on November 29th 2016
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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 fiancee! 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.
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Size Matters is the first book in the ‘A Perfect Fit’ series by Alison Bliss.
The story is about Leah Martin and all her insecurities about being overweight. Her mother has always kept at her about losing weight, and can’t seem to see that although done with the best of intentions, she is feeding Leah’s insecurity. When it comes to her love life, any time anything goes wrong, she blames her weight, sometimes she is correct, other times, she’s just too sensitive.
Sam Cooper loves a curvier woman. Sadly he has a lot of emotional baggage. When circumstances have them meeting and having a dance at a bar he is instantly attracted to her. So attracted that it scares him and he ends up hurting her feelings when he tells her she isn’t his type before spending time with a slimmer woman. Of course Leah just knows he means her weight and takes it on the chin just as she is used to doing.
Later Sam can’t stop thinking about Leah and he feels dreadful about the way he treats her. He seeks her out at her bakery only to find her in a dilemma. She needs to get a wedding cake to a venue and her car air con has broken down meaning the cake’s icing would melt before reaching the venue. Sam offers to help her out, and ends up being invited to stay at the wedding reception where he spends more time with Leah. Certain events happen that have Sam telling people that Leah is his fiancé, and from there we have a book that is reminiscent of both While You Were Sleeping, and Picture Perfect.
The couple have to spend time together pretending to be engaged but also with the plan to break up so the people they have lied to will never know, and so that Leah isn’t embarrassed by her fake engagement. During this time of course they end up falling for each other but Leah lets her insecurities stop her believing that Sam could ever really fancy her, let alone love her. Sam is too freaked about because of past relationships to want to be anything more than maybe friends with benefits with Leah, so he fights the fact that he has fallen for Leah.
Will they finally accept that they are in love, and make a go of things together, or will their ‘baggage’ come between them?
As the two films I mentioned are firm favourites of mine it goes without saying that I really enjoyed this book. Although there were similarities, there weren’t too many, so the book is definitely original in a lot of ways, with some very funny moments between Leah and Sam. And of course the whole ‘big girl’ issue wasn’t in the films I mentioned.
All in all this was an enjoyable light read that I happily recommend.