Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich is a rollicking and poignant romantic comedy about a young widow who decides to get in shape...and winds up getting her groove back—and a whole lot more! Holly Brennan used food to comfort herself through her husband’s illness and death. Now she’s alone at age thirty-two. And she weighs more than she ever has. When fate throws her in the path of Logan Montgomery, personal trainer to pro athletes, and he offers to train her, Holly concludes it must be a sign. Much as she dreads the thought of working out, Holly knows she needs to put on her big girl panties and see if she can sweat out some of her grief. Soon, the easy intimacy and playful banter of their training sessions lead Logan and Holly to most intense and steamy workouts. But can Holly and Logan go the distance as a couple now that she’s met her goals—and other men are noticing?
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Stephanie Evanovich began writing fiction while waiting for her cues during countless community theater projects. Now a full-time writer, she’s an avid sports fan who holds a black belt in tae kwon do.
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Big Girl Panties
By Stephanie Evanovich
HarperCollins PublishersCopyright © 2013 Stephanie Evanovich
All rights reserved.
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
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
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-
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-
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
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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.
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.
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
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.
I love the comic relief that she puts into her writing. I have read this book 4 times and each time I find myself laughing and relating more and more to the main character Holly. This is my go to book on a down day or when I am in need of another book to read!
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.
Here's the thing, i thought this book was a Stephanie Plum book, so i decided to read it. A story about someone who was overweight and met the perfect man while losing weight. It wasn't her, and the book...well, i honestly didn't care about the main characters...i just didn't care. I found it....blah. The main character loses weight and they talk about his reaction to that, but not HER reaction to that....and when she goes shopping to buy clothes that now fit her....there's nothing...it just goes right past that and his reaction to her new clothes. First, i honestly don't like books that go between the two characters, once is her side, then his side, then the friends side, then her husband...it was just too much. Stick with Holly's point of view and keep it all about her. I didn't finish the book...because i just didn't care. sad, but true.
Not worth my time.
Couldn't put it down
This was a great book to read . It had great characters and kept me turning the pages. I can't wait to read more books from this author.
I really liked the book. I was surprised there were so many negative reviews! The premise of the book that an average overweight woman could catch the eye of a good looking personal trainer without turning into a Barbie doll was refreshing. There was the perfect amount of light-heartedness and humor. I intend to read more of the authors books.
I really enjoyed this story and it had a beautiful lesson in it as well. The only suggestion I have is the inaccurate information on the body type reference and saying Holly "could never reach single digit clothing sizes because she has an endomorph body type". That is absolutely not true. With proper exercise and diet she would have continued to burn fat and build muscle. The more muscle you have, the more fat you burn! That was the only thing I didn't like. Otherwise I enjoyed it and read it in a few hours, couldn't put it down.
Read well, was fun. Not too heavy into the sex which I appreciate. Overall a good one to pick up and read.
An overweight widow and a hot, sexy personal trainer find they have much in common when they meet on a plane, become friends and learn you can’t judge a book by its cover as they humorously grow and change…and fall in love.
Loved that the heroine is not the typical wisp of a thing, but a woman with spirit and determination. The romantic development is solid and enjoyable.
Disappointing - basically just another romance story.
Truly enjoyed it; appreciared that Holly was normal sized and struggled with overeating; wish that publisher hadn't given it a cover that maks it appear to be a Janet Evonovich book
*roughly rubs your pus.sy*
This was a fun read. The characters were likable and developed new understanding of themselves through a wonderful friendship.
This is an easy read, perfect for a relaxing time at the beach.