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Size Matters

(A Perfect Fit #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  1,988 ratings  ·  435 reviews
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 he
Mass Market Paperback, 294 pages
Published November 29th 2016 by Forever
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Jul 11, 2018 marked it as did-not-finish
DNF. I get what the author was trying to do... but it really didn’t work for me. The main character was CONSTANTLY shitting on herself for being fat. Like every other paragraph. It was exhausting. As someone who has struggled with their weight for their entire life and has FINALLY within the last few years made peace with the way I look and started to love my body, this didn’t sit well with me. Just because I’m fat, doesn’t mean I have to hate myself. So with that being said, I’m giving this one ...more
Oct 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Alison Bliss Fans, Romance
3.5 Hearing What's Actually Being Said Stars
* * * 1/2 Spoiler Free It's Live!!!
We all have done it...someone says something and because of our own insecurities, we hear the negative from a comment that could be taken another way. People are sensitive... men and women alike.... and if either has heard in the past comments which have been hurtful, it is easy to think the new ones are the same type. In Size Matters by Alison Bliss, it is this clumsy miss communication which starts our gal and guy
Ivy Deluca
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: _arc-reads, bbw, chefs
Leah’s hanging out with her friend Valerie at the Rusty Bucket, when she sees gorgeous Sam hanging out with his friend Max. Leah’s fascinated, Sam’s attracted, and yet nothing but miscommunications and misperceptions follow. Before we know it, there's a fake engagement, and eventually, romance.

-The Good: I have a weakness for BBW heroine romances. Whenever I get a chance, I have to add one into my reads because I like being able to relate to the heroine and for the most part, when I get a BBW ro
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

This was a fun book! I love it when a story can balance humor with romance and this one did it really well. There were plenty of touching moments as well to really tell a satisfying story. I didn't want to put this book down and ended up reading it in a single day. I am so glad that I decided to pick this one up.

Sam and Leah are the focus of this book. Sam is in construction and has sworn off any relationships for the time being after his mos
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Leah Martin has spent her life fighting her weight and struggling with feeling that she just isn't good enough. Leah's mother is constantly pushing her to diet along with her ex-boyfriend signing her up to a gym so when Leah meets Sam Cooper in a bar she immediately assumes his disinterest is due to her size. Sam however has had his own relationship problems and just doesn't want to date anyone at the moment.

Instead of going their separate ways though Leah and Sam find themselves drawn together
Anas Attic  Book Blog
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Size Matters by Alison Bliss
Standalone Romantic Comedy with a Curvy Heroine
4.25-4.5 stars

Before I begin this review, I want to give a little background. I am plus-sized and miserable about it. This post here will tell you a little more about how much I hate my body. I wasn't heavy growing up. My mom and sisters are both gorgeous and thin. My mom brings up my weight constantly, not to insult me, but because she cares, but it gives me a complex anyway. Last year I was away for a weeken
Sarah (needs a break from reviewing)
Read for the URR 2017 New Year's Reading Challenge prompt 'BBW (Big Beautiful Woman) Romance'.

8/2 - This was just barely average. Leah spent her whole time whining and not communicating with Sam. Sam spent his whole time trying to avoid a new relationship so soon after his previous one ended and not communicating with Leah. The entire book's premise is built on the couple's refusal to communicate with each other. If Sam had just told Leah why he was so reticent about getting into a new relations
Pam Nelson
3 Size Matters Stars - ❤ Audible Review HERE

Warning swearing a head:

First I am a CURVY girl so I thought yes a book I can relate too.

UMM NOO not at all. Leah is so up in her own damn head she doesn't see herself. She makes jokes about her size ok now that I understand I do that too, because as a curvy girl it’s expected.
But let’s be real here, she wouldn't have such problem if it wasn't for her FUCKED UP SELF-RIGHTOUS mother.

WHO lets there WIFE, the MOTHER of your children talk to them lik
Nov 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
I received a copy of this title from NetGalley. It does not impact my review.

**My response to this book did not warrant a full review, so behold my unorganized rant.**

A fake relationship story with a cover model that isn’t a size two. I thought this was going to be sweet and relatable and very body positive. I was wrong on all counts. I just disliked this book so much. The characters were awful and really unlikable. Leah was not that overweight, but she was really insecure about it and lashed ou
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book because it made me laugh out loud so many times. The whit & banter between the H&h and the other characters was very enjoyable. Typical romance, light reading, steamy sex, and humor all rolled into one. I would recommend this series to any fans of JE, CP, or any other author who writes this way! It contains a few pages from #2 in this series. I will be getting that one very soon! :)


It feels like eons ago that Ms. Alison Bliss sent me a message asking if I would be interested in reading her first book Rules of Protection. I wasn't disappointed then and I haven't been since. Bliss is just one of those authors that seems to just have "it". Her books are hilarious and romantic and steamy and completely realistic and down to earth. And after reading her latest book, I have a serious case of author love.

First, this book had me ROLLING from the very first page. Talk about hilari
Anna's Herding Cats

Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.
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Size Matters was my first from Alison Bliss and, yall, it so won't be my last. I couldn't put this book down! It was the perfect combination of hilarious, heartbreaking and toe curling sexy.

Okay, so, Sam. Sam has a tendency to speak before thinking and in a total hero move of defending Leah he manages to tell her mother that he and Leah are...engaged. Problem is they've only just met and she's all 'what the hell, dude?' becau
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I found this book to be a charming and romantic start to what seems to be a promising new romance series. I was very excited to read a romance novel with a plus-sized lead in it. It is as common to have a plus-sized woman be the main character in a romance book, so I am very glad the author decided to do that. I was happy that this book addressed body image and how it is important to love yourself no matter your size.

The main character, Leah, was hilarious. I found her commentary to be so witty
This book has all sorts of cat nip for me with a curvy heroine, friends to lovers and a fake engagement.

However, all that fun could not overcome a lack of a body positive point of view and tedious self esteem issues around weight that kept popping me out of the story.

I just couldn't settle in because I was hoping for a book that had a richer understanding of size.

Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, 4-5-stars
4.5 stars

Leah Martin is a real woman. She is a sweet, smart bakery owner and she's got curves. And she's got a bit of a self esteem problem due to her weight and her history. She does not hold out much hope that Mr. Right is just waiting for her.

Sam Cooper is sexy, handsome, and charismatic, but a bit confused about what he really wants. He just got out of a relationship that left him really needing a break. He inadvertently plays into all of Leah's insecurities when they meet. He actually likes
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I live for Romance books. The dirty kind, if you know what I mean. I typically don't gravitate towards Romance books like this one cause I feel like they would be too fluffy for my liking and I would end up bored and regretting my choice of reading material. That was not the case with Size Matters. Once I read the synopsis, I was drawn in. I couldn't wait to see how I would react to this story and let me tell you, I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. Yes i ...more
Kate Olson
Jun 20, 2018 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: romance-only
DNF at 50% but I did skim the last 5 pages. So so so so much self-hatred and self-fat-shaming. I was uncomfortable reading it.
Jul 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Oh how I wish this had been slightly better.

This should have been delightful, but I feel like it showcases one of the pitfalls of fake!engagement! in a modern context. So, basically Sam is incredibly attracted to Leah almost immediately, and she to him, but he's just broken up with someone crazy, and he's wants to take some time to be single and assess what he wants in a relationship. Fine. He's a bit of a jerk to Leah, to try and keep his distance. Not ideal, but semi-understandable. Except tha
Mar 06, 2021 rated it liked it
Lovely story
Dec 11, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF @ 18%. I hate to give up on a book so early, but I just couldn't do it. I really wanted to like this book. I'm always looking for "plus size heroines" but it's really triggering for me to read about one who has so much self-hatred. It's not that it isn't realistic--the opposite, really. At least part of the reason I read romance is for the escapism and I can't get that here. I want more books with plus size heroines who love and accept themselves. ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Chapters read: 4, which is roughly 15 percent

So far, it's mostly meh. Not totally terrible (minus one big negative, which I'll be discussing in some amount of detail), but not terribly impressive either. Bliss is going for a miscommunication hate to love, and it's trying really hard but feels pretty artificial. Also, it's hinging really heavily on how attracted they are too each other, and the dude POV is basically just him thinking about his cock which lol. Were that all, I'd finish and it woul
Kimi Porkchops
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There are authors that you just know that you’re going to like. There are authors that you know you can grab their book and you’ll be so engrossed that you’ll just keep reading until the book is over. Alison Bliss is one of them. When I found out that she was coming out with another series, one that was about a plus size girl I was stoked. Being plus-sized myself, it gets disheartening after awhile reading about main characters who are a size 4 all the time. Size Matters hit me right in the hear ...more
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Size Matters by Alison Bliss

This was a great new read from Bliss featuring an insecure, curvy baker, Leah and the foot-in-mouth diseased, builder Sam.

After a disastrous initial meeting and several meetings later, Sam helps Leah deliver her ex-boyfriends wedding cake and winds up as her self-appointed fake fiancé who subsequently moves to spend an entire weekend with her family. In order for Leah to save face, it's decided that Sam will act as unappealing and uncouth as possible in order for
Brooke Blogs
Size Matters is a book I've had on my shelf for a few years. I finally picked it up yesterday and sailed right through it in a day. I haven't done that with a book for a while. I am a plus-size gal and was really looking forward to seeing a character like me. Leah was sweet and funny. Sam was sexy and spent a good bit of time with his foot in his mouth. I laughed out loud several times reading this. Size Matters had heat, humor, and a whole lot of angst. I'd love to see this as a movie!

I bought

DNF @ 11% (and I was ready to do so at 8%, but I was out walking the pup and didn't pause it until I got home).

Fatphobic, that's-not-consenting and a fuck-no asshole "hero", plus body shaming, a dash of "vague" slut shaming, and just a whole lot of general NO FUCKING WAY.

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I will be talking about the book on my next Whatcha Reading? podcast which will go up on TBQ's Book Palace Saturday (11/18).
Dec 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Liar,liar ,pants on fire!

Well i realy thought that i'll be super entuziastic with this story but sadly i'm not. Nothing new to read about it:fake engagement,friends with benefit and in love at the end.
Sweet,short and funny on the moments.
Angie Elle
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Review to come.
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! Was so able to relate to Leah and all her self-esteem issues. Believable situations and true to life mishaps. I really enjoyed how Ms. Bliss included the family element. The humor was outstanding...literally caught myself laughing aloud every couple of pages. Wonderful story, can't wait for more from this author. ...more
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 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
Wendy Bunnell
Jan 20, 2017 rated it liked it
I've joined a book club that reads romance books, and yes, I read romance books, but I don't usually review them. Why? What is there to say, most of the time, and also, my mom is on Goodreads. No Mom, I'm only reading high quality literature, never those smutty books. And my mom would hate this book, as our main character's mother is a real piece of work.

But, my book club isn't meeting for a whole month to discuss this, and I actually read it in a day, so to help me remember it, I'm going to jo
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Alison Bliss is a best-selling, award-winning author of humorous, contemporary romances. A born and raised Texan, she currently resides in the Midwest with her husband and her two kids. The youngest of five girls, she has never turned down a challenge or been called by the right name. Alison believes the best way to know if someone is your soul mate is by canoeing with them because if you both mak ...more

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