Big Beach Read Debut: Big Girl Panties – Stephanie Evanovich.

No, not that Evanovich… But if you like her, it’s well worth trying this debut author with the same last name. I think she’s going to please a lot of readers. Stephanie Evanovich is a former actress and improv comedian and I think that experience informs her writing. She’s great at characters, drama,  comedy—everything you want from a kicky summer read. Here’s what the editor says about Stephanie: “a smart, bawdy, wise-cracking Jersey girl who’s guaranteed to hook readers with this sexy, funny, heartfelt story of a grieving suburban widow who gets off the couch and gets her groove back with the help of a hunky personal trainer, a kind-hearted pro baseball star, and a sassy baseball wife who likes things a little kinky.”

The advance reviews point to good things. Kirkus said it’s “[a] good start by Evanovich, who presents both sides of the story in a romance with imperfect heroes.” And Booklist said “Evanovich’s debut effort is a funny, clever, and well-paced read.” PW gave it a starred review and called it “a marvelous gem.”

Evanovich’s incredibly entertaining debut mesmerizes with wit, heart, and intelligence as a spirited large woman breaks out of her shell in a thin-obsessed world. Holly Brennan, widowed at 32, is worn out after months of caring for her dying husband and seeking consolation in food. She surprises herself by saying yes when personal trainer Logan Montgomery, a Greek-god lookalike, offers to help her break some bad habits….An explosive sexual encounter confirms their chemistry and budding love, but an intentional misspoken word and a party prank force both to confront their last barrier to happiness. Quality writing, memorable characters, hot sex scenes, and an emotionally satisfying story add up to a marvelous gem.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Big Girl Panties (9780062224842) By Stephanie Evanovich. $26.99 hardcover. 7/9/13 One Day Laydown.

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