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Big Girl Panties: A Novel

by Stephanie Evanovich

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | January 13, 2014 | Trade Paperback

Big Girl Panties: A Novel is rated 3.6667 out of 5 by 3.

Holly didn''t expect to be a widow at thirty-two. She also didn''t expect to be so big. After her husband''s death, food was the one thing she could always count on. Then she meets Logan Montgomery, a personal trainer so hot that he makes her sweat in all the right (and so embarrassingly wrong!) places. Charmed by her witty wisecracks and sharp insights, he impulsively offers to help get her back in shape.

To Logan''s (and her own) surprise, Holly turns out to be a natural in the gym, slimming down into a bona fide looker with killer curves-and a new kind of hunger. Before either of them can stop it, the easy intimacy of their training sessions leads to even more steamy workouts away from the gym.

But can a man whose whole life depends on looks commit himself to a woman who doesn''t fit his ideal? Now that Holly''s turning other men''s heads, does she even need Logan anymore? Are they a couple built to last . . . or destined to fizzle?

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.85 in

Published: January 13, 2014

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062224859

ISBN - 13: 9780062224859

Found in: Romance

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just okay for this reader Stephanie Evanovich? Is she...? Yes, let's get that out in the open right away - they are indeed related - Janet Evanovich is Stephanie's aunt. Big Girl Panties marks Stephanie's debut. Holly Brennan is a young widow who has fed her sorrow with food through the years of her husband's illness and death. While returning home from finalizing some of his accounts, she is bumped from a first class plane ticket to coach. She knows the seats are smaller and of course hers is beside the most gorgeous man.....Who turns out to be personal trainer Logan Montgomery. Who on a whim, offers to takes Holly on as a client. And Holly, surprising herself, accepts. It turns out that Holly is a natural in the gym. And she starts to see results. And Logan starts to see Holly in a different light..... Holly is a very likable character - of the four main players, she is the one I enjoyed the most. Evanovich's basic premise isn't new, but I'm not sure how I feel about a character's self worth being based on their physical appearance. Scratch that - I am sure - I didn't like it. Holly does rediscover, remake and redefine herself. Some of it is emotional, but most of it is based on and from her physical changes. Although she and Logan start off with friendship, Logan's interest turns physical when he realizes she is quite attractive - and other men are noticing. Again, this jaded old reader didn't find him to be of a catch...yes, he's physically attractive and apparently has a voracious sexual appetite, but his being ashamed to be seen with Holly (when she's down to only 20 pounds overweight) was enough to cement my opinion. Further efforts to redeem himself didn't wash with me. And maybe I'm just reading way too much into what is meant to be a fun, light-hearted read. We start off with what looks to be exactly that, but it quickly moves into mommy porn territory. We're introduced to Logan's best friend Chase and his wife Amanda, who enjoy a spanking good time together - literally.Evanovich does attempt to explain this sexual choice, but I truly grew tired of it by the end of the book. I'm one of the few people on the planet who did not read Fifty Shades - it's a genre that really doesn't grab or hold my interest. Holly's sexual reawakening is generously covered by Evanovich in Big Girl Panties with much description. Fans of this genre will most certainly enjoy it. Me - I choked on my tea at some of the descriptive passages....'willing wet cavern' was a memorable one. Evonovich does include several solid pieces of advice regarding weight loss, reasons for overeating and some strategies as well. An interesting debut - but a planned second book - "... the backstory to the secondary characters in Big Girl Panties. I think they're deliciously fun and was thrilled when my editor agreed. Think Prince Charming with a kink finding his princess", won't be on this reader's TBR list.
Date published: 2013-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Take it to the beach! I did enjoy this book. Not one of my absolute favorites, but I did enjoy it. It was a really fun read. I loved the main character, I loved how horribly flawed she was. It made her more realistic to read, and it made her more relate-able. I cried and laughed and struggled with her as she tried to 'fix' herself, but kept right along with her witty personality. I loved how even though she was struggling, and even though she was hurting, she was still able to crack a joke, and be there for her friends. I even enjoyed the romance of the book, when usually something with romance as an intrical part of the story would make me want to throw the book bodily across the room. This one didn't. While there were a few too many sex scenes for my liking, the romance was still more realistic than many other authors put out. It wasn't a "love -at-first-sight-sexual-whirlwind-pitfall-back-together-due-to-extenuating-circumstances" kind of romance. It built up, and despite the fact that it was easily expected by the reader, it was a genuine surprise to the characters involved. I also really enjoyed the mixed racial nature that was implied of the relationship. Far too many books nowadays are written specifically as a racial similarity relationship. Mainly Caucasian x Caucasian, occasionally Latin x Latin, or African-American x African-American. And while it never did outright STATE any actual nationalities, the races of the characters were implied, and I loved it. Even though it did have the "We broke up and now got back together" that most romance stories do, again, it was a more realistic reason for the break up. And he actually worked to get her back. It's definitely a beach read recommendation. :)
Date published: 2013-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hilarious *A copy was provided by publisher for review* Big Girl Panties is my Summer Smakdown pick and I am so happy I chose this one, this is the perfect book to start you Summer off with. This book is so light and fun with a great storyline and characters. I thought Holly and Logan were a great match for each other. Holly was a great character, I thought she was so strong and I wanted to whoop for her when she started doing her workouts. Logan was another great character even though there was a couple of times I wanted to punch him. The side characters were really on point and they added a different layer to the story. There are very few times I laugh out loud while reading a book but this one had me laughing in a few parts, this book makes me want to read Janet Evanovich's books to try tem out. Overall this was a great book, perfect for Summer and if your looking for a light and fun read I would highly recommend this one.
Date published: 2013-06-10

– More About This Product –

Big Girl Panties: A Novel

by Stephanie Evanovich

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.85 in

Published: January 13, 2014

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062224859

ISBN - 13: 9780062224859

From the Publisher

Holly didn''t expect to be a widow at thirty-two. She also didn''t expect to be so big. After her husband''s death, food was the one thing she could always count on. Then she meets Logan Montgomery, a personal trainer so hot that he makes her sweat in all the right (and so embarrassingly wrong!) places. Charmed by her witty wisecracks and sharp insights, he impulsively offers to help get her back in shape.

To Logan''s (and her own) surprise, Holly turns out to be a natural in the gym, slimming down into a bona fide looker with killer curves-and a new kind of hunger. Before either of them can stop it, the easy intimacy of their training sessions leads to even more steamy workouts away from the gym.

But can a man whose whole life depends on looks commit himself to a woman who doesn''t fit his ideal? Now that Holly''s turning other men''s heads, does she even need Logan anymore? Are they a couple built to last . . . or destined to fizzle?

Editorial Reviews

?Big Girl Panties has wit and heart.? (People)