Size Matters (A Perfect Fit, #1) by Alison Bliss – (Review)

SIZE MATTERS

by Alison Bliss

  • Pub. Date: Nov. 29, 2016
  • Series: A Perfect Fit, #1
  • Format: Paperback
  • Source: Bought
  • Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
  • Links: Amazon | Target

    SYNOPSIS

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.”

– (sourced through Amazon) –


My Review

4/5

I love to look at new books while I’m shopping at Target and while I was scanning the shelves this one practically announced itself and demanded me to pick it up. I was SO glad I did! This was my first time reading a novel that featured a curvy main character, and I think it’s about damn time that romance novels (and all novels in general) are becoming more inclusive of not only size but of diversity, gender identity and orientations.Size Matters introduces us to Leah Martin who is the owner of a new bakery and someone who is damn proud (and rightfully so) for being a fuller figured woman and defying society’s expectations of women starving themselves to be deemed “beautiful.” After an altercation in a bar while out with her best friend, she is both comforted and offended by Sam and his good-natured but poorly-worded intentions. Wanting to fix his error, Sam offers Leah some help with her bakery. The two soon strike up an arrangement to trade services: she would bake him dessert and he would “fill her hole.” (as in a wall, of course) This works well for the most part until, at a wedding that Leah caters, Sam once again oversteps and accidentally tells Leah’s mother that they are engaged while trying to defend her against the faults being scrutinized to her. Now the two must keep up the facade of being a newly engaged couple in love as they head to spend some time with Leah’s family and soon discover that behind their fake relationship is the beginning of something real.

Size Matters is as delicious a read as it is hilarious, and there wasn’t a chapter in which I couldn’t help but burst out laughing or smiling. Alison Bliss possesses a talent that other author’s may somewhat struggle with in that she was able to capture not only a relatable dialogue between Leah and her best friend, but also a realistic character with gravitas and faults and the farthest thing from a cookie-cutout Mary Sue. She was feisty, she was sarcastic, she was hilarious, but she was also aware of her own insecurities and didn’t let that keep her down. I fell so in love with Leah and Sam that when the story took them both to Leah’s family home I felt somewhat frustrated by the addition of other background characters that just didn’t do it for me. A good portion of this book focuses on the tension between Sam and Leah and I absolutely loved their back and forth dialogue with each other. However, nearly half of the  latter portion of the novel takes place away from Leah’s bakery and apartment and the life I had become so accustomed to, I kept wanting them to go back and explore each other on their own  turf without the addition and disruptions of additional characters that took up more than a fair amount of time than necessary.

As a whole, I truly identified with Leah and was rooting for her (and the adorably misguided Sam) the whole time, and thoroughly enjoyed the story, characters and world that Alison Bliss has offered in this first in her series. It has been some months since I have been able to finish a book without losing interest within the first 100 pages, but Size Matters definitely made it easy for me to finish in no time, and left me hungry for more! This book was a breath of fresh air in the crowded market of romance, and it breaks through the bonds and constructs that exist for what a main character is (or should be) and welcomes the much needed change to the genre. This was my first novel from Alison Bliss and it will not be my last! Cannot wait for the other books in the series!

Waiting on Wednesday (1) – 12/21/2016

My WOW for this week is:

CARVE THE MARK

  • Author: Veronica Roth
  • Release Date: January 17, 2017
  • Publisher: Harpercollins
  • Pre-Order Link: Amazon

SYNOPSIS

(retrieved from Goodreads)

On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not — their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuve, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive — no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive — or to destroy one another.

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WHY I’M EXCITED

I absolutely love anything that has to do with space/another galaxy and the notion of Fate, so this is a huge check mark on my reading preferences list. Plus it seems somewhat edgier and darker than other series, which is something that I desperately crave. I think some YA/NA books are just a touch too-tame, or at least the one’s I’ve read, haha.

Besos,

RJ

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