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Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich; published 2013 by William Morrow
Genre: Chick Lit
Review in a word: Rollicking
Opening line: “I’m sorry, Mr. Montgomery,” the pretty employee behind the counter said apologetically, “but for the next flight out, it’s the best I can offer.”
Logan Montgomery is a celebrity physical trainer, and he himself borders on celebrity status. He’s attractive and best friends with the world’s biggest baseball star. When he is forced to fly coach and sits next to the disheveled, disgruntled, and overweight Holly Brennan, he thinks his day can’t get any worse. But they end up talking and, out of pity, he offers to meet with her and train her. Holly turns out to be one of his best clients: determined, funny, sarcastic, and hard-working. Slowly, she lets him into her past: her husband’s death from cancer, her life as the daughter of hoarders, and her eating addiction. Pretty soon, Logan can’t deny that he feels more for Holly than just pity. But his pride and reputation are at risk dating her; she’s not his “type.” While he’s perfectly willing to chum around with Holly in private and with just his closest friends, he’s not so sure he’s ready to take it public. But Holly has a life of her own to live, and she’s not going to wait around forever.
Holly has my absolute favorite characteristic in a heroine: gumption. She’s smart and sassy. She falls in love quickly, but she has enough self-esteem to not just let Logan call all the shots—which he’s very used to doing. The story is light-hearted and laugh-out-loud funny. The romantic speeches are a bit hyperbolic, and I rolled my eyes a few times at some of the cliche sex descriptions (“the sweet creaminess that was her essence”—really?!). Obviously, Logan is a bit of a tool, as his best friend Chase tells him. But you fall in love with Logan even with his imperfections. That’s the sweet irony of the whole book: on the outside, Holly is the wrong girl with the wrong body and a messed up past, but actually it’s Logan who has to deal with all of his assumptions and that darned pride.
This was a quick read, perfect when you just need a happy story to escape with for a while.
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