ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: ON THE PLUS SIDE
Author: Alison Bliss
Series: A Perfect Fit, #2
On Sale: June 27, 2017
Mass Market: $7.99 USD
eBook: $5.99 USD
Big girls don’t cry. They go after what they want.
Thanks to her bangin’ curves, Valerie Carmichael has always turned heads-with the exception of seriously sexy Logan Mathis. Just Valerie’s luck that the object of her lust-filled affection is also best friends with her overprotective brother. But Valerie’s determined to get Logan’s attention…even if it means telling a teeny little lie to get a job at his new bar.
Logan can’t remember a time when Valerie didn’t secretly fuel all his hottest fantasies. Now the curvaceous she-devil is working behind his bar, tempting him every damn night. It’s only when he finds Valerie’s naughty things-to-do list that Logan decides to break every rule in the book-by making each red-hot deed a reality.
No one warned them that they were going to fall this hard. And no one warned them that sometimes the smallest secrets can have the biggest consequences.
Valerie Carmichael needed a drink. A strong one. Because it was the only way she envisioned herself getting through the night.
An elbow nudged into her side, bringing her thoughts back to the crowded bar. “I can’t see anything through all of these people,” Brett said, scanning the room with his eyes. “Come on, let’s go to the other side so I can get a better view.”
Sighing, Valerie trudged behind him without a word.
When Brett had asked her to attend the grand opening of Bottoms Up, a new bar in their hometown of Granite, Texas, she’d hesitated to say yes. Sure, she was curious what the inside of the recently remodeled bar looked like and had no doubt the place would be jam-packed with handsome, available men. But it was still the last place on earth she wanted to be.
She knew better than to hang out in bars with her older and only—thank God—brother. Every time she’d done so in the past, the nights had always ended the same way. Brett would spend the entire evening hovering over her like a rabid pit bull, daring any single guy with a glint in his eye to look her way. Because Valerie turned heads. She always had.
Oh, she wasn’t silly enough to believe she looked like some gorgeous supermodel with a lean, trim figure or anything. She definitely didn’t. But she had a pretty face, banging plus-size curves, and a lively personality. And that was good enough for her. Valerie was just…Valerie. And damn proud of it.
Across the room, Sam and Leah emerged from the dense crowd, with a beer bottle for him and a glass of water for her. Apparently, Leah was still on that damn diet and counting calories so she would fit into her wedding dress. Though why she didn’t just buy the dress in a larger size was beyond Valerie.
Leah blinked at the sight of her. “Val? What are you doing here? You said you weren’t coming.”
Valerie shrugged. “I changed my mind.”
“Are you feeling okay?”
“Yeah, sure. Why?”
“When you said you didn’t want to go out, I assumed you were sick. You never turn down a night out.” Leah placed her palm lightly against Valerie’s forehead. “You sure you don’t have the flu or something?”
Valerie laughed and pushed her friend’s hand away. “Oh, stop it. I just didn’t feel like getting dressed up. I’m getting tired of the whole bar scene.”
Then Valerie’s heart stopped, along with her lips. Oh God.
Brett stood there talking to a tall, dark-haired man who had one thumb hooked in the front pocket of his jeans while he leaned comfortably against the wall with his right shoulder. She couldn’t see the other guy’s face, but she didn’t need to. Valerie recognized all six feet, two inches of him. Logan Mathis.
As a plus side gal, I can totally appreciate the books that Ms. Bliss is writing right now. And even though I’m old enough to be their mother, I have had body issues my whole life. Believe me when I say that I could TOTALLY relate to Leah in book #1 when it came to her mother shaming her all the time. I’m 50 years old and my mother STILL looks at me critically when she sees me. On my 50th birthday, I decided that I can’t please everyone anymore. I need to please myself first. I don’t listen to the body shaming anymore. I’m a grown ass woman that is married with a child. I needed to do this for me and no one else. All that said, I can appreciate Valerie with her positive body issues. She didn’t have anyone shaming her, bringing her down and then to find out that Logan has wanted her for all those years? Did her body shape come up in conversation? Nope, well…just that he LOVED her banging curves.
So why the long intro paragraph to start the review? Because Ms. Bliss has written another great heroine that is REAL. Relatable, even for this old broad. I loved how confident she was in her relationships with herself first and then her friends. Max is a hoot and I’m really hoping that he gets his own book. What I didn’t like is how her brother, Brett treated her. I got the whole that their dad died and he felt like he HAD to protect her but he was overbearing. And that’s being nice about it. I would have throat punched him a long time ago. I had a younger brother and if he treated me that way…yep, throat punch. It took her too long to finally have “the talk” with Brett and by then, I just didn’t care. Brett didn’t care about her or even Logan for that matter.
Logan is a man of mystery. I loved how he was “trying” to stay away from her but in the end, the heart wants what it wants. Their chemistry is beyond hot but in the end, he ended up being a bonehead, as usual. LOL! What is it about men? I loved his relationship with his mother and the scene at the end of the book made me chuckle. She finally let him have it and then the fog lifted for him.
To say this book is hot would be an understatement. But it also has heart and relatable characters. I liked how Ms. Bliss had Logan and Valerie confront their fears and let their emotions shine on the pages. If you have never read a book by Ms. Bliss you are missing out. She is a talented author that writes real, relatable characters with a bit of sass, a whole lot of hot but in the end, you will be smiling in the end.
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THE A PERFECT FIT SERIES
SIZE MATTERS, #1
ON THE PLUS SIDE, #2
MORE TO LOVE, #3
ABOUT 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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