Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Tasty Book Tour & Giveaway for Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich

Please join author Stephanie Evanovich on her Virtual Book Tour for Big Girl Panties, presented by Tasty Virtual Book Tours, from January 20 – February 14, 2014.  Please leave a comment or question for Stephanie to let her know you stopped by.  You can enter her tour wide giveaway by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  You can also follow the rest of her tour here

Big Girl Panties
By Stephanie Evanovich

Publisher:  William Morrow
Release Date:  July 9, 2013
Genre:  Romantic Comedy
Length:  429 Pages
ISBN:  978-0-062224-85-9

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About the book: 

In BIG GIRL PANTIES, Evanovich introduces readers to Holly Brennan—a 32-year old grieving widow in need of a change. Having spent too much time mired in sadness and grief-eating, Holly heads out of town to settle her husband’s estate and try to move on. Enter Logan Montgomery—a personal trainer to the country’s most famous professional athletes who also happens to be sitting next to her on the flight home.

Holly’s mortified by the way she’s squeezed into the airplane seat, but as they chat, Logan quickly realizes she has a sharp wit and keen insight—a welcome change from the sexy but superficial women he usually dates. When he impulsively offers to train her at his private gym, Holly surprises even herself and agrees.

Holly discovers she’s a natural athlete, and as her fitness level increases, so does a new found confidence. When Logan finally introduces Holly to his best friends, baseball superstar Chase Walker and his wife Amanda (a feisty curvy woman herself), they instantly see what Logan doesn’t; Holly is knockout. As their smoldering attraction starts to spark in earnest, Holly and Logan will have to decide if their love is for real…or just about looks.

BIG GIRL PANTIES is a fun, sexy, smart, and exceptionally saucy romp—a must-have book for the summer and a debut not to be missed. 


 Author Info

Stephanie Evanovich is a full-fledged Jersey girl from Asbury Park who began writing fiction while waiting for her cues during countless community theater projects. She attended New York Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts and acted in several improvisational troupes and a few small-budget movies, all in preparation for the greatest job she ever had, raising her two sons. Now a full-time writer, she’s an avid sports fan who holds a black belt in tae kwon do.

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A woman who turns to food for emotional support, a “hottie” physical trainer who needs to see the person behind the weight and a touch of comedy make Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich an interesting read.  Tackling difficult subjects, obesity, its root causes and our society’s obsession with the young and overly fit, Ms. Evanovich reminds us that first impressions, based on the visual, are not indicative of a person or their worth to society. 

When her husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Holly Brennan made taking care of him the center of her life.  After his death, Holly turns to food to deal with her depression and grief.  As Holly gains weight, and continues to binge on unhealthy foods, she finds herself stuck on an airplane, in coach, sitting next to a man who could easily be named “Adonis”.  Surprised when he offers to become her “personal trainer”, Holly decides to take him on up on his challenge – after all the worst that could happen is that she doesn’t lose any weight.  She never planned on falling in love with her trainer.

A physical trainer to professional athletes and rich and famous, Logan Montgomery is butt and in great shape, attractive and everything a woman could possibly want on a physical level.  When he’s forced to sit in “coach” on a flight home after helping an athlete prepare for the start of the season, he’s appalled at having to sit next to the “fat” girl.  Then he begins to get to know the “real” Holly and realizes there’s more than meets the eye to his airplane companion.  Taking a risk, and offering doing it at a reduced fee, Logan offers to become Holly’s personal trainer. 

The scenes between Holly and Logan are both fun and at times aggravating.  Ms. Evanovich does a wonderful job developing Holly’s character; she’s smart, determined, and has a great sense of humor.  While she’s got some issues to overcome; low self esteem, emotional rejection from her family and some remaining grief, Holly is a very real person and in a way is representative of a decent sized portion of society. 

While I could say that Ms. Evanovich failed in making Logan as wonderful a character as Holly; at first he comes off as shallow, selfish and a bit of a user, the truth is that all of the negative aspects of Logan’s personality are actually representative of our society and it’s view towards people who have weight issues.  While it’s not pretty, it’s a good reminder that we are all guilty of judging people based on their looks.  Fortunately his character does grow throughout the book.

When Holly is successful losing weight, will she realize she deserves to be loved for who she is rather than what she looks like?  Will Logan realize that Holly, with and without bodily imperfections is the woman he’s been looking for all along?  You’ll have to read Big Girl Panties to find out. 

My Rating:  3 out of 5 Stars 

FTC Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review.