I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
by Avery Flynn
Released: October 22nd 2018
Series: The Hartigans #2
“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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Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?