Big Girl Panties: A Novel

Big Girl Panties: A Novel

Paperback | January 29, 2016

byStephanie Evanovich

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Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich is a rollicking and poignant romantic comedy about a young widow who decides to get in shape...and winds up getting her groove back—and a whole lot more!
 
Holly Brennan used food to comfort herself through her husband’s illness and death. Now she’s alone at age thirty-two. And she weighs more than she ever has. When fate throws her in the path of Logan Montgomery, personal trainer to pro athletes, and he offers to train her, Holly concludes it must be a sign. Much as she dreads the thought of working out, Holly knows she needs to put on her big girl panties and see if she can sweat out some of her grief.
 
Soon, the easy intimacy and playful banter of their training sessions lead Logan and Holly to most intense and steamy workouts. But can Holly and Logan go the distance as a couple now that she’s met her goals—and other men are noticing?

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Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich is a rollicking and poignant romantic comedy about a young widow who decides to get in shape...and winds up getting her groove back—and a whole lot more! Holly Brennan used food to comfort herself through her husband’s illness and death. Now she’s alone at age thirty-two. And she weighs more than...

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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...

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, performed with several improvisational troupes, and acted in a few small-budget movies, all in preparation for the...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.83 inPublished:January 29, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good It was a cute romance that I really enjoyed. I like the characters Chase and Amanda, They were really adorable and enjoyable to read.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FUN & FLIRTY Perfect summertime read, fun and light hearted. This book will have you smiling, laughing, and blushing.
Date published: 2016-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I have never read a book that made me laugh and cry out loud until know. Such rich characters - Holly is very relate-able.
Date published: 2015-07-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A cheerful read This book is like watching a good chick flick: emotional, funny and heartwarming. The main character is witty, engaging and easy to empathize with making it an enjoyable read.
Date published: 2015-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites! This book is absolutely one of my all-time favourite novels. As a larger lady myself, it was so wonderful to finally find a writer who writes an amazing character like this. I love Cannie, love this book, and also love the sequel (Certain Girls).
Date published: 2015-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining book Funny, quick, good story. Light, entertaining book, kept me laughing. It amused me that spanking is so risqué in this story.
Date published: 2015-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Big Girl Panties This was a great, fun, lighthearted read that at times had me laughing out loud. Good change of pace
Date published: 2015-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big girl panties I enjoyed this book! Twists and turns just enough to keep the reader interested. A thoughtful approach
Date published: 2015-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read I feel as though by the 3rd chapter the ending was obvious.
Date published: 2014-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best in a while! Loved it. Can't wait for more!
Date published: 2014-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun read! I really enjoyed this book. I was a bit surprised when I couldn't put it down and finished it in 2 days.
Date published: 2014-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun Fun cute read. Great cottage book.
Date published: 2014-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it. I read it in one day. I couldn't get away.
Date published: 2014-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute book It's not too bad of a book. It's cliche but cute.
Date published: 2013-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from . While it's sad how people treat Holly, it's rather realistic. Logan isn't realistic, just the rude reaction-treatment she gets from all. I enjoyed the humor and it has just the right amount of steamy details. Great book.
Date published: 2013-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This was a very sweet book and I very much enjoyed the characters.
Date published: 2013-08-17
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 A really fun read! This book was sweet and fun to read. It's a total page turner, be warned. :)
Date published: 2013-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Love this book!!!! Must read it :) I finished it in one day
Date published: 2013-07-14
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

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“Evanovich’s debut effort is a funny, clever, and well-paced read.”