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 absolutely loved this book when I first read the hard copy. Great story. Well written and definitely entertaining. The audible version is terrific too. The performers voice is perfect and delivers a great performance.
Yes, I would listen again! I'm sure I missed something. Besides, the story and main character struck a chord with me. I'm sure it might with several of the female readers out there in Audibleland.
There are a few salaciously steamy parts that took me by surprise. The whole book was a pleasant surprise!
Honestly, my favorite "character" was the COUPLE, consisting of Holly and Logan. It was gratifying to watch each of them slowly and painfully interact and grow, day by day.
Katie Schorr nailed it! She handled both female and male voices easily without becoming ridiculous or grating. She was so consistent, it sounded as though she read the entire book in one take. Her voice was pleasant and melodic and she was able pronounce ALL the words correctly!!
I did laugh several times and teared up a few, too. I didn't want a gut-wrenching read when I chose this book, and it wasn't. I was, however, emotionally invested all the way through.
Oddly enough, this was my first Stephanie Evanovitch book. It won't be my last. :)
this was an interesting read. a co worker of mine suggested it to me. she loves this book and in all honesty I do too. very well written and great story line pulled me into the story right from the beginning. I find myself wanting more. great read lots of laughs and some tears. only thing I can say is yes there are a couple graphic r rated scenes but good for a younger (20+) audience
I downloaded this book after listening to the sample and just loved the plot line and narrator. About 30 minutes into listening at my desk the book took a little erotic turn. It was a bit unexpected but luckily it didn't take up the whole book.
I enjoyed the story. I found it cute and something a little different than what I'm used to and I liked the witty banter. The only con I would have is that it was a bit long.
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.
Say something about yourself!
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.
When Holly, who is overweight and recently widowed, learns that her plane seat cannot be upgraded to first class, she groans. She hates the tight, compact seats in coach, especially, when she sees the man she will share the next five hours with, spilling into his seat because of her size. She doesn't miss the look on his face either when he sees she is about to sit beside him.
But during that long flight, Holly and Logan share some conversation and when they depart, Holly has an invitation for personal fitness training lessons with Logan, who not only lives in her town but is also a personal fitness trainer.
Logan is surprised when Holly calls to set up her first training session, and as time goes on, he is even more surprised at the feelings he is beginning to develop for Holly.
Sorry but I want a book exchange. This was not interesting or romantic. So bad I couldn't finish it. I couldn't give it lower than one star.
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