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- Print Length: 272 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1975654137
- Publisher: Royalty Publishing House (August 20, 2017)
- Publication Date: August 20, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074YXNZPV
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #510,799 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As a romance, this story is good. IT has the steamy parts as well as the dramatic parts. All of the ingredients are there for this to actually work very well in this genre. But, where it falls apart is in the description and characterization of Claire. She is a "plus sized" woman. Now, as a man who knows little of fashion, this basically means to me that she is a normal sized woman and not a tiny little size -2. All the author needed to do was occasionally remind the reader of this. Instead, we are given constant reminders in references to belly rolls, large curves, desires for food, and failed attempts at working out and weight loss. If anything, this continues to breed the idea that models are what true beauty is and anyone not fitting that is not beautiful. The narrative moves well and there are no issues with editing, but the character herself is where I had the issue.
I give the book 2 out of 4 stars. Before I begin, I will mention that my writing style is different again because this time I will mostly use references to illustrate my points. My other reason is to show that these are not just my feelings talking. The following are my reasons for this rating:
My first issue is with the book's cover. The lady pictured on the cover does not look plus size. As a plus-size woman who is 5”11, I was disappointed. My excitement for the book decreased because of the cover. However, I tried to keep an open mind. I admit that I am a hypocrite and buy most books because of their covers. I could not connect to Claire because in my imagination she does not look anything like the woman on the cover. You read the book and wonder when the character on the cover is going to come into the story. This leads to my second concern, Claire.
Throughout most of the book, Claire talks about her love of food. This is one of the stereotypical opinions about plus-size gals. It would have been nice if the book had projected a less negative view of plus-size women. There were times in the book that being plus size was portrayed in a positive light, but this was undone by Claire's behavior.
In the book, Claire states: “There was no way I was going to lose weight in the next month. It just wasn’t feasible. I mean, we had been to the gym several times this week already, and I had even missed most of my meals, but here I was, still the same rollie pollie me.” An article on livestrong.com, "What Effect Does Skipping Meals Have on the Body?," states that “Although skipping a meal on rare occasions is harmless, skipping meals often does have negative health effects.”
My second concern with this sentence is that it does not specify what exercises Claire was doing at the gym or how much time she spent on them. According to the article "Working Out and Still Not Losing Weight? Here Are 7 Reasons Why," from health.com, "only doing cardio—or doing too much of it—can actually add to the problem." If Claire was doing cardio but still not losing weight, it could be easier to understand her obesity issue.
Those are my top issues with this book, but I noticed other problems. This could turn into a five-page research paper! Regardless, I would recommend this book to those who want a fluffy romance . Most readers want a book in which the story seems realistic. These issues would not bother some readers. Everyone has their own tastes.
Claire is the mentioned protagonist, and the love story around her is good, male interest is a good character and that side of the plot is believable. There are also some very hot sex scenes, and I mean steaming hot, very well-written and executed, I really enjoyed them.
I am not so big fan of some things about Claire that the author decided to include, and by that I mean the ways we are reminded that she is, indeed, a plus-size woman (and that basically means she is a normal woman). There are just some casually dropped parts like her thoughts about food, about how she doesn't feel like exercising or something unflattering about her body. It just seems a little forced, I don't know how to exactly explain it.
Besides that, I had fun reading this novel. The romance is pleasant, some great bedroom scenes are in it and the characters are more or less enjoyable. It is worth of reading for sure.