Monday, 3 February 2014

Review: Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich

Big Girl Panties
By: Stephanie Evanovich
Releasing in Print, Jan 21st, 2014

In BIG GIRL PANTIES, Evanovich introduces readers to Holly Brennan—a 32-year old grieving widow in need of a change. Having spent too much time mired in sadness and grief-eating, Holly heads out of town to settle her husband’s estate and try to move on. Enter Logan Montgomery—a personal trainer to the country’s most famous professional athletes who also happens to be sitting next to her on the flight home.
Holly’s mortified by the way she’s squeezed into the airplane seat, but as they chat, Logan quickly realizes she has a sharp wit and keen insight—a welcome change from the sexy but superficial women he usually dates. When he impulsively offers to train her at his private gym, Holly surprises even herself and agrees.
Holly discovers she’s a natural athlete, and as her fitness level increases, so does a new found confidence. When Logan finally introduces Holly to his best friends, baseball superstar Chase Walker and his wife Amanda (a feisty curvy woman herself), they instantly see what Logan doesn’t; Holly is knockout. As their smoldering attraction starts to spark in earnest, Holly and Logan will have to decide if their love is for real…or just about looks.
BIG GIRL PANTIES is a fun, sexy, smart, and exceptionally saucy romp—a must-have book for the summer and a debut not to be missed.

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Normally, I try to keep the spoilers out of my reviews to let you enjoy the whole story, start to finish, for yourself. But this book...oh, this'll see.

Big Girl Panties was a fun one! Holly was incredibly relatable and I'd be surprised if there was a woman out there who couldn't find something of herself in this fun-loving, inspiring, but still real character. On the flip side, I really didn't like Logan much at all. He kind of came across as that D-bag you eventually realize you're better off without. You know, after a weekend of crying into a tub or two of Ben & Jerry's. There are a couple points in this book where Holly is flirting with other men and I desperately wanted one of them - ANY one of them - to take Logan's place. Now, I admit I'm one of those readers who almost always likes the secondary male character better than the hero, but I've never actually fantasized about burning the hero's eyelashes off with a blow torch. Not until now, anyway.
If you take Logan out of the book, I actually liked it quite a bit, but his personality was just so....ARGH! I'm not sure if this was intentional (in which case, WHY?!) or something the author didn't notice, but he really came across as shallow and douchey and horrible and Holly could do so much better. In any case, it's worth the read if you have the time. I give it 3.5 cupcakes out of 5.

Author Info
Stephanie Evanovich is a full-fledged Jersey girl from Asbury Park who began writing fiction while waiting for her cues during countless community theater projects. She attended New York Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts and acted in several improvisational troupes and a few small-budget movies, all in preparation for the greatest job she ever had, raising her two sons. Now a full-time writer, she’s an avid sports fan who holds a black belt in tae kwon do.
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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for hosting, and for making me laugh about Logan...I'll admit, it took a while for him to grow on me!!