Size Matters by Alison Bliss
Standalone Romantic Comedy with a Curvy Heroine
Before I begin this review, I want to give a little background. I am plus-sized and miserable about it. This post here will tell you a little more about how much I hate my body. I wasn’t heavy growing up. My mom and sisters are both gorgeous and thin. My mom brings up my weight constantly, not to insult me, but because she cares, but it gives me a complex anyway. Last year I was away for a weekend with one of my bookish friends, and I totally noticed that all I talked about was my weight. I am obsessively self-conscious. I only wear black and I hide behind long hair. So I want you to understand going in that Leah from Size Matters by Alison Bliss was one of the most relatable characters I have ever encountered.
I don’t like books with the “BBW” (Big Beautiful Woman) tagline. Something about having a genre for us bugs the crap out of me. But I will pick up most romances with a curvy heroine that doesn’t say BBW. I had one of my only disagreements with an author ever because I had said in my review that I couldn’t relate to a plus-sized girl that embraces her curves, thinks she is all that, and wears sequins and leather pants. I know they exist, I would LOVE to have that kind of confidence. But I don’t and I can’t relate to it. I want to read about a big girl that covers her stomach during sex, who worries that the guy hates her body, because that is relatable to me.
Leah is me. She may be a little too negative and down on herself for a few of you, but I totally got her. I even thought her negative self-talk was a bit much sometimes, but then realized I do the exact same thing. Leah and her best friend Valerie (the heroine in the next book) are both bigger girls, but they have totally different attitudes. Valerie dresses up, flaunts her curves and picks up men right and left. Leah hides out and avoids any chance of rejection, especially after her last boyfriend left her after she didn’t shed the pounds he thought she should. Until one night Valerie forces her to go out and tells her to pick a guy.
“Hippy brunettes with body image issues and smudged eyeliner don’t get the luxury of just pick one.”
“Oh, shut up,” Valerie said, rolling her eyes. “Your eyeliner looks fine.”
Yep, that about sums it up. My eyeliner is the only thing that looks decent on me tonight.
Sam and his friend Max are at the same bar. Sam just got out of a bad relationship with a crazy chick and he is swearing off women for a while. So when Max hooks up with Valerie, Sam is left with Leah, who is totally his type. So much, that he has to try not to look directly at her or he wouldn’t be able to stop himself from taking her home.
He had never been fond of the anorexic, always-on-a-diet type. And he sure the hell didn’t want to sleep with a bag of bones either. Sam appreciated the sensual rounded curves of a feminine body, a girl with some meat on her hips. The soft contours of a woman’s thighs, large shapely breasts, and a gently rounded ass he could grab on to with his hands—that was what he loved about a womanly figure. All the things Leah possessed.
But of course, he swore off women so he had to hold himself back big-time. And his holding back and doing some assholish stuff by accident totally made Leah think he was blowing her off because of her weight, and she proceeded to get hammered.
The next day, she couldn’t understand how he could have carried her in.
“Did you drag me inside by my ankle or something?”
He gave her a puzzled look. “No. I carried you in.”
“You must be pretty strong then.”
Sam frowned. She was dogging her weight again, and it was starting to piss him off. Some jackass had really given her a very unhealthy image of herself.
Leah is a baker. She was also hired to bake a cake for her ex’s wedding that day, but when she had car problems, Sam offered to help her out. And when he saw she was in an awkward position with her ex and she was putting herself down again, he popped in to save the day by kissing her and saying he was her fiancee.
Here is where the fun began. Leah’s mom found out, and when Sam heard her mom putting her down again he decided to keep up the fake engagement ruse without even asking her. Leah was set to go away with the whole family though, and now Sam was invited! The fake engagement was getting out of hand, and they had to find a way to break up over the weekend.
I was cracking up at some of the antics he pulled to make her family hate him and tell her to dump him. The interactions between the couple were adorable and I loved how he defended her, was obsessed with her sweets and she tried to save him with a pillow. I had a great time watching them get closer, but Sam had a nasty habit of putting his foot in his mouth, and she had a nasty habit of taking everything wrong.
But when they got it right, it was HOT and it was sweet.
- One of the most relatable heroines ever.
- I totally relate to the mom comments.
- I laughed out loud a lot.
- Lots of banter.
- Sam was great (but I wanted to kill him sometimes, see dislikes).
- The sex was pretty hot.
- Sam and her younger brother made me laugh.
- I loved the friendship between Leah and Valerie and can’t wait for Valerie’s book.
- I love how Sam always came to her rescue and stood up for her.
- How the title referred to a few things! LOL
- 3rd person.
- That Sam didn’t realize how some things can be taken wrong. He really hurt her.
- The cover makes it look like a wholesome novel.
- It wrapped up a little too quickly.
The Down & Dirty:
Rating: 4.25-4.5 stars, 4.25 Heat
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