Title: Mean Girls
Adele Blackthorne is a big girl. She knows it, and she’s been picked on all her life because of it. But she’s gotten to the stage where she doesn’t care. She may be Rubenesque, but she’s healthy, too. Much healthier than the mean girls at the leisure center that point and stare and say spiteful things about her. Adele rises above it all, and enjoys her secretive glances at the center’s hunky lifeguard, Oliver.
As the bullying of Adele becomes worse, Oliver finds it increasingly difficult not to intervene. He doesn’t want to get into trouble with work, but equally he can’t stand to see Adele treated in such a horrible way. Especially since he doesn’t agree that she’s fat and unattractive. He thinks she’s a seriously sexy woman, and would like to get to know her better.
Author: Lucy Felthouse
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Grand Slam, His: Manlove Edition, Illicit Relations, A Taste of Rome
Series: Curve Appeal
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Voluptuous
Published by Ellora's Cave Source: Publisher
Published: Sept 20, 2013
Genres: Erotic Romance
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Adele has spent her whole life as a big girl. After nearly forty years she has accepted her size and doesn’t let other people’s opinions and looks bother her. When the lifeguard at her pool seems to notice her she never thinks its as anything other than him being friendly. Oliver has been crushing on Adele for months. He loves her curves and confidence and wants the chance to get to know her better. When he hears some patrons of the pool making fun of Adele’s curves he gets angry on her behalf. After a few missteps Oliver and Adele meet for coffee and the sparks fly.
Some of my favorite romances aren’t the traditionally handsome man and/or skinny pretty woman. I like to read about real people so when I got the chance to read this I was excited. I loved how Adele addressed her curves. She was confident and comfortable in her body and didn’t make any excuses for it. She knows she is over weight but she is a regular at the gym so she is healthy, just not the traditional size six. With Oliver he was in very good shape but he wasn’t obsessed about it. He thought that Adele’s curves were sexy and he just wanted have time to explore them. He was of the opinion the more the merrier. Oliver also has some goofy moments which was a nice change. He sticks his foot in his mouth and isn’t all that smooth with Adele. It made him more likeable and genuine.
There was also the vindication of Adele where Oliver delivers quite a nice set down to the mean girls and it made me smile to see a man taking care to stand for the woman he’s with. I did wonder if he would perhaps lose his job but they never talk about it. The story is a novella so we don’t’ get a lot of time with the characters but I don’t think he would get in trouble for what happened.
I did get a little confused with the slang that is used; boot, mate, bollocks, slagging, ect. It is my guess that the author isn’t American since some of these weren’t familiar to me. They didn’t take away from the story. In fact I quite liked how the language differentiated this story from what I usually read.