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Muffin Top

(The Hartigans #2)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  7,249 ratings  ·  737 reviews
The only thing about me that’s a size zero is the filter on my mouth. I’ve got a big personality, a big rack, and a big number on the scale. And I’m perfectly fine with that.

But when some random guy suggests I might not be eating alone if I’d ordered a salad instead of a hamburger I’m shocked silent, which is a feat, trust me.

That brings us to one sexy fireman named Franki
ebook, 320 pages
Published October 29th 2018 by Entangled: Amara (first published October 22nd 2018)
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Trisha McGee Both listened and read my iPad. Loved story also loved 1st book in series.
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Muffin Top is book two in The Hartigans series by Avery Flynn. I enjoyed book one in this series so much, Butterface, so I’ve been so looking forward to this book.

Frankie Hartigan is the oldest of the Hartigan siblings, at thirty-three years old. He’s an Irish red headed firefighter at the Waterbury Firehouse. Frankie watched his brother, Ford fall in love but he, himself, has felt no inclination to follow in his footsteps. He is the town ladies man. He doesn’t have any problem finding women and
Oct 03, 2018 marked it as avoid
I cannot with the title. I also cannot with the premise of the story.

I’m plus sized and I eat and don’t eat salads. It’s not like all curvy people make an unbreakable vow to never eat or like salad. And if these starter clichés are not enough, the heroine has to be brash and ’always say what she thinks, consequence be damned’; because if you’re curvy, you also have to have a BIG personality - just like all the ’fat friends’ ever portrayed in literature or at the cinema.
Curves are more than a gim
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Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Great story!
There is no person in the world who believes they are perfect so including the curvy and chunky women of the world in this story is smart. Everyone can relate to and has probably felt and experienced the uncomfortableness during those awkward teenage years. Trying to blend in with the popular group and just finding your place in school can be difficult.

The story takes us on the trip back to a high school reunion. The most difficult and painful time for
Book Lover
I really wanted to like this book. I was very excited to see a plus size female lead, had high hopes for a strong character. Alas, I was disappointed.

Lucy Kavanaugh is a size 20. She is smart, snarky, funny and way too self-deprecating. As in constantly. “Look, I’ll let you in on a secret to survival for someone like me. If you prep yourself for the worst, you won’t be disappointed, and if you own the insult before it can be uttered, you can’t be hurt.” Wow. How sad. This is not self-empowering.
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-3
This was fun! Frankie has a long history of one-night stands with women, and is just now realizing there may be something missing from his life. Lucy, the friend of his sisters, is brassy and bold and doesn’t put up with his BS. She needs a date for a reunion, and since she seems immune to his charms, Frankie decides this might be the perfect time to put his bad habits on hold. Of course, they wind up having chemistry. This book had a great MC and good messages about loving the body you have. Lu ...more
Nov 03, 2018 rated it liked it
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I'm on the fence a bit about this book. The story was enjoyable and I liked the premise of it with the not-so-perfect heroine. It was unique in that it didn't feature the cliche type of romance heroine that is portrayed as perfect and stunning. Yet I also got annoyed that, just like with the previous book in the series, those imperfections were voiced a little too much. At times, the fact that our heroine was a size twenty woman seemed to overshadow the romance betw
I picked this up because of the fat representation and the ostensible body positivity, yet there's nothing empowering about a fat woman with zero self-esteem who only sees herself through the eyes of others and constantly projects.

A encounter at a bar between casual acquaintances Frankie Hartigan and Lucy Kavanagh has them on an extended date to Lucy's hometown high school reunion. Lucy thinks the hot firefighter is completely out of her league, and Frankie is on a hiatus from sex/hook-ups/women, but their attraction is undeniable.

A light and fairly entertaining little read, just what I need for a easy Saturday. That being said there was always this little niggle at the back of my head as I read this, especially due to ho
You know, there’s a saying that you can’t be happy with someone else, until you’re happy with yourself.
The entire book was of Lucy’s self deprecating, overly defensive self loathing.
Quite honestly, it seemed like nothing the poor guy said or did was good enough. Her behavior became tedious and I ended up just skimming through, but every where I stopped was another dig she made at herself.
It’s a shame, because the writing was actually good, but in looking at the other other books, I have no de
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dear reader, before you start this book I have a warning for you, just hand over your heart and panties to the giant ginger that is Frankie Hartigan and don’t fight it. You won’t be sorry. I know I wasn’t.

Warning given, I can now say that this is a book that EVERYONE who reads romance needs to read. I LOVED this story so much. I still think about it days after I finished it. Okay, I still get the giggles thinking about certain scenes too. No matter how much I think I’m done with Frankie and Luc
Sofia Lazaridou
Nov 05, 2018 marked it as to-read
I wasn't able to finish Muffin top. I was disgusted with the hero and his man-whoring ways. He has almost literally screwed half the female population of the town and the women he has been with even compared notes. WTF people? Did I really need to know that these random women talked about his performance in bed? Because that's one of the two things I knew about him when I finished the book. The other thing is that he is a workaholic. That's not a lot.

The heroine is very insecure. She is a plus
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I like this series about the Hartigan siblings. Funny and following a tv series.
Sharlize D'Souza
Mar 21, 2019 rated it liked it
This book needs to become a movie ASAP. It was a solid 3 star read.
Going into this book I was a little wary considering the bad reviews that I had read about it and the general fetishism of the plus size community (which I am apart of). However, I was genuinely pleased by how well the book handled the topic.
The romance was quite sophisticated in my opinion and it rejects the idea to fetishising the community on multiple counts.
Lucy is a freaking badass and I'm constantly struck between wantin
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I don't know what it is about 2018, but I am so grateful for the relatable characters that authors are writing right now. Lucy is a size twenty, brilliant, independent woman with a knack for helping influential men out of tight spots. She has the confidence to spin stories and take control, but not when it comes to her own life. Frankie is the handsome town player, a firefighter with a heart of gold who doesn't know how to really love a woman prope
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
This one picks up with the best friend of the main female character from the first book and the eldest Hartigan brother, a huge firefighter whose been cutting a swathe through the female population of his hometown for years.

A chance encounter between casual acquaintances Frankie Hartigan and Lucy Kavanagh has them on an extended date to Lucy's hometown high school reunion. Frankie is looking to change his pattern of casual hookups and thinks he's safe around Lucy because she's nothing like his n
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
*I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

I was so excited to read this book since it is a romance about a plus-sized character. It seemed to be pretty body-positive, so I was so ready to read something different than usual.

The thing is, it is so bland.

Let me back up. First let me say, I think everything mentioned about Lucy's weight is on point-- her worries and concerns aren't baseless. Although, I'm not truly plus-sized some of what is said
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, 2-stars
I really wanted to like Muffin Top. But I just had a hard time connecting to Lucy from the get-go. She talks a big game about being self-confident, but I really didn't get that vibe from her at all. And as a plus size woman myself, I hated that her size became such a plot point rather than Lucy just being a size 20. Too much attention was drawn on the the fact that she was plus sized, and it began to really irritate me. The book's obsession with Lucy's size and her insecurities just annoyed me t ...more
Nadine Wilmschen
Oct 31, 2018 rated it did not like it
If you want to know how not to write a story, read this book.

One day I will learn that this author is not for me. One day I will....

Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
Muffin Top was a very realistic romance for me - and I loved how humorous it was in dealing with things that can really hurt.
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Frankie Hartigan is on a mandatory three week vacation from his job as the town’s sexy fireman. While he ponders his life and his inability to commit to a real loving and lasting relationship at the local cop bar, he comes to the rescue of one Lucy Kavanagh. Lucy is his brother’s fiance’s best friend and she just might be the distraction he needs to keep himself on his newly acquired sex ban. Lucy is too blunt and too ballsy and might just be the perfect woman to keep his mind out of the gutter ...more
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
After reading and enjoying the first book in Avery Flynn’s The Hartigans series, Butterface, I was eager to dive into the second book. There was a wee bit of tentatively regarding Muffin Top, but I’m glad I jumped in. After finishing it, I’m extremely eager to get my hands on book three, Tomboy.

The fact this series is dealing with the unconventional female leads – book one was the female considered ‘unattractive’, book two is the female considered ‘overweight’, and book three is the female consi
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04/08/2019: Read for the second time!

This review MAY contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

This is my first time reading an adult contemporary romance. Shocking, I know. I will be completely honest, the only reason that I picked this book up is because it was about a plus size girl and I thought that I could relate since I am one myself. I read an excerpt online and it made me giggle so I grabbed a copy of this and jumped right in. I wasn't disappointed. I loved every moment. I read this in on
Brie Jo
Oct 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Another excellent instalment in the Hartigan family saga. I of course love this one as the hero is ginger. :-)
Jenn (The Book Refuge)
This was adorable. Frankie is a firefighter and a bit of a man-whore. He gets a wake up call from an ex lover about changing his ways.

Lucy is a ballbusting tough working woman and she has no time for a player like Frankie. Until he pretends to be her boyfriend and comes to her defense when an asshole makes a stupid comment about her weight.

Then he ups the anti and offers to be her date to her high school reunion. He's on a sex break and Lucy isn't his type. Everything should be fine, right?

Monique Pearson
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Those Hartigan men! I love how they're slow to catch on but then go all in. And Lucy is just my kind of gal! Growing up the fat kid myself I understand her defense mechanisms quite well. AND her love of red lipstick. Really enjoyed this one! ...more
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, audiobooks, fun
4 Stars for Muffin Top: The Hartigans, Book 2 (audiobook) by Avery Flynn read by Brian Pallino and Savannah Peachwood. This was another fun romance by Avery Flynn. I think I enjoyed the first book a little more but this is still a good read. It’s a fun audiobook.
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is just so sweet!
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Contrarily to what the blurb presage, the book is written at the third person, not the first, but I absolutely didn't care because I had too much fun reading it :)

The hero is Frankie Hartigan. A hot ginger firefighter of thirty-three years old who's been forced to take a vacation by his boss and the HR department because he haven't take a leave of absence in far too long and it's against regulation and safety. Frankie lives for the job. He likes the adrenaline and the camaraderie, so he's afraid
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“This is what you get when you have a naked Lucy Kavanagh.” She reached behind her back to her bra clasp. “There are rolls.” The bra hooks gave way, and she shook it off, letting it drop where it may. “There are stretch marks.” She slid her thumbs into the waistband of her high-waisted panties meant to hold her not-perfect stomach in and pushed them with more force than necessary to her ankles. She kicked them off with enough power that they went flying through the night like a red cotton bullet and landed on a bush near where Frankie had parked. “There are curves where there should be dips.” She held her arms out wide. “There is all of this, and I’m not apologizing for it—not to you and not to anyone.” 4 likes
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