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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.