Monday, June 26, 2017

Size Matters
by Allison Bliss

Publisher: Forever
Pages: 294
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  The rules of (fake) engagement . . .

Leah Martin has spent her life trying to avoid temptation. But she's sick of low-fat snacks, counting calories, and her hyper-critical mom. Fortunately, her popular new bakery keeps her good and distracted. But there aren't enough éclairs in the world to distract Leah from the hotness that is Sam Cooper - or the fact that he just told her mother that they're engaged . . . which is a big, fat lie.

Sam sometime speaks before he thinks. So what started out as defending Leah's date-ability to her judgmental mother soon turned into having a fiancee! Now the plan is to keep up the fake engagement, stay "just friends," and make Leah's family loathe him enough to just call the whole thing off . But Sam has an insatiable sweet tooth, not only for Leah's decadent desserts but her decadent curves. Her full lips. Her bright green eyes. Yep, things aren't going quite according to plan. Now Sam has to convince Leah that he's for real . . . before their little lie turns into one big, sweet disaster.


Kritters Thoughts:  The first in a new romance series that I was excited to try.  Not only a new series, but also a new author and by the time I started I was even excited that there were two books to get me into the series.  

I will start by saying the first book was hard for me - from almost the first page I was uncomfortable and not a good uncomfortable by the main character.  Leah the star of this story was the complete opposite of self confident and instead the most self deprecating character I may have ever read and she made me cringe often.  It was weird, it seemed as though she dressed confident about her weight and size but all the words coming out of her mouth were the opposite and I wasn't enjoying her.  There were a few times where I hesitated continuing, but I did.  In the end, the book was fine, but I can say I really enjoyed it because it was the springboard for book two.  (review live tomorrow on book two)

Let me continue to say, I am not a skinny minny lady.  I am average if a little above and a gym goer and working on my own confidence, but the way Leah spoke was hard to read, to be honestly frank if I had read this last summer when I wasn't on the fit journey (not there yet) that I am on, I probably would have put it down faster because I couldn't have handled it.  I want a series about larger main characters to exist, but I am not sure I would have started the series with this character, if she had been book two, I actually think I would have liked her better.  

So start here because there is some back story that will help with book two, but beware you may want to nudge Leah a few times during the book and just quietly roll your eyes at her!  

Side note - the amount of sexy times and sexy talk were above what I usually enjoy in romance.  I am not naive that romance obviously includes romance, but compared to other romance readers that I read often, this one was a little over the top.


Rating:  enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Ebook 2017 Challenge: 18 out of 50


Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Grand Central Publishing.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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