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Muffin Top

The Hartigans, Book 2
Series: The Hartigans Series, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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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....

Each book in the Hartigans series is STAND-ALONE:

  • Butterface
  • Muffin Top
©2018 Avery Flynn (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. This edition is made possible under a license arrangement with Entangled Publishing, Inc.

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Perfect

You must read this story it definitely worth your time 😘😘..you have everything a girl needs and more .. you will not regret it..and yummmmmmmy .. man candy ... and listen to it on audio books .. perfect ..❤️💕❤️💕❤️💕❤️💕❤️

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  • Cinema4
  • 20-01-2019

Finally a plus size character who's not there to..

...change herself.

What authors get wrong when writing BBW characters is the women are so grossly unhappy with themselves that the story becomes all about them changing themselves to fit society's expectations of beauty. BUT THEN, they realize they are fine with who they are AFTER said change and yay! They didn't have to change but they might as well live with the change blah, blah, blah.

What this story does is use an actual plus size heroine - who is described as being a size 20, and not one of those insecure size 12-14s that considers herself "plus size." Our lead here is placed in a situation where she knows her own agency. She is witty, confident, and a proud sexual creature. Is she insecure sometimes? Sure. We all are, but her size isn't the peak of her existence, and her very rich developed personality shows that.

One of the things the story does is also describe how big the guy is, which I found utterly refreshing. Also he's the red head and not the woman (though her hair is described as 'auburn' but if I read another 'fiery' red-headed heroine I think I'm going to scream). Sure they mention his height -way too often- but they talk about his size in general in multiple situations.

It's a fun story because their physicality just an accent to their actual problems and it's done pretty well in that regard.

Trope-wise the whole "reformed manwhore" thing I'm really over. The story tried to address it with him realizing that's all he is and a situation that happened with his dad. But it's the biggest fantasy of the story.

Technically, and this is a pet peeve, the author used the word 'had' A LOT in this story. Like, A LOT. If I notice it then it's too much. I have an aversion to the word. I think most cases when it's used, you can restructure a sentence to omit it, but that's just me.

All in all it's a fun romp with two thirty-somethings who fall in love with each other. A good time.

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  • Lisa
  • 18-01-2019

Love Muffins

Fun story. It was believable until it got ridiculous. Still made me laugh and feel good.

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  • Jennifer
  • 12-11-2019

Sizzling Chemistry and Funny Plot Lines

I loved Frankie's and Lucy's story, and I connected with this one much more than the first Hartigan story (Butterface). Even tho Lucy is a strong woman who can whip any man in shape in her professional life, the bruises she accumulated growing up allows for her body confidence to waiver at times. Frankie doesn't know he wants more in a relationship until he meets Lucy, and he has his own struggles to overcome.

Flynn writes the chemistry between Frankie and Lucy incredibly well. And the high school reunion story allowed for many cute and sizzling plot points. I liked how Flynn explores the ideas of believing one deserves more, finding a way out of their own way, and how we can't control who we fall for.

Loved the epilogue too, but I want more of these two!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-04-2019

Great Rom-Com

This was a great Rom-Com book, with some seriously sexy scenes. And I love that the "big girl" isn't a size 12!

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  • Bridget Mincheski
  • 31-03-2020

Great read!

Loved it. I listened to it in 1 day since it was so good.

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  • T.Miller
  • 14-03-2020

Too repetitive and whiney

Ugh. I loved the first book in the series. This one was super shallow, repetitive and whiney. Keep it going while doing housework, but often fast forwarded.

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  • Laura F
  • 15-02-2020

So funny!!

This book is hilarious!! It's low on the angst but has a ton of snarky shenanigans that I couldn't get enough of

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-02-2020

Confused

I still have a couple hours left in this story...but I am so confused as to why this girl even considered going to her high school reunion. She only relayed info of the bad memories and nasty people who teased her, which was true because that is what she encounters when she gets there. And then she says of the small group of friends she did have in high school, none were attending the reunion. I would not go if no one I hung out with/actually liked was not going to be there. I know it’s for the sake of the story, but....and then in the beginning she’s a self confident ball buster, but the farther we go in, the more self deprecating she gets. And I feel the male attraction to her goes from a slight pulse to rapid in a very short time. This is my first “plus size” story, and while I do feel there is definite chemistry between the main characters...something is just off. Really digging the narration though..

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  • Kelsey howe
  • 11-01-2020

Good performance

This book was Short and sweet. it was simple and easy to follow. the Narration was good, and I am happy I finished it. I will be listening to the last of this series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-01-2020

Repetitive. Annoying...I liked it!

This was great for background listening at work, but my gosh it was so annoying. We get it, her dad is a sex therapist. It’s repeated like 3 times within like 30 minutes. Then more times throughout the book.

There were a couple more things repeated like that which were annoying too, but the most annoying thing was Lucy in general. She starts out saying she’s happy with herself and her weight then proceeds to spend the whole book reminding us that she’s fat and Frankie could NEVER be into her. And she carries this emotional baggage throughout the book making everyone, including me, miserable because of it. Like how she thinks her dad is some terrible person for calling her muffin?! Seriously. Get over yourself. It’s crap to punish the people who have never been anything but nice to you for the crap that other people did to you. Then, no one calls her on it and she ends up with everything she ever wanted. As someone who’s gone through the same thing she did, I absolutely get how she feels. But I think I expected this book to be body positive and it really didn’t feel that way. Deep seeded self esteem issues like that don’t go away over night or because some hot guy falls in love with you. She’s clearly not okay with her size no matter how much she pretends she is.

All that being said, I did enjoy this story as part of the romance package! I recommend if you aren’t spending money on it. Just know, Lucy is a very annoying character.