Size Matters by Alison Bliss | A Perfect Fit #1
Publication Date | November 29th, 2016
ARC from Netgalley
| Book Review |
Size Matters was a fun story about a plus sized woman who wasn’t comfortable in her skin and a man who was rumored to be…well, you’ll have to read to find out that little tidbit! 😉 While I thought this story was enjoyable, I did have a few issues with it, so let’s get those out of the way first so we can move on to the good stuff. First of all, Sam ran way too hot and cold for me. He was so indecisive, and had it been just a few times throughout the book, that would have been fine. But in Sam’s case, it nearly gave me whiplash with all the times he changed his mind about where he wanted his relationship to go with Leah. Also, there was a lot of miscommunication here, which was followed by too many missed opportunities to clarify words taken out of context. Again, once or twice would have been fine, but this happened over and over again. Also, this was a fake relationship trope (one of my favorites,) in which Leah and Sam meet, and they immediately jump into this fake relationship. This wasn’t preceded by friendship, but one of the reasons Sam was hesitant to get into a relationship with Leah was because he was clinging so hard to their ‘friendship.’ It felt incredibly contrived. They were never friends! And my last issue was Leah’s mother – I thought things were wrapped up way too neatly, and she didn’t get her ‘just desserts.’ The woman was a monster, no matter her motivations, and she got off way too easy in the end.
OK – onto the good stuff. I really liked Leah. I felt bad for her, because she had a lot of self-loathing going on inside her head. I was glad she had her friend Val who, though she wasn’t often successful, tried to put things into perspective for Leah and show her how beautiful she was. Her inner dialogue did get tiresome sometimes, and she was so down on herself so often that I think she is the kind of friend who might make you feel drained at times. Now, aside from her mother and the father who didn’t stand up for her, I really liked Leah’s family. They were a fun bunch, and the way Sam ribbed Leah’s brother Ethan was freaking hilarious! I love that Sam liked and wanted Leah as she was, and that he made sure everyone knew it. (Of course Leah didn’t pick up on this. The voice in her head listing all her flaws drowned out any compliment he gave her.) Sam was very sexy (I do love a man who works with his hands,) and he was so good-natured. He was Leah’s champion when no one else could be bothered. They had great chemistry, and I loved their sexy-times and how considerate Sam was of her insecurities. The pacing was nice and steady, and while Sam and Leah fell for each other fairly quickly timewise, the events of the story were presented in a way that didn’t make it feel rushed.
While Size Matters wasn’t without its faults, I enjoyed the story overall and am looking forward to the next installment of A Perfect Fit. It’s Val’s story, and I am excited to see how she’ll nab her man!
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Series: A Perfect Fit