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The Ugly Girlfriend (The Lonely Hearts #1)

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LaToya Jenkins is the quintessential woman: smart, successful, grounded and determined. She only has one problem socially - she's overweight. As the "big one" of her girlfriends, she often faces rejection from the men of their social circle because of her size and/or her dark skin. And due to a painful past relationship, she gives up on love completely until, she takes on ...more
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Published (first published December 16th 2010)
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postcrdprincess
Dec 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I came across this book by accident, and I was glad I did. This book struck several personal cords with me. 1) It was about a black woman, 2) she was not your typical size 6; she was actually a size 14, and 3) she always felt like she did not fit in with her circle of friends. Because I was able to relate to LaToya on a personal level I was able to thoroughly enjoy the book.

This was an interracial romance, and I was glad the author didn’t take the typical path of black woman meets white man fall
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Becca
Jan 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Although I enjoyed the book, I found it too short and the concluding chapters a bit lacking in substance. It felt rushed. Also, if the author does not have an editor then please get one as it would make your work so much more enjoyable and if she does have an editor then perhaps it may be time for a change.
Lizzie Charles
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
I still really hate to give a book a 2 rating but I just can't bring this one up to a 3. The storyline is a good one, but it was so rushed. It was really hard at times to determine who was talking and there were editing issues. The way the h's friends treated her at times was appalling and while I realize some women can be this way I think most of us who are not model thin and beautiful don't surround ourselves with friends who judge us harshly for that. I honestly think if the story and charact ...more
Xenia
May 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely interracial romance novella about an African American woman who is full figured and mostly ignored by men because of it. The heroine is a size 14 which quite frankly is NOT full figured unless you are only 5 feet tall. I am a size 14 and at 5'6" I am quite slim. Society's idea of what full figured is is skewed. Anyway, this novella reflects how shallow society has become in choosing partners for love. A handsome and successful white male truly falls in love with the heroine. Her ...more
Stephanie
Dec 09, 2014 rated it liked it
I liked this book, but the pace was what earned it 3 stars. Latoya has some self-esteem issues and meets a client that is going thru a nasty divorce. End of synopsis if you dont want me to spoil the rest.

So either way Latoya and Mitch relationship moved too fast. There wasnt enough time for the reader to develope those feelings that they had felt. It was like the author said "they fell in love after a few weeks, now lets move ahead". I dont know about you but as a reader I like to live those mom
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Cheryl
Apr 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. I read it on the kindle. Unlike a lot of the other books it did not start with the main characters jumping straight into bed with one another. Is started off slow and gradually picked up like a lot of relationships do. However the characters seemed to jump into the love part of the relationship rather fast and a lot of the story seemed unbelievable. The parts of the story that I really was fond of was how lead female really handled herself in the face of much adversity ...more
Elle1986
Hmmm... I am struggling to find the right words for this book. I didn't hate it but I also didn't really love it. I was extremely excited because the character had some meat on her bones so I was like... whoot whoot let me check it out (If you have read any of my reviews you know I am not a fan of the extremely thin, flat stomach, perfect body characters) however I just didn't feel the connection with the characters.

I think I was expecting something a little different when I went into the book
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Kourtney
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I've lived with Spina Bifida for 27 years noe and it has definately made dating super difficult because I get judged on my outward appearance rather than my inside. This was such a positive short love story that gave me even more hope thwt my very own Mitch is out there eaiting for me eith open and accepting arms. Bravo to Latrivia Nelson!
Bella
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: interracial romance lovers
Lovely interracial read

This book is about a black woman who was not your typical size, she is full figured and always felt like she did not fit in within her circle of friends and was forever getting rejected by men. Despite this though she was as bitter as you would think. She was still strong and for the most part confident and independent.

LaToya Jenkins is presented to Mitchell O'Keefe by one of her clients Byron, LaToya owns a professional cleaning service and Mitch needs someone to organis
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Genney Blass
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. I Truly enjoy this book. Loved, loved, Latoya and Mitch, what a cute couple they made. It was love, life and triumph of working with each other. How two people with conversating and enjoying each others company can be truly soulmates at the end. When Mitch did his speech, how emotional he spoked, I cried what a beautiful heart he has and the love he had toward his son and Latoya. Her Girlfriend, oh, I was happy when she left with her mouth open when she heard Mitch speech. I my mind I ...more
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
1st read by Nelson, she has given me a now series to look for in the future. I love LaToya. She is a black woman with her own, but she does have concerns and a few issues of her own. She does not place the blame for her life or lack of it on others. Her friend or so-called friend need to take a few lessons. I am very happy to see that Mitch could see beyond the facade.
Elise-Pinterest+Goodreads=The Perfect Book Boyfriend
This was a very quick read. It was interesting and charming. If you are looking for a book with a plus size heroine this one will fit the bill. She owns her own business and he is Irish. Sweet. I like LN so if you are a fan of hers, you will enjoy this. I would lend for a weekned read. TTFN.
Rosalyn Leigh
Apr 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
sweet story, but i would have preferred for it to be a little longer, with a meatier plot and more conflict. otherwise i was still able to breeze right through this. thing is, the story isn't that memorable. atthe same time, however, it was still well written, as per usual for ms. nelson
Kio Mendosa
Dec 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
It is no mystery that I am a big fan of Latrivia Nelson's work, but I think that she really outdid herself with this one. I can see why this book is in the top ten of multicultural books on Amazon. It made me cry.
Mspraise50
May 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story. I could relate to the plus size of LaToya. I loved the honesty of the story too. Well worth a read.
Cherryl Montgomery
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a sweet romance!

OMG... With a friend like Angela who needs enemies. She had her nerves berating LaToya like that. Like she was a subhuman with no feelings and then try to take back what she said. I like the fact that LaToya and Mitch took their time in their relationship instead of jumping in and knocking boots first thing. Even Mitch's son Jack fell in love with her. The only time that his ex Elaine wanted him back was when he showed interest in someone else.

Latrivia wrote a heart warming
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Aramis90
Jun 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
Don't bother

From beginning to end, LaToya (our heroine) is so unlikable. If she isn't constantly commenting on her weight (side note, a size 14 is not big), she comments on her skin tone. Being a bigger woman, dark skinned woman, I wanted to give this novel a shot despite the reviews I've read, but this novel simply depressed me. Even the "friends" in the book were simply awful one dimensional characters to showcase the societal view of plus sized black woman. But why would they even be friends
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Tracy
Jun 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I’m trying to read more stories by authors of color with diverse characters.
I enjoyed reading about this couple in their 30s/early 40s and have Latoya deal with issues of weight, race, friendship, etc. The characters were super mature and the story was short. I think because of that maturity there wasn’t a lot of drama (hence the length). It’s of those books that gives you a good lesson/reminder at the end. I really did like the main character, she was so strong even with her insecurities....and
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April
Sep 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Not very exciting...not terrible. There was a lack of character depth and plot development. We were told continuously about her issue with her weight, but there was no real feeling. It was just mentioned a lot but not developed on, I was not able to feel her hurt throughout the story...the only reason I knew she had an issue with it, was because she said so.
Jenise
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nice read

This was quick little read that certainly passed the time delightfully. I loved the simple plot yet complex - due to the many inhibitions life presents. I recommend this little story to all hopeless romantics like me. Enjoy.
Olipa
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
BEAUTIFUL
Ariel
Jul 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Cute little love story.
Mary Jones
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just a lovely feel good story...don't over think just enjoy.
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Pesky
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have been reading romances for most of my life at this point. Even having taken some lengthy hiatuses from the genre, I always end up coming back to it. Going from the classic 80s purple prose style, through a long infatuation with regency era novels and then into a(n often unfortunate) bout with contemporaries, one key factor always persisted. That was, that the heroines of every single novel I read, were always always white.

I think it's honestly a tragedy that I, being dark skinned and broa
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Darla
Apr 05, 2012 rated it liked it
**Possible Spoilers** I enjoyed this little book, I thought it was cute and sweet, and of course anything dealing with an Irishman, accent to boot, is sure to catch my attention in the best of ways! I felt I could almost understand what our heroine, LaToya was dealing with, but I will never understand, how she got the title "the ugly girlfriend" and why the hell she didn't put a stop to it when it started. It really made me wonder what type of "friends" she had in the first place, because all my ...more
M.J. Friday
May 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Meet LaToya Jenkins, a successful, smart Africa –American woman who owns her own cleaning service. She is known in her circle of friends as the “big one”, at a size 14. Men usually go for her smaller girlfriends, so when handsome Irish born architect Mitchell “Mitch” O’Keefe hires her to be his cleaning lady, the last thing LaToya expects is he is interested in her. Mitch has just gone thru a nasty divorce and caring for his young son has proven to be a lot so he hires cleaning service to at lea ...more
Crazy for Books (Stephanie)
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Nicky
This book was just okay to me. There were quite a few typos but nothing that was too major (waken instead of waking, accept instead of except there were a couple more but these were memorable to me). The story was nice, it just needed to be fleshed out a little more.. In one review someone said the whole book was a lead-up to the sex scene and had too much explicit sex, Id really like to know what book they were reading seeing as the H/h dont even have sex until way late in the story (around 73% ...more
Keita
May 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
I' m really torn about a review for this book. It definitely wasn't one of the best interracial romance I've read but it had a ok plot. I wanted to like the book more than I actually did. I thought the characters needed more fleshing out. The relationship between the main characters is never fully developed. We are told that they become really good friends and then lovers but never really shone how their relationship progresses. I was thinking where is the progression to the romance? And by the ...more
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“Oh shut up with that, woman,” he said quickly. Leaning into her, he grabbed her arms quickly before she could protest and pulled her into him.” 1 likes
“And while you’re sitting here taking up for him, no one will ever even know that he had a fling with the maid. That’s some old southern, plantation shit, okay. White men have always had a little black thing that they messed off with and no one knew. You two ain’t doing nothing new under the sun.” 0 likes
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