ARC Review | Size Matters by Alison Bliss

Size Matters by Alison Bliss | A Perfect Fit #1
Contemporary Romance
Publication Date | November 29th, 2016
ARC from Netgalley

 

Book Blurb:

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 éclairs 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.

| 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

  

13 thoughts on “ARC Review | Size Matters by Alison Bliss

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  1. I started reading this one, and DNFed it. I might go back to it though, because I was in a major reading slump so that could have been a huge part of my problem. I remember being frustrated with Sam too. He was all I don’t want to get involved (and by the way I thought his reasons for that were totally ridiculous and not fleshed out at all) and then he would be telling Leah’s mother they are engaged.

    I also though Leah thought about her size too much. I am plus sized, so it’s not like I don’t know how it feels. And I understand that we are all different. But still, I got bored with that.

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    1. Yeah, Sam really just needed to make a decision and stick to it.

      I agree. Leah thought about her size so much; it was everything that defined her in her head. She was a fun person, a great friend, and was running a successful business, but I feel like she didn’t see that part of herself at all. I can see how that was frustrating for you. It was for me, too. I think she would sometimes be a hard person to be around when she was down on herself.

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  2. My feelings were a bit mixed on this one as well but I did like it. Leah’s mom was just too much and I got really tired of the constant talk about Leah’s weight. I did really enjoy the parts with Sam at her family’s house. Great review!

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