Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich is a rollicking and poignant romantic comedy about a young widow who decides to get in shape…and winds up getting her groove back–and a whole lot more! Holly Brennan used food to comfort herself through her husband’s illness and death. Now she’s alone at age thirty-two. And she weighs more than she ever has. When fate throws her in the path of Logan Montgomery, personal trainer to pro athletes, and he offers to train her, Holly concludes it must be a sign. Much as she dreads the thought of working out, Holly knows she needs to put on her big girl panties and see if she can sweat out some of her grief. Soon, the easy intimacy and playful banter of their training sessions lead Logan and Holly to most intense and steamy workouts. But can Holly and Logan go the distance as a couple now that she’s met her goals–and other men are noticing? – Goodreads
I completely read this author out of order. I was able to get an ARC of her upcoming book and read that first and then I read this one. That being said, it doesn’t really matter what order you read these books they are two complete stand alone novels that happen to take place in the same universe. And ultimately I read the “prequel” first anyway, so it all worked out!
This is a fascinating novel in the sense that it caused me more feels than I was prepared to face. Holly Brennan is an overweight woman who is fighting personal battles. Logan Montgomery is a picture perfect man who looks down on people like Holly. He states this in the first chapter, when he gets stuck in the worst place ever…coach.
Why do I always get the old lady, the drunk guy, or the fat chick?–2%
Because Logan tries to save the world, he decides to use his background and change Holly. So she’ll be fit and more likable. He wants to change her. Because she needs change and saving. Holly doesn’t fall for this. She wants nothing to do with this. After talking to her BFF, she decides it couldn’t hurt to get fit. Ever since her husband died she knows that she has dealt with her feelings with food, and while the book provides good information about eating habits, there seems to be a lot of fat shaming. Because Logan consistently looks down on her because she fat. Even when she has lost a significant amount of weight, he still looks down on her, because “it’s for the best.”
Then, a pivotal moment occurs and they start to date and he continues to hide her cause, can he really be seen with that? Don’t get me wrong, there is growth throughout the novel, of both characters, and secondary characters, but there was a lot to the book that felt wrong to me. It may be because Logan was such an unlikable character. It may be because of a lot of unlikable characters (which is a whole other topic–unlikable characters). It may be how Logan viewed fat people, and therefore Holly, throughout most of the book. I’m not necessarily able to put my finger on what bothered me, but there was that thing I was bothered by which affected my review in the end.