I was going to give this 2stars...and then I read the last 30 pages or so and just had to drop it down to 1. I hate rating a book poorly but this oneI was going to give this 2stars...and then I read the last 30 pages or so and just had to drop it down to 1. I hate rating a book poorly but this one just hit all the wrong buttons for me.
This book features a plus sized heroine named Leah who runs a bakery. She's got serious self esteem issues from an over critical Mom and an ex who tried to change her. Then she meets Sam who through some misunderstandings and her own esteem issues she thinks couldn't possibly be interested in her. Then when he sees her struggling to hold her head high in front of her ex he announces they are engaged. Before they can blink her family knows and now they have to figure out how to get themselves out of this mess of a fake engagement.
Series note: first in a new series.
I really wanted to like this book. I'm a huge fan of atypical heroines - whether they are tattooed, pierced, super geeks, bbw, etc. Being plus sized myself I can relate to a plus sized heroine. So I had high hopes for this story. But unfortunately it didn't meet any of my expectations.
For one, this book has kind of a contrived slapstick comedy feel. The author goes for a light fun feel for chunks of the book with silly self deprecating jokes. Then you have Sam trying to make Leah's family hate him by acting like an ass and going all gutter humor. It just didn't work for me but then I've never been much for slapstick. And it did feel rather contrived at times.
Then there's Leah. She's one of the most unlikable heroines I've read in a while. Girl's got some of the worst self-esteem issues due to a insanely critical mother. Initially you feel bad for her but then it gets seriously annoying. She turns every comment into some perceived slight against her weight. I wanted to bang my head into a wall sometimes. And the way she lets her mom treat her? I don't care who someone is, that just doesn't fly. Plus the way she treated Sam was obnoxious. The guy is just trying to do something nice and she turns into an ungrateful harpy. No matter what the guy does he can't win with her. And what she does at the end when his parents arrive literally made me cringe and was why I dropped my rating down to 1 star. It was ridiculous and her reaction to his plea to her was selfish. It really made me not like her.
Sam was marginally better. He had good intentions but his inability to communicate made me roll my eyes. The story would have been much simpler if the guy could learn to express himself. I thought his commitment issues were blown out of proportion too. I mean his last relationship wasn't that bad at all and he acts like he's scarred for life. I didn't get it.
And I hated the whole thing where he acted like a douche to get her family to dislike him. It just made me wince and wasn't funny to me at all. I don't know how to explain it but I just didn't like that aspect even a little.
The resolution between Leah and her Mom didn't work for me either. There's a lifetime of mistreatment there and Leah makes one comment at the end and suddenly Mom's all contrite and all is well. Umm, no. It was so forced and quick and was another reason this book went down to 1 star. (Side note: her supposedly loving family are assholes for letting her Mom treat her that way FOR YEARS!)
On top of that you really don't feel at all the Leah has resolved any of her body issues - which is kinda what I wanted out of this book.
Plus by the end I just wasn't feeling the romance with these two. I didn't feel like the resolved anything and really I just wanted them to go away.
I was just all around disappointed by this book. There really wasn't anything that worked for me. I don't feel any urge to read the next book in the series so I probably won't.