What a fun relatable book! For some reason, when a book has “A BBW Romance” (BBW=Big Beautiful Woman) in the title, I’m turned off, though I love a book with a curvy heroine. Why do curvy heroines have to have a separate genre? So when I came across Dangerous Curves Ahead – A Perfect Fit Novel by Sugar Jamison I grabbed it right up.
Filled with fun snark and banter as well as some really emotional moments, I often found myself thinking it reminded me of a Kristen Ashley book. Half of the book is highlighted with a ton of great quotes and moments where I completely related to the heroine. You see, often in the ‘curvy’ books, the heroine is completely happy with their body. They don’t seem to have the insecurities of making love with the lights on, being on top, not fitting into the guy’s shirt, or what people must think when they see you with your gorgeous, fit boyfriend. Dangerous Curves Ahead had it all in a fun, relatable package.
“Back Fat Bitch Fest – I generally like the way I look. Most days. I stare in my full length mirror and think I’m looking all foxy. But then I turn to the side. Back fat. Bra bulge. Chub flub. The bane of my existence.”
Ellis is a plus sized attorney who left her successful lawyer career in Manhattan to move back home to her small town. Since high school, she always had to alter clothes to fit her larger size, so she opened her own store, Size Me Up, for hard-to-fit women, and started her own blog. The book begins with Ellis on line at Hot Lava Java waiting for her (forbidden on Tuesday) cookie. She is approached by Mrs. Toomey – the undernourished hag who owns the town’s weight loss center, and the aunt of her dickless ex-boyfriend, Jack. When the bitch tells her to come to the weight loss center to “help with the bloating”, Ellis came back with a few snarky responses, prompting chuckles from the guy behind her on line.
“What a nice offer, Mrs. Toomey but I would get kicked out of my fat girls club if I didn’t eat at least two teaspoons of butter a day. They are super strict about cholesterol intake.”
After even more bitching, and being accused of contributing to her customer’s obesity by selling them clothes, the man behind Ellis came to her rescue. After Mrs. Toomey left, they began talking…
“You were handling her pretty well.” She heard him laugh.
“And just for the record, I bet your ass looks good in any color you put it in.”
Ellis turned around to face him and BOOM. She felt the earth move and heard bells and saw stars.”
He was beautiful, and grinning at her, and she knew him. His name was Mike Edwards, he used to live in her neighborhood, and this hunk of a man had dated her older sister.
She also used to have a serious crush on him.
Mike is a police officer, after 10 years on the force in NYC, he became too hardened to the crime and moved back to the small town. He knows he knows Ellis from somewhere, but he can’t place her.
“There was something about the funny girl that sat across from him… It wasn’t because she was beautiful, which she was with her dark hair and pouty lips. And it wasn’t because of her lush body was made for male fantasies, which it was.”
The words “You’re sexy as hell” almost rolled off his tongue. But he held back. It wasn’t her looks that made him unable to pry his eyes from her face but something else. Something almost comfortable that made him want to slide closer and spend all day near her.
Ellis had just had a bad breakup with Jack, a cheating ass who put her down and shredded any self confidence she had. Mike was a playboy, with no desire to settle down. Yet he couldn’t stay away from Ellis. Ellis though, no matter how much she liked Mike, couldn’t get over the fact that he had dated her skinny bitch (yes, she is a TOTAL bitch) sister, and he had also spent a really nice night with Ellis herself, but he didn’t remember. She also just couldn’t understand what a hot guy like him could see in a big girl like herself.
Apparently, she needed some work on her body image. She often put herself down, making fat jokes about herself, and Mike couldn’t stand it. He also insisted she eat what she loved, even hand-feeding her.
“I don’t ever want to hear you talk about yourself like that again. Do you understand me? It’s not funny,” he said in a low voice. “It’s not some kind of goddamn joke. You’re beautiful. You’re sexy and any man in his right mind can see that. Why can’t you?”
At the beginning of each chapter, there is a snippet of Ellis’s blog posts. I would love to have read more of them. They reminded me so much of my blog Starting on Monday, with posts about Spanx, back fat, stupid things done to lose weight and more.
- One of the most relatable heroines ever for me. A curvy woman with a gorgeous, skinny older sister and a Jewish mom who exercises daily and weighs the same as she did in High School.
- One of my favorite things was Ellis’s parents: a super smart hippy mom professor who teaches women’s studies, and an asbergers/autistic father (who I loved).
- I love banter between couples and there was plenty!
- Ellis was smart, fun and snarky and fighting her insecurities.
- You couldn’t help but love Mike.
- I liked all of the other workers and friends at the shop, and can’t wait for their books.
- The blog posts at the beginning of the chapters.
- Reminded me a bit of a Kristen Ashley book but Mike wasn’t quite as alpha (though he is a cop!)
- A great epilogue.
- There was a little too much back and forth with the couple. The book dragged a bit in the middle.
- A few things were a little too predictable and over the top.
- I never got enough of a sense of what Ellis looked like (so I just pictured me).
Rating: 4.5 stars 4 Heat
Dangerous Curves Ahead by Sugar Jamison is a must-read for any curvy girl that has issues with their size. A woman with complete body confidence might find the heroine’s self-deprecation a bit annoying but I was totally able to relate. There is rarely a moment when I am not self-conscious about my weight (but clearly not enough to stop eating cookies!). Do you have to be curvy to appreciate this book? Absolutely not! I think anyone who is a little different, not the beautiful perfect heroine you see in most books will appreciate this one from Sugar Jamison.
Purchase Dangerous Curves Ahead – A Perfect Fit Novel by Sugar Jamison
336 pages Standalone but there are books (below) with side characters. Macmillan/St. Martins paperback
Also out now: Have Yourself a Curvy Little Christmas – A Perfect Fit novella by Sugar Jamison
Coming February 25th 2014: Thrown for a Curve – A Perfect Fit Novel by Sugar Jamison
Sugar has generously offered to donate a signed ARC copy of Dangerous Curves Ahead to one lucky US Resident!