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Big Girl Panties: A Novel Hardcover – July 9, 2013
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Neither of them is happy to see the other. Logan because he doesn't want to be crushed by the fat woman and Holly because she can see the judging expression on his face. However, somewhere during the flight, after seeing how distressed Holly is by flying, Logan suggests that Holly come to him for personal training.
Of course, if you have read many romances you can see where this is going. However, there are a couple of twists along the way.
One problem that I had with the book is that the author gave us thrust by thrust accounts of the sex. I personally don't find that necessary. I have a pretty good imagination of my own and find that these scenes just kind of cheapen the books for me.
I took an instant liking to Holly. I felt her frustration, pain and longing for affection & love. I have known that feeling of everyone watching the fat woman struggling down the aisle of a plane, praying I wasn't going to sit next to them. (Thankfully I'm no longer that wide) While I believe Holly wasn't morbidly obese, I feel the writer did a bang up job describing the weight issue and not make the reader uncomfortable to the point they couldn't move on in the story.
I like that Logan was oblivious to his own biased feelings about Holly in the beginning. Logan thinking he would help her out, be charitable with his time( he under the impression she was struggling financially based on her appearance on the plane) to see how his thoughts and beliefs changed so that he didn't believe it himself. Wondering if Holly would do a little lyposuction to rid her of the belly fat. His inner conflict over how he should feel and knowing it was wrong to think this way.
His friends Chase and Amanda are a riot. I'm glad to see The Sweet Spot, coming out later this year is their back story. First chapter was great!
I'm really happy I finished this book. It took forever to finish, as this title is in hot demand with in the LA County Public Library system, and I had to wait for it to come back to me, thank you Amazon 1.99 sale.