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Big Girl Panties: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Stephanie Evanovich
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (746 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich is a rollicking and poignant romantic comedy about a young widow who decides to get in shape...and winds up getting her groove back—and a whole lot more!
Holly Brennan used food to comfort herself through her husband’s illness and death. Now she’s alone at age thirty-two. And she weighs more than she ever has. When fate throws her in the path of Logan Montgomery, personal trainer to pro athletes, and he offers to train her, Holly concludes it must be a sign. Much as she dreads the thought of working out, Holly knows she needs to put on her big girl panties and see if she can sweat out some of her grief.
Soon, the easy intimacy and playful banter of their training sessions lead Logan and Holly to most intense and steamy workouts. But can Holly and Logan go the distance as a couple now that she’s met her goals—and other men are noticing?

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In this modern take on My Fair Lady, obese young widow Holly becomes the special project of Logan Montgomery, a personal trainer whose typical clients are professional athletes. As Logan reshapes Holly’s body and helps her deal with the emotional reasons she binge-eats, the two first become friends and then an attraction grows. Logan has never been with anyone like Holly before; his typical conquests are model-beautiful women who aren’t looking for commitment. When their relationship becomes physical, they keep it secret owing to Logan’s discomfort and Holly’s insecurities, but soon Holly realizes that she deserves to be in a relationship with someone who accepts her imperfections. Evanovich’s debut effort is a funny, clever, and well-paced read, but it lacks polish. Holly is a sympathetic protagonist and Logan has his charming moments, but the novel sends mixed messages about body image, self-esteem, and seeking male approval. --Aleksandra Walker


“Evanovich’s incredibly entertaining debut mesmerizes with wit, heart, and intelligence . . . Quality writing, memorable characters, hot sex scenes, and an emotionally satisfying story add up to a marvelous gem.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“Savvy, smart and sexy!” (Susan Anderson, New York Times bestselling author of That Thing Called Love)

Big Girl Panties has wit and heart.” (People)

“A page turner with real heart! This sexy tale will have you racing to your local gym-after you’ve finished racing through this charming, funny novel.” (Rachel Kramer Bussel, editor of Curvy Girls)

“Evanovich’s debut effort is a funny, clever, and well-paced read.” (Booklist)

Product Details

  • File Size: 687 KB
  • Print Length: 429 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Reissue edition (July 9, 2013)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009NG0MCS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,285 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
The only thing that could make Logan Montgomery's flight back home worse than being forced to sit in coach, is being forced to sit in coach next to the fat girl. But luck will have its way, as will fate, and he ends up sitting by unpleasantly overweight widower Holly Brennan all the way to Englewood, New Jersey... and there's just something about her that he can't put a finger on, that makes him want to keep in touch. He offers private training sessions to help her get back on track with her weight, which has significantly escalated since her husband's death last year. No matter that he has a celebrity waitlist and is very selective with new clients—he's going to change this girl's life. What he doesn't expect is for her to change his.

As Logan begins to see the true resilience, strength, and maturity in Holly—as well as the delightful humor and instant likability, he begins to question the matter of beauty versus substance, something he's never had to worry about before, being fit, gorgeous, and famous as he is. Watching his relationship with Holly bloom was interesting because the two are such an unlikely pair. It is very rare to spot a fat woman holding hands with an athletic man in public, let alone in contemporary romance, but that's just the thing: you never see couples like that because society judges compatibility based off body type, based off appearance. Big Girl Panties shreds these expectations and overcomes the typical romance equation by so naturally and fluidly pairing Holly and Logan together. Readers will root for the couple—as unaccustomed to the sort as they are bound to be—and both Holly's sparkling wit and Logan's sexy, collected demeanor will make them instance fan favorites.
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126 of 146 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Depressing - Fat shaming and hatred at its finest. July 30, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I can't even adequately express how revolting and offensive this book is! Logan was anything but a hero. He never redeems himself, he's a shallow jerk from the get go and doesn't learn a thing. The fat hatred and prejudice is depressing and maddening! All Logan does is go on and on about how horrible he feels to have feelings for a fat person. Oh poor Logan! Holly loses weight and gets in shape, but still doesn't fit his perception of what a woman's body should be. Even though he admits she is fitter than an athlete, she will never be a single digit size, so therefore could still use liposuction! WHAT? Are you kidding me?? What a guy! Ugh!! Holly is wonderful, and its sad that she didn't get her happily ever after until she loses the weight. Again, suggesting that fat people don't deserve to be happy. A disturbing theme that ran strong through the whole story. The spanking scene was hideous as well. Logan decides on a little kinkiness and just grabs her and spanks her. Without discussion, without warning. Yikes, can you say assault??? As if she deserved it because she provoked unwanted feelings in him. Ugh again. The absolute worst of the worst was this lovely bit of prejudice and fat hatred: Logan talking about a fat woman he had sat next to that smelled of rotten cheese and hard boiled eggs, and was surprised when Holly didn't smell this way. This guy stunk worse than any rotten cheese! Thank God I didn't buy this book. It was borrowed and couldn't give it back fast enough. I hope Janet Evanovich distances herself from this horrible piece of crap!
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124 of 145 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sets Feminism Back Sixty Years July 12, 2013
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Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich started out as an interesting novel. Holly, who has tread the waters of a tough childhood and early widowhood, is at her lowest point. Logan arrives like a knight in shining armor, and he believes he will save her. Well, he can at least save her physical body by being her personal trainer, and, of course, that will solve everything. The reader probably can guess that a person is more than just their body, and the assumption is that there will be lessons all around to be learned, not just for Holly; there are prejudices about body image to be broken down for both Logan and Holly. Like many readers, these are issues I find interesting to read about. HOWEVER, the author decided to veer off into the issue of spanking and male domination, and that is where the book took a turn for the worse....then worst. I felt that the author, for reasons I really do not even want to know, is trying to justify spanking by explaining and reexplaining why this is not a form of abuse. One major character, Chase, suggests that Logan "give her some" (spanking) because it will "serve as a reminder of just what happens to little girls who insist on messing with big boys". Ew, ew, ew, and, as one reviewer pointed out, very misogynistic. A good portion of the novel is.
I left the novel feeling very sad that women have come so far in so many ways only to find out that it is not far enough. If the author had left out the male domination issue and all of its attitudes and just stuck with the main, I think, storyline, she would have had something, an interesting and thought provoking novel. As it is, the book is permeated with an underlying message that I really do not want to pass on. Cannot recommend.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich
The title was intriguing to me.
I was curious as to the reason for putting them on.
So I wanted to read the story to find out the answer, and I am glad that I did.
Published 1 day ago by Veronica A Pitts
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it. The story line kept me turning pages.
Published 4 days ago by Ericka Johnson
1.0 out of 5 stars So dull and predictable
Couldn't even finish this one. So dull and predictable. The main character of Holly is relatively likeable, but Logan just had an ick factor for me. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Disney mommy
3.0 out of 5 stars Perfect snarky, self-deprecating humor!
Holly has hit rock bottom. She is estranged from her family, the love of her life has gotten sick and died. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Teeker
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the cost of the book
Fun read
Published 10 days ago by RLS42
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great quick read. Perfect for a rainy day's read!
Published 11 days ago by mindy knapp
5.0 out of 5 stars Fitting title!
Seems I love anything by an evanovich! Seriously, I enjoyed this book for the rich characterization. I could have been holly. Would love to meet Logan . Read more
Published 13 days ago by NANCI A
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyable romance. Hurray for Holly!
Published 14 days ago by Nita Morris
3.0 out of 5 stars Simply Okay
This story was simply "okay". It was a little predictable but then again, love stories usually are. It's a little unbelievable. There are better stories out there. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
This had me laughing out loud more than a few times! I loved all of the characters! Very easily relatable.
Published 16 days ago by Taylor
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Stephanie Evanovich is a full-fledged Jersey girl from Asbury Park who began writing fiction while waiting for her cues during countless community theater projects. She attended New York's School of Film and Television and acted in several improvisational troupes and a few small-budget movies, all in preparation for the greatest job she ever had, raising her two sons. Now, a full-time writer, she's an avid sports fan who holds a black belt in tae kwon do.

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