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So I don’t normally like the Romances all about a woman being overweight but this one hit just right, she was insecure for the right reasons and I was hooked! Avery has her own life and business issues that are brought up throughout the plot, and Finn has some of his own crazy ex drama that he deals with because she was an emotional abuser, but they both learn what a relationship with good communication, true trust, and real love, actually is.

Avery, the FMC, struggles a lot with her body and Finn, the MMC, stands by her during her journey to self-love and acceptance. As a plus size girly I am very much in love with my body, but the kind of insecurities and self deprication THIS book described was hitting where it hurts and opened something in my heart. Finn may give Avery the courage she needs to take steps towards loving herself and be there for her when there are inevitable bumps in the road, but this is not a story of the MMC “saving” the FMC. He is this super sexy man dealing with his own insecurities and past relationship trauma but he champions women every day for his job.

I love plus size heroine books where the male MC provides as much reassurance as the FMC needs, while also teaching her that it doesn’t matter if anyone else loves her body, until she loves it herself. then everything goes in a downward spiral when he says that he can't do it and breaks up with her instead. It’s pretty validating to read a character have similar struggle to yourself so I really appreciated her internal dialogue about her struggles and how Finn was able to be her safe person to talk about those insecurities too. Stand and Take a Bow Kay Cove, you did a wonderful job creating this intense, attention-snatching work of fiction.

And I think because I connected so much with it, and with the struggle with body image of FMC, I had higher expectations or truly different expectations of how I thought the story would go, which knocked me off kilter.When an opportunity arises to spend my summer in Las Vegas, I stumble upon my hot new neighbor and his photography studio. It was the easiest thing to read because it was spicy, romantic, funny and relatable, especially for any girlie (or guy) with insecurities.

It may make you out of your mind jealous of Avery having Finn, but it will make you smile, blush, and cry because of how amazing he is. And Avery and Finn both agreed that the “relationship” they have going on was exclusive, no sharing, just them. My favorite aspect honestly was probably the conversations the two had not just about sex but about everything. The strong presence of communication between the main characters made this book even hotter ( like Finn! Finn walks in and finds them and Avery, in her mind-boggled desperation to be what Finn wants, or what she thinks he wants (PLEASE JUST COMMUNICATE), tries to start a threesome.There’s squirting, dirty talk, mirrors, lingerie, praise… if that’s not enough to convince you, guess what Finn’s pet name for Avery is? I finished this book feeling empowered and determined to find my own Finn and not settle for anything less. This reads like self insertion, like it’s everything the author wants for herself which is a massive yikes.

The beginning of this book was the FMC being dumped by her ex because he wasn’t satisfied with their sex life. Honestly, Kay Cove's writing shined during the spice scenes, she never missed (well, until one fateful scene).Decides that she will take up her client friend on an offer to take care of his fish for the summer while he’s away on vacation.

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