Reviewed by Jennifer Joyce
Thirty two year old Holly Brennan has never been slim, but her weight escalated when she turned to food after the death of her husband, Bruce. Holly is still trying to come to terms with losing her husband when she meets Logan Montgomery. He is fit and gorgeous and offers to help Holly. As a personal trainer to the stars, Logan can help Holly battle her weight and tackle her issues with food. Holly isn’t Logan’s type at all; he usually goes for tall, slim blondes with model looks, but as Holly proves her determination in the gym and starts to shed the pounds, Logan is drawn to her.
Big Girl Panties got off to a really good start for me. I liked the writing style and Holly is a smart, sassy and quick-witted young woman. Holly hasn’t had the best start in life and is now a widow at a tragically young age, which she attempts to mask with humour. I warmed to her straight away and knew she was going to be a strong main character. Logan, on the other hand, doesn’t get off to such a good start, but that is the whole point of his journey. Before he meets Holly, Logan is judgemental and motivated by looks and status, but she soon begins to transform his opinions. While Holly starts to change physically, Logan’s change happens internally. I would have liked to have had a bit more time to see Logan’s transformation, because he’s still learning the errors of his ways and behaving superficially for the majority of the book, which made it difficult to trust him and warm to him completely. I would have liked to have seen Logan prove himself as worthy for Holly, rather than the quick fix that happens.
Overall, I thought Big Girl Panties was an entertaining read with some laugh-out-loud moments. I wasn’t entirely convinced by the spanking element brought in by Logan’s friends, Chase and Amanda, as it seemed a bit irrelevant to the plot, but as a whole I enjoyed the book.