Size Matters by Alison Bliss
Perfect Fit series #1
Contemporary Romance + Humor
Release Date: November 29, 2016
Overall Rating: 4 stars
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 éclairs 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 fiancée! 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.
Alison Bliss cooks up a devilishly funny romance in her latest novel, Size Matters. Playing on nearly every woman’s insecurity – their weight – Bliss gives readers an inside look at how some women feel about themselves, while at the same time making them think “ha, I feel the same way”. This allows us to easily relate and connect with the heroine of the story, Leah. Some moments of the story became tedious as Leah constantly (and even consistently) put herself down, but once again, many woman can relate to feeling the exact way she did about themselves. With that being said, this book gives us an honest look as to what it feels like to be on the plus size and not living up to all the ridiculous expectations that people have for us (whether it be the media or our families). Using humor as a backdrop to the story, you will not only laugh at the shenanigans and banter that goes on between the characters, but also cringe at the ridiculous things they come up with. I think the author did a wonderful job with this story, and I am excited to see what she comes up with in book 2, which I believe it titled “On the Plus Size”.
In addition to the antics, humor, and “fat-shaming” that goes on in this novel, and funny and made up “fake-lationship” occurs between Leah and Sam (the hero). Sam is the kind of hero that readers will find likeable, although I can guarantee there will be moments when you want to shake him because he isn’t able to clearly (or even sucessfully) share his feelings. He also has a way of sabotaging things that comes out of his mouth because most of the time, they sound so much worse than what he intends! This again, adds to the humor but also can make readers cringe. We know what he is trying to say yet, it always comes out wrong. But in the end, we can love him anyways because he is down to earth and a genuinely good guy!
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. While I wish insecurities weren’t thrown around throughout the entire book, I can certainly see where the author is coming from when he incorporates them. They are just so honest and raw! Anyway, I definitely recommend this book to others as it is a good novel for all!
Perfect Fit series (Interconnected standalones)
Genre: Contemporary Romance + Humor
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