Sunday, July 7, 2013

Review: Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich

Big Girl Panties

Stephanie Evanovich

July 9th, 2013

336 pgs

They say that big girls don't cry. But when the chips are down and the dip is gone, what can you do? Pull up your BIG GIRL PANTIES and change your life.

Holly Brennan didn't expect to be a widow at thirty-two. She also didn't expect to be so big. Through her husband Bruce's diagnosis and death, food was the one thing she could always count on. Now, those extra pounds make flying coach more than a little mortifying-especially since she's sitting next to Adonis himself, aka Logan Montgomery, a personal trainer to the country's most famous pro athletes.

Though Holly doesn't make the grade on his first-impression meter, Logan finds himself intrigued by her sharp wit and keen insight-a welcome change from the beautiful bubble-headed dolls he usually dates-and impulsively offers to get her back in shape. Ready to make at least one positive change in her life, Holly agrees.

To Logan's (and her own) surprise, Holly turns out to be a natural in the gym. Throwing herself into exercise, the red head with the blazing wit and welcoming smile slims down into a bonafide looker with killer curves-and a new kind of hunger. Soon, the easy intimacy and playful banter of their training sessions lead Logan and Holly into the bedroom where they share their most intense and steamy workouts yet.

But can a man whose whole life depends on looks commit himself to a woman who doesn't fit his image? Now that Holly's turning other men's heads, does she even need Logan anymore? Are they a couple built to last . . . or is this sizzling affair going to burn out fast?


I don’t know what to make of Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich; on the one hand I loved a story about a bigger girl-it reminded me of Jennifer Cruise’s Bet Me-but on the other hand the characters, Logan Montgomery and Holly Brennan were not made from the same cloth as Minerva Dobbs and Calvin Morrisey.

Hmm..I’m thinking I have to read Bet Me once again.

So Logan and Holly meet on an airplane, bumped from first class they both have to make do in coach; and that means for Holly that she needs two seats.  Unfortunately for Logan, he gets to be her neighbor for the next eight hours.  Logan is a personal trainer to the stars and instantly see’s a new client when he spots Holly, and of course Holly has just the right amount of low self-esteem that she jumps at the chance.

I have to say though the sex was pretty good; if Bet Me had even an ounce of that kind of intimacy I would reread that sucker until the book broke. 

The secondary characters; Chase and Amanda Walker were more interesting than Logan and Holly ever were.  And I’m saying that in a nice way, Logan and Holly could have been great; but Holly was way too insecure even after she lost weight and up until the very last page; and Logan was your typical shallow personal trainer that you would expect.  Yes, he matured a little towards the end of the story; but he still never really defended Holly to society, and that is something I can never forgive. 

So, in conclusion while reading Big Girl Panties was entertaining, with Holly’s sense of humor and Chase and Amanda’s sex-capades; I don’t think it would be a keeper.

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