- Series: Big & Beautiful
- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: BluEyed Press (December 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1944090088
- ISBN-13: 978-1944090081
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,280,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chubby & Charming (Big & Beautiful) (Volume 1) Paperback – December 1, 2015
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Mary E. Thompson grew up loving to read, like a good little girl. Many nights she would fall asleep with the flashlight still turned on as she hid under the covers trying to finish the last few pages of a book. As an adult, the light from her ereader means she doesn't need a flashlight, but she still stays up way too late to finish a book. When Mary's not reading she's playing with her two kids or living out her own romance novel with her hubby. She has a weakness for chocolate, especially when it's paired with peanut butter, and has been known to have a bad day just because there's no chocolate in the house. Mary grew up in Buffalo, NY and swears she's the only local to never ski or snowboard. Soccer was always her sport, with a couple adventures in white water rafting and skydiving to keep things interesting. Mary moved to South Carolina for college but missed Buffalo every day. Yeah she thinks she's crazy, too. She somehow convinced her South Carolina born and bred hubby to return to Buffalo to raise their kids and live out their lives. He’s still not sure what he was thinking.
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The first few chapters of this novel were amazing! Mandy was interesting and different as the main character. Enter Xander, the hottie who wants to meet her. There's tension. There's excitement. What will happen?! Then they meet and like each other a lot. The rest of the book is about them being together and the only point of tension is Mandy's insecurity about being with such an attractive HWP male. It's hard to build a story around that. I kept waiting for the complication to settle in and the story to pick up. Even the climax was all in Mandy's head and a complete disappointment and letdown.
Halfway through the book, almost every thought Mandy had was on sex and how hot Xander is. We get it. Mandy likes Xander because he's sexy. There are paragraphs and paragraphs devoted to her thoughts about his body and I ended up skimming through most of them after the first couple. Mandy spends so much time thinking about herself, Xander, and her worries about her weight that there is no time left for subplots or plot points.
I was disappointed in Mandy and her lack of character development. She is shown as a woman who's trust has been broken in the past regarding men and relationships. Great place to start, but she doesn't change. Throughout the book she drops her trust of Xander any time he remotely seems like he might be pointing out the fact that she's overweight and that he's not. Mandy never gets over this fear. She never gains confidence in their relationship.
Mandy acts and thinks like she's very much in lust/love with Xander and all it takes is something small for Mandy to lose confidence in Xander. Does she really love him, then? Mandy and Xander breakup over nothing (just a miscommunication) like they're teenagers in high school. The climax scene at Xander's friend's house was very high school. There were even fat jokes!
Xander was unrealistic every time he showed up and said or did anything. I wanted more realism from him, not a Stepford Wives boyfriend! Only in his initial pursuit of Mandy did he seem authentic as a person.
Ok, in the beginning, I get that she's worried because they have never met. But once he shows interest, let it go. Be you and give me a real story, not another version of every other "fat girl" book.
Everyone has a type. Some guys like bigger girls. This is nothing new! I like reading about normal girls who aren't the stereotypical blonde stick figure who has every guy drooling over her.
I did like portions of the book and thought it had the potential to be really good with the premise of meeting over the phone, but it didn't pan out.
I think I will skip the rest in this series.
I gave the author 3 stars because I admire any attempt to write about bigger girls and love.
I really had mixed feelings about this story. In the beginning, I had a hard time connecting with Mandy. As a a girl who is also over weight, I found it completely outrageous how many times Mandy down played herself because of her weight. She seemed really whiny and the 'confidence' she had wasn't really confidence at all. I really wanted to like her, but the self doubt was just too much for me. Xander could sneeze and she would probably lose it if another female blessed him! Oh and I won't even touch her circle of "we hate skinny bitches" group of friends.
Xander's character...well lets just say he was a knock off alpha male. His jealously at the party was unmerited, and his constant wanting to screw Mandy was just... bleh.
Overall, I would give this story 2 stars out of 5. Mandy made it very hard to like her as a character. She basically stereotypes the 'typical' fat girl, who is saved by some super hot guy. I would've connected more with Mandy if she <b><u>actually</b></u> learned to love herself by the end of the story. If you like stories of insecure-overweight women, who find the man of their dreams with a few sex scenes, this is the story for you.
PROS: I liked how much Xander was into Mandy. He was wonderful.
CONS: I can understand Mandy’s issues with self-esteem, but there were times when I could see how her constant need for reassurance would have driven any man away. There were times when I didn’t even like her.
3.5 - 4 STARS: Overall, I found it to be an enjoyable story. The plot is good and it moves swiftly.