Big Girl Panties

Big Girl Panties

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by Stephanie Evanovich
     
 

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A rollicking, sensuous, feel-good romantic comedy about a grieving young widow who decides to get in shape . . . and winds up getting her groove back—and a whole lot more!

Holly didn't expect to be a widow at thirty-two. She also didn't expect to be so big. After her husband's death, food was the one thing she could always count on. Now, those

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A rollicking, sensuous, feel-good romantic comedy about a grieving young widow who decides to get in shape . . . and winds up getting her groove back—and a whole lot more!

Holly didn't expect to be a widow at thirty-two. She also didn't expect to be so big. After her husband's death, food was the one thing she could always count on. Now, those extra pounds make flying coach feel like medieval torture—especially when she's squished next to Logan Montgomery. A personal trainer to famous pro athletes, her seatmate is so hot that he makes Holly sweat in all the right (and so embarrassingly wrong!) places.

Though Holly doesn't make the grade on Logan's first-impression meter, he finds himself intrigued by her sharp wit and keen insights—a welcome change from the high-maintenance models he dates—so he impulsively offers to get her back in shape. A little skeptical but ready to make at least one positive change in her life, Holly agrees.

To Logan's (and her own) surprise, Holly turns out to be a natural in the gym, slimming down into a bona fide looker with killer curves—and a new kind of hunger. Before either of them can stop it, the easy intimacy of their training sessions leads to even more steamy workouts away from the gym.

Logan's best friends, professional baseball player Chase Walker and his wife, Amanda, see that this is more than a fling, even if Logan and Holly don't. But can a man whose whole life depends on looks commit himself to a woman who doesn't fit his ideal? Now that Holly's turning other men's heads, does she even need Logan anymore? Are they a couple built to last . . . or destined to fizzle?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Evanovich’s incredibly entertaining debut mesmerizes with wit, heart, and intelligence as a spirited large woman breaks out of her shell in a thin-obsessed world. Holly Brennan, widowed at 32, is worn out after months of caring for her dying husband and seeking consolation in food. She surprises herself by saying yes when personal trainer Logan Montgomery, a Greek-god lookalike, offers to help her break some bad habits. Logan is impressed by Holly’s spunk (and embarrassed by his initial inclination to sneer at “the fat chick”), and he sees their partnership as a win-win situation: Holly will get back into the game of her own life, and he will enjoy watching her transformation. Shedding pounds and emotional baggage, Holly begins hanging out with Logan’s image-conscious friends, but the commitment-phobic trainer turns surly when others find her attractive. An explosive sexual encounter confirms their chemistry and budding love, but an intentional misspoken word and a party prank force both to confront their last barrier to happiness. Quality writing, memorable characters, hot sex scenes, and an emotionally satisfying story add up to a marvelous gem. Agents: Andrea Cirillo and Meg Ruley at Jane Rotrosen Agency. (July)
People
Big Girl Panties has wit and heart.”
Susan Anderson
“Savvy, smart and sexy!”
Rachel Kramer Bussel
“A page turner with real heart! This sexy tale will have you racing to your local gym-after you’ve finished racing through this charming, funny novel.”
Booklist
“Evanovich’s debut effort is a funny, clever, and well-paced read.”
Kirkus Reviews
A trainer accidentally plays the role of Pygmalion when he transforms a client into a love interest. The main thing for which people recognize witty, sparkly Holly Brennan is her need for more than one airline seat. Though she's always been a little fuller figured, Holly has been eating to fill an emotional void since the recent medical diagnosis and subsequent death of her husband, Bruce. When she's seated next to Logan Montgomery on a plane back home to Englewood, N.J., Holly imagines a silent ride alongside the handsome hunk. But before she knows it, the two are engaged in casual banter. Logan tells Holly about his personal training business and, breaking his usual rule of working only with athletes, suggests taking Holly on as a client. Holly takes to her training like an ugly duckling to water, transforming before Logan's eyes. Much to their surprise, both Logan and Holly start to see the friendship as something more. Now Holly needs to figure out whether she's more than just a project for Logan, and Logan has to determine if Holly will ever live up to the hard bodies he usually dates. Can these two put aside their fears long enough to face what's right in front of them? A good start by Evanovich, who presents both sides of the story in a romance with imperfect heroes.
Library Journal
Rather too zaftig after turning to food for comfort during her husband's fatal illness, 32-year-old Holly Brennan is chagrined to be occupying the plane seat next to Logan Montgomery, personal trainer to star athletes. But he's intrigued by her sass and offers to help her get back in shape, which leads to a hot affair. Former actress/comedienne Evanovich gets a one-day laydown on July 9 and the 150,000-copy first printing.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062224842
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/09/2013
Pages:
324
Sales rank:
1,352,970
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

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Big Girl Panties


By Stephanie Evanovich

HarperCollins Publishers

Copyright © 2013 Stephanie Evanovich
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-06-222484-2


Chapter One
I'm sorry, Mr. Montgomery,” the pretty employee behind the
counter said apologetically, “but for the next flight out, it's the best
I can offer.”
Logan Montgomery rarely hated anything, but flying coach was
an exception. He thought he had left those days behind long ago.
Even with two seats side by side, there was never enough room. He
could've waited until the middle of the night and flown first class,
but Logan chose to get home sooner. Not only was he ready for a
night in his own bed, he simply had too much to do on the other
end of his flight.
Logan was booked solid for the next three days, thanks to the
shuffling he had to do to accommodate this trip. Football season
was gearing up, basketball was winding down, and baseball was
in full swing, and if it had been anyone but Chase Walker who'd
asked him to fly from New York to Toronto on the spur of the mo-
ment, he would've begged off.
Chase was first baseman for the New York Kings, and while the

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Kings had extremely qualified trainers on staff, Chase wouldn't
settle for anyone but Logan. And, what an overpaid baseball player
and best friend wants, he gets. Logan had stretched Chase out for
two days and then worked him out earlier that morning, and the
Golden Boy was ready to go. Logan really couldn't complain. The
cost for such spontaneous, unparalleled ser vices was premium;
the money was already in Logan's account.
Logan slid into his seat, long legs wedging up against the seat
in front of him. He tried in vain to sit up straighter, attempting to
somehow create more room, then took a deep breath. He closed
his eyes, filtering out the external noise, the passengers filing in
around him, their accompanying scuffles with the overhead com-
partments. A toddler fussed, refusing to sit down, insisting on re-
maining in her mother's lap. Logan exhaled a silent Zen mantra of
gratitude for his window seat and relatively short flight. Satisfied
that mind had overcome matter, Logan clicked his seat belt into
place. That's when he looked up and saw her.
Oh, please don't let her sit next to me, he silently begged, watch-
ing her make her way down the aisle, her thick thighs rubbing to-
gether and her ample hips bumping into seats as she passed them.
Her auburn hair was disheveled in ten different directions. She
counted the rows and stopped right in front of Logan, giving him a
quick glance. Why do I always get the old lady, the drunk guy, or the fat
chick? Logan thought. God, I hate coach. His mantra transformed
quickly into moping.
Perfect, Holly thought, withholding the maniacal laughter she
knew would have the flight crew calling for security. It wasn't
enough that she hated to fly. It wasn't even enough that she had to
give up her original same- day flight and stay in Toronto overnight
after what felt like twelve rounds with the Mike Tyson of corporate

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raiders. She even managed to maintain her sanity after mistaking
the hotel's tiny bottle of body wash for shampoo and lathering her
already overgrown hair into an unmanageable, flowery- smelling
mop. Blow- drying only made it worse. She couldn't even find a
rubber band to pull it back with. The waistband of her pants felt
like a tourniquet due to the weight she'd gained in recent months.
She could feel her bra strap cutting painfully into her right shoul-
der. And now she had to spend the next two hours squishing
Adonis himself.
Holly could almost feel his disgust toward her radiating out of
him, as if the irritated expression on his handsome face wasn't
enough of an indicator. Another round of her pissing someone
off just by showing up. She gritted her teeth and stuffed a large,
brown, worn- out- looking satchel under the seat in front of her
and ran her fingers hurriedly through the rat's nest on her head
before sitting in it. In an effort to create some extra room for her-
self, she moved the armrest up. Trying to appear casual, she took a
deep breath, sucked in her stomach as best she could, and buckled
herself in.
At least she doesn't need the seat belt extension, Logan mused. He
was a little afraid to inhale, recalling a fat woman he sat next to
some years ago who smelled of hard- boiled eggs and rotten cheese.
Tentatively, he drew in a breath. She smelled like baby powder and
lavender, distinctly lavender. He relaxed a bit, giving a small nod
in her direction.
He couldn't help but notice how white her knuckles got on
takeoff. Her fists were clenched so tight against the seat. Curi-
ously, she showed no other outward signs of fright. At least she
didn't start wailing or get the vapors or do absurd tricks to take
her to her “happy place.” But with a second glance, Logan realized

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she wasn't just gripping her armrest. She wasn't moving. At all. He
took a quick look at her face to make sure she wasn't turning blue.
She was staring straight ahead, eyes wide open, fixated on some
focal point in the front of the aircraft.
“Breathe, girl,” Logan found himself saying.
Holly blinked once, her face pale, and tried to inhale, which to
Logan sounded more like a gasp. “I'm not so good at takeoff,” she
responded on an exhaled whoosh of air.
“You're doing fine,” he told her confidently, and opened a mag-
azine.
Thanks, Superman, she thought, feeling the plane start to level
off. Easy for you to say. I'll bet you can actually fly and are just on vaca-
tion.
Once they were safely in the air and Holly's panic passed, she
noticed how perfectly groomed he was. He probably got a hair-
cut every four weeks without
(Continues...)

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Meet the Author

Stephanie Evanovich is a full-fledged Jersey girl from Asbury Park who began writing fiction while waiting for her cues during countless community theater projects. She attended New York Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts, performed with several improvisational troupes, and acted in a few small-budget movies, all in preparation for the greatest job she's ever had: raising her two sons. Now a full-time writer, she's also an avid sports fan who holds a black belt in tae kwon do.

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Big Girl Panties 4.1 out of 5 based on 3 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With all the hype, I was sure I would love this book. I wanted to love it. The name alone makes you want to buy it. It was cute, but...the chemistry wasn't there. The sexual tension wasn't there. I struggled through the first few chapters.  The head hopping made me want to cry. On a good note, I did relate to Holly and found myself in tears on more than one occasion. I found myself reliving past hurts and  insecurities as an "average" woman hopelessly in love with a man way out of my league.  It did pull at my heartstrings.
Bitten-By-Love-Reviews More than 1 year ago
This book was written to be about self esteem and encouragement for women to love themselves, along with some romance. Boy, oh boy...does that come through this book from front to cover. It was upbeat and intense. All that Holly struggled with from page one till the end. Now I am sure there are many women out there who could similarly be in Holly's shoes in some way. And I am sure there are men out there that have been or will be in Logan's. Guess what! No matter what social media, and magazines tell you...looks really don't and should never truly matter. I have to give my praise and applauds to Stephanie Evanovich, cause she really did an amazing job with this book and how well it flowed. Though to me the ending was slightly predictable, the way it happened was absolutely incredible. This book all in all was hilarious and there were parts where I wanted to either cry, laugh or both at the same time! So you should go pick up this book and enjoy it as much as I did.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
What happens when an over weight, 32 year old, widow ends up sitting next to a physical trainer to the stars in coach on the plane...Life changing experiences for both and Big Girl Panties gives you a front row seat. Logan Mongomery is a trainer to many professional athletes. He is an all around good guy but he's been focused on his appearance and persona for so long that when he finds himself attracted to Holly Brennan, an over weight client, he doesn't know how to deal with his feelings. Holly Brennan finds herself a widow and over weight. When she sits next to a beautiful man on the plane she never expected an offer for personal training sessions. Changing her life, one rep at a time, Holly must face her sorrow, food addiction and self image issues all under the watch of a man that sets her pulse on fire. This was an enchanting story about two people discovering happiness through lots of self growth and friendships. Logan, Mr. Perfect, discovers that maybe a life based on appearance and looks doesn't offer everything he desires. Holly comes to grips with her life losses, changes and her own ability the create her own destiny of happiness. Stephanie Evanovich takes absolutely average human issues, weaves them into a fascinating story that pulls you in and rivets you to the characters plight. A delightful, touching story of personal growth and love. This ARC copy of Big Girl Panites was given to me by HarperCollins - William Morrow in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication July 9, 2013. Written by: Stephanie Evanovich Hardcover: 336 pages Publisher: William Morrow  Pubication Date: July 9, 2013 ISBN-10: 0062224840 ISBN-13: 978-0062224842 Rating: 4 Genre: Romance, Contemporary
SharonRedfern More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. On the surface it seems like the traditional romance theme of heavyset woman loses weight to make the good looking guy fall for her but it really is so much more than that simple theme. Holly is flying home from a meeting related to her late husband and his estate when she is seated next to Mr. Perfect Logan. Holly is frazzled inside and out and when Logan sees her he dismisses her as another overweight loser. Logan is basically a nice guy and starts a conversation when he sees how tense Holly is about takeoff. Logan is an elite personal trainer with a knight in shiner armor complex and he offers private sessions to Holly to help her “break some bad habits”. Holly is still getting adjusted to life without her husband and being financially independent. Holly shows up at Logan’s gym and works on getting herself healthier. She and Logan develop a friendship and she meets his most famous client, Chase, and his wife Amanda. Their story is a quirky one and adds a little spice to the book. Chase is a MLB player and one of Logan’s best friends. Amanda and Holly become friends and Amanda decides to do a little matchmaking. What I liked about this book is that Holly decides to improve herself for her own reasons, not to snag a guy. She has issues relating to her family and her late husband that she needs to put behind her and getting control over her own body helps her work though those issues. I also liked the fact that holly remains real. She does not transform quickly into a stunning sexpot. She still struggles with self-esteem issues even after she successfully loses a lot of weight. She is attracted to Logan but sees his perfection as making him unattainable for any kind of serious relationship. Logan is very supportive but he has issues of his own to deal with, including his affinity to a type of woman who Holly can never turn herself into. He also has that whole Svengali transformation thing to get over. Until both Holly and Logan can be totally honest with themselves about their expectations in a relationship, it can never be right. This is a nice romance with some funny twists added into the story. The ending is very satisfying but doesn’t go beyond the scope of believable. I think this is the author’s first book and I look forward to future offerings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have tried to like this author, but just can't. The characters are shallow. The body image/past issues weren't explored in a meaningful way.
Anonymous 5 days ago
This was a fun read. The characters were likable and developed new understanding of themselves through a wonderful friendship.
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Anonymous 4 months ago
This is an easy read, perfect for a relaxing time at the beach.
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Anonymous 10 months ago
But cant remember when. if reviews say sex inserted as fillers probably just dumped it as not funny like her series which by the way has too many sex fillers and got boring buska
Einstein3D More than 1 year ago
cute story, fun read, definitely worth your time
LC112648LC More than 1 year ago
Big Girl Panties .... This was the first book I read by this author - she is great! Looking forward to many more books by her. Light, airy and funny read. Would highly recommend this book!
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sass_c1 More than 1 year ago
This book made my heart smile!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought the story was adorable. How many overweight women actually get the hot guys! It was worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this quick read. Feel good story. Hope she writes a sequel so we can find out what happens with Holly, Logan, Amanda and Chase.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great storyline and excellent book! Couldn't put it down.
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FrancaF1 More than 1 year ago
Cute story! Such a light, easy, fun read!
Mrsjonsey More than 1 year ago
OMG !!!!!  This book rocks the house.  I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning to finish this book.  Holly is a recently widowed and has a “slight” weight problem.  Logan is well known personal trainer for  some major athletes.  They meet on a flight back home and he offers to help her get back in shape.   Holly turns out to be a natural for getting in shape and as she starts to shed the pounds the attraction begins to sizzle.  This is a story of stereotypes, proving them wrong and looking at what’s on the inside  is what really matters.  Stephanie’s debut novel is well written, keeps the reader engrossed and gives  you a happy ending.  I give this book 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute book. I enjoyed.
stargazerblue_05 More than 1 year ago
Sexy, funny and heartwarming! This book is a must read it has everything humor, tears, frustration and steamy sex. I finished the book in one day and have re-read it several more times. This book is a great read, the characters are endearing and some scenes had me laughing out loud resulting in a few strange looks tossed my way. I loved both Logan and Holly; I connected with Holly on so many levels her humor, her weight struggles and her journey through the loss of a loved one. I enjoyed the realistic details of the struggles each character faced; I felt a connection with each character and could not get enough of the secondary characters of Chase and Amanda Walker. Well done Stephanie Evanovich I can't wait to read your next novel.
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