They say that big girls don't cry. But when the chips are down and the dip is gone, what can you do? Pull up your BIG GIRL PANTIES and change your life.
Holly Brennan didn't expect to be a widow at thirty-two. She also didn't expect to be so big. Through her husband Bruce's diagnosis and death, food was the one thing she could always count on. Now, those extra pounds make flying coach more than a little mortifying-especially since she's sitting next to Adonis himself, aka Logan Montgomery, a personal trainer to the country's most famous pro athletes.
Though Holly doesn't make the grade on his first-impression meter, Logan finds himself intrigued by her sharp wit and keen insight-a welcome change from the beautiful bubble-headed dolls he usually dates-and impulsively offers to get her back in shape. Ready to make at least one positive change in her life, Holly agrees.
To Logan's (and her own) surprise, Holly turns out to be a natural in the gym. Throwing herself into exercise, the red head with the blazing wit and welcoming smile slims down into a bonafide looker with killer curves-and a new kind of hunger. Soon, the easy intimacy and playful banter of their training sessions lead Logan and Holly into the bedroom where they share their most intense and steamy workouts yet.
But can a man whose whole life depends on looks commit himself to a woman who doesn't fit his image? Now that Holly's turning other men's heads, does she even need Logan anymore? Are they a couple built to last . . . or is this sizzling affair going to burn out fast?
- Release Date: July 19, 2013
- Publisher: William Morrow
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I think many women often feel insecure about their bodies, especially when they have put on a few extra pounds, either from depression, loss, or child bearing. But Holly figured she'd take up Logan's offer to lose weight and get in shape because she knew it was for her own good. Yes, he was totally hot and in shape, but she knew she wasn't his type. Everything would be strictly professional and it was for a good while. During their time working together at his gym, Holly focused on getting in shape - for herself- but meanwhile they developed a friendship. I think that was my favorite part. There wasn't an unbelievable attraction that had them in a sexual relationship from the get-go. They learned to like each other and be friends which is surely important for any relationship to last.
From the moment that Logan answered her call in the middle of the night to help with an "emergency", I think things took a turn for him in his mind about what kind of friend Holly could be for him. He respected her and liked her and while he had reservations about pursuing anything with her because of his own fear of being with the wrong type of woman, he eventually learned to quit being shallow about relationships and look for something deeper than physical appearance. Holly's character, her true inner beauty, finally opened his mind and heart even if he was reluctant about it.
All of their feelings and insecurities were natural. Yes, Logan was superficial - that was kind of the world he lived in, people always looking for physical perfection - but he realized that he'd been living without a true, emotional relationship because of it. I'm glad that he could admit his shortcomings and then grow from it and realize his love for Holly.
I was also glad to see Holly turn into the beautiful swan. The ugly duckling comparison was hurtful but it was kind of true as far as her physical appearance. Inside she was always a beautiful swan. So maybe she was more of a butterfly? Either way, she learned to move on from her lonely past and grow into her vivacious and fun personality. The physical transformation of losing weight helped her see that although she didn't need to be thin to be beautiful, she needed to be healthy and comfortable with herself, without the self-deprecating feelings. She could have love and friendship because she was a good person who loved people.
This book was fun and funny and I highly recommend!!