Reviewed by Amanda Schafer
Widow Holly Brennan finds comfort in food…and since her husband’s emotionally draining death, she’s been feeling quite comfortable! So when she meets Logan Montgomery on a flight back from Canada, Holly immediately starts realizing she’s in a completely different league than the handsome and sexy man sitting beside her. At the end of their flight, Logan tells her he would be happy to help her out and get her back into shape. Oh, didn’t I mention that he is a personal trainer to the big sports stars?? Well, he is and he shocked even himself when he offered to help Holly! Holly decides to pull up her Big Girl Panties and get down to business with losing weight and fighting her urges to eat emotionally.
Slowly over time, Holly’s body begins to morph into this beautiful and curvy woman that turns heads wherever they go, but Logan insists – to himself and to their friends, Chase and Amanda – that they are friends and friends only. Holly leans on him and he comforts her as she continues through her grieving process. What he doesn’t realize is that Holly has fallen in love with him. Everyone sees it but him. Finally after a stern talk from Chase, Logan finally sees what’s right in front of him and decides to follow Chase’s advice and show Holly who is in charge. That rapidly backfires on him and he realizes just how *different* Chase and Amanda’s relationship is! However, what happens in the gym stays in the gym as far as Holly and Logan are concerned!
Chase and Amanda Walker are a famous couple, but not only because Chase is a well-known baseball star. They were caught on tape engaging in a spanking episode that was clearly not about punishment. All eyes turn to them and they are criticized publicly for what they both enjoy in their (healthy?) relationship. However, Chase and Logan have been best friends since college and Amanda takes Holly under her wing and they become best friends as well. While their…ahem…preferences might be different, Amanda and Holly have one thing in common: they both love the men in their lives. So when Holly finds out that Logan made a disparaging comment about her body, she confronts him during a party at Chase and Amanda’s house. Does Logan lose Holly forever because of one little thing he said?
Stephanie Evanovich truly has a knack for writing Chick-Lit! This book was one of those that just draws you in; once I got reading I couldn’t stop…each chapter would make me want to read “just one more” and I found myself reading until the wee hours of the morning! When I saw Big Girl Panties I knew I’d want to read it simply because it reminded me of a friend who is always telling people to “Pull up your big girl panties and deal with it!” The story could have worked as a stand-alone novel, but I see now that there’s another book coming out soon about Chase and Amanda. I’m a bit skeptical because it seems to go back to their pre-marriage time…so it makes me think that perhaps it should have been written first. However, I’m intrigued and can’t wait to see what’s next.
Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband, two sons, and one daughter. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and any Chick-Lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by William Morrow. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.