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
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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!