When Logan Montgomery and Holly Brennen first meet, it's certainly not love at first sight. Logan looks like a Greek god sitting by the window on the plane, while Holly struggles to squeeze her oversized frame into the seat next to him. It's clear from the expression on his face that he is not impressed. But when Holly strikes up a conversation to ease the tension, Logan has a change of heart and offers to take her on as a client in his personal training business. This uncomfortable exchange leads to an unexpected friendship and a major transformation ~ for both Holly and Logan.
Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich tackles deep topics around body image and self-esteem in a very lighthearted way. Logan has always dated the tall, thin, blond model types. His body is near perfect, and he knows it. His willingness to work with Holly to help her get back into shape is done mostly because it's a challenge for him. On the other hand, Holly is dealing with the embarrassment of carrying a lot of extra weight, so she's self-conscious about her looks and feels like she doesn't fit into Logan's world.
I've read some reviews that criticize this novel for the fact that it isn't until Holly has dropped a lot of weight that Logan suddenly has feelings for her. But I felt that he really changed as much as Holly did, and that it wasn't just her loss of weight but his realization that he cared about her no matter what she looked like. (Sorry if this sounds like a spoiler, but I think it's probably obvious that a romance novel leads to the two main characters having a romance!)
Anyway, this is definitely a romance novel, with a bit of erotic romance thrown in. It's full of unspoken feelings and steamy love scenes. A bit too many love scenes for my taste, and I felt like the relationship between Logan's friends Chase and Amanda was thrown in to satisfy all the readers looking for the latest romance novel trend: domination. But I enjoyed all of the characters and found that I cared about Logan and Holly. If you like romance novels, check it out!
My Rating: 4/5
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This review was written based on a copy of Big Girl Panties that I received from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.