I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Muffin Top (Hartigans #2) by Avery Flynn
Published by Entangled Publishing, LLC on October 29, 2018
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Romantic Comedy
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The only thing about me that’s a size zero is the filter on my mouth. I’ve got a big personality, a big rack, and a big number on the scale. And I’m perfectly fine with that.
But when some random guy suggests I might not be eating alone if I’d ordered a salad instead of a hamburger I’m shocked silent, which is a feat, trust me.
That brings us to one sexy fireman named Frankie Hartigan. He’s hot. He’s funny... And he’s just apologized for being late for our “date” then glared at the fat-shaming jerk. Next thing I know, he’s sitting down and ordering himself dinner.
I have no problem telling him I don’t need a pity date...unless of course it’s to my high school reunion next week. Oops where did that last bit come from? And what do I do now that he’s said yes?!
Because this is no make-over story, and I think Frankie is using me for something. I just have to figure out what...
Each book in the Hartigans series is STANDALONE:* Butterface* Muffin Top
Frankie Hartigan is on a mandatory three week vacation from his job as the town’s sexy fireman. While he ponders his life and his inability to commit to a real loving and lasting relationship at the local cop bar, he comes to the rescue of one Lucy Kavanagh. Lucy is his brother’s fiance’s best friend and she just might be the distraction he needs to keep himself on his newly acquired sex ban. Lucy is too blunt and too ballsy and might just be the perfect woman to keep his mind out of the gutter and another part of his anatomy in his pants. On the upside, she is fun and will keep him out of trouble while he re-evaluates his life. Taking Lucy to her high school reunion is just the distraction he needs.
Lucy kavanagh is a plus size single woman with an even bigger mouth to match. While she is a tough as nails public relations rep and can stare down clients with the best of them, she often becomes the butt of her own jokes about her size. She often pokes fun at her own size to save herself the trouble of someone doing it for her. She is a size twenty living in a size zero world. So, when some jerk questions her choice of dinner at the local cop bar, Frankie swoops in and saves the day. When Frankie invites himself along to her high school reunion as her fake date, she knows he is up to something and she is determined to figure out what it is he wants from her. It’s not like this sexy ginger giant could ever be interested in a girl like her or could he?
Let me first start out by saying that I am in absolute LOVE with this book! Not only is this a romantic comedy, but it also incorporates a lot of real life into the story which really makes this story stand out for me. I have read romance books with plus size heroines, but no one has really gone into such depth as Avery Flynn about what it is like for a plus size woman especially in today’s society. Flynn portrays how a woman feels and her inner struggles dealing with outsiders who judge someone based on looks. Lucy deals with this constantly and even though she is totally badass she does have insecurities and this is what I love most about Lucy as she comes across as a real person with many layers.
Frankie is a great guy. Sure he is a man-whore, but deep down inside he has a lot of heart and a lot of love to give to the right woman. He may not see it right away and often times struggles with himself while trying to figure out what he wants out of life. He really is a standup guy and sticks up for the underdog. He may not think he is relationship material, but I can see how much of a family man he is with his own siblings. He is the protector and will go to war for any of his sisters and brothers.
I had every intention of only reading a few chapters as I started this book pretty late in the evening, but after the first few chapters all I kept saying was “okay maybe one more chapter and then I will go to bed.” yeah right! Needless to say I stayed up till almost 5am because I could not put this book down. I was completely enraptured by Lucy and Frankie and found myself needing to find out what happens next! I laughed so much I had tears coming out of my eyes, then I had real tears coming out of my eyes during some of the harder scenes to get through especially when it came to Lucy being so hard on herself. Flynn also threw in some “Awww” moments for me especially when Frankie says things like this:
“Lucy, I’m already lost, but I feel found any time I’m with you.”
Just stick a fork in me I am done! I completely melted. These are the type of moments where you want to turn to your boyfriend/husband/partner and smack him upside the head and ask “Why can’t YOU be like Frankie!” He is my totally new book boyfriend!
I must be living under a rock because this is the first book I have ever read by Avery Flynn and I just want to kick myself from not starting any of her books sooner. Flynn is an amazing writer and storyteller and she has captured my heart right from the first page. I will certainly be picking up all of her back books because….well because Avery Flynn is just that awesome!
Muffin Top is a dazzling Rom-Com that will make you laugh, make you cry and give you all the feels. I highly recommend this book to every romance fan who loves strong characters and a to die for hero that you will want as your own. I definitely need more of the Hartigan’s in my life.