Muffin Top (The Hartigans #2) by Avery Flynn
Released: October 29, 2018
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Reviewed by Keyrsten
The only thing about me that’s a size zero is the filter on my mouth. I’ve got a big personality, a big rack, and a big number on the scale. And I’m perfectly fine with that.
But when some random guy suggests I might not be eating alone if I’d ordered a salad instead of a hamburger I’m shocked silent, which is a feat, trust me.
That brings us to one sexy fireman named Frankie Hartigan. He’s hot. He’s funny… And he’s just apologized for being late for our “date” then glared at the fat-shaming jerk. Next thing I know, he’s sitting down and ordering himself dinner.
I have no problem telling him I don’t need a pity date… unless of course it’s to my high school reunion next week. Oops where did that last bit come from? And what do I do now that he’s said yes?!
Because this is no make-over story, and I think Frankie is using me for something. I just have to figure out what…
Let's be real, Frankie Hartigan stole my heart in book one and my body was beyond ready for more of him in this book. Frankie is the oldest of the Hartigan siblings, and by far the biggest flirt of them all. He prides himself on being nothing but honest with the ladies in his life and making sure that during their short time with him they feel cherished. He was on edge due to a forced vacation, but a comment from a past fling sends him spiraling. Will he ever be the type of man that gets his own HEA, or is he destined to forever be Mr. Right Now and never Mr. Right? Frankie needs an escape and Lucy is the perfect person to give him that, but he doesn’t expect the woman who pushes all of his buttons to be the woman who breaks through to his heart.
Lucy has worked her booty off to be the successful cutthroat crisis management publicist she is today. She knows who she is and refuses to back down from a challenge. With her class reunion on the horizon she is given the opportunity to show the bullies of her past that she made something of herself, in spite of everything they put her through. She had doubts about going alone, but in swooped Frankie to save the day and be her “date”. During their trip to Antioch Lucy gets to know Frankie and can’t help but fall for the man even though she knows he could never realistically fall for a woman like her. She knows he could never be her Mr. Right, but she will deal with that as long as he can be her Mr. Right Now.
The chemistry between Lucy and Frankie is electric from the get go. Lucy challenges Frankie in a way that no one has, and he can’t help but be drawn to her. They both are battling with their own insecurities, and because of this they try to keep things as platonic as possible. Lucy feels that even though he’s attracted to her as a bigger woman now, doesn’t mean he’ll still be attracted to her when they leave their little bubble of Antioch and he has more “suitable” options for a man like him. Frankie is afraid that he’ll hurt Lucy and that she won’t ever be able to love him the way he has grown to love her. They fit together more than just sexually. They challenge each other. They make each other laugh. They do everything they can to show the other one they care. They enjoy each other’s company whether it be through scavenger hunts, sketchy B&B sleepovers, karaoke mishaps, civil debates, nights of Netflix, or late nights at the lake. Now let’s get to their sexy times. Oh my lanta. I need to fan myself off just thinking about it now. That hotel. The car. Oh my. Let’s just say they definitely don’t lake in the sexual chemistry department.
One thing that irked me a little bit was the constant twisting of the knife on Lucy’s size. Trust me, I get it. I’m a BBW myself. I’ve had every single one of the thoughts that Lucy has. Sometimes I feel like it was too “in my face”. I feel like more could have been done when it comes to how her mother treated her and how she feels about herself. The bully story arc was beautiful, but there were so many other factors in how Lucy saw herself that were barely touched on. Her main issues stemmed from her mother and herself, so I think if those could have been explored it would have felt more rounded than the typical “He can’t love me, I’m a big girl” thought. I also feel like Lucy should have been the one to do the groveling, not Frankie. Don’t get me wrong, I loved that scene and I just want to reach into the pages and steal Frankie for myself. I just feel like he deserved more because in reality the blow up happened because she was waiting for the other shoe to drop.
Frankie and Lucy really are the perfect match, flaws and all. The epilogue stole my dang heart and it was so darn precious. They are each everything the other one wanted, and didn’t even know they needed. Frankie may have doubted his ability to have a happily ever after, but that was because the only person he was meant to give that happily ever after to was Lucy.
Rating: 4 stars
Give me an alpha male with a woman who aces all forms of sarcasm and I'm putty in you hands -- bonus points if a Reverse Harem is involved. Supernatural esque romance and power plays tend to make my heart go pitter patter. I haven't met a book I wasn't willing to try, so if you've got recommendations email them my way. I'm a foul mouthed makeup addicted with slight wino tendencies.