On The Plus Side by Alison Bliss
Interrelated Standalone. Contemporary Romance.
I really loved Size Matters, the first book in the Size Matters series (see my review), because I found the heroine to be the most relatable heroine ever. I picked up these books because they feature plus-sized heroines, but aren’t labeled as BBW (I don’t want my own genre!) We met Valerie, the heroine for On the Plus Side in the first book, and I knew she was confident, and was actually hoping maybe there would be a little lesson in feeling confident in your skin.
Sadly, aside from maybe two lines in the book and the cover and title, you would never know she was plus-sized. Based on the title, I would have liked for her size to play into the story a little more, but it didn’t at all. Valerie had every single man she ever wanted drooling all over her. Except one. Her older brother’s best friend, Logan Mathis.
“There was only one guy who she wanted to remove her clothes for, yet he didn’t seem to have any interest in seeing her naked. The idiot. Maybe she was narcissistic, but there was no way in hell she would admit that the only guy she’d ever wanted was the one guy she couldn’t have.”
Logan has come back to town, opened a bar, and is having trouble. He really needs help, and Valerie, determined to flirt with Logan till he gives in, tells a little white lie, and says she is a registered bartender to get the job. She LOVES being the center of attention, and she has mad skills behind the bar, so it’s perfect for her, she gets to put on a Cocktail-type show every night and flirt with her crush at the same time.
Logan knows she is off-limits and it kind of makes him a grumpy asshole. He is kind of a dick to her until he finds her “list”. What is actually a list of things she won’t do in bed, he mistakes for her bucket list, and he’s not letting her do that shit without him! At this point, I was literally cracking up.
“…if she thought for one second that he would allow her to go to a glory hole, then she had another think coming.”
Once he gave in and stopped being a dick, I liked him more, but still, I found that he never gave her a chance to speak, and always just cut her off. And her brother! Don’t even get me started on that fuckhead, Who the hell is he to tell these adults what to do? Valerie is supposed to be this confident woman, but she let these men walk all over her and treat her like a child, and I began to lose respect for her.
The sex was hot. Even though I like the cover, like the first, it seems way more wholesome than the story!
“A smile lifted his cheeks, and his hand made a couple of slow circles over the round curve of her cheek, as if winding up for the pitch. Then he smacked her on the ass even harder this time, leaving behind a subtle sting in his palm from the effort. A sharp gasp flew from her lips, and a red hand print appeared almost instantly.”
The one line that addressed her size, was the one I related to the most:
“If only I could be more like you. You’re always so confident and carefree when it comes to your size. You own it rather than letting it own you. Unfortunately, we’re just not all that way.”
- I laughed out loud several times.
- An actual plus model on the cover.
- Visiting with characters from the first (though this TOTALLY stands alone).
- I enjoyed her confidence.
- Very hot sex.
- If you are going to title a book with “plus” make the size have a little more to do with the story.
- I absolutely HATED her brother.
- Valerie never stood up for herself and let the guys walk all over her.
The Down & Dirty:
Rating: 3.25 Stars, 4 Heat
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More to Love Releases January 30, 2018