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Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich $1.99
Big Girl Panties - Stephanie Evanovich

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?

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review 2017-03-16 17:57
OSR – Romantic Comedy – Big Girl Panties by Stepahnie Evanovich @SEEvanovich
Big Girl Panties - Stephanie Evanovich

Big Girl Panties by Stepahnie Evanovich is a light read about a difficult subject.

If you are looking for a fun romance for summer reading, add this to your list.

Big Girl Panties

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MY ONE SENTENCE REVIEW

An overweight widow and a hot, sexy personal trainer find they have much in common when they meet on a plane, become friends and learn you can’t judge a book by its cover as they humorously grow and change…and fall in love.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 3 Stars

I won this ARC some time ago and enjoyed reading it.

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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?

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THE TOTAL PACKAGE
Stephanie Evanovich
Releasing March 15th, 2016
William Morrow
 

 


Smart and sexy Dani Carr knows as much about football as any man--maybe more. It’s always been her dream to make a living talking about the game she loves. But Dani’s not interested in being just the usual eye-candy sideline reporter; she wants to be the first woman analyst on a pre-game show, the ultimate in exclusive boys-club jobs. And it turns out, that despite the odds, she has the talent to get her there.

Star quarterback-and heartthrob--Tyson Palmer always did things in spectacular fashion, including ruining his career after debuting as a first-round draft pick. When the head coach of the Austin Mavericks refuses to let him waste his million dollar arm, Tyson makes a Hail Mary pass at redemption and succeeds with everyone…except Dani, who appears to be using her high-profile commentator job to make a name for herself at his expense.

Dani refuses to let anyone forget about Tyson’s transgressions….and for good reason. There’s history between these two, sizzling history that dates back to their college days, and it ended in another spectacular flame-out of Tyson’s. He’s conveniently forgotten all about that episode because Dani is no longer the cute girl next door he barely remembers--she’s a bombshell with huge ratings and a long memory.

But can a woman trying to claw her way to the top and a quarterback who knows all about rock bottom make it to the Super Bowl without destroying each other in the process? And what will happen when Tyson-riding high on his career comeback-realizes he needs to make an even more important comeback with Dani?


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Tyson scowled defensively, before leaning his forearms down on the table between them. “Then I guess there really isn’t any story left to tell. Sounds like you know it all.” He was sorry he had offered her a seat, much less his drink.

 

“I told you, Tyson, I want to try to help you,” she reiterated.

 

“Why?”

 

“Because I believe in you,” Ella stated with conviction, as if that was enough to earn his trust. But Tyson Palmer was long past trusting anyone, including himself.

 

“Why?” he repeated, now angry.

 

Ella looked down at the table for a moment, then said quietly, “Because I remember the guy I tutored. Who was serious about his game and never had a problem taking no for an answer.”

 

He wanted to laugh in her naïve face. To mockingly tell her at the time she hadn’t been worth the pursuit, if for no other reason than to get her to leave him alone. He wanted her to stop looking at him in the way she was, like he was not a total disaster. But most of all, he no longer wanted to be reminded of when he was in control and held the world in the palm of his football-throwing hand.

 

“That kid doesn’t exist anymore. When you graduate and join the real world, you’ll realize that people change, usually not for the better,” he spat out cynically.

 

“I refuse to believe that.”

 

Tyson sighed and ran his hand through the shaggy brown hair that had outgrown his clean cut months ago. She was being way too persistent, but her sincerity was admirable, and part of him wanted to believe her.

 

“Okay. We’re friends, now what?”

 

She brightened with his acquiescence. And she really did have a pretty smile. “Now you let me be a good friend and help take care of you. You look so tired. ”

 

This time he didn’t hold back the laugh, and while it wasn’t exactly harsh, it still was hollow. She wasn’t able to help him any more than he could help himself. And she made it sound so easy, like she could perform some sort of exorcism and all his demons would flee. The more likely story was she was trying to get close to him under the misguided impression that he had something left to offer.

 

“You’re good, Mother Teresa. Why don’t we go someplace quiet where I can confess my sins and you can absolve me? Make sure you turn your phone on to record, so you don’t miss the good stuff.”

 

“You’re wrong, but I understand you being leery,” she patiently explained. “I . . . I always liked you, Tyson, and you were always so nice to me. You deserve to have someone on your side. I know this is all just your circumstances talking.”

 

“Sorry, not interested.” Tyson took back his now-empty glass and went back to sucking the last remnants of Gentleman Jack off the ice. Damn his mouth was dry, always so dry. As far as he was concerned, the conversation was closed. He wanted her to get out before he settled back into the dark side.

 

“What would it take for me to get you interested? For you to consider coming home with me, at least for a decent night’s sleep?”

 

Maybe it was the way she asked it, completely oblivious to the fact that the question itself made her sound like a hooker. Maybe it was the pity or her dogged insistence that he see himself for something other than he was, which was a lost cause. And then, like a lighthouse shining through the fog in his brain, it dawned on him. His cute little virtuous tutor had joined the ranks of pleasure seekers and was trying to get him into bed. At least that explanation turned the exchange from ludicrous to one that made sense.

 

“You still a virgin, Ella Bella?” He answered her question with one of his own, accompanied by a smile of complete impropriety.

 

Finally she blinked. Her grip tightened around the handle of the purse in her lap, and she stared at it before looking back up at him and meeting his gaze head-on.

 

“Yes.” She spoke her one-word answer unemotionally, even as the flush crept up to her cheeks.

 

Tyson sat back in his chair, the recesses of his drug-addled mind jarred. Wrong answer. She was supposed to have forsaken her outdated notion of chastity. She was supposed to have been tainted by now, like everyone he knew. As corrupted as he was.

 

“Hey Ella Bella, what do you say to you and me going someplace to get freaky?” Part of it was said in jest, trying to recover from just how badly she managed to throw him. Another part of him longed to engage in just a little bit of the same harmless banter from the days when she was a sweetheart and he was a hero.

 
“Your place or mine?” Her answer was so unexpected and sounded just as foreign to his ears.
 
 
 
The Total PackageThe Total Package by Stephanie Evanovich
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Tyson Palmer and Dani Carr go way back. College was a place where they had a friendship, when she was his tutor. Until things changed, that is. His addiction and anger took their casual hook up to another level.

Now, having to work together, in a way - feels impossible. Dani hates him and goes out of her way to avoid him. After all he has worked for, can he be patient with the one that counts? He wants to be known as the man he is today.

Dani is hiding secrets from the past and being face to face with Tyson only makes this more real. Can she come clean and make everything better? Will it be only a matter of trust? Seems that both of them will have to meet the other halfway.

In a true redemption book, this one has it all. We read all about it, so to speak. I found the characters to be real. The insight and banter made this book a great read. This is an author who always brings her "A" game.


***This ARC was given by Edelweiss and its publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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New York Times Bestselling Author, 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’s School of Film and Television 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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review 2016-04-01 07:50
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The Total Package: A Novel: 3 - Stephanie Evanovich

Tyson Palmer and Dani Carr go way back.  College was a place where they had a friendship, when she was his tutor.  Until things changed, that is.  His addiction and anger took their casual hook up to another level.

 

Now, having to work together, in a way - feels impossible.  Dani hates him and goes out of her way to avoid him.  After all he has worked for, can he be patient with the one that counts?  He wants to be known as the man he is today.

 

Dani is hiding secrets from the past and being face to face with Tyson only makes this more real.  Can she come clean and make everything better?  Will it be only a matter of trust?  Seems that both of them will have to meet the other halfway.

 

In a true redemption book, this one has it all.  We read all about it, so to speak.  I found the characters to be real.  The insight and banter made this book a great read.  This is an author who always brings her "A" game.  I give this story a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC was given by Edelweiss and its publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2016-03-24 20:30
from FictionZeal.com re: The Total Package by Stephanie Evanovich
The Total Package: A Novel: 3 - Stephanie Evanovich

Tyson Palmer was a college football star with a million dollar arm.  Well, more exactly, he WAS a football star before he became addicted to alcohol and pain killers and suspended from his team.  While he was down and out, he met Dani Carr (Ella) who had been his tutor in college.  They reconnect on a more passionate level.  Then, he dumps her.  Fast forward four years, and he is once again on top of the world having beaten his addiction.  Dani is also an up and coming sports reporter.  She recognizes him instantly.  He doesn’t remember her; at least not initially.  The last thing she wants is to have her heart broken again so she’s determined to stay clear.

 

This started off revealing the addiction stage of Tyson and the reconnect with Ella and their one-night stand.  I felt the pacing was off at times giving much detail to small things but then a big jump to the ‘fast forward four years’ mark.  This is Stephanie Evanovich’s third book and is a sweet and captivating sports romance relating to second chances.  Everyone deserves a second chance, right?  Both Tyson and Dani were likable characters as they evolved into young adults.  Even the secondary characters were well-defined.  I loved that Dani had a secret of her own; the author revealed it at just the right moment.  The writing point of view was omniscient third person, which is not my favorite style as it can tend to be more confusing.  Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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