Sunday, 4 December 2016

Size Matters (A Perfect Fit #1) by Alison Bliss


The rules of (fake) engagement . . .
Leah Martin has spent her life trying to avoid temptation. But she's sick of low-fat snacks, counting calories, and her hyper-critical mom. Fortunately, her popular new bakery keeps her good and distracted. But there aren't enough ├ęclairs in the world to distract Leah from the hotness that is Sam Cooper - or the fact that he just told her mother that they're engaged . . . which is a big, fat lie.

Sam sometime speaks before he thinks. So what started out as defending Leah's date-ability to her judgmental mother soon turned into having a fiancee! Now the plan is to keep up the fake engagement, stay "just friends," and make Leah's family loathe him enough to just call the whole thing off . But Sam has an insatiable sweet tooth, not only for Leah's decadent desserts but her decadent curves. Her full lips. Her bright green eyes. Yep, things aren't going quite according to plan. Now Sam has to convince Leah that he's for real . . . before their little lie turns into one big, sweet disaster.

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Kristine's Review:
Reviewed: November 2016.

Leah Martin seems to have spent her whole life juggling the harsh words and sly comments about her weight, comments falling somewhere between well meaning and downright rude. When she meets Sam Cooper in a bar and his bumbling mouth gets him into trouble, Leah is once again left thinking that everyone in her life is destined to point out her weight as part of conversation. Faced with having to show up to her ex's wedding to provide the cake she's left flustered, and turning on her old tricks of self deprecation as a witty coping mechanism. Sam, refusing to let her continue mocking herself steps in, what follows in a whirlwind of deception and make believe as Sam and Leah pretend to be engaged.

Alison Bliss's debut Rules of Protection was a highlight of my reading list this year, it hit the mark in all the ways I look for when selecting my next read. When news of Size Matters was made public I was instantly intrigued, being a curvy girl myself I have a soft spot for BBW romances, I love seeing the curvy girl walk off into the sunset with the sexy hero. There were moments in Size Matters that I truly adored, moments where Leah's snark was present, where Sam made swoony comments begging her to see herself as the gorgeous woman she was. Unfortunately there were also moments that I questioned whether I actually liked Sam, and when I desperately needed Leah to shake off her insecurities for just a moment and embrace not only her body but everything about her. While I enjoyed moments here, and definitely connected with Bliss's writing style, the tension never quite hit the mark for me and the ending felt a tad rushed, I wanted more of Leah, I wanted her to truly be the hero of the story. Overall Size Matters was a likable read, a quick, funny romance perfect for a Sunday afternoon.

About Alison Bliss:

As the youngest of five girls, Alison Bliss has never turned down a challenge...or been called by the right name. Her writing career may have started out as a dare by one of her sisters, but Alison hasn't put her pen down since.

She grew up on a small island off the Texas Gulf Coast, where most of her childhood vacations consisted of camping or hunting trips to the deer lease. Although she'll alw...ays be a Texan at heart, Alison currently resides in the Midwest with her Iowa farm-boy husband and their two sons. With so much testosterone in her home, it's no wonder she writes "girl books."

She's an animal lover, a closet video game enthusiast, and believes the best way to know if someone is your soul mate is by canoeing with them because if you both make it back alive, it's obviously meant to be. Alison's an avid romance reader who enjoys penning the type of books she loves to read most: fun, steamy love stories with heart, heat, laughter, and usually a cowboy or two. As she calls it, "Romance...with a sense of humor."

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