Sunday, October 20, 2013

Dangerous Curves Ahead by Sugar Jamison

4.5 Star

Ellis Garrett is dumping her critical boyfriend, opening a plus-size clothing store, and starting a blog—all to spread the word that fashion shouldn’t require a size-two body, and happiness should allow for the occasional cupcake. Or two. But is indulging fantasies about her sister’s long-ago ex, the still-hunky Michael Edwards, biting off more than she can chew?

Mike must be losing his detective’s touch. He doesn’t recognize Ellis when he bumps into her at Size Me Up, and he certainly doesn’t remember his ex-girlfriend’s outspoken sister being so irresistible. Her curves are indeed dangerous—and so is her wit. Could it be that Ellis is his Perfect Fit? One thing’s for sure: Mike will make it his sworn duty to find out…

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Lydia - 4.5 Star

Dangerous Curves Ahead is a charming, cute, romantic, and funny read! I loved it and found myself grinning from ear to ear frequently and giggling along to the antics of these two lost souls. Mike and Ellie were truly a pleasure to read about, even when I wanted to knock their heads together in Three Stooges style because they were being so silly.

Every woman should read this novel. So many of us need to learn how to be loved for who we are and not who we think we should be, whether that’s thinner, or smarter, or sexier or more funny – for whatever reason. This book is for any woman that has ever been disrespected, mistreated, harshly judged, and put down by a man – or a woman!  regardless of whether for weight or beauty or intelligence. Although this novel focuses on weight, its lessons can be translated across the board of reasons why we may not feel good about ourselves even though we’re trying to be okay with what we feel are our shortcomings like Ellis is. 

Dangerous Curves Ahead blurred the line between chick lit and romance novel. A bonkbuster romance novel isn’t really my thing, and there are definitely some very sexy scenes in this book, but I still really enjoyed this one even though I don’t normally read this kind of thing! It wasn’t the focus of the novel (the sex and the love - in fact the two characters tried so hard to avoid it I wanted to shake them at times), so that was probably why. But there are definitely many more detailed sex scenes than in a typical chick lit novel, so if this isn’t your thing you may be offended. Just a heads up.

While I absolutely loved this book, there was a bit of repetition that grated on me. I realize that their thought processes were real to life. Living through a hurtful relationships and then learning how to trust again is one of the most difficult challenges to a new relationship, and I know that it was portrayed realistically, however I wanted a bit more ‘showing’ and not ‘telling’. I also really wanted her to stop calling Ellie ‘soft’ whenever he touched her. I didn’t think it was necessary. But maybe it was just me.

Overall, I adored this cute, sweet and sexy novel! And I’d definitely read another!

Thank you to St. Martin's Paperbacks for our review copy. All opinions are our own.

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