Book Review: On the Plus Side by Alison Bliss

Title: On the Plus Side (A Perfect Fit #2)
Author: @AlisonBliss2
Reviewer: Ivy @PoisonIvy70
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 336 pages
Rating: 4 Stars


The second book in a laugh-out-loud new contemporary romance series from Alison Bliss!

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.

Ivy's review

-Dipped into my stash of ARCs because I was just jonesing for a good BBW romance. Now, I liked parts of the first book, but overall I wasn’t a big fan, so I was a little hesitant. I needn’t have worried, I really enjoyed myself.

-The cover is stunning. I LOVE this cover. It’s an actual curvy girl on a BBW romance, which is always great. I cannot tell you how it irks me when the cover is way off as a physical representation of the characters. If the publisher is so lazy as to ignore the content of the story, it makes a difference to me. Please use an actual curvy gal, or a person of color, or a redhead, or aliens, whatever. If that’s what the book’s about, the cover should reflect it. It’s what draws me in as a reader, and it is RARE that the cover isn’t a factor in my choice to stop and even look at a book. That’s just a fact. Make me feel, as a reader, that you actually took the time to read what you published. *gets off soapbox* Ahem, anyway, moving on…

-This is the second book in the Size Matters by Alison Bliss and I cannot tell you how much more I loved this than the first. Valerie is a whole lotta woman who knows the power of her curves. She’s been overprotected by her brother Brett, but the one man who’s always been in her heart is…you guessed it, his best friend Logan. When Logan comes back to town after many years away, opening up a new bar in town and desperately trying to help his mom, Valerie cannot resist helping out. Well, Valerie ends up working at Logan’s bar and a certain list fall into the wrong (or is it right?) hands, and yep, romance happens.

-Standalone. It is not necessary to read that one to read this book. Since I have mixed feelings about that book, it’s for the best.

-Loved the heroine. Valerie was confident, but not unbelievably so, she knows what she’s got and is not afraid to flaunt it. Logan loves every inch of her curves, which is fantastic. I will say it’s never to the focal point of the story and that was just fine with me. I am not a fan of BBW romances where the negative self-image is soooo relentless that it makes it difficult to read, so props to Ms. Bliss.

-If you tease me with Flashes of an 80s movie, yeah I’m gonna like it. It’s only shades of Cocktail, but it was enough to make me smile. I liked the level of detail to the set up of the bar, and I think the storyline worked well. There was a plot point that’s set up early but the payoff, when it comes, makes sense. I think it could have been developed more, but there’s

-Only wish the ending didn’t feel so abrupt. If I have a quibble, it’s that the ending just kind of comes quickly and there’s no epilogue. Now, every book doesn’t need an epilogue, but I would have loved a moment where I got to enjoy everything being resolved and the beginning of the HEA, if you know what I mean.

-Give me Max. So, this is my request. I am ready and willing to read Max’s story and praying he gets his own BBW heroine to love.

I really enjoyed this BBW romance with a heroine who doesn’t despise herself and a hero who loves every little bit of her PLUS the story itself works. I love it. I am looking forward to more.

– Ivy

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

Book 1, Size Matters: Amazon USAmazon UK
Book 2, On the Plus Side: Amazon USAmazon UK

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