Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Size Matters (Size Matters #1)
by Alison Bliss

Author: Alison Bliss
Series: A Perfect Fit, #1
On Sale: November 29, 2016
Publisher: Forever
Mass Market: $5.99 USD

eBook: $5.99 USD

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 ├ęclairs 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 fiancee! 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.

I found this book to be a charming and romantic start to what seems to be a promising new romance series. I was very excited to read a romance novel with a plus-sized lead in it. It is as common to have a plus-sized woman be the main character in a romance book, so I am very glad the author decided to do that. I was happy that this book addressed body image and how it is important to love yourself no matter your size.

The main character, Leah, was hilarious. I found her commentary to be so witty and smile inducing. I thought the author did a great job at making her dialogue funny, yet believable. The main issue I had with Leah was her body shaming. I 100% understood her insecurities. It is not easy to love your body, but I wish Leah wouldn't have been so hard on herself and even other women. She constantly belittled herself and talked about how "fat" she was. It became a bit tiresome and cringe worthy. I wish Leah wouldn't have mentioned it as much and I wish she wouldn't have talked about the weight of other women as much either. However, I am glad Sam was there to help her realize that her size DIDN'T matter, and that she was perfect the way she was. 

Sam was a great character. He was charming, funny, and thoughtful. However, his communication skills were pretty terrible, which was frustrating. That being said, I still enjoyed his character. I appreciated way he wanted to help Leah learn to love herself. I thought they made a really cute couple! Their interest in each other seemed a bit sudden in the beginning, but the author managed to make it slow down and become more realistic as the book went on.

I thought this was a witty and fun read. Some of the drama was a bit unnecessary, which slowed the book down at times, but it was still enjoyable overall. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a new romance to pick up!

4 / 5 Fangs

*This ebook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. * 

Alison Bliss grew up in Small Town, Texas, but currently resides in the Midwest with her husband and two sons. With so much testosterone in her home, it's no wonder she writes "girl books." She believes the best way to know if someone is your soul mate is by canoeing with them because if you both make it back alive, it's obviously meant to be. Alison pens the type of books she loves to read most: fun, steamy love stories with heart, heat, laughter, and usually a cowboy or two. As she calls it, "Romance...with a sense of humor."