The Big Girl’s Guide to Buying Lingerie by Amie Stuart #Review

Posted February 22, 2016 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 21 Comments

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.

The Big Girl’s Guide to Buying Lingerie by Amie Stuart #Review
The Big Girl’s Guide to Buying Lingerie

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Series: #4 Bluebonnet TX
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Released on October 20, 2015
Pages: 275
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

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It was the title.  And then I read the blurb and the story sounded cute and fun since it had been a while since I read the online dating trope along with small town.  Utterly irresistible!

The book turned out to be the fourth in the Bluebonnet, TX series which I wasn’t aware of when I got started.  Then I started to get that ‘these pairs all know each other’ vibe and checked.  But I was already about a quarter of the way in when it happened so I shrugged and kept reading.  Turns out, this one worked fine as a standalone or out of order since truthfully, I’m still not sure who half of Rowdy’s adopted family are.

So, the story starts with an embarrassing scene at the store when Jade is unloading her cart at the register and the guy who gets under her skin the most saunters up just as her four packages of cookies and 40DD bras are being rung up.  Rowdy has rubbed her wrong since day one in his Redneck Casanova way.  And now she has just made his day as he watches her discomfort.

Good thing she has her on-line romance with ‘Shy Cowboy’ Robbie to help her get past her upcoming thirtieth birthday.  After six month of online messages and chats, Robbie wants to meet.  What will he think when he encounters plus-size shy Jade instead of the vibrant, flirty Skye?

Rowdy has enjoyed his carefree life of a different girl each night, singing and playing in the band at the dance hall, rebuilding and repairing computers, and spending time with his adopted family.  But lately- okay since he encountered Skye online- he starts to dream of something a bit more permanent.  He has told nobody about Skye, but now they are finally going to meet up for her birthday.  Rowdy hunts up the perfect gift, chooses the best restaurant with music and dancing afterward, and wears his best clothes only to encounter…yes, that is the stuck up Jade Ballard.  And yes, she drove off without a word once she realized it was him.  Figures!

And let the mayhem ensue as Jade and Rowdy both have to adjust to the fact that their perfect on-line lover is that irritating person in their lives.  Impossible!  Or maybe not?  And now Jade needs Rowdy’s help to fake an engagement to her family and his family wants in on the secrets now?  Dares, Girls Nights Out, a threesome or not, BBQs, letters from prison, Lingerie Shopping runs, are they really going to try it on horseback???  Only in Bluebonnet, Texas, right?

Well this one was quite the roller-coaster ride in some ways.  When I first started this book, I almost didn’t finish it after chapter one.  Jade was depressing and went all whiny about her weight and her life ad nauseum.  But then the narration switched and Rowdy took over for chapter two and my interest returned.  And when chapter three hit and I realized that these two were anonymous on-line dating and didn’t know their real life personas?  Hooked.

The story was told alternate narrators taking over alternate chapters.  I really liked that.  I also liked that though this had its comedic parts, it was actually a rather bittersweet and heartwarming story, too.  Jade and Rowdy come from two different worlds, but their pasts were both sad and lonely.  They have several fails and stops and starts as they have to work at personal growth and toward a relationship.  It wasn’t easy and I found that made it believable.

The author really made their relationship work even if it got off to a rocky start and had many shaky moments.  Neither consider themselves a prize or deserving of something special, but they show each other that they are very much so.

Rowdy said some mean stuff at the beginning when they were sniping at each other, but in truth, he found Jade a physically beautiful woman and very attractive as well as sweet and understanding of others (well, other than the time she put her foot in her mouth and channeled her snob of a mother).  And Jade saw past Rowdy’s past to the good, caring, loyal hardworking man he is.

They had some sizzle together and I laughed at their antics as they teased and dared each other.  Still not convinced by the sex on horseback, but it was good for a laugh from me.  But the money scene was the last one before the epilogue.  Rowdy came into his own and had me grinning from ear to ear with his playful cowboy charm.

Beyond the romance were the other connections of friends and family.  This is where most of the humor came into play.  Jade’s family were the stuffy types though her dad and brother were a hoot.  Rowdy’s family were not actual relations, but they were all a close-knit group and several seemed to be the previous books’ characters.

All in all, I enjoyed this fun opposites attract small town romp with a pair that made me sigh and made me laugh before making me do a swoony ah.  I would definitely recommend this one to Contemporary Romance fans who prefer some spice.

I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • Debbie Haupt

    What a cute premise, thanks for sharing your great review. Sorry I’ve been awol last week but my whole family was down with a Nasty bug!

    • Ah, Debbie! You truly have my sympathies. I was sick in January and that infection just would not go.

      Glad you are all getting back on your feet.

      • Debbie Haupt

        Thanks 🙂

  • Oh I like that set up, Sophia! I like the switching back and forth as well. I’m glad that he was able to hook you when he took over the narrative!

    • It probably wasn’t really that long with her inner monologue about her dreary life and her weight, but it started the story and that made it hard for me to get into it. But yeah, Rowdy’s turn helped settle me and get into it. I was fine after that. It was hilarious and heartwarming.

  • Sounds like a good story and I do like cowboys.

    • It was fun. From the blind cyber dating to their real life meet ups. Rowdy was a cutie and gruff cowboy.

  • I could read it 🙂

  • Oh I love the premise, and I am glad to hear things picked up after that initial chapter..I am not a fan of whiners!

    • I’m not either so it was on shaky ground there at the beginning, but then things got going.

  • lol – this sound like a lot of fun. I love the whole set up.

    • It did end up giving me the giggles a few times, Christy! 🙂

  • That title! I like the premise a lot kinda like the movie You’ve Got Mail, which I love. Glad you really ended up enjoying it!

    • Hey, good catch. Yes, it did have a You’ve Got Mail vibe with them liking each other on line and not liking each other in real life at first.

  • This stands out for all the right reasons! I love books with “realistic” characters. This looks all sorts of cute!

    • Yes, this one does have appeal b/c it’s not glammed up. It was cute with some funny moments along with some sad ones, too.

  • I can see why the title would catch your attention, it sure sounds like a fun read. Those embarassing and awkward scenes can be fun to read about. I haven’t read many books with the online dating trope, but seen soem around. When you mentioned ger online dating I alreayd predicted it was Rowdy in real life and it makes me curious how things go when they meet in real life and realize they already know each other and how they get past that rough start. The dual pov sounds great and how it manages to be fun and also bittersweet and heartwarming, sounds like a good combination of feelings for a romance. Great review!

    • The same for me. Haven’t read many online dating ones and I was so curious for when they figured out that their perfect online lover was really the irritating RL people. Turned out to be a fun read.

  • Smut Matters

    This sounds like such a cute read. I love the setup – great review. I’ll definitely check this one out!

    • I had a few giggle moments and it was sweet and touching, too. Hope you enjoy it if you try it.