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- Print Length: 322 pages
- Publisher: Entangled: Amara (October 29, 2018)
- Publication Date: October 29, 2018
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07FSJ6SZH
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,058 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"What a fun and endearing love story! We loved Lucy's quirkiness, quick wit, AND her curves!" - Max Monroe, New York Times bestselling author
"Muffin Top is classic Avery Flynn! Lots of humor, heat, and heart!" - Erin Nicholas, NYT & USA Today bestselling author
"Avery Flynn brings the laughs, romance, and heat in this second book featuring the wonderful Hartigan family and friends." - Kylie Scott, New York Times bestselling author
"MUFFIN TOP is the exact reason why Avery Flynn is an auto-buy author for me." - Jules Bennett, USA Today bestselling author
"Muffin Top is a dazzling Rom-Com that will make you laugh, make you cry and give you all the feels. I highly recommend this book to every romance fan who loves strong characters and a to die for hero that you will want as your own. I definitely need more of the Hartigan's in my life!" -Sinfully wicked Book Reviews
"Can I start by saying that it's been a really long time since I've loved a plus sized character as much as I loved Lucy. Avery Flynn has really written the "fat" girl to perfection. She understands what goes through that brain. Frankie's character was believable and relatable. The two get into some interesting predicaments and I found myself laughing to tears. The emotions that they go through brought me to tears of a different nature. So far this is my ultimate favorite of Ms.Flynn's. It will be difficult to top!" -Donna S., NetGalley
"Loved this sweet, sexy and sassy story. I found myself relating to Lucy from the start. She and Frankie had such chemistry. Their winding path to their HEA was one I was happy to tag along on." -Robin C., Goodreads
"Muffin Top is a truly inspiring, relatable and unconventional love story that every woman in today's society need to know, read and believe. You will fall in love with Lucy and Frankie. And you will also learn to love yourself just a little bit more!" -Paramita P., Goodreads
"Funny mishaps, and cute little misunderstandings, and some depth rolled into an amazing story that will have you laughing and swoon so hard, that you will definitely be nowhere near ready when the story ends." -Heather B., NetGalley
"This story is fabulously funny!" -Chloe T., NetGalley
"Avery Flynn delivers another hit in The Hartigans series with Muffin Top! Lucy Kavanaugh and Firefighter Frankie Hartigan are heating things up big time in this sexy and engaging romantic comedy. Avery doesn't just give you the laughs, she gives you so much more. I highly recommend Muffin Top!" -Amber H., Goodreads
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Their eventual break-up was foreshadowed pretty hard, if only because there wasn't any other way it could go down: she would project her own emotional baggage on him, and then tell him that he obviously wasn't cut out for commitment -- just like everyone else in his life has been sure to tell him. Never mind that she did everything in her power to sabotage their relationship from day one.
I'll be upfront and say that my own emotional baggage is a bit heavy and I have so many trust issues I've taken out a subscription. The effects of childhood bullying and the insecurities that arise out of them are written spot-on in this book. But it was exhausting. And, frankly, even with all my trust issues, when I do take the step and allow myself to love someone, I do myself the favor of being surprised when they hurt me. Because I wouldn't care about someone if I thought they were the sort of person to hurt me intentionally the way my childhood bullies did. Lucy makes no such distinction.
She obviously has friends. I get that hot guys are never easy to trust but she spends their entire relationship deciding that what he obviously meant is that she's unattractive. In almost every shown conversation. But she doesn't end their relationship because reasons. No, he's a wonderful, caring, funny, sweet guy. Right up to the point when she decides he's a jerk again. If she thought he was so awful, why was she hanging around? If she didn't think he was that awful, why was she constantly accusing him of talking about her behind her back and only being with her as a joke, a last resort, a matter of convenience?
By the time we got to the break-up (when she overheard a contemptible stranger say some vulgar crap about her and, once again, decided that Frankie had invited it & participated in it with absolutely no evidence to support it and plenty to contradict it), I was ready for the relationship to be over. Frankie deserved better than someone who claimed to love him but wouldn't trust his good qualities. I was even more infuriated that he wasn't allowed to play video games until she apologized. But she refused to believe she'd done anything wrong and wanted to wallow in her hurt feelings. And he felt guilty that she cried. So, of course, his sister had to accuse him of causing her to cry, and then go comfort his now ex-girlfriend. And his brothers and father made a point to tell him he hadn't tried hard enough to be with her.
I was just so frustrated that Lucy wasn't expected to grow as a person or be supportive in their relationship, and that Frankie was expected to not only take control of his own actions and emotional well-being, but tiptoe around her sensitive reactions to imagined slights. She eventually figures out she was projecting and makes a brief apology at the end of his public declaration of apology, love, and an application for long-term relationship. But I don't trust her not to do it again and his family has proven they won't support him -- they'll think he screwed up and didn't try hard enough to fix it. Frankie will spend the rest of his life on eggshells and it's sad.
Romances are almost always about h's who don't conform with society's norms so Avery Flynn is breaking no new ground with a plus size h. She is just taking a well worn trope and mauling it. I want to read kick a$$ h's who break stereotypes not whiny self haters.
And finally Avery Flynn reinforces the stereotype of plus size women. Body positivity is great and showing that eating foods you like within moderation rather than a diet of lettuce and deprivation is great. But guzzling mountain dew in the way the h does is not. It's unhealthy and continues the assumption that women are plus size because they eat unhealthy foods.
I won't be taking any more chances on this author.
The hero is another man who're. He is a 33 year old man who has never had a long term relationship. He has issues, but be does have more depth than a saucer unlike Lucy. He shoes a smidgen of self awareness and personal growth, unlike Lucy who seems emotionally stunted at 14. I feel sorry for both of them, you know the relationship is going to be codependent morass..
Fat women have love lives, sex lives,,and are even desired by men....gasp. I'm a fifty year old fat woman dating a gorgeous man ten years younger than me, I'm also a mother, a nurse, a blood donor, a foster parent, a former stripper turned waitress turned nanny, a hard core feminist and writer. I wish the author could find defining characteristic for her heroines besides looks.
Frankie may be a good guy, but he also a complete man-ho that I can’t respect.
Lucy is beyond self-deprecating, she self-hates. If she hated her body that much, do something about it. And FYI, drinking Mountain Dew all day is the opposite of healthy.
Also, I hate it when characters do things that make no sense and that happened several times here. The “I’m fat, I’m fat” really did start to get old. Like every single interaction heroine had as filtered thru a tedious and twisted plus size lens.
As a couple Frankie and Lucy just didn’t pop and the whole set up felt forced. Who has a WEEK to go to a high school reunion anyway. And in Lucy’s case, to hang out with people she didn’t even like.
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So I was incredibly excited about Muffin Top coming out.
In this book, the heroine Lucy is outwardly confident but inside she is insecure about her size 20 figure. The hero - "man whore" Frankie - is a tasty fireman who wants to settle down and is bowled over by feisty Lucy.
Cue plenty of hot sex scenes described in delightful detail!
It loses one star just because I felt the ending had been rushed and wasn't quite as realistic/well thought out as the rest.
This is another great read from Avery Flynn but Butterface remains my firm favourite!
A light and fairly entertaining little read, just what I need for a easy Saturday. That being said there was always this little niggle at the back of my head as I read this, especially due to how Lucy's curves were viewed by some, plus sometimes it felt like Lucy was way too self-deprecating. She was positioned as being confident and self-assured when it come to who she was and her body, and yet a lot of what was said contradicted this.
This is book 3 in the series and it can comfortably be read as a standalone.
90p on amazon 21st March 2020.
I liked the way their relationship unfolded and the ending was very satisfying.
Another great book by Avery Flynn