Title: Big Girl Panties
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Stephanie Evanovich
Publisher: William Morrow, July 9, 2013
Source: Free for review from Amazon Vine Program
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from amazon.com:
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?
This is a story about self esteem, commitment and society mores…Okay… it is also about every fat girl’s dream of landing a hunky guy.
This debut novel from Stephanie Evanovich ( related to Janet? Some sources say “yes” she is a niece but others say “no” not a relation) is totally engrossing. Holly is so relatable; she is just trying to overcome incapacitating grief and move on with her life. Logan hands her a way of accomplishing her goals by getting her into shape. Through their three times a week work-out sessions they become friends and start to hang out together. This evolves into a more sexual relationship. But this author doesn’t just leave it there. She shows how the past history of both of these lovers bears down on the relationship. They are not just friends with benefits they have a genuine connection and they are both trying to come to grips with it. Logan’s celebrity friends, with a Dom/Sub sex life, added some titillation to the story and surprisingly good advice to the couple.
The characterizations are spot on, the plot absorbing, the sex sizzling. I look forward to more from Ms. Stephanie Evanovich.