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 32. 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?
©2013 Stephanie Evanovich (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers
I bought it because Janet Evanovich is one of my favorites and I thought perhaps Stephanie was related. I loved this book!!!
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Loved the humor and wit as well as being a lesson for us all. Both of the main characters was able to learn from one another.
Jennifer Weiner's books (have read them all). Heavy girl with a great personality, witty, and gets her man.
When Holly connects with Chase/Amaada (Logan's friends) and fits in and finds her new BFF.
Its not over until the fat lady sings
I look forward to reading more this author and Katie was excellent (wish she were reading more of the audible books).
What I liked best is the heroine is not your typical model beauty.
Predicted it in Chapter 3.
When Logan finally 'got it'.
Good story and endearing characters... worth a round two
More warm&fuzzy than hot and steamy
Other than LOVING the title, the characters were warm and seemingly real. Real interesting, real funny and real. This is the best "what if..." kinda book that stays awhile after you've read/listen to it. I had slacked off on my exercising but while reading this I jumped back into it and lost a good 10lbs along with the main character. I am glad that the image that the main character is left with is a good one. We are what we are and no matter how much we might exercise no one will be what someone else is and its okay. I love how the best lesson from this book is BE YOU, be the BEST YOU! It doesn't matter what size you are as long as you are YOU and that is just fine.
great book great listen was one you did not want to stop...... ready for the next........ love the people and the story lines
This was like a cheap romance novel.
The story was trite and predictable.
All of it.
I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.
I really disliked the main male character in this book. I found him incredibly shallow. It seemed all he had going for him was his good looks. And if that is all that there was that made Logan lovable to Holly, then that diminished my opinion of her. I actually enjoyed her character through most of the book, but the way she got revenge also lowered my opinion of her as well.
I wanted to be happy for Holly because she successfully changed her life for the better. Instead, in some ways her life became as shallow as his.
This book sent a very clear message about the negativity of obesity and made me believe that the author truly feels that someone who has struggled with weight her entire life is unworthy to be loved. It also attempted to make the male character's prejudices seem acceptable. And they are not. He was the one unworthy of love. Not her.
This book had every thing it needed to be a GREAT book. You had a funny woman trying to get her life back after loosing her husband and over coming her toxic relashonship with food. You also had a hot guy that saw her for more than her dress size and was there for her, helping her to move on. At least that was what I hoped for when I downloaded the book. What I got instead was A hero I didn't really like, hours of narration that bored my socks off, head hopping like no ones business and fat shaming. The conflict of the story was she was to fat for him and how could he be with someone that wasn't on the cover of Vogue. Give me a brake.
Probably not - It was an enjoyable story but not one that will make it to my re-reads list. Too many new books and not enough time.
The incident in the gym when Logan makes an error in judgment and winds up getting slapped - HILARIOUS!
See above - I was laughing out loud at his mistake and Holly's reaction.
I felt inspired to hit the gym and eat healthier. There are many comments on how this book is sexist and masoginistic etc. It's real and it's not always pretty but Holly is a strong, motivated woman and Logan isn't too bad of a guy either.
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