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.
Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala
Leah Martin owns a bakery with her friend Valerie. Leah has a problem with how she looks. She is very curvy and finds it a turn off for guys. Her mother is highly critical also. So after meeting Sam while out with Val, Leah is very discouraged. She thought things were going well until Sam turned into a jerk and then got her kicked out of the club.
Things didn’t get much better when he went to save her from her ex-boyfriend, claiming they were a couple. Leah’s mother was completely thrilled. Leah has no clue how to handle the situation she finds herself in. Sam feels horrible about his part in the whole thing. He is determined to help fix things.
The plan is to make her parents hate him so she can walk away easily. Both are in agreement as the plan starts to unfold. However Sam gets a good idea of the dynamics of Leah’s family. He starts liking them, even though her mother treats Leah horribly. Sam can’t go through with things the way he wants to. Plus his attraction to Leah is growing. She is a funny and smart woman. His own relationship issues are holding him back while Leah’s issues with her weight cloud her confidence. Things fall apart before anything ever gets started.
This book was crazy. The fake fiancé storyline was a crack up. Things just got worse as the story went on. Then throw in Leah’s issue with her size and how her mother pointed it out all the time, I felt horrible for her. An excellent example of cruel words making you feel bad about yourself, even as an adult. The negative self-image the author gave Leah was very realistic and understandable as the story evolved.
Sam was an awesome character in the sense that Leah’s size didn’t bother him in the least. He found her attractive from the beginning. However he did act like an idiot for most of the story. Nothing like wanting to smack him on several occasions. The author put them into situations that surprised me. I’m surprised Leah didn’t knee him for his foot-in-mouth syndrome. I was shaking my head, thinking Men!, as I read this story. With that in mind I love the book. It was fun to read and I thought the ending was well worth the wait. A recommended book. I give it a 4 out of 5.