Publisher: William Morrow
Publish Date: July 9, 2013
Origins: From Publisher for Review
Order Links: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
Synopsis: 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?
Review: Holly Brennan has never really felt loved. She was a late-in-life baby for her parents who thought, by that point, they were done raising kids. She got married to her one and only, but not for true love. She married him because he was the only one who was interested in her. When he passed after she nursed him during his illness, Holly turned to food for comfort. Now she’s 32, alone, and overweight. When she happens to sit next to Logan Montgomery, a personal trainer, she knows he’s disgusted by her. Yet, when they strike up a conversation, he offers his card and seems interested in being her personal trainer. Holly decides to throw caution to the wind and give it a go, and boy does she! At the same time, she’s falling for Logan…who has a very specific type (which Holly doesn’t fit).
I think ‘Big Girl Panties’ could have been a success if the author had dealt better with the issues at hand, such as obesity, grief, guilt, and self-esteem. I was very impressed with Holly’s determination and perseverance in her new goals to lose weight. She even starts to let Logan in to her life during a very vulnerable time and when he listens and is compassionate, she starts to fall for him. Other than that, Logan isn’t a very nice guy. He’s shallow, a commitment-phobe, and his ideal woman looks like a supermodel (who a trainer would know doesn’t have a healthy body type). When the author tries to show how much Logan has grown through his friendship with Holly, it falls flat. And Holly turns into someone I could no longer admire. ‘Big Girl Panties’ is a quick read, but is unsatisfying.