is the dark prince who does the majority of the "lesson learning" this time around.
He is the one to break his preconceived mold about things like love and beauty.

The one true weakness of this novel lies in the well-meaning, but at time superfluous  characters of Amanda and Chase.
They do their jobs as a rich and exciting plus one to Logan and Holly, but all of the back-story involving them gets tedious after a while.
All things considered...this book is a wonderful, light, feel-good read meant to be enjoyed in one sitting with a favorite drink.

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