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Monday, August 14, 2017

Review: On the Plus Side by Alison Bliss

I had a few issues with some of the characters but as far as new to me authors go, Alison Bliss is one I'm going to be following for a long time.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: June 27, 2017

Big girls don't cry.
They go after what they want.

Thanks to her bangin' curves, Valerie Carmichael has always turned heads-with the exception of seriously sexy Logan Mathis. Just Valerie's luck that the object of her lust-filled affection is also best friends with her overprotective brother. But Valerie's determined to get Logan's attention . . . even if it means telling a teeny little lie to get a job at his new bar.

Logan can't remember a time when Valerie didn't secretly fuel all his hottest fantasies. Now the curvaceous she-devil is working behind his bar, tempting him every damn night. It's only when he finds Valerie's naughty things-to-do list that Logan decides to break every rule in the book-by making each red-hot deed a reality.

No one warned them that they were going to fall this hard. And no one warned them that sometimes the smallest secrets can have the biggest consequences.

What’s it About? Valerie Carmichael has spent years lusting after her overprotective older brother’s best friend Logan Mathis but Logan’s always seemed oblivious to her existence. Determined to get his attention, Valerie tells a little lie in order to get a job at Logan’s new bar where she’ll be in constant reach. Meanwhile Logan is fighting a losing battle to keep his hands off his best friend’s sister but when he finds Valerie’s naughty to-do list he suddenly can’t handle the thought of her doing them with anyone but him. When Valerie’s white lie comes back to bite her, she’s not sure if she’ll be able to save her growing relationship with Logan or get her brother to back off once and for all.

Overall reaction to the story? Author Alison Bliss’ cheeky humor and red hot romance is right up my alley and I could bask in this book all day if given the chance. On the Plus Side is the BBW romance I’ve always wanted to read! The heroine is a super confident, sassy, flirty plus sized woman who knows she’s a catch and just needs the man of her dreams to see that he’s exactly what she needs.

Describe the hero in five words: Stubborn. Sexy. Loyal. Sweet. Determined.
Did you like him? Yes.
Why? Logan doesn’t have much in his life except his mom and his best friend Brett and he’s a really loyal guy so I kind of felt bad at the situation he was in, he really had a thing for Valerie but his loyalty to her brother kept him from acting on it. Logan could be a little gruff sometimes and he had the tendency to get a little rude with Valerie whenever he felt close to giving in to her. He was still a good guy overall though. He had a rough charm about him and also a quick sense of humor that popped out when you least expected it. He could be sweet one minute and be completely dirty the next which made him irresistibly yummy.

Describe the heroine in five words: Confident. Sexy. Intelligent. Daring. Determined.
Did you like her? Yes.
Why? Valerie is the “plus sized” heroine I’ve been waiting for! She’s the heroine who isn’t bemoaning her size and who needs a man to show her how to accept herself for who she is. Nope. Valerie freaking OWNED her curves and she knew she was sexy and could turn heads wherever she went. I loved that about her! She was so confident without being arrogant and she was also fun because she wasn’t always being all insecure and wishing she was skinnier. On that note she also didn’t go and hate on women who were thinner which made her even better in my eyes. Valerie was a good friend, and a very tolerant sister because her brother gave a whole new meaning to “over protective.” As awesome as Valerie was though, she had a moment of being super na├»ve and a tad selfish when it came to Logan and his business. She was so focused on winning Logan over that she ended up causing him harm yet I don’t think she quite realized how irresponsible she had been and instead got all butt hurt when he got angry at her.

Let’s talk about the romance: Logan and Valerie had that bubbling chemistry that came from years of pent up longing and attraction so it made a lot of their early interactions tense. Logan tries his best to ignore it but of course a character like Valerie isn’t about to let him walk away without letting him know just what he’s walking away from and that’s when things turned grab-your-ice-water hot. These two just couldn’t keep their hands off of each other and with two such strong willed characters you bet those scenes were super sexy and of course, really hot. What really stood out to me though is that Valerie was the one that did most of the pursuing and seducing and Logan was the one with all the reasons why they couldn’t be together. It put a different spin on the romance and I enjoyed seeing a woman chasing the man. That doesn’t happen too often.

My problem with these two as a couple though was how when Valerie screwed up big time and Logan justifiably chewed her out he ended up having to apologize to her! I didn’t get it because he wasn’t abusive to her when he got mad and let me tell you, Valerie pulled a doozy of a lie that had some bad consequences for Logan. VALERIE not Logan should have been the one to do the groveling and apologizing, not him.

How about that supporting cast? Not going to lie, Valerie’s brother is a gigantic pain in the butt. He’s overbearingly protective of her to the point of almost getting into fights because guys flirt with her! I mean, she has to date in secret because of Brett’s attitude! Granted, later on you find out why he’s that way and it’s a heartbreaker but still I think it came a little late because by that time I was kinda hating him. Though by the end he was more of a big brother than crazed bodyguard to Valerie. I want him to fall in love next so he can get jerked around for a change. I know I’m mean that way. Then there were also Valerie’s friends including a very mischievous Max who liked to tease and play but at the same time could instigate a fight like no one’s business. Once he found out Logan had a thing for Valerie he couldn’t resist poking at him by flirting outrageously with her even though he didn’t have any romantic feelings for Valerie at all. All in all though, Max seemed like a pretty stand up, solid friend to have around even if he did like causing trouble. I liked him and there may be a bit of a crush developing there too.

Click It or Skip It? Click It. Even with the unfairness of Logan’s groveling, Alison Bliss is a new to me author who I have a feeling will end up on my “Favorites” list very soon.

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