Review: Size Matters by Alison Bliss

Size Matters by Alison Bliss
(A Perfect Fit #1)
Kindle Edition, 337 pages
Published November 29th, 2016 by Forever
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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 fiancée! 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. 

My thoughts…

Sam and his friend Max are at the Rusty Bucket, a local dive bar, Leah and Valerie are also at the same bar. When Max and Valerie go to the dance floor, that leaves Sam and Leah sitting together. Even though Sam is attracted to Leah, he just got out of a bad relationship and swearing off women for a while, he is trying to figure out a way of not leading Leah on or taking her home that night. They begin dancing and are having a good time, until they are interrupted by some girl who knows Sam. Sam uses that interruption to his advantage, he asks the girl to dance and then tells Leah that she isn’t his type, even though she most definitely is with all her beautiful curves.

Leah is angry with his blow off and begins doing shots, she assumes she’s not his type because of her weight. Leah starts getting hit on by some creep and he won’t leave her alone. Sam comes to intervene and punches the guy. Sam and Leah get kicked out of the bar, while Sam is driving Leah home she passes out in his truck and he has no choice except to take Leah to his house.

The next morning Leah was due to deliver a wedding cake to her ex-boyfriends wedding, she is a baker and owns her own shop. Her car air conditioning wasn’t working and she didn’t want the frosting to melt, Sam offered to help her out delivering the cake. While at the wedding Leah’s ex approaches and it’s kind of awkward situation, Leah begins talking badly about herself and making jokes about her weight. Sam has a big problem with her belittling herself, he approaches and kisses Leah, and the fun begins…

“Gavin, this is Sam. He’s my—” “Fiancé,” Sam said, cutting her off. Leah blinked, as if she hadn’t heard him right, but Sam just smiled and kept talking. “It’s nice to meet you. Heard a lot about you.” They shook hands, but Gavin seemed a little lost for words. “Oh, I…uh…I hadn’t even heard Leah was with anyone new, much less engaged. Leah and I used to date, but split up last year.”

Leah’s mom (who is a hurtful women) also happens to be at the wedding, she finds out that her daughter is engaged and invites Sam to spend the weekend with her family at Leah’s grandparents’ house. The fake engagement was getting out of hand, and Leah was livid with Sam. They both agree to the weekend and to find a way to break up before the weekend is over.

Some of the antics that Sam pulled over the weekend were funny, and Leah was so embarrassed. He was trying to get Leah’s family to hate him, but it didn’t go as planned, they liked him instead.

“That’s okay, sweetheart. I don’t mind looking at something for my future father-in-law. It’s not a problem. Besides, you’re the one who always say there’s nothing sexier than a man who knows how to use his hands.” He smacked her on the ass, and she let out a surprised yelp.

Sam shrugged. “Family or not, I still get paid for the work I do. Well, except for the things I do for your daughter. But she pays me in other ways, if you know what I mean.” He grinned, then waggled his brows suggestively. “Besides, Leah will vouch for me. I’m damn good at what I do, and satisfaction is always guaranteed.” He glanced at Leah. “Isn’t that right, baby?”

Sam and Leah were certainly attracted to each other, but either knew how the other really felt. Sam was determined to keep Leah in the friend-zone, but he kept sending her mixed signals, I felt so bad for Leah, she just had to go along with it and deal with the fall out. The fake engagement was supposed to end that weekend, but Sam really liked Leah’s family and did not want them to dislike him. He wanted to stay friends with benefits with Leah after the engagement ended, he accepted another invite to go fishing with Leah’s dad.

“Jesus, Sam, I told you I couldn’t keep doing this. Why in the hell would you willingly volunteer to go on a fishing trip with my dad?” He wasn’t sure how she was going to take it so he hesitated to answer. “You don’t want to know.” “Oh, trust me, I do,” she said, contempt rising in her sarcastic tone. Sam dared to glance over at her. “You sure about that?” She crossed her arms as she impatiently waited for an answer to her question. “Yes!” she shrieked. He started the engine and put it into gear but didn’t drive away. Instead, he grinned and said, “Because you need at least one sane person in your life.” She leveled a disbelieving gaze at him. “Are you kidding me? This comes from the guy who spent most of the weekend convincing my family that he was a fucking lunatic.”

Things are still out of hand when Leah’s parents surprise Leah and Sam with dinner guests, Sam’s parents. Leah feels this is the perfect opportunity to end the engagement and Leah begins the antics.

Sam stabbed his salad fork into a chunk of red leaf lettuce dripping with the brown ooze and glared at it warily. “What kind of dressing is this, Nancy?” Leah’s mother dabbed politely at her mouth with a white linen napkin before answering. “It’s a new version of a balsamic vinaigrette. You’re going to love it. It’s low in calories, fat, and carbs.” Sam cringed inwardly, but before he could respond, Leah blurted out, “So is semen. At least that’s what Sam keeps telling me.” Oh, Jesus. She did not just say that! The entire room went still, except for Leah, who speared a carrot on her fork, popped it into her mouth, and grinned her ass off as she chewed.

This was an adorable fun read, but it has some seriousness also, Leah struggles with being plus sized and years of enduring criticism from her ex-boyfriend and from her mother as well. I really hurt for Leah and understood some of her insecurities. Sam was a good guy at heart and I love how he stood up to Leah’s mother and defended her. The ending did feel a bit rushed and I would have liked more, nonetheless it is an undoubtedly a good read.

Happy Reading - J 

1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed this one when I read it. I remember that some parts of the book were really quite funny. Glad you enjoyed it!