On the Plus Side [NOOK Book]

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***Warning: this book contains graphic language, sex, and violence. Mature readers only. Not intended for young adult readers.***

Big girls need love, too, but at what cost?

Lilly is loaded, not only with money, but with weight. Both things she could do without. But even with her undesired millionaire status, she doesn’t hold on to false hopes of finding true love. So when a sexy stranger comes into her life dripping with seduction, she ...
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On the Plus Side

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Overview

***Warning: this book contains graphic language, sex, and violence. Mature readers only. Not intended for young adult readers.***

Big girls need love, too, but at what cost?

Lilly is loaded, not only with money, but with weight. Both things she could do without. But even with her undesired millionaire status, she doesn’t hold on to false hopes of finding true love. So when a sexy stranger comes into her life dripping with seduction, she finds it hard to resist. The bigger they are the harder they fall and Lilly falls straight through the floor in love with Mr. Sexy. Too bad he’s there for all the wrong reasons.

The chance of losing it all will make you do some crazy things and Devin’s willing to do whatever it takes to keep his life together. All seems lost when out of nowhere he’s approached by a Millionaire Momma with an offer he can’t refuse. But even a womanizer like Devin has a heart and when the short, chunky girl with the carefree attitude breaks through his icy façade, he finds that losing everything takes on a whole new meaning.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016019529
  • Publisher: Tabatha Vargo
  • Publication date: 1/20/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 45,523
  • File size: 251 KB

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  • Posted January 27, 2013

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    Intense, sad, sexy and sweet - four basic words and yet emphasiz

    Intense, sad, sexy and sweet - four basic words and yet emphasized a lot about how I felt about this book. 


    It may be true that you can follow the story line with some predictability, what you can't follow is the emotions that may rise within you as you do.  There's a lot about this book to love, and, in typical Tabatha fashion, it had a way of ripping me apart.  I mean, a boy falling in love with a plus-size girl sounds simple, right?  Nope - wrong.  There's a series of complications in this book that have had me swearing, threatening to hit something or someone, happiness, crying and then more crying.  Yeah, I cried a lot.  So sue me, I'm an easy crier.  All kidding aside though, as a plus-sized gal myself, I could relate to some of how Lilly felt.


    But not to the same extent.  Lilly had a worse self-confidence issue then I did at her age. There was a sense that she didn't have any faith in her own womanhood - as if being fat somehow made her less than what she actually was.  I felt sad for her, but in some ways I also wanted to shake her and yell 'pull yourself together, woman'.  There can be reasons why people feel that insecure which I can understand, and because of that it can also be very hard to overcome.  She was very self-abrasive.  She joked about being fat, and while I can imagine some readers being annoyed with it, I saw it more as a coping mechanism.


    And then enters Devin.  Devin, who only appears because of selfish reasons, but ends up staying for other more important ones.  I loved Devin.  It was fascinating to watch him change and battle himself as the story went on.  This was a book where I could see a character's emotional growth from someone not to be proud of, into someone I could respect and fall in love with.  It was a battle.  There was so much I didn't like about him at the start.  He was the very image of the boy who your mama would warn you against.  But, in his defense, he did a lot of things to keep his family together.  He was the one who treated Lilly as if she was an attractive woman and not just an overweight girl.


    This was not a straight-forward love story.  There was a bit so intense in it that made me ache for Lilly, Devin, his sister Jenny and Devin's father.  A near tragedy.  But, that's all I'm going to say on it, because to explain further would be giving away too much information.  What I also enjoyed about this story was the back story - both Lilly's and Devin's.  They both had ghosts that haunted them and it was fascinating to read about, but also explained why they were the way they were.


    There was some scenes of violence in this book, and I'm not sure how I felt about it.  If those episodes had happened in real life, chances are the person who did it would end up being arrested.  I understood why it was done and I considered the reasons heroic, but also vigilante. I guess this bit is up to the eye of those who read it to decide how they feel about it.


    The writing was so much better than I expected it to be.  I think I only saw one missing word throughout the whole book.  This author has grown from strength to strength, and I have to admit that I am looking forward to the next book in the 'Chubby Girl Chronicles'.


    Be warned - this is not a clean romance novel.  As the warning above indicated, there is swearing, violence and sex scenes in this novel.  This is a 'new adult' novel and is NOT young adult. 


    I would recommend this to anyone who is in their late teens or older, who wants a sweet, yet very sexy, romance that has a touch of violence in it.  


    Book review from Sandy at Magical Manuscripts

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  • Posted January 22, 2013

    i got On The Plus Side.  It's a can't put down  Bought it for my

    i got On The Plus Side.  It's a can't put down  Bought it for my nook, and finished within a day.    the story of Lilly and Devin is not only heart warming, but also  heart breaking.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2013

    I bought this book this morning and planned on reading it as soo

    I bought this book this morning and planned on reading it as soon as I finished the book I am currently reading. My first mistake was reading the first chapter which led to the second chapter and before I knew it I was at 30% on my Kindle! This book tugged at my heart strings for Lilly.
    Being a plus sized woman, it felt like reading my own thoughts and insecurities along the way. Her experiences of being brutally 'teased' for her weight brought up memories of my own experiences as well. There were times I was crying, and then I would be laughing at Lilly's awesome way of describing things, and then other times I was busy swooning over Devin. The insecurities about love and the way her body looks will speak to most women, whether they are overweight or not. We all have insecurities and I think books like this help us realize we are not alone in that.
    Devin is the ultimate playboy and hotty who gives you unmentionable tingles and teases throughout the book! His family issues were heartrending and it was easy to see why he made some of the choices he did. Deep down he's a good guy who just wants to take care of his loved ones.
    I enjoyed the way this book went back and forth between Devin's POV and Lilly's POV. It was very well written from a male and female perspective and gave you a better glimpse of the mixed feelings of the couple.
    This is the second book of Tabatha's that I have read and I have not been disappointed! I highly recommended this book if you are looking for a sweet, fun, sexy romance! Don't be surprised if you shed a few tears along the way as well though! Fantastic book!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2013

    Great book!

    I really loved On the Plus Side because of its well written characters...much more to them than the cliché 'big girl' looking for love and the good looking guy. Ms Vargo writes with heart, and you'll love this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2013

    Loved it!

    I was a bit skeptical about this book before purchasing it, but as soon I started reading it I could not put it down! I absolutely loved it! I love the storyline and I especially love the fact that Lilly is a BBW. There are not many books with a BBW as the main character being romanced by a hot specimen of man such as Devin! I hope the author writes more books like this!!!

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  • Posted June 12, 2013

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    A wonderfully plotted and emotionally charged story of hang-ups,

    A wonderfully plotted and emotionally charged story of hang-ups, betrayal, love and redemption that is so very,very hard to put down. It was most definitely worth the sleep I lost.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    Worth reading

    Really great story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2013

    Amazing book ccould not put it down 

    Amazing book ccould not put it down 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    For starters, u should be able to accept some sex, swearing and

    For starters, u should be able to accept some sex, swearing and violence when readng this book. But, if you're looking for a book that will fill you with laughter and tears then this is the book for you. It should definately be on the top of your to read list! I loved that the story advocated that bigger girls can be sexy and that you don't have to be a stick figure to gain the love and attention of a good man. Tabatha Vargo created a dazzling story when she put together this wonderful and amazing story. I thought it was awesome to find a book with a real sized girl.
    I read this book in a few hours and I absolutely loved it! Being a chubby girl myself, I have had my battles with self-esteem issues and such. So, hearing Lilly's story brought out some emotions that helped me identify with her on a lot of levels. I was drawn into the story and felt every emotion that these characters felt. There were even a few hot and heavy scenes that had my pulse speeding up! This book had me on the verge of crying, as well as holding my breath, you don't know what to expect. I fell madly in love with both Devin Michaels, the bad boy turned sweetheart and the sassy, cheerful Lilly.
    Lilly is not a skinny girl, she has some weight on her but she is still beautiful inside and out. I felt a certain kinship with Lilly that kept me applauding for her strength and positive attitude through everything that life had handed her. She’s plus sized and troubled about her weight, but confident about the social areas in her life. She has a great group friends that love her unconditionally. She’s incredibly sweet and through all of her struggles, we meet a tenacious, radiant, and hopeful woman. From start to finish you follow her through her childhood trauma, her nasty mother and finding true love.
    Devin’s family is about to lose everything. When Lilly’s mom overhears of his money problems, she propositions him..... She will pay Devin to pretend to date her daughter. Because he is a good guy (deep down where it counts), he finds this behavior unsettling, but he figures he can spend time with Lilly, get money to save his family, and no one will get hurt. I understood Devin's battle with his changing feelings for Lilly. His side of the story was so rough it actually hurt to read some of the passages. I even felt some of his pain.
    I didn't want this book to end! Its got a good message..... it doesn't have to be the skinny girl that gets the hot guy. There was a lot of nervousness while wondering if Lilly's world would come crashing down on her because she thinks Devin may never love the fat girl she sees herself as. This book was extremely aspiring and the realness flowed from the pages. A definate recommendation here!

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  • Posted January 30, 2013

    I was given a copy of On the Plus Side by Tabatha Vargo for an h

    I was given a copy of On the Plus Side by Tabatha Vargo for an honest review. I was happy to get a chance to read it, but I thought it was going to be your typical boy meets girl and they go through a bit of drama and all is well. I was so wrong, it is so much more. I was drawn into the story and felt every emotion under the sun that these characters felt. It was so heartbreaking at times and I felt elated during other parts. I feel such a sense of excitement after finishing this book. I am emotionally charged and feel like the characters have become a part of me. I can't say enough about how much I love this book.




    Lilly's character melted my heart. She is such a loving and selfless woman that wants nothing more than to work hard and find love. She has a great deal of money, but doesn't let that change who she is. I felt a certain kinship with her that kept me cheering for her strength and all around positive attitude through everything life has handed her. 




    Devin is a hot and spicy leading man. He is broken and devastated by the loss of his mother at a young age. He has closed himself off from feeling anything for anyone except his tomboy sister Jenny (who is awesome) and his alcoholic father. Meeting Lilly is not what he expected. He planned on doing what he needed to do in order to keep his family afloat. The chemistry between Devin and Lilly was scorching. There were a few hot and heavy scenes that blew my mind and brought a blush to my cheeks. I didn't want this book to end!




    If you're looking for a book that will fill you with laughter, tears and a bit of sexy goodness then you need to read On the Plus Side.  It should be at the top of your to read list!

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  • Posted January 29, 2013

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    Loved!!

    Ok, I loved this book. Like seriously loved this book a lot. It was refreshing to read a book that wasn't about pencil thin girls and the guys that are gaga over them. Lilly has some meat on her bones and she is at peace with it. Enough so that she even laughs at the jokes comedians make about fatty's. But she still longs for a guy that loves her for her, not for the millions she has stashed in the bank. She wants a guy to be hopelessly in love with her and would do just about anything for her. Sadly, no one has come riding in on a white horse offering their love and affection. And the only action she seems to be getting is a threesome between her, Ben, and Jerry. Ice cream people!! Get those minds out of the gutters.

    But yeah, loved everything about this book. I was craving it when I had to put it down and was eager to pick it back up. I adored the flip out of Devin and was glad to see that Lilly changed him for the better. When we are first introduced to him we see a guy with walls up to protect him from the image he has about women. He thinks all women love and leave you all thanks to his mom leaving them years ago. But when he begins fake dating Lilly, we slowly see her chip away the walls he has placed up around his heart. And soon the real Devin emerges...a guy who has a caring, loving heart. This Devin is way better than man whore Devin.

    Then we have Lilly!! Sweet, beautiful, and yes, chunky Lilly. This gal rocked! I loved seeing her confidence rise as the relationship grew. She is not your average skinny girl you read in so many books now days. And I absolutely love that. I am no longer the 95lb girl I was when hubs married me. And thankfully he loves me just the same. But to know there are books out there that give us gals someone we can relate to is just flippin awesome. I have only read one other book about girls on the plus side of life and it gave me a need to read more like it. And thankfully Vargo took the torch and ran with it.

    I most definitely recommend this book. ON THE PLUS SIDE is absolutely amazing and fun to read. My only hang up was that the end came a little too quick for me. Lilly should have made him work for it. But when I read the epilogue I was good. I look forward to more books in the Chubby Girl Chronicles.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    I just love this book and was very touched with Lily and Devin.

    I just love this book and was very touched with Lily and Devin. Lily might be on the plus side but every one needs love and she deserves all the happiness. She has a great personality and fun to be around. I would love to have a friend like Lily. Then you have Devin he reminds me of one those bad boys just wanting to have fun but once finding that special someone then every thing changes. You can't help but fall in love with the both of them. While reading this story I laughed and I even cried. So much happens between these two that you have to read it for yourself. I don't want to spoil anything for anyone and it's so worth the read. So what are you waiting for go get your copy so you can fall in love with all the characters yourself.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    Tabatha has a way of writing that puts you inside the characters

    Tabatha has a way of writing that puts you inside the characters. While this book is about a Plus sized girl trying to find love, you don’t have to be “Large” to understand the feeling of being an outcast. This could apply to anyone. Socially awkward? Introvert? Book nerd? Yep, you can relate.
    Positive note: The characters were surprisingly well developed considering the size of the book (<200 pgs) I fell in love with both of the main characters, and a few of the side characters as well. The back story that brought the two main characters to this place in life was very realistic. I know people exactly like them!
    The negative: Too short! Well, Tabatha gets the story told, but I want more. I would have especially liked more insight into Lilly’s mom. Other characters are left dangling. I hope this is a means to another book.
    All in all, this is a great book that everyone can relate to (yes, even you cheerleader “in group” types can find your place in the book) So, what are you waiting for? Scoot. Go get it. NOW!

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