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In this modern take on My Fair Lady, obese young widow Holly becomes the special project of Logan Montgomery, a personal trainer whose typical clients are professional athletes. As Logan reshapes Holly's body and helps her deal with the emotional reasons she binge-eats, the two first become friends and then an attraction grows. Logan has never been with anyone like Holly before; his typical conquests are model-beautiful women who aren't looking for commitment. When their relationship becomes physical, they keep it secret owing to Logan's discomfort and Holly's insecurities, but soon Holly realizes that she deserves to be in a relationship with someone who accepts her imperfections. Evanovich's debut effort is a funny, clever, and well-paced read, but it lacks polish. Holly is a sympathetic protagonist and Logan has his charming moments, but the novel sends mixed messages about body image, self-esteem, and seeking male approval.--Walker, Aleksandra Copyright 2010 Booklist
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Evanovich's incredibly entertaining debut mesmerizes with wit, heart, and intelligence as a spirited large woman breaks out of her shell in a thin-obsessed world. Holly Brennan, widowed at 32, is worn out after months of caring for her dying husband and seeking consolation in food. She surprises herself by saying yes when personal trainer Logan Montgomery, a Greek-god lookalike, offers to help her break some bad habits. Logan is impressed by Holly's spunk (and embarrassed by his initial inclination to sneer at "the fat chick"), and he sees their partnership as a win-win situation: Holly will get back into the game of her own life, and he will enjoy watching her transformation. Shedding pounds and emotional baggage, Holly begins hanging out with Logan's image-conscious friends, but the commitment-phobic trainer turns surly when others find her attractive. An explosive sexual encounter confirms their chemistry and budding love, but an intentional misspoken word and a party prank force both to confront their last barrier to happiness. Quality writing, memorable characters, hot sex scenes, and an emotionally satisfying story add up to a marvelous gem. Agents: Andrea Cirillo and Meg Ruley at Jane Rotrosen Agency. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Holly Brennan has taken comfort in food in the months since her husband's death. She's always been somewhat overweight but is now far beyond-a fact that becomes embarrassingly obvious when she finds herself crammed into an airplane seat next to the fittest, hottest guy she's ever met. Logan Montgomery is a personal trainer to the sports stars. His first impression of Holly is less than kind, but something about her draws him in, and he impulsively offers to help her get back in shape. As they work together, their mutual attraction is complicated by Holly's lack of self-confidence and Logan's preconceived notions about the physical appearance of his girlfriend. -VERDICT This debut from Evanovich (a niece of the best-selling Janet) is a mixed bag. There is enough humor and romance to appeal, but it lacks emotional depth and only skims the surface with the protagonists. Evanovich's writing touches on some interesting themes about body image, but doesn't allow room for her characters to delve into them. Every emotion is thinly drawn, which makes this a slighter read than it could have been. Still, readers looking for something light for the beach will enjoy it. [See Prepub Alert, 1/6/13.]-Jane Jorgenson, Madison P.L., WI (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.