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Size Matters

Size Matters

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by Alison Bliss

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The rules of (fake) engagement . . .
Leah Martin has spent her life trying to avoid temptation. But she's sick of low-fat snacks, counting calories, and her hyper-critical mom. Fortunately, her popular new bakery keeps her good and distracted. But there aren't enough éclairs in the world to distract Leah from the hotness that is Sam Cooper - or the


The rules of (fake) engagement . . .
Leah Martin has spent her life trying to avoid temptation. But she's sick of low-fat snacks, counting calories, and her hyper-critical mom. Fortunately, her popular new bakery keeps her good and distracted. But there aren't enough éclairs in the world to distract Leah from the hotness that is Sam Cooper - or the fact that he just told her mother that they're engaged . . . which is a big, fat lie.

Sam sometime speaks before he thinks. So what started out as defending Leah's date-ability to her judgmental mother soon turned into having a fiancee! Now the plan is to keep up the fake engagement, stay "just friends," and make Leah's family loathe him enough to just call the whole thing off . But Sam has an insatiable sweet tooth, not only for Leah's decadent desserts but her decadent curves. Her full lips. Her bright green eyes. Yep, things aren't going quite according to plan. Now Sam has to convince Leah that he's for real . . . before their little lie turns into one big, sweet disaster.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This mostly successful contemporary romance, set somewhere in the American South, piles on the appreciation for women of size. Sam Cooper, a gorgeous contractor with a sweet tooth, thinks bakery owner Leah Martin is delightfully curvy, but Leah keeps harping on her own weight, a habit she learned from her blithely critical mother, Nancy. To prove to Leah that she’s desirable, Sam impulsively tells Nancy that they’re engaged. Bliss’s humorous writing extends to the title, a double entendre referring as much to Sam’s rumored tiny package as Leah’s weight. Readers will cheer when Sam goes after Nancy; he may have commitment issues, but he will not allow anyone to dis his fake fiancée. Some sour moments intrude: Bliss (Playing with Fire) definitely takes Leah’s self-deprecation over the top, and an overused plot device sets the final romantic conflict in motion. Even so, two well-matched characters finding love without too much angst makes for a fun read. (Dec.)
From the Publisher
"Romance novels with heroines who are not model thin are hard to find and valuable. Fans of Jennifer Weiner will enjoy Bliss."—Booklist"

Size Matters tackles sensitive subjects like weight, low self-esteem and overbearing families with funny lines and relatable characters."—HeroesandHeartbreakers.com"

Fresh, fun, adorable!"—Lori Wilde, New York Times bestselling author

Product Details

Grand Central Publishing
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A Perfect Fit Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Alison Bliss grew up in Small Town, Texas, but currently resides in the Midwest with her husband and two sons. With so much testosterone in her home, it's no wonder she writes "girl books." She believes the best way to know if someone is your soul mate is by canoeing with them because if you both make it back alive, it's obviously meant to be. Alison pens the type of books she loves to read most: fun, steamy love stories with heart, heat, laughter, and usually a cowboy or two. As she calls it, "Romance...with a sense of humor."

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Twitter @AlisonBliss2

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Size Matters 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
dshutters 12 months ago
Another great book by Alison. this book had me laughing. I recommend this book!
gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4 I had read the ARC of this title prior to receiving the AudioBook copy for review: and the opportunity to compare and contrast the two was too exciting to ignore. Leah is far too busy to worry about her ex dumping her, she’s working hard to make her bakery a success and everything that doesn’t have anything to do with the bottom line is not important. Until her best friend Val suggests a night out to forget the business and stress for just a while. Self-confident and bold, Val is everything Leah isn’t quite: and she doesn’t have that little voice telling her she’s not ‘quite right’. After a dare where Leah approaches Sam, she’s not shocked to think he’s disinterested in her because she’s not thin enough. After all, it’s a constant refrain from her mother. But, when Sam, in a moment of helping to deliver a wedding cake also helps Leah by announcing that she is, in fact, more than good enough to marry, in fact, they are engaged. Together – these two are adorable: dialogue is clever and funny, Sam is a real softie and thinks Leah is great, he just can’t figure out how to prove it to her. The scrambling to cover their tracks with this ‘pretend’ engagement is taking away his opportunity to speak from his heart. On the other hand, Leah had had years of berating and belittling behavior from her mother, and those little negative voices have done a real number on her confidence. The budding relationship with Sam is something she enjoys, they are developing a real friendship, but she doesn’t dare hope for more. Violet Strong’s narration was a highlight in the story: she became each character without overworking voices, and her ability to navigate the dialogue was clever. Pauses for laughs or emotional moments, a slight adjustment to moments when Leah’s thoughts are predominant, and her ability to give each character a distinct and clear voice was wonderful. Overall, while I wished that Leah had been able to accept Sam’s belief and interest in her far earlier, I understood her hesitancy, and couldn’t help but like her all the more for it. While the pacing was a bit uneven as the scenes with Leah and Sam seem to fly along beautifully, the story was clever and solid, and above all funny. I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous 11 days ago
The story wad funny and engaging. Love the message that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, not numbers on a scale.
2kasmom 19 days ago
Leah meets Sam under some frustrating circumstances. She believes he could never be interested in her, since she feels she is overweight and not attractive to him. How can she win a man when she doesn't like herself? Sam is attracted to Leah right away. He is dead set against relationships, due to dating a real loser in the past. After learning how he has hurt Leah, however, he shows what a gentleman he can be. Seriously fun and heartwarming story. I love how the author portrays each avenue of their personalities. The characters just jump off the page. The chemistry is seriously HOT!
BooksforKatie 4 months ago
When I first started reading this book, I thought is was going to be another BBW romance. The female lead would put herself down, and well, take every comment that might be construed as her weight or eating habits to heart or taken out of context. Well, lets just say, that part is true. When it come to her mother, well, there was no taking it the wrong way, her mother was just that abrasive to me. Sam and Leah meet at a bar, only because Sam's friend wanted to talk to Leah's friend. Sam and Leah are instantly attracted to each other, but his sense of chivalry leads him to dance with someone else, pissing Leah off and leads her to over drinking! Sam ends up taking Leah home, but before he could find out where to take her, she passes out, and he takes her to his house. In an effort to make it up to her, he does some repairs to her bakery, and helps her take the cake to her ex-boyfriends wedding. While at the wedding, he opens his mouth and tells the ex-boyfriend and her mother that they are engaged. They had just started to get to know each other, why would he do that? Now for the plan to get them not engaged! I loved this book, except for 2 things. Leah not verbalizing her comfort of her body. The internal dialog made it seem like she was, but all of her outer dialog made it seem like she was absolutely ashamed of it, for it not being a size 2. Takes a man for her to realize she is perfect the way she is. Why do women always need the validation of a man, for us to decide that we are fine? This book is hilarious when Sam is on vacation with Leah's family, trying to break up the "engagement". I wish I could have been a fly on the wall watching this actually happen. Some of the responses to the things Sam says or does, I can imagine my family doing the same thing! Thank you Forever and NetGalley for the digital ARC of this book, which made this honest review possible.
smg5775 7 months ago
One of the funniest romances I have read in a while. Leah owns a bakery and is overweight. Her mother is always telling her what to do to lose the weight. She meets Sam in a bar and he is a jerk to her but when he goes to apologize to her he is enlisted to help her get the wedding cake to her ex-boyfriend's wedding where he proclaims them engaged. Now they have to look for a way out of the engagement because Leah's mother was there during the proclamation. I loved Leah and Sam. If only they could have read each other's thoughts instead of thinking they knew what the other was thinking it would have spared them both so much heartache. We also would have lost a lot of the humor. Leah's family is a hoot! I especially enjoyed Sam's jerking her brother's chain. This was just a fun read. I hope the others that follow will be as much fun.
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PollyBennett 8 months ago
Cute! Loved the round about way they finally found each other.
Anonymous 8 months ago
A good read for those suffering low, self-esteem. Finally a book for all to enjoy and especially those who do not have a model's figure. Leah has suffered her mother's insults about her weight and figure for years. So many years that Leah herself will make disparaging remarks about herself. Finally, when at a wedding Sam, a guy she hardly knew, could not stand for Leah's mother to continually making snide remarks to Leah. Trying to come to her defense he blurted out "we're engaged." From that moment on the story dealt with perceptions. Sam tried to get Leah to like herself and too often when he made an innocent remark she took it in as a negative. There are many laughs in the book along with profanity.
Nicolerko 10 months ago
Leah is one of my all time favorite heroines. She's so relatable and I love she owns her own bakery. I laughed a lot while reading this book. I devoured this book. I could hardly put it down because it sucked me right into the story. I just had to see what Sam was going to come up with. Leah and Sam have a fake engagement going on, but what happens when fake becomes to feel all too real? This a great kickoff to Alison Bliss' new series and I can't wait to rad more from it!
Anonymous 12 months ago
This was a great read! Leah is a beautiful woman, but she doesn't see it. She has insecurities about her weight. Sam, a sweet guy who keeps putting his foot in his mouth, is not looking for a relationship. Due to a series of events, he ends up announcing they are engaged to Leah's ex. During this fake engagement, they find real love. The characters are very relatable and the story develops at a nice steady pace. If you're looking for a fun, sexy read filled with lots of humor, you need to read this book!
Bekina32 12 months ago
Loved EVERYTHING about this book! Leah is a beautiful, full figured woman who has spent most of her life trying to please her critical mom and everyone else around her. Sam is a sweet man enjoying single life. One day he sees Leah and hears her mother berating her and decides to tell her mother he's Leah's fiance! All to show Leah's mom how perfect her daughter already is. These two embark on a hilarious adventure of trying to pull off the lie of the century and the chaos that ensues will make you laugh. But what happens when the lie starts to feel real? Can Sam get past his beloved bachelor ways? Can Leah get past her own insecurities and see the beautiful person she really is? This book will really speak to anyone who's suffered from extreme criticism or insecurities due to weight, etc. You will laugh, you will swoon and you'll find yourself cheering out loud that these two crazy kids can find a way to make it work. So, get it and enjoy! I sure did. :)
aprilrenee1976 12 months ago
Plus Size means Perfect in EveryWay..Great Read I started off reading Ms. Bliss’s Entangled books and loved her stories. I was excited to hear she had a new book coming out set apart from the Entangled line . This book is just as good, if not more. Leah Martin has struggled pretty much all her life with her weight and feeling as if she is never good enough. Leah's mother has pushed her to diet, to fit this mold society pushes to be thin, her ex-boyfriend signed her up to a gym so when Leah meets Sam Cooper in a bar she thinks the reason he isn’t interested in her is because of her size/weight. However Sam is dealing with her own life issues and doesn’t want to get into a new relationship so he doesn’t show much interest in Leah. You would think that would be it for Sam and Leah. Nope-- Leah and Sam find themselves together due to a couple of events and Sam finds that he wants to help Leah out. He ends up pretending to be Leah’s fake fiancée to help her out of a rough spot. At one point, he even helps her deliver a wedding cake to her ex-boyfriend. There is more to Sam than meets the eye but he could be so close mouthed and non-communicative. Leah had such a hard time knowing where she stood with him yet he was always there when she needed something. Here was this woman who had everyone putting her down for how she looked and I guess in a way, she felt Sam was too yet Sam was always there when she needed something and he was her “fiancée” . Their relationship was fake yet the fake relationship soon developed into more and that is where this got good, real good. I also enjoyed the secondary characters in this story. Ms. Bliss wrote a believable story about a woman who dealt with weight issues all her life and it took her finally realizing she was beautiful to stop the haters hating. Sam was the real thing. He was harder to read but the more I read about him, he was a good man, just conflicted and I think Leah and Sam together worked. I would love to read more stories set in this world. My rating: 4.5 stars **** "I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***
BookFidelity More than 1 year ago
Do you hear that, dear reader? My heart is a-flutter with this story! I want to gush about everything, but I'll save my spoilers for later in the review - no worries, I will warn you. Leah is a plus-size beauty who doesn't know she's beautiful. She owns and runs her own bakery with help from her friend Valerie. Leah is caring, fun, and lovely - but she is self-conscious about her weight. Her self-esteem has gotten quite a hit since her ex-boyfriend dumped her for a woman much thinner than her. It doesn't help that Leah's mother keeps reminding her about her looks. Sam...is a misguided fellow. Okay - he's actually a really sweet guy who loves a woman with curves (and doesn't see why Leah doesn't see how beautiful she is - cue the sigh). What Sam lacks - is insight. He is determined to stay single due to his history of relationships. Then when he meets Leah - he has difficulty reconciling what he thinks he needs with what he wants. I always enjoy when romance stories include a curvaceous leading lady. I could have done without the thin woman she was left for being called "anorexic", however. Setting that aside - I truly enjoyed this story. Leah and Sam had a genuine attraction to each other, and they were so funny. And that was before any of the sexiness! Okay - spoilers!!!! You've been warned! I thought the fake fiance ordeal in this story was hilarious. It read like a romantic comedy - especially when they were around their families. And there is an actual proposal at the end of this story - and it did not make me want to gag! I have a theory about this, hear me out: This book had a really great steady pace for the characters, and the two really do evolve in their own way. Leah slowly learns to trust, and gains some self confidence. Sam gains insight into his feelings about Leah, and relationships. They each help each other out. Because these characters take the time to talk, argue, apologize, and simply spend time together - they end up falling for each other. Leah realizes this sooner than Sam because she knows what love is. Sam trails behind, relying too much at times on the negative of his experiences. Eventually, Sam catches up, and realizes that Leah is the woman for him - which explains why he had such a difficult time letting go of her and their ruse. So, due to the fact that I was able to read Leah and Sam's love story - which might have not taken very long - was still one of the most genuine that I've read so far. I truly felt the two characters cared about each other. So, yeah, I don't mind that proposal because, by the time he did it, I believed Sam wanted to marry Leah :)
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
This was a fun book! I love it when a story can balance humor with romance and this one did it really well. There were plenty of touching moments as well to really tell a satisfying story. I didn't want to put this book down and ended up reading it in a single day. I am so glad that I decided to pick this one up. Sam and Leah are the focus of this book. Sam is in construction and has sworn off any relationships for the time being after his most recent disaster. Leah owns a local bakery and isn't sure she will ever meet the right guy. Leah also has some body image issues that pop up pretty early in the book. On a whim, Sam tells Leah's ex fiance that they are engaged and soon everyone knows about it. They must now spend some time with family before they can "break up" and make everyone happy. As soon as I read this book's summary and noted that there would be a fake engagement, I quickly guessed that they would end up falling for each other. I was right but the way it happened was a treat to watch. This pair fit so nicely together and Sam really seemed to become a part of Leah's family almost immediately. The chemistry between the pair was well done and I was really wanting to see them make it work. Everything about their relationship felt genuine to me. The humor in this book was well done. I didn't find myself laughing out loud but I was rather amused quite a few times. Leah and Sam both had a great sense of humor. I really liked some of the things Sam said to try to make Leah's family dislike him. The only thing that I didn't care for was how much focus was put on Leah's weight both by Leah and her mother. I understand why it was a part of the story but wish it had been scaled back just a bit. I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. This is the first book by Alison Bliss that I have had a chance to read but I do plan to read more of her work in the future. I am really looking forward to the next book in this series. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Forever (Grand Central Publishing) via NetGalley.
mkcooke More than 1 year ago
Alison Bliss continues to be one of my favorite authors for so many reasons. Her books never fail to make me laugh out loud with their vibrant and sass filled humor, her characters never fail to sear themselves to my heart through every single second of charm and wonderfulness I get with them, and her enrapturing stories never fail to allow me to feel and experience it all as her thoughtfully crafted stories unfold. Her stories are ones that you feel and experience every word of, and all of her books are some of my most favorite reads ever. The way that Alison Bliss blends her smart dialogue, her banter filled and fiery characters, and the best and most distinctive charm that envelops you in with all that it has creates a book that literally gives you it all, and I truly can’t say that enough. Going into Size Matters I knew that I would be getting a story that was exceptionally written, and I knew that it would be sure to make me laugh and blush and feel it all as I experienced what this book had to offer. And you know what? I got just that, and so much more while reading Size Matters. I got a story that made me feel it all. I got a story that had me melting and falling right along with these two. I got a story that was so darn good to read, and then some, and that was just part of what made this such a fulfilling and enjoyable read. Size Matters was a story that was easy to connect and relate to through every word, while simultaneously being the perfect escape that I needed, and I truly can’t recommend it enough! The connection that Sam and Leah share is one fire from the very first second those two meet each other in this book. That instant connection between them is fierce, firing through every page, and it continues to grow and grow the more these two are together. It’s that same fire that soon finds these two in a predicament neither of them expected to be in, but the closer those two get, and the more they get to know one another, the more they realize they might be feeling a whole helluva lot for one another. What I loved about their connection was how I got to be there through every part of it, and that spark between them was everything! Size Matters was a phenomenally written, wholly enjoyable read that made me fall oh so hopelessly in love with every single thing that Sam and Leah were sharing. I found this story to be so real and authentic, so easy to love and fall right into, and so utterly fantastic from start to finish. This book made me laugh, smile, blush, and feel it all along the way with these two as they tried to sort out their unique predicament and the world of feelings they were sharing. From the very first page of this book I was hooked, and I truly can’t say enough how much I loved this book. This was such an incredible start to this series, and I for one can’t wait for more! This book proved over and over again how phenomenal of a writer Alison Bliss is, and how much I LOVE her stories. She literally never disappoints, and the way that she so outstandingly crafts this story will have you loving every single moment you get within its pages. This book was one that I loved every single word of, and I am telling y’all you will love it. From its charm, to its incredible characters, to its banter and sparks, to everything in between that pulls you in even more, you will be hooked. Size Matters is a story that is so easy to fall right into, so easy to love, and so darn phenomenal. Trust me on that one!
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
Size Matters by Alison Bliss.....Oh my goodness, I absolutely loved this book, Alison Bliss gives us a sweet beautiful story that makes you happy. This is one of those stories you don't want to end, you will be smiling on the inside and outside. Leah is a beautiful plus size woman with some insecurities and an awful mom. Sam is so hot and comes to Leah's rescue by saying they are engaged. Can these two find love? You will not want to miss this book, make sure to pick this up. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Sam Cooper just went from single and taking a break from dating, to engaged in a matter of minutes and now he is left trying to figure out how in the heck to get himself out of it and quick! His mouth has seriously got him into trouble this time, and he can tell by the look on his new "bride to be's" face that he just royally screwed up, and it is solely up to him to get them out of this mess. When he met Leah Martin at the bar and they shared a heated moment he instantly knew she could throw a kink into his plans to remain in the date free zone for a while, and so he tried to politely shake her off, but seeing the hurt on her face had him regretting his decision and gravitating back into her direction. And before long he finds himself wrapped up in every facet of her life, and questioning rather or not walking away is really for the best... Leah Martin is still struggling to pick up the pieces of a failed relationship and get her life back on track, and she knows ultimately the only way to fully get over her ex is to meet someone new, but she doesn't seem to be getting too many offers. So, her friend Val decides to drag her out for a night on the town. and see if they can find her a new beau, and soon after arriving at the bar she sets her sights on a tall, dark and handsome man, that she is certain is way out of her league. She can't imagine that a guy like him would like a curvy girl like her, but when he asks her to dance she thinks she may have judge him wrong... that is until he confirms her initial thoughts and leaves her sitting alone at their table to dance with a pencil thin girl. She is ready to chalk the whole experience up to a lesson well learned and walk way, but for some reason Sam keeps finding ways to wander back into her life, and before long she finds herself in a unconventional relationship with the man. And no matter how hard she tries to not fall for Mr. Wrong... he keeps doing things that have her thinking he might just be Mr. Right after all. The instant I read the synopsis for this book I knew it was one I HAD to read, not only because Ms. Bliss was at the helm, but also because there was something about the heroine that struck a cord with me...and soon after I met her, I was completely enamored with her... and her sexy faux fiance! Once I settled down with this one, I was pulled in deep and knew I was not coming up for air until I had devoured every last page... and boy oh boy was it ever delicious!! The story line grabbed me by the heart, gave me the feels and had me smiling profusely throughout.... not only from the perfectly executed witty banter, but also for the simple fact that it was enjoyable to see a fellow curvy girl find her happily ever after! I loved every single thing about this story and I cannot wait to make a return visit to the series and meet more of ladies of the Size Matters Series and their sexy suitors!! If there is one read you pick up this year I HIGHLY recommend it be this one, these endearing characters will keep you thoroughly entertained from start to finish and leave an indelible impression on your heart!!!! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
Tilly212 More than 1 year ago
This is an author I really enjoy reading. It's a really good story, Leah has serious body image issue, if she's not putting herself down it's her mum making snide comments. She's a great character, beautiful inside and out, I really enjoyed her. Sam is a really nice guy, unfortunately he's been burned before so he's really afraid to commit to another relationship. Unfortunately for Leah he spends a little too much time listening to his head as apposed to his heart. The sparks between the two are sizzling, Sam really was perfect for her, even when he was being a complete tool. I loved how considerate he was to her issues and how much he tried to put her at ease so that she could just let go and be herself in and out of the bedroom. She really finds her groove towards the end of the story, was great to see her taking charge, becoming more confident and not excepting anything but the best that she deserves. The interaction with the families was really fun, loved the scenes with Ethan, the teasing really made me laugh. It's a really good, fun, romantic story. If you like a rom com then this is the book for you.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
4 1/2 STARS! Funny, sweet and sexy all rolled up into a smorgasbord of goodness! Be prepared for people to look at you strangely as you are reading this book, because I guarantee you will be grinning throughout and occasionally bust out in a full blown chuckle without warning! I would happily hang out with the folks in this book and have a blast ... they are just THAT likable! Leah Martin has spent the majority of her adult life carrying just a few too many pounds and feeling self-conscious about it ... especially after a run-in with her overly-critical mother. She's recently opened her own bakery and is determined to enjoy life more! Sexy Sam Cooper catches her attention from the moment she lays eyes on him, but he can't seem to stop sticking his foot in his mouth and saying the wrong thing every time he's in her presence. When he tells her mother that they are engaged ... when they are NOT ... all bets are off! Now it's up to him to convince her family that he's totally wrong for her so they are off the hook for this pretend relationship. Only he really likes her and wants to be friends when it's all over ... then he finds he can't stop wanting more!
MsChris1161 More than 1 year ago
Another fantastic novel by Alison Bliss! SIZE MATTERS was everything I've come to expect and look forward to when I pick up one Alison Bliss's books. Her writing style is consistently laugh out loud funny, down to earth, sexy as hell, and all about characters you can't help but love. Leah and Sam each had their issues which created a rocky start. Sam was a good guy at heart, but he really had a knack for sticking his foot in his mouth by saying things that could be taken the wrong way... unfortunately too many times Leah, being a bit insecure about her size, did just that. These two were crazy attracted to each other, and thanks to Sam telling her Mother they were engaged, they had plenty of time to spend together and realize what sizzling chemistry there was between them. In some ways Sam was all over the place trying to figure out his true feelings, but that was what made him seem more real to me. I mean who among us, male or female, wouldn't have cold feet after getting away from an ex who was just a bit crazy? And being a big curvy woman myself, I could totally relate to Leah and her struggle to see herself as sexy. Don't get me started on her mother. I loved the feisty side of Leah and cheered how she stood up for herself when she'd had enough. This book is well written with a great theme, some deliciously sexy scenes, great characters, a steady pace and a fabulous ending! 4.5 stars ~Complimentary copy downloaded from NetGalley. Review and opinions are my own.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Nothing is ever quite as it seems. A fake engagement leads to real feelings between Leah and Sam. What will it take for both of them to be honest with themselves and each other?
Anonymous 9 months ago