"working out never felt this good"
Reviewed by Sandra Wurman
Posted May 18, 2013
Romance | Women's Fiction
Sometimes you start reading a book with preconceived
expectations, well don't rush to judgment over this quite
engaging tale by Stephanie Evanovich. Evanovich provides a
realistic, funny and heartwarming look into the world of
physical training. Expect to laugh out loud especially if,
like me, you are lucky enough to have a personal trainer (I
affectionately call mine a medieval torturer). People need
to find their inner strength and sometimes they need a
little help. This is a story about pulling yourself up by
your bootstraps and making sure you find your own big girl
Short and simple it takes guts to start over and during
that process you might develop some hard to break bad
habits. Then you realize the place you are at is the bottom
that pint of ice cream or bag of curly cheese doodles.
Fighting that uphill battle back to a new normal is
difficult, especially when you are alone.
That's where we find Holly, alone having just lost her
husband and finding solace in the refrigerator. Holly's
relationship with her parents is absolutely nil. Even now
in her grief she has to face the unseemly truth that her
parents look to her as a potential aide during their elder
years. Holly loved her husband but was she in love with
him. He saved her and provided a comfortable life. He was
her best friend but at a price. It was just the two of
them. During his illness Holly became his nurse, further
alienating her from anything outside their home.
Now there is this big world beckoning Holly to join in, but
there's work to be done. Some physical, got to get rid of
those pounds so she can look at herself in a mirror, even
more important are the emotional hurdles. Finding self
worth has to start somewhere; fate had played a hand
seating Holly next to Logan on her flight.
Abject distain. That was Logan's first impression watching
Holly walk down the aisle toward what he hoped, no prayed
wasn't the seat next to him. Luck was just not on his side.
First no available first class seats and now this obese
woman squeezing herself into the seat. Well you get the
picture. Not an auspicious beginning to any relationship.
And yet this was to be the beginning of a wonderful
Something about Holly got to Logan, certainly not her looks
or lack of them. Logan had a certain type tall, straw like
and blonde. Holly was none of them. Pretty face if you get
beyond the extra folds but she was in short a mess. You
know how they say you never get a second chance to make a
good first impression well Holly would never have got the
second chance. This flight turned out to be a game changer
and life saver and not just for Holly.
Logan's life was practically perfect. He was personal
trainer to athletes who shared his desire for perfect and
healthy well maintained bodies. He was good friends with
some of them and his social life was filled with sporting
events. He enjoyed his short flings with the next eye candy
blonde, and there was no shortage of them. His sex life was
enjoyable and he wasn't looking for anything even remotely
close to commitment.
Holly knows Logan is doing her a major favor by fitting her
into his busy schedule but this could be the lifeline she
so desperate needs. She is embarrassed to expose all her
flaws to this Adonis but she can't afford to pass this
opportunity. She can't do it on her own anymore. She needs
this. She needs Logan. She needs a friend.
Through Logan Holly gains so much. She discovers a part of
herself she didn't know existed, a people person instead of
loner. All this she has Logan to thank for. The fact that
he made her dream of more is her fault. Logan has never
been anything less than a gentleman and friend. Any feeling
Holly is developing has to stay hidden or she stands to
lose too much. Holly is looking toward a new life and must
accept that Logan's place is as a friend, a friend with
benefits but with no hope for a real relationship.
The most amazing growth isn't Holly's but Logan's. He has
yet to realize how fortunate it was meeting Holly on that
flight. She brings joy and sunshine into his life and he
will have to face losing that if and when Holly finally
moves on. He made it crystal clear that they have no future
together. She is not his type, but his type is beginning to
pale in comparison. What a tangle web we weave, just to
protect our heart.
Loved it, just plain loved it. BIG GIRL PANTIES is sure to
be on everyone's must read list for this summer. I can't
a better way to soak up the sun then with this book.
Evanovich should garner lots of praise for her first book.
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
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