Years after fleeing small-town Springvale, Illinois, Deanna Chase has picked up the pieces of her shattered heart and built a new life for herself as a child advocacy lawyer. Her food addiction is quasi under control, her secrets are buried, and she has even made a tenuous peace with her plus-size body. Until...
Micah Peters-the very sexy and now famous man she fled- walks through her office door and sends Dee reeling. His demand that she help a young boy caught in a custody battle will reunite her with the past she left behind.
Torn between duty and self-preservation, Dee isn't easy to convince. But when obligation wins, the former lovers get more than they bargained for-a searing passion that burns hotter than ever and startling revelations about what really happened the fateful night she left.
Will the truth set Dee free to love again? Or will past hurts and lingering insecurities destine her to walk away from her heart again, this time for good?
Fat Girl is the first book in this provocative two-part series about love and self-acceptance.
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To me, there is nothing better in a narrative than perfectly flawed but strong characters and intense romance that is sexy, deep, and sensual. Mm...I liken such stories to a box of Godiva. Decadent and delicious! You can't stop at just one. In fact, I'm now hard at work on my next novel-A Naked Beauty, the conclusion to Fat Girl.
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A real page turner that you don’t want to put down This is my first story by this author. This is Deeana Chase (“Dee”) and Micah Peters’ story. The first part of their story is all about Dee and Micah having broken lives and coming from backgrounds that were filled with suffering, either emotional or physical pain. Dee is a curvy woman who has big women insecurities and secrets which she has not shared with anyone. Being with Micah heightens her body issues because he is such an attractive man and she cannot understand why he wants to be with her. Micah is your typical good looking ladies’ man who has sowed his wild oats! The couple falls in love and keeps their relationship a secret from their families, friends and the whole world. Then Dee makes a discovery that she needs to share with Micah but is filled with indecision because she does not want to disappoint her foster parents or have history repeat itself for Micah. Before she can share this secret with Micah she sees him in an act of betrayal. So Dee leaves her foster family and Micah with no explanation. After not seeing each other for 15 years they meet again because Micah wants Dee to take a case which will ultimately expose her to the family she ran away from with no explanation. The fireworks begin here. The bitterness, recriminations, resentments and feelings of betrayal, as well as sexual tension explode in all directions whilst they both try to maintain some measure of control over their emotions because of the child, whom they both want to help. The second part of the story is all about how Dee still has to deal with her body image issues, binge eating, low self-esteem and being exposed to Micah’s fame and dealing with the potential media exposure of being a big woman in a relationship with a good looking, famous man. Micah does not want to lose Dee again or give her any excuses not to be with him after finding her again after 15 painful years without her. So he tries his best to shield her identity from the press. The story is captivating from page 1, the author draws you in and keeps you on the edge of your seat wanting to find out what happens next. The story is a real page turner that you don’t want to put down. I absolutely loved it and I cannot wait to find out what happens in book 2. There are still some unanswered questions that need to be answered! I would highly recommend this book. -Reviewed by Marcia
Fat Girl wasn’t what I expected. It isn’t about a “fat” girl who lives a “fat” girl life. It is about Deanna Chase, who lives the life beating herself up about everything. She is heavier than she thinks is socially acceptable, she lived a life in foster care never finding the family she thought she wanted, and that everyone who she ever loves will end up leaving her. Although this wasn’t a really heavy story to read it was not a light and easy one either. I struggled with all of Deanna’s lack of self esteem. She had the life she wanted and didn’t know how to accept that it could be her forever. Micah, Mick, is amazing. I was able to see him with his character flaws, his anger and how he reacts to what he can’t control, but truly he had a lot of patience and understanding for Deanna. Not only was he hot and sexy with eyes only for his true love, he knew how to build her up and make her a better person. Together Mick and Deanna can rule their world and keep each other in check and live happily ever after. Fat Girl is a book I would definitely recommend to my friends. I am not sure I would want YA to read it, as there are heavier topics covered.
Leigh Carron has a smooth, easy writing style that allowed me to get sucked into the story. Since other reviewers already summarized the plot, I'll move on to my review: Pros: Fully developed characters who I could believe in, fast-pacing--nothing in the story dragged, sexy, hot scenes between Mick and Dee, well-defined theme about accepting who you are--Leigh found a balance with getting this point across without jamming it down my throat. Cons: I found myself getting very frustrated at times with the heroine Dee. I didn't understand why she refused to have a conversation with the hero to clear the misunderstanding of their past. (I'm trying not to say too much so I won't give anything away.) The reason for her resistance to confess wasn't always believable, then when it finally happened, everyone just accepted everything without a qualm. This is just my opinion and I may be the only one with it, so please don't judge the book by this con. *I won a copy of this book in a giveaway in return for an honest review *