Book Review #6: Size Matters by Alison Bliss

Posted 12th February 2017 by Wattle in Books, Reviews / 12 Comments

Book Review #6: Size Matters by Alison BlissSize Matters by Alison Bliss
Series: A Perfect Fit #1
Published by Forever on November 29th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 337
Format: E-Book
Source: Owned
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
Rating: two-stars
Series Rating: two-stars
Heat Level: 2.5 Flames

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.

I’m not entirely sure how to review this book. I absolutely hated parts of it, and other parts were really funny? And it was a bit…frustrating. There’s a few spoiler cuts in this review:

Let’s start at the beginning. Size Matters starts out badly – Leah is so focused on her size it made me uncomfortable, and her drowning her self pity in alcohol made me angry. I know it happens, we all have our insecurities, but her self esteem issues are very triggery and generally unpleasant to read.

My main issue with the book were the characters (ALL OF THEM). Sam’s inner monologue (where every sentence starts with “Hell…” I don’t care about the word itself, but it was so repetitive! “Damn” was used a lot too) did not help, going on about how he liked a woman with something to hang on to – I became worried this would slide into the ‘fetish’ zone (it didn’t, thankfully).

And then there was the fact that View Spoiler »

Leah’s mother View Spoiler » *shudders* if my mother was like that, I would disown her or at the very least spend as little time in her presence as possible. Leah herself just sucks it up and goes along with it (self esteem issues) which was endlessly frustrating. View Spoiler »

There were some laugh out loud funny moments, and then the negativity ramps up all over again. Sam is such a dick (and in a weird type of denial) and Leah isn’t any better. All this really boils down to is that neither of them can communicate, they are both stubborn and they’re not really likeable apart or together.

Leah needs to grow a backbone, and Sam needs to use his words. And her mother needs to butt out. The plot was completely ridiculous, I feel like it could have been executed much better (a fake fiancé story could be so fun!) but the mass of misunderstandings that took place just drew it out to the point of disbelief.

The one upside of this book is that it was written really, really well, and some of it was hilarious, but overall it just wasn’t for me because of the characters and their choices.

Rating Report
Overall: 2.1

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12 responses to “Book Review #6: Size Matters by Alison Bliss

  1. Ugh. Alcohol never make much sense to me in real life so definitely not in books. It’s a turn off so among other not-so-pleasant things that happened in this book, that one is a sure fire way to make me stay away.

    • I don’t drink so I totally judge everyone in books (and real life, if I’m honest haha) that does it just to get drunk. What is the point?!

  2. Oh this one did sound good. i actually have it on my wishlist, but keeping going back and forth on whether to buy it as the fake engagement trope usually doesn’t quite work for me. And it sounds like the self esteem and size thing gets played up a bit too much. Although it is nice to see characters that are a bit bigger as well too. And that seems a bit too easy how things get resolved so quickly with her mother. Yes I did read the spoilers as I wanted to know what you mentioned. It does sound well written and like it has it’s funny moment.

    • I thought parts of it were really, really funny but the rest I just couldn’t jive with. Oh well! I did like the writing at least, so while the series isn’t for me I’ll be looking at more of the author’s work in future 🙂

  3. Honestly, I avoid anything that talks about a character’s weight/body type in the blurb because that just tells me the focus is probably going to be on her body and not *her*. And I get annoyed by self-deprecating characters. So this clearly isn’t something that’d be for me lol. I’m sorry you didn’t end up liking it too much though.

    • I was hoping it wasn’t going to be so focused on her weight, and if it was, it would be in a positive way. But it wasn’t (at least, not the way I read it) 🙁

  4. I’m not a fan of books that use a characters weight as a main part of the storyline, it just makes me feel uncomfortable because usually there’s weight shaming by at least one character. Her mother sounds horrible and I think that would enrage me even more. I love comedy infused throughout storylines, it just makes it feel lighter overall but I don’t think this one would be for me either Bre. Sorry you couldn’t have enjoyed this more, but wonderful review nonetheless <3 <3

    • I love funny books, and this was funny in parts, but it just didn’t work for me as a whole.

      Her mother was awful…I’ve read a few books lately where the mother’s are dragon ladies, what is up with that?! 😮 I get not everyone has a great relationship with their folks, but seriously – it’s too much!

  5. I think the author was trying to do something good here but failed. There was no need to weight shame just because the character was…heavier. Couldn’t she be just that? I mean… I am by no means skinny, but I feel like love finds you no matter your size. I don’t think about it every day. I certainly don’t let it effect my relationship. it’s weird… it’s all just weird

    • I could definitely get what she was trying to do, it just wasn’t executed in a positive way in my opinion. I was hoping it would be more empowering, than shaming 🙁

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