ARC Review: Muffin Top by Avery Flynn

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ARC Review: Muffin Top by Avery Flynn
Muffin Top

3 Stars

Book Info

Released: October 22nd 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: The Hartigans #2
Format: eARC

“Maybe my expectations for this book were too high, as although I liked it, I didn’t fall in love with it…”
~ Under the Covers

I’m a reader who loves a book to be slightly different, to have characters outside the norm in some way. Which, probably explains my absolute adoration of alien sci fi romance. But, when it comes to heroes and heroines that aren’t from outer space I like them to have some quirk or unconventionality, something I can identify with, otherwise I get bored. This is why I was so excited about Avery Flynn’s Hartigan series. In Butterface, the first book in the series, we don’t have just a “plain Jane” heroine we have a heroine who is, in an objective sense, unattractive. I loved it.

In Muffin Top Flynn continues this trend, but instead of an ugly heroine, we have a curvy heroine. But, I know there are plenty of books out there where the heroine is described as “curvy”, but it just seems to be code for big boobs and a tiny waist. What I liked about Lucy, our curvy heroine in Muffin Top, is that although she does have the requisite big boobs, she’s genuinely a bigger a woman with curves in places society tells us we shouldn’t. She’s also unapologetic about it and has learnt to embrace herself and her shape. Kind of.

Then we come to Frankie Hartigan he’s our ginger haired 6’6” fireman. A ladies man who enjoys women, but doesn’t offer his partners more than a few nights of fun between the sheets. Frankie was a great hero, it’s hard not fall for the big ginger gentle giant. However, I felt like his back story was a little bit shaky. For example, he knows that he doesn’t take any of his relationships beyond a few nights of sex. And yet he get disconcerted when someone points that out to him? I didn’t quite understand why he became so upset about something he already knew.

This wasn’t the only thing I found a little shaky. I did like this book and I did like both Lucy and Frankie. Together, I kind of liked them they definitely had some sexual chemistry and there were some truly hot scenes between them. However, there didn’t seem to be much else besides mutual attraction. I don’t know why, I’m still trying to figure it out, but for some reason I didn’t quite buy the “madly deeply in love” thing they had going on by the end of the book.

Maybe my expectations for this book were too high, as although I liked it, I didn’t fall in love with it like I did with Butterface. However, it was still a lot of fun and I will happily be reading the next book in the series.


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About Avery Flynn

Smartass. Chocaholic. Writer of romance with smartass alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with their *ahem* other God-given talents.
Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip.

She fell in love with romance while reading Johanna Lindsey’s Mallory books. It wasn’t long before Avery had read through all the romance offerings at her local library. Needing a romance fix, she turned to Harlequin’s four books a month home delivery service to ease the withdrawal symptoms. That worked for a short time, but it wasn’t long before the local book stores’ staffs knew her by name.

Avery was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with their *ahem* other God-given talents. Her heroines are feisty, fierce and fantastic. Brainy and brave, these ladies know how to stand on their own two feet and knock the bad guys off theirs.

Find out more about Avery on her website, follow her on Twitter and Pinterest, like her on her Facebook page or friend her on her Facebook profile. She’s also on Goodreads and BookLikes.

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Also, if you figure out how to send Oreos through the Internet, she’ll be your best friend for life.


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Amy R

Thanks for the review, I have enjoyed both books in this series.

Kathleen Bylsma

Well, nuts…I bought the book because it’s Avery and she’s so reliable…fingers crossed I’ll enjoy it….


Thanks. I was wondering about this book.


Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it Suzanne

Sophia Rose

It’s tough when you’re just not sold on the romance for some reason. I’ve had it happen. These do sound like cute books. I’ll have to look them up.