Difficult to finish due to amateur writing, thin/cringeworthy storyline, and lackluster narration. In the future I will I will likely avoid anything in this genre narrated by Ian Mclaren. Grace Grant is not my favorite narrator but she has been spot-on in other performances (i.e., Christina Lauren audiobooks) where she has portrayed stronger characters. Don't look to this book for strong female characters, however. And while I specifically chose this book because of it's portrayal of an "average" size 16 woman, I was disheartened by how this portrayal reinforced stereotypes that size 16 women have no self esteem, men who dare to date them are heroic ("she was beautiful to me"), and size 2 women are perfect but bitchy. It's nice to read books where average women are portrayed, but why can't these average women have average problems or hang-ups of average severity, without plot lines focusing so intensely on the size of their jeans? Most women, unfortunately, have concerns about their appearance--Low self esteem isn't an issue reserved for those of us with clothing sizes in the double digits, and not all size 16 women feel unworthy of an attractive man's attention. But books like this seem to reinforce the idea that we should feel lucky to receive it. Steamy smexy-times are the only reason I gave this two stars. I'm returning this one.
An actual interesting story instead of one ridiculous sex scene after another. I don't think you can be a scared to death of the way you look and then a sexual dominatrix in one fell swoop. It was just too icky for words
No. I like erotica and there are great books out there-- the crossfire series , the stark series, this man series, really even 50 shades. This was an embarrassment to the genre. I will definitely avoid this author in the future
The male narrator was the worst--really bad with female. He just didn't try or when he did he was awful. I have listened to the female narrator before. She is not my favorite but she is ok
I didn't really like anyone. Lily and Travis were both whiney and irritating. I like the idea of a real size girl but she had so many hang ups about it that it just made it not at all good for me
Please don't waste your credit on this one!!!
I liked the story but didn't love the female lead. She was weak. Her main issues were that she thought the world treated her poorly because she was overweight although she was the one who didn't even think she was worth anything because she wasn't a size 4. I mean if your a good person then you deserve the same as the next person. She judged the world for treating her different but she was just as shallow towards her own self herself. I tend to like strong female roles who are beautiful because they are good people and don't value themselves solely on their looks.
Reading is my passion, happy endings the greatest gift an author can give me.
Within a few minutes I cheered. This book is about a size sixteen woman getting the mouth watering heroe. Colour me impressed. Lily is extremely self conscious about her size and dresses accordingly: to hide her body. Travis is gorgeous and very confident and of course dates slim, beautiful women. That is, until Travis happened to watch Lily dressed in a stunning red dress during a fashion show put on by her little sister. Travis fell in instant lust, he couldn't believe it. Lily had a crush since forever on Travis. They have known each since they were children and Travis ignored and at times he even made fun of her. Travis pursues Lily after the show, she gives in thinking she may not get another chance.
Having sex with Travis not only made her wish come true but it was the start of Lily's journey towards loving herself. Travis, on the other hand not only couldn't get enough of Lily but found her beautiful inside and out. I loved how little by little both Lily and Travis found the courage to face their past mistakes and false assumptions. Travis gave a lot of thought to how badly he treated Lily. His journey wasn't as painful as Lily's and when the word love slipped past his lips and embraced that new reality. Lily took more time to come into her own because as much as she loved Travis she didn't love herself enough.
Lily discovered her sensual side. No more unflattering clothes and yet she allowed her insecurities to made her question whether or not she was the right woman for Travis. No matter how many times Travis told how much he loved her curves, how good she was as an interior decorator, what a beautiful woman she was, Lily still felt insecure. What surprised me too was that Travis figured that it all had to do with Lily not loving herself.
At the end Lily came to her senses, accepted the risk of loving and being loved and that it all starts with loving herself.
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i cried in some scenes that went deep into the characters feelings and memories
Loved it, amusing in some scenes. This is a great story
Yes If the plot was better
Not the next book in this series!!!!
They were both good,
Total disappointment. Everything was about erotic sex and a dress. I just wish Bella had spent just as much time on the characters as she did on the specifics of the sex acts. Most women are looking for strong women characters (like the Sullivan women) not some wuss like Lily to read about. This is 2015 not 1950. Most of us women know we are more than a sex object. We also know being in love can be a wonderful thing. But we must be treated with love and not like some "Ho". Lily put all her womanhood on a dress! Really??? If thinking a dress can change you, you need therapy!!!!! I do appreciate the story about a full figured woman, but make it real. Not all full figured women have a complex about their size. The book mentioned Queen Latifah. I don't see this sister acting shy. Try again Bella.
I have bought almost everything Bella Andre/Lucy Kevin has had on Audible. I really like her stories. BUT if this is her new path, I will be finding a new author. I hope the real Bella will come back with real plots and stories.
Loved this book. Lots of sex and the woman is not a skinny perfect blond. If your over a size 12 you'll love it too. Especially if you've always been afraid men only go for skinny, leggy blondes.
The story was rather unappealing. The hero was a complete a** and shallow. The heroine had no confidence and if she truly felt confident she would have never settled for such an egotistical a**
I love BA and have read/listened to every one of them and have delighted in all the characters! But this one, just ended. It had potential but just didn't hit the mark.