Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich
A Novel

71%

47 Critic Reviews

Quality writing, memorable characters, hot sex scenes, and an emotionally satisfying story add up to a marvelous gem.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich is a rollicking and poignant romantic comedy about a young widow who decides to get in shape...and winds up getting her groove back—and a whole lot more!
 
Holly Brennan used food to comfort herself through her husband’s illness and death. Now she’s alone at age thirty-two. And she weighs more than she ever has. When fate throws her in the path of Logan Montgomery, personal trainer to pro athletes, and he offers to train her, Holly concludes it must be a sign. Much as she dreads the thought of working out, Holly knows she needs to put on her big girl panties and see if she can sweat out some of her grief.
 
Soon, the easy intimacy and playful banter of their training sessions lead Logan and Holly to most intense and steamy workouts. But can Holly and Logan go the distance as a couple now that she’s met her goals—and other men are noticing?

 

About Stephanie Evanovich

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Stephanie Evanovich is a full-fledged Jersey girl from Asbury Park who began writing fiction while waiting for her cues during countless community theater projects. She attended New York's School of Film and Television and acted in several improvisational troupes and a few small-budget movies, all in preparation for the greatest job she ever had, raising her two sons. Now, a full-time writer, she's an avid sports fan who holds a black belt in tae kwon do.
 
Published July 9, 2013 by William Morrow. 429 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Big Girl Panties
All: 47 | Positive: 29 | Negative: 18

Kirkus

Above average
on Mar 31 2013

Can these two put aside their fears long enough to face what’s right in front of them? A good start by Evanovich, who presents both sides of the story in a romance with imperfect heroes.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Apr 01 2013

Quality writing, memorable characters, hot sex scenes, and an emotionally satisfying story add up to a marvelous gem.

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Examiner

Above average
Reviewed by Pamela Kramer on Jul 15 2013

...the story is charming and humorous, and many will enjoy the not-very-surprising ending. Love trumps all -- and that's why women read romances.

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NY Journal of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Nancy Carty Lepri on Jul 09 2013

Steamy and passionate enough to cause shy readers to blush, Big Girl Panties is definitely a read for “big girls.”

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Booklist Online

Above average
Reviewed by Aleksandra Walker on May 14 2013

Holly is a sympathetic protagonist and Logan has his charming moments, but the novel sends mixed messages about body image, self-esteem, and seeking male approval.

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The Columbus Dispatch

Above average
Reviewed by Margaret Quamme on Jul 07 2013

Holly, whose husband’s death left her unconcerned about money, has no friends except a few email buddies thousands of miles away, no children and no job except one at a fitness club...Although this leaves her plenty of time for exercise and ecstatic sexual encounters, her existence seems remarkably empty.

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Chicklit Club

Excellent
on Aug 20 2013

I couldn't put this book down! The writing is funny, exciting, and fraught with sexual tension. It was refreshing to have a curvaceous heroine, working towards a healthier mind and body.

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Fresh Fiction

Good
Reviewed by Betty Cox on Jun 03 2013

BIG GIRL PANTIES is a delightful character study, and relationship driven story. There is a definite pathos surrounding both Holly and Logan, and a beautiful joy in watching them come to terms with their failings.

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Fresh Fiction

Good
Reviewed by Sandra Wurman on May 18 2013

Loved it, just plain loved it. BIG GIRL PANTIES is sure to be on everyone's must read list for this summer. I can't think of a better way to soak up the sun then with this book.

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Yahoo! Voices

Good
Reviewed by Sheri Newton on Aug 10 2013

Big Girl Panties is a funny, feel good kind of novel that is destined...to be a best-selling movie one day. It is smartly written with the right amount of humor in it to not be annoying. The sentences aren't overly descriptive, and it is just a good read all around.

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The Bookpushers

Above average
Reviewed by Miscjoy on Jul 19 2013

Try not to get too frustrated by the choices the characters make as they bumble along their way. Trust that by the end, the characters will have arrived at a very different place from where they started. This book made me think about life and how I see the world and I like it when a book does that.

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Cocktails and Books

Above average
Reviewed by Shannon on Jun 16 2013

I liked most of the book, but I wished the characters could have been a little bit more redeeming at the end to make the HEA worth it.

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Booking Mama

Good
Reviewed by Julie P. on Aug 02 2013

I really liked the complexity of Holly. The author chose to have Holly address her issues with food and she showed just how much work it is to change your mental and physical self. Holly literally worked her butt off over the course of many months, started eating healthier, and feeling more confident.

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http://redhotbooks.com

Above average
on Jul 14 2013

Honestly, I’m not quite sure how I feel about this book. Anyone who has ever struggled with their weight will immediately identify with Holly and her pain. On the other hand, Logan’s behavior really cut me to the quick and I’m not sure if I really forgave him. Readers will feel strongly about this book one way or another.

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http://caffeinatedbookreviewer.com

Good
Reviewed by kimbacaffeinate on Aug 06 2013

Fans of Bridget Jones will enjoy the sassy romance and humor that Big Girl Panties delivers. I could totally see this on big screen as it screams “movie”.

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Jenn's Bookshelves

Good
Reviewed by Jenn on Jul 22 2013

If you are looking for a beach read that is full of genuine characters and a bit of steam, this is the novel for you. Highly, highly recommended!

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A Bookworm's World

Above average
Reviewed by Luanne on Aug 12 2013

An interesting debut - but a planned second book - "... the backstory to the secondary characters in Big Girl Panties. I think they're deliciously fun and was thrilled when my editor agreed. Think Prince Charming with a kink finding his princess", won't be on this reader's TBR list.

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Smart B***s Trashy Books

Below average
Reviewed by SB Sarah on Jul 30 2013

This book gets an F for me. It's not an F+, which is the grade I give for books that are brimming with fun and crazysauce. This book is brimming with asshole, and I can't recommend it to anyone.

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Smart B***s Trashy Books

Below average
Reviewed by Elyse on Jul 30 2013

In the end I looked at Holly and Logan’s HEA with a skeptical eye. I never thought he deserved her love, but I was willing to live with it.

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Reading Reality

Good
Reviewed by Marlene Harris on Jul 16 2013

I couldn’t put this one down. I wanted Holly to find her Happy Ever After, and I didn’t care whether she found it because Logan finally got his head on straight or because she walked away and took her brave new self to someone else who appreciated her.

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From the TBR Pile

Above average
Reviewed by Kari Boardman on Jul 23 2013

There was one thing about the book that I thought was unnecessary. The story-line involving Logan's friends, Chase and Amanda and their spanking lifestyle just seemed out of place. I think the book would have been fine without it.

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Bermuda Onion's Weblog

Above average
on Aug 01 2013

I liked this book but didn’t love it. It was easy to see where things were going and I wanted to tell most of the characters to grow up at some point in the book.

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Kathy Takes on Books

Below average
Reviewed by Kathy Davie on Jul 29 2013

The story is enjoyable and doesn’t really pull me in. It’s not one I’d be rushing out to buy for my home library.

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Book'd Out

Below average
Reviewed by Shelleyrae on Jul 12 2013

At its core, the story still relies on the stereotype of the fat (and therefore ugly), lonely, jolly girl who, only after losing weight, becomes someone worthy of sexual attention and happiness (and the hot guy).

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Bookfan

Good
Reviewed by Mary on Jul 18 2013

Holly was as likable as she was relatable (if you’ve ever had weight issues). Big Girl Panties has some very sweet moments that I enjoyed but its spicy scenes may leave some readers blushing so be forewarned. All in all, Stephanie Evanovich’s sexy take on the Ugly Duckling story makes for an entertaining novel.

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Drey's Library

Excellent
Reviewed by Drey on Jul 29 2013

Big Girl Panties is fun and entertaining, yes. But it’s also a portrait of society’s relentless pushing of its ideals...you’ll notice that while we “know” a lot about Holly’s weight at the beginning of Big Girl Panties, we don’t know anything about where she ended up, other than healthy and strong. And guess what? I loved that.

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Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Sharon Galligar Chance on Aug 05 2013

It's the perfect read for summer, and I have high hopes that Ms. Evanovich has plans for a sequel - I just got to know how life turns out for Holly and Logan, and Chase and Amanda! I highly recommend this novel - for all sizes! :)

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Bibliophilic Book Blog

Below average
on Aug 20 2013

When the author tries to show how much Logan has grown through his friendship with Holly, it falls flat. And Holly turns into someone I could no longer admire. ‘Big Girl Panties’ is a quick read, but is unsatisfying.

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Bitten by Love book reviews

Good
on Aug 09 2013

I have to give my praise and applauds to Stephanie Evanovich, cause she really did an amazing job with this book and how well it flowed. Though to me the ending was slightly predictable, the way it happened was absolutely incredible.

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Alison's Book Marks Blog

Good
on Jul 11 2013

...be prepared for hot sex scenes. Shy about sexy books? Well, the title is Big Girl Panties, so put on yours and go read this book!

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Bookin' with Bingo

Good
on Jul 26 2013

A rollicking, sensuous, feel-good romantic comedy about a grieving young widow who decides to get in shape . . . and winds up getting her groove back—and a whole lot more!

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YA Book Nerd

Excellent
on Jul 19 2013

From the moment I heard about this book from PW, I was excited to read it. I devoured this book - and loved it. I loved Holly - she's strong, determined, and a wise ass. I loved her banter with Logan. I loved watching her struggle to love herself and to find peace with her body.

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The Book Cellar

Good
on Jul 09 2013

Anyone looking for a good contemp that will leave you feeling great should check out Big Girl Panties. With it’s eloquent prose and charming characters, it is sure to be a win!

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My Book Retreat

Above average
Reviewed by Julie on Aug 08 2013

A bit too many love scenes for my taste, and I felt like the relationship between Logan's friends Chase and Amanda was thrown in to satisfy all the readers looking for the latest romance novel trend: domination.

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bookchickdi

Good
Reviewed by Diane on Jul 12 2013

I read this in two sittings, and it's a fantastic and funny beach read. It will bring a smile to your face and make your heart race a little faster. And it make bring some business to personal trainers.

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BookaliciousBabe

Above average
on May 14 2013

The intent was good, but the writing and the perfection of Logan was a bit off. And too much attention was paid to his friends Chase and Amanda.

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Walking with Nora

Good
Reviewed by Nora on Aug 01 2013

One of my favorite parts about this book is that although Holly works towards a healthier lifestyle Evanovich keeps Holly true to herself throughout the book; she doesn’t lose her zest for life, her wit, her humor, her desire to eat chocolate...There’s been a few too many books where the heroine transforms herself into an unlikeable shrew...

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A Chick Who Reads

Good
Reviewed by The Mistress of the Dark on Jul 15 2013

I read this book in one evening. That in itself should prove that it is enjoyable. I found myself laughing out loud many times as I turned the pages. In that respect you can draw comparisons to her aunt Janet. I can definitely see this book being made into a movie too.

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Sabers, Spurs and a Pink Stetson

Good
Reviewed by Ashley on May 08 2013

It's been a while since I read anything. This went by fast for me. I liked it! I liked that it was a quick read and the humor was great! I really liked Holly's sense of humor, it's much like mine!

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A Girl, Books and Other Things

Above average
Reviewed by Alex on Jul 05 2013

I really liked the book over all, but the third date was a bit of a bust. It felt like the author wasn't sure how or where to end the story, so the ending felt both a little abrupt and a little long-winded, if that's possible.

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My Book Views Blog

Below average
Reviewed by Nicole on Jul 28 2013

The book was also a bit uneven because of the insertion of Logan’s best friend Chase...and Chase’s wife Amanda, who befriends Holly and tries to make a love match for her to spark Logan’s jealousy.

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As I Turn the Pages

Above average
Reviewed by Bookangel on Jul 12 2013

As I said in the beginning, I loved and I hated this book. If that makes sense!! I didn't care for the overall message of the book, but it is a light, funny, and sassy story. Put your big girl panties on and give it a try!!

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WTF Are You Reading?

Above average
Reviewed by Frishawn Rasheed on Apr 25 2013

The one true weakness of this novel lies in the well-meaning, but at time superfluous characters of Amanda and Chase. They do their jobs as a rich and exciting plus one to Logan and Holly, but all of the back-story involving them gets tedious after a while.

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Tiffany's Bookshelf

Above average
Reviewed by Tiffany Harklebroad on Jul 20 2013

I am really not sure who the target audience is here. Not feminists, that is for sure. And not anyone comfortable with their body, since all the women...in the book are incredibly insecure about their looks.

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Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile

Good
Reviewed by Jessica Nottingham on Jul 24 2013

So, if you are a fan of witty heroines and life changing stories, this is one for you! Pick up a copy of Big Girl Panties and meet Holly Brennan. You won't be sorry.

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Sheri's World

Good
on Aug 01 2013

I really enjoyed the character of Holly. She is funny, smart, has some issues, and she puts on her big girl panties and deals with them. Sure, a part of the book is about body image and how she lost weight. However, that is not what made her the woman she becomes in the novel.

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Aloha

Good
Reviewed by Kim on Mar 25 2013

In Stephanie Evanovich's BIG GIRL PANTIES, the story kicks off when personal trainer Logan Montgomery gives a kindly reply to the disheveled widow sitting next to him during takeoff from Toronto to New York. Evanovich delivers an endearing romance between two unlikely lovers...

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