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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 Franki 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…


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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 Franki 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…

30 review for Muffin Top

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carol [Goodreads Addict]

    Muffin Top is book two in The Hartigans series by Avery Flynn. I enjoyed book one in this series so much, Butterface, so I’ve been so looking forward to this book. Frankie Hartigan is the oldest of the Hartigan siblings, at thirty-three years old. He’s an Irish red headed firefighter at the Waterbury Firehouse. Frankie watched his brother, Ford fall in love but he, himself, has felt no inclination to follow in his footsteps. He is the town ladies man. He doesn’t have any problem finding women and Muffin Top is book two in The Hartigans series by Avery Flynn. I enjoyed book one in this series so much, Butterface, so I’ve been so looking forward to this book. Frankie Hartigan is the oldest of the Hartigan siblings, at thirty-three years old. He’s an Irish red headed firefighter at the Waterbury Firehouse. Frankie watched his brother, Ford fall in love but he, himself, has felt no inclination to follow in his footsteps. He is the town ladies man. He doesn’t have any problem finding women and enjoys a different woman every night. But a comment from one of his hook-ups gets him to wondering if there is something wrong with him. That maybe he needs to re-evaluate things. Frankie loves his job. He hasn’t taken any time off in years so he is being forced to take some of his accumulated vacation time. What in the world will he do with his time off. An idle Frankie is not a good thing. Lucy Kavanagh is a successful publicist that specializes in crisis communications. In other words, her clients have gotten themselves in trouble and she has to fix things. Lucy is a healthy, strong woman. But she is not a small woman. She owns who she is, but it took her awhile to get here. She was sitting in the bar eating her dinner when a patron decided to let her know what he thought she needed to do so she wouldn’t be sitting there eating alone, in other words, eat salad and lose some weight. Enter Frankie to put him in his place and save the day. Lucy and Frankie had met before at gatherings but didn’t really know each other. Frankie proceeded to sit down and order dinner. He happened to mention he had some time off, and Lucy happened to mention she was supposed to go to her high school reunion but didn’t want to go because of how they all treated her back in those days. Frankie decided this is the perfect way to spend his time off. He needs the time away to get his head on straight and figure out some things and Lucy needs a date. Win/win! Only, things don’t always go as they planned do they? “In her office, she never had a moment of doubt, because when it came to spinning a crisis, no one did it better than she did. But back home in Antioch? That nervous and insecure fifteen year old she’d thought she’d ditched all those years ago came rushing to the forefront, and she hated it. Really. Hated. It.” The chemistry between Lucy and Frankie was crazy strong. But these two tried to keep things platonic. The key word here is that they tried! And let me tell you that when they give in, these two are hot. Frankie is a dirty talking, sexy as heck man. They were in a little bubble in Lucy’s home town. But what happens when they go back to Waterbury? Will the very new connection they have created work there? Both Lucy and Frankie have histories, events in their pasts that have held them back. Lucy’s is her weight and the way she was treated. Frankie’s was an event when he was in high school. One thing that bothered me was that every single thing that happened, Lucy would twist it around in her head and think the worst. She applied all of her old insecurities to everything and I felt bad for Frankie. Even though I understood why she felt that way, she was otherwise such a strong woman. And I really wanted her to let herself be happy. I loved the ending of this and the epilogue was adorable. I really am enjoying this series and a sneak peak reveals that the next book will be on Frankie and Ford’s sister, Fallon Hartigan. I…can’t…wait!!! I have a feeling it’s going to be so good! For more about this book and so many more, come and visit me at Carol's Crazy Bookish World. https://www.facebook.com/groups/44036...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chris C - A Midlife Wife

    Great story! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ There is no person in the world who believes they are perfect so including the curvy and chunky women of the world in this story is smart. Everyone can relate to and has probably felt and experienced the uncomfortableness during those awkward teenage years. Trying to blend in with the popular group and just finding your place in school can be difficult. The story takes us on the trip back to a high school reunion. The most difficult and painful time for Great story! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ There is no person in the world who believes they are perfect so including the curvy and chunky women of the world in this story is smart. Everyone can relate to and has probably felt and experienced the uncomfortableness during those awkward teenage years. Trying to blend in with the popular group and just finding your place in school can be difficult. The story takes us on the trip back to a high school reunion. The most difficult and painful time for our overweight female heroine yet she wants to go back to show them that they didn’t hurt her. They didn’t matter in terms of her professional career and her personal life. She rose above their hateful words, actions, and attitudes. But going alone was not something she wanted to do. And much of the time she vacillated between even going. Then she ran into the number one hottie in town who not only encouraged her to go and show them up but volunteered to go with her. It’s hard not to fall in love with strong, super tall, hunk burning love fireman that all the women seem to want. But everybody knows he’s a love-them-and-leave-them type of guy. Never commits. But, oh God, those muscles. His sweet manner. The fact that he doesn’t care what size she is but just cares that she’s funny, cute, fierce, but yet very vulnerable too. I could relate to this book in so many different ways. I grew up over weight my teen life and beyond so I can understand and relate to that issues the feelings everything related to the perception of who you are. I fell in love with him because who could not? Frankie a wonderfully developed character. But I didn’t care for the meltdown in the fight towards the end. I didn’t like that he had to do the groveling back to her when she was in the wrong for the most part. And she got mean with her digs. Overall, the author did a wonderful job with the humor and lightness, the sexy heat, the crazy dad and weird dog, The way he stood up and supported her and always lifted her up. And most of all when they realized they were all in. Crazy, funny, sexy, lighthearted, and deep emotion all wrapped up into one read you have to grab. * copy received for review consideration full review - https://amidlifewife.com/muffin-top-b...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dinjolina

    I cannot with the title. I also cannot with the premise of the story. I’m plus sized and I eat and don’t eat salads. It’s not like all curvy people make an unbreakable vow to never eat or like salad. And if these starter clichés are not enough, the heroine has to be brash and ’always say what she thinks, consequence be damned’; because if you’re curvy, you also have to have a BIG personality - just like all the ’fat friends’ ever portrayed in literature or at the cinema. Curves are more than a gim I cannot with the title. I also cannot with the premise of the story. I’m plus sized and I eat and don’t eat salads. It’s not like all curvy people make an unbreakable vow to never eat or like salad. And if these starter clichés are not enough, the heroine has to be brash and ’always say what she thinks, consequence be damned’; because if you’re curvy, you also have to have a BIG personality - just like all the ’fat friends’ ever portrayed in literature or at the cinema. Curves are more than a gimmick for you to sell, packed to the eyeballs with clichés. I’m tired of plus sized life, struggles, and living being a perpetual loop of bad Amy Schumer jokes.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kiki

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Edit: Hero’s father thinks he owes/owed his then teenage son no explanation for what the kid thought was him being a front row audience of cheating on his mum because the father actually didn’t cheat??? You may not be a cheater, but you sir, are a rotten father and and an epic failure as a parent. His son confronted him. Told him he won’t tell anyone if this doesn’t happen again and at no point of time the loving father thought hey son, wait up, let me explain? The said son grew up to be a commitm Edit: Hero’s father thinks he owes/owed his then teenage son no explanation for what the kid thought was him being a front row audience of cheating on his mum because the father actually didn’t cheat??? You may not be a cheater, but you sir, are a rotten father and and an epic failure as a parent. His son confronted him. Told him he won’t tell anyone if this doesn’t happen again and at no point of time the loving father thought hey son, wait up, let me explain? The said son grew up to be a commitment phobic and a manwhore, openly hated his father, was in dire need of therapy and his father boldly states in front of everyone “I love you, but I didn’t owe you a damn explanation for something that wasn’t my fault”. HOW would he know, and if you didn’t owe him an explanation then pray tell WHY are you explaining NOW, when the damage is done? This is in direct relation to hero watching his father kissing OW passionately against the wall. ARE. YOU. FUCKING. KIDDING. ME???? And this knucklehead was allowed to have eight kids?????? === Even hero’s BROTHERS, not just his sisters, even his brothers agreed he was a manwhore of epic proportion. He’s the guy his siblings would refuse to leave their female friends alone with because they’re worried he’ll somehow seduce them with his charm and then drop them and would not be held accountable because he was honest and upfront from the beginning. I had to read HOW GOOD HE’S at fucking women, any women that catches his fancy, anywhere. How he fucks several times a week, usually different women, and how he LOVES women. If I read that line ever in my whole life it’ll be too soon! So, yeah nah.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina

    NOW LIVE! Amazon US * Amazon UK I'm on the fence a bit about this book. The story was enjoyable and I liked the premise of it with the not-so-perfect heroine. It was unique in that it didn't feature the cliche type of romance heroine that is portrayed as perfect and stunning. Yet I also got annoyed that, just like with the previous book in the series, those imperfections were voiced a little too much. At times, the fact that our heroine was a size twenty woman seemed to overshadow the romance betw NOW LIVE! Amazon US * Amazon UK I'm on the fence a bit about this book. The story was enjoyable and I liked the premise of it with the not-so-perfect heroine. It was unique in that it didn't feature the cliche type of romance heroine that is portrayed as perfect and stunning. Yet I also got annoyed that, just like with the previous book in the series, those imperfections were voiced a little too much. At times, the fact that our heroine was a size twenty woman seemed to overshadow the romance between her and Frankie. Frankie was a joy to read about all through the book and honestly he was the number one reason this story wasn't a complete flop for me. Because Lucy as a main character had me wanting to rip my hair out in frustration. I might love the fact that she's not the usual skinny heroine, but I don't want that information shoved down my throat on almost every page. It became too repetitive with her inner thoughts always criticizing herself. And what really put her in the can't-stand-this-chick category was that all through the book she was constantly saying that Frankie couldn't possibly want her. All while he was practically screaming from the roof tops that he did and that he was attracted to her. I had so many moments that I just wanted to slap some sense into her because of that. Bottom line, I liked this story and it is one that I would recommend. The heroine kind of ruined the reading experience for me with all that added frustration but she didn't diminish the fact that the overall story was one I enjoyed reading.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Carlene Inspired

    Find this review and others at Carlene Inspired. I don't know what it is about 2018, but I am so grateful for the relatable characters that authors are writing right now. Lucy is a size twenty, brilliant, independent woman with a knack for helping influential men out of tight spots. She has the confidence to spin stories and take control, but not when it comes to her own life. Frankie is the handsome town player, a firefighter with a heart of gold who doesn't know how to really love a woman prope Find this review and others at Carlene Inspired. I don't know what it is about 2018, but I am so grateful for the relatable characters that authors are writing right now. Lucy is a size twenty, brilliant, independent woman with a knack for helping influential men out of tight spots. She has the confidence to spin stories and take control, but not when it comes to her own life. Frankie is the handsome town player, a firefighter with a heart of gold who doesn't know how to really love a woman properly. I loved that in such a small town the two really hadn't had any one on one contact prior to the bar, it made their week trip to Lucy's hometown so entertaining. The reunion trip is a chance for each to shed their usual skin, each discovering that maybe being themselves isn't so bad, especially when they begin to fall for one another. Avery Flynn doesn't gloss over the realities in Muffin Top though, Lucy struggles with her size and her expectations that love couldn't happen to her and Frankie has to work through his previous player ways in order to prove Lucy he can be a more than an easy lay kind of guy. "But it felt better coming from Lucy. Better. Hard-won." The chemistry between these two is off the charts, with the two giving in easily to the passion and connection they feel. Unfortunately, the sex distracts them from the serious stuff and even as the two open up about themselves they're each left unsure of what the other's interests are. With well placed humor, Avery Flynn puts the characters into situations that force them to realize a few things. I loved reading about how Lucy and Frankie see the good in one another, but not in themselves. They each set out to prove the other wrong, of course there's bumps in the road along the way. Like in Butterface, the previous novel in The Hartigans series, family plays a huge role in this story and an even bigger role in Frankie and Lucy seeing the light. "This week just might kill him, but what a way to go." An honest, funny portrayal of life and romance, Muffin Top is another hit in The Hartigans series from Avery Flynn. I love the Hartigans siblings and the partners they end up with even more. The books aren't the kind that you escape into to forget the world's problems, but they do make you believe in love again, throwing all preconceived notions about perfect romance out the window and giving it to you in a realistic, sweet way. ARC provided.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

    A lot of authors write RomCom but very few of them pull it off with the class and finesse that Avery Flynn does. Muffin Top, even though it tackles a serious social problem in today's society, was written in a way that Frankie Hartigan will steal your heart and Lucy Kavanagh will have you sighing, crying and laughing. I don't even want to try to summarize this story … the blurb kind of tells you what it's all about. What it doesn't say is how strong, snarky and feisty a woman Lucy is and how big A lot of authors write RomCom but very few of them pull it off with the class and finesse that Avery Flynn does. Muffin Top, even though it tackles a serious social problem in today's society, was written in a way that Frankie Hartigan will steal your heart and Lucy Kavanagh will have you sighing, crying and laughing. I don't even want to try to summarize this story … the blurb kind of tells you what it's all about. What it doesn't say is how strong, snarky and feisty a woman Lucy is and how big a heart Frankie has. It also doesn't reflect the mindset of both of these characters and what they are personally going through and feeling on the inside. I loved the forgiveness that each of them had for people who have hurt or bullied them. Two people who have more issues than weight or a playboy reputation find that they can heal each other and find love in the most unexpected way. From the non-date to the Scavenger Hunt to happily-ever-after, I smiled and cried. Then, I smiled some more along with feeling a little bit of a sense of pride. Why, because I am a Muffin Top too and could totally relate to a lot of what Lucy went through and was feeling. And, I found my HEA as well despite it all. Avery Flynn always makes us feel good … she tackles social issues with a humongous sense of humor … she shows that it's okay to be ourselves and be proud of who we are … she makes us laugh … she makes us cry … but, most of all she ALWAYS gives us that feel-good feeling inside that lets you know that, even with flaws, we are worth it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Dear reader, before you start this book I have a warning for you, just hand over your heart and panties to the giant ginger that is Frankie Hartigan and don’t fight it. You won’t be sorry. I know I wasn’t. Warning given, I can now say that this is a book that EVERYONE who reads romance needs to read. I LOVED this story so much. I still think about it days after I finished it. Okay, I still get the giggles thinking about certain scenes too. No matter how much I think I’m done with Frankie and Luc Dear reader, before you start this book I have a warning for you, just hand over your heart and panties to the giant ginger that is Frankie Hartigan and don’t fight it. You won’t be sorry. I know I wasn’t. Warning given, I can now say that this is a book that EVERYONE who reads romance needs to read. I LOVED this story so much. I still think about it days after I finished it. Okay, I still get the giggles thinking about certain scenes too. No matter how much I think I’m done with Frankie and Lucy, they keep popping back into my mind. If I could give this book unlimited stars I would. Ah-maz-ing. That’s they best way to describe this unbelievably awesome read from the equally awesome Avery Flynn who has ruined me with this book. I loved everything about this book. I know I can’t give it the review it so deserves but I can try to convince you to part with your money for a book that for me, is hands down one of the funniest, hottest, sassiest, unputdownable books you will read this year. If you love a feisty, sassy heroine then Lucy is the one for you. I loved her from the moment she appeared to the last page that left me goofy grinning for way longer than it should have because there is only one Lucy and it’s a total treat to get to know her in this story. I so want to be like her when I grow up. Now in case you haven’t already guess, I loved Frankie something hard. Shocker I know. But seriously, just wait till you have the pleasure of learning more about the gentle giant as he goes on a road trip with Lucy to her high school reunion. I can’t say too much because I don’t want to give anything away, but if you don’t fall for Frankie you shouldn’t be reading romance. Combine these two and watch out as sparks, sass, snark, clothes and best intentions fly out the window as one of Waterbury’s finest falls for the one woman he NEVER saw coming. I can’t say read this book enough. If you haven’t read the first book where we first meet Lucy and Frankie in Butterface do so now. That said you can totally read this as stand-alone, but you really should read both because Avery Flynn is a genius when it comes to strong sassy heroines and the wonderful men who love them and this highlights why she is a must read author for me. I can’t wait for the next book. I want it now!!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alla

    I like this series about the Hartigan siblings. Funny and nice....like following a tv series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Aly

    Contrarily to what the blurb presage, the book is written at the third person, not the first, but I absolutely didn't care because I had too much fun reading it :) The hero is Frankie Hartigan. A hot ginger firefighter of thirty-three years old who's been forced to take a vacation by his boss and the HR department because he haven't take a leave of absence in far too long and it's against regulation and safety. Frankie lives for the job. He likes the adrenaline and the camaraderie, so he's afraid Contrarily to what the blurb presage, the book is written at the third person, not the first, but I absolutely didn't care because I had too much fun reading it :) The hero is Frankie Hartigan. A hot ginger firefighter of thirty-three years old who's been forced to take a vacation by his boss and the HR department because he haven't take a leave of absence in far too long and it's against regulation and safety. Frankie lives for the job. He likes the adrenaline and the camaraderie, so he's afraid to get bored out of his mind during his break. But after an asshole insulted his sister's friend in a bar, Frankie found his new project : be her fake date for her high school reunion. The heroine is Lucy Kavanagh. A publicist who specialize in crisis communication. She's blunt and confident, but all her life she had to deal with the fact she's overweight. She doesn't have a problem with it, it's people who can't accept she's not in the standard of beauty and mocked her, but a part of her wonder if she'll ever find a man who'll accept her exactly as she is. "I am not about to get dared into doing something dumb." "Fine. How about getting dared into doing something fun?" She cracked a smile. "You're trouble, you know that?" When a woman tell Frankie people see him as a man-whore only great for a good time, it hurt him and he decide then to take a break from hooks-up. But Lucy is a temptation he'll try to resist but won't be able to, as you can guess ;p The cover and the title drew my attention and the plot sounded like my kind of things. It was my first time reading something by Avery Flynn so I didn't know what to expect, but wow ! I'm so glad I gave it a chance. Some things were déjà vu but other were totally unique. It didn't took long for me to fall in love with Frankie. Not only because of his look (hello, ginger ! ;p)and for coming to Lucy's rescue, but he also hate spicy food and he's just such a naturally fun and nice guy. "Okay, I won't make you actually have fun at the carnival," he said, wrapping an arm around her waist and pulling her tight against him in a way that sent her pulse into overdrive. "You can watch me win you an oversized stuffed llama. You know you're desperate to have one to put in your office back home, so it can stare disapprovingly at your clients when they come to you for help after fucking up." The thing with the mean girl began as a total cliché and then it took a turn in such a surprising way that it seemed too far-fetched at first, but what a great idea ! A special mention to Lucy's father who was, in my opinion, one of the best secondary character I've ever read. So funny and wise at the same time. I liked meeting Frankie's family too. He's the oldest of the seven siblings and they all have names with F.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Book Lover

    I really wanted to like this book. I was very excited to see a plus size female lead, had high hopes for a strong character. Alas, I was disappointed. Lucy Kavanaugh is a size 20. She is smart, snarky, funny and way too self-deprecating. As in constantly. “Look, I’ll let you in on a secret to survival for someone like me. If you prep yourself for the worst, you won’t be disappointed, and if you own the insult before it can be uttered, you can’t be hurt.” Wow. How sad. This is not self-empowering. I really wanted to like this book. I was very excited to see a plus size female lead, had high hopes for a strong character. Alas, I was disappointed. Lucy Kavanaugh is a size 20. She is smart, snarky, funny and way too self-deprecating. As in constantly. “Look, I’ll let you in on a secret to survival for someone like me. If you prep yourself for the worst, you won’t be disappointed, and if you own the insult before it can be uttered, you can’t be hurt.” Wow. How sad. This is not self-empowering. Frankie Hartigan is a fireman. And a first class manwhore. “He dated many of the women he was attracted to, and while getting to date number three rarely happened because there was always another woman out there who caught his eye, no one walked away orgasm free or heartbroken.” Why must the male leads be converted manwhores? To me, this says it all: “Really, who wants to be with someone who had more notches on his bedpost than Santa had names on his naughty list? There was just something gross about it.” She does everything she can to sabotage any chance at a relationship they might have. Too much negativity and low self-esteem. Frankie is upfront about how he feels, but with his history you can certainly understand her doubts. This was definitely not the uplifting, encouraging book I had hoped for. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC provided by NetGalley and the publisher.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookworms

    Muffin Top was a very realistic romance for me - and I loved how humorous it was in dealing with things that can really hurt.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Siobhan

    After reading and enjoying the first book in Avery Flynn’s The Hartigans series, Butterface, I was eager to dive into the second book. There was a wee bit of tentatively regarding Muffin Top, but I’m glad I jumped in. After finishing it, I’m extremely eager to get my hands on book three, Tomboy. The fact this series is dealing with the unconventional female leads – book one was the female considered ‘unattractive’, book two is the female considered ‘overweight’, and book three is the female consi After reading and enjoying the first book in Avery Flynn’s The Hartigans series, Butterface, I was eager to dive into the second book. There was a wee bit of tentatively regarding Muffin Top, but I’m glad I jumped in. After finishing it, I’m extremely eager to get my hands on book three, Tomboy. The fact this series is dealing with the unconventional female leads – book one was the female considered ‘unattractive’, book two is the female considered ‘overweight’, and book three is the female considered too ‘boyish’ – means there will be characters everyone can relate to. Being a woman, unfortunately, means we have labels thrown at us all the time – in some cases, we will be able to connect with all the labels being thrown at the characters. Hell, I know I can. Although it is easy to connect with such characters, I was a wee bit worried before starting this book. I feared the female lead was going to be a cliché, with the story falling into the usual stereotypes. Fortunately, I had nothing to fear. I was sucked into this story from the very first page, and with every word I read I fell deeper and deeper in love with the characters and the relationship blooming between them. Like Butterface, Muffin Top grabbed my attention and refused to let me free. Once I started reading, I found I could not put the book down. I was addicted, in love, and desperate to see how everything came together. I wanted more of the characters and their drama, more of the humour and emotions, and more of the countless other goodies on offer throughout the book. It was a sweet story, with some steam and some harder hitting subjects, ensuring it reaches you on multiple levels. It’s a story that will have an impact, one that will stay with you long after you finish. So, if like me you find yourself a wee bit tentative, take the leap – there is more to this book than appears on the surface. Now, I’m going to sit and impatiently await book three. The hints we got of what is to come have left me super desperate for more.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nadine

    If you want to know how not to write a story, read this book. One day I will learn that this author is not for me. One day I will....

  15. 4 out of 5

    Robyn

    Frankie Hartigan is on a mandatory three week vacation from his job as the town’s sexy fireman. While he ponders his life and his inability to commit to a real loving and lasting relationship at the local cop bar, he comes to the rescue of one Lucy Kavanagh. Lucy is his brother’s fiance’s best friend and she just might be the distraction he needs to keep himself on his newly acquired sex ban. Lucy is too blunt and too ballsy and might just be the perfect woman to keep his mind out of the gutter Frankie Hartigan is on a mandatory three week vacation from his job as the town’s sexy fireman. While he ponders his life and his inability to commit to a real loving and lasting relationship at the local cop bar, he comes to the rescue of one Lucy Kavanagh. Lucy is his brother’s fiance’s best friend and she just might be the distraction he needs to keep himself on his newly acquired sex ban. Lucy is too blunt and too ballsy and might just be the perfect woman to keep his mind out of the gutter and another part of his anatomy in his pants. On the upside, she is fun and will keep him out of trouble while he re-evaluates his life. Taking Lucy to her high school reunion is just the distraction he needs. Lucy kavanagh is a plus size single woman with an even bigger mouth to match. While she is a tough as nails public relations rep and can stare down clients with the best of them, she often becomes the butt of her own jokes about her size. She often pokes fun at her own size to save herself the trouble of someone doing it for her. She is a size twenty living in a size zero world. So, when some jerk questions her choice of dinner at the local cop bar, Frankie swoops in and saves the day. When Frankie invites himself along to her high school reunion as her fake date, she knows he is up to something and she is determined to figure out what it is he wants from her. It’s not like this sexy ginger giant could ever be interested in a girl like her or could he? Let me first start out by saying that I am in absolute LOVE with this book! Not only is this a romantic comedy, but it also incorporates a lot of real life into the story which really makes this story stand out for me. I have read romance books with plus size heroines, but no one has really gone into such depth as Avery Flynn about what it is like for a plus size woman especially in today’s society. Flynn portrays how a woman feels and her inner struggles dealing with outsiders who judge someone based on looks. Lucy deals with this constantly and even though she is totally badass she does have insecurities and this is what I love most about Lucy as she comes across as a real person with many layers. Frankie is a great guy. Sure he is a man-whore, but deep down inside he has a lot of heart and a lot of love to give to the right woman. He may not see it right away and often times struggles with himself while trying to figure out what he wants out of life. He really is a standup guy and sticks up for the underdog. He may not think he is relationship material, but I can see how much of a family man he is with his own siblings. He is the protector and will go to war for any of his sisters and brothers. I had every intention of only reading a few chapters as I started this book pretty late in the evening, but after the first few chapters all I kept saying was “okay maybe one more chapter and then I will go to bed.” yeah right! Needless to say I stayed up till almost 5am because I could not put this book down. I was completely enraptured by Lucy and Frankie and found myself needing to find out what happens next! I laughed so much I had tears coming out of my eyes, then I had real tears coming out of my eyes during some of the harder scenes to get through especially when it came to Lucy being so hard on herself. Flynn also threw in some “Awww” moments for me especially when Frankie says things like this: “Lucy, I’m already lost, but I feel found any time I’m with you.” Just stick a fork in me I am done! I completely melted. These are the type of moments where you want to turn to your boyfriend/husband/partner and smack him upside the head and ask “Why can’t YOU be like Frankie!” He is my totally new book boyfriend! I must be living under a rock because this is the first book I have ever read by Avery Flynn and I just want to kick myself from not starting any of her books sooner. Flynn is an amazing writer and storyteller and she has captured my heart right from the first page. I will certainly be picking up all of her back books because….well because Avery Flynn is just that awesome! Muffin Top is a dazzling Rom-Com that will make you laugh, make you cry and give you all the feels. I highly recommend this book to every romance fan who loves strong characters and a to die for hero that you will want as your own. I definitely need more of the Hartigan’s in my life.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    You know, there’s a saying that you can’t be happy with someone else, until you’re happy with yourself. The entire book was of Lucy’s self deprecating, overly defensive self loathing. Quite honestly, it seemed like nothing the poor guy said or did was good enough. Her behavior became tedious and I ended up just skimming through, but every where I stopped was another dig she made at herself. It’s a shame, because the writing was actually good, but in looking at the other other books, I have no de You know, there’s a saying that you can’t be happy with someone else, until you’re happy with yourself. The entire book was of Lucy’s self deprecating, overly defensive self loathing. Quite honestly, it seemed like nothing the poor guy said or did was good enough. Her behavior became tedious and I ended up just skimming through, but every where I stopped was another dig she made at herself. It’s a shame, because the writing was actually good, but in looking at the other other books, I have no desire to read more books about women with low self esteem, and the men who show them their self worth.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Yvette ~ Nose Stuck in a Book

    After devouring Butterface, the first book in Avery Flynn’s Hartigans Series, I was already impatient to get my hands on Muffin Top. I blame the preview at the end of Butterface... I mean, it's not often you see a hero saving a heroine from a stranger who obnoxiously comments on her weight and food choice. My interest was piqued, and I was immediately intrigued by both Frankie Hartigan and Lucy Kavanagh. Those who read Butterface will recognize our heroine as Gina’s plus-sized firecracker of a be After devouring Butterface, the first book in Avery Flynn’s Hartigans Series, I was already impatient to get my hands on Muffin Top. I blame the preview at the end of Butterface... I mean, it's not often you see a hero saving a heroine from a stranger who obnoxiously comments on her weight and food choice. My interest was piqued, and I was immediately intrigued by both Frankie Hartigan and Lucy Kavanagh. Those who read Butterface will recognize our heroine as Gina’s plus-sized firecracker of a best friend, Lucy, and our hero as Ford’s brother, the charming playboy firefighter, Frankie. While the two are acquainted with each other, it’s not until a chance meeting at a bar and Frankie’s impulsive decision to use his leave from work to accompany Lucy to her high school reunion that their relationship takes an interesting turn. The combination of an emotionally guarded cynic who’s perpetually wary of men (and society as a whole) and a commitment-phobe whose enjoyment of the opposite sex leads to a self-imposed sex ban seems like a classic case of opposites attracting, but, the more we get to know Frankie and Lucy, the more we see exactly how similar they are. As a renowned womanizer, accustomed to having women fall for his many charms, Frankie isn’t expecting to be dazzled by Lucy’s straightforward, ball-busting attitude, but she delves beneath his surface and leaves a lasting impact. Similarly, Frankie pushes and challenges Lucy, going into battle against her insecurities and helping to bring out her confident, empowered side. Whether they’re bantering flirtatiously, butting heads, or steaming up the pages with their scorching hot chemistry, Frankie and Lucy are a riveting, compelling pair. On the one hand, Muffin Top is exactly what I've come to expect from Avery Flynn. It's humorous and lighthearted, with a healthy amount of steam. Muffin Top isn't your typical rom-com, however, tackling a more substantial subject matter and delivering a heaping dose of the feels. With a storyline that's relatable and thought-provoking, thoroughly developed characters that are endearing, passionate, and lovable, and a romance that's sexy, swoon-worthy, and more than a little naughty, Muffin Top is a must-read from Avery Flynn. *complimentary copy provided by publisher for an honest review

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sara Koelsch

    Muffin Top is the first book I’ve read written by Avery Flynn. I did buy the Butterface audiobook as soon as I could but haven’t listened to it yet but I will, even sooner since I seriously fell for Ms. Flynn’s writing in Muffin Top. She takes these every day issues that women face and takes it head on. I love that she took on the stigma of a plus size woman. Every time I read a romance book I think about how they are always size 0s... and there’s nothing wrong with that. But it’s nice to see a Muffin Top is the first book I’ve read written by Avery Flynn. I did buy the Butterface audiobook as soon as I could but haven’t listened to it yet but I will, even sooner since I seriously fell for Ms. Flynn’s writing in Muffin Top. She takes these every day issues that women face and takes it head on. I love that she took on the stigma of a plus size woman. Every time I read a romance book I think about how they are always size 0s... and there’s nothing wrong with that. But it’s nice to see a size 16 woman get some love too. I think what Ms. Flynn really showcases in Muffin Top is that no woman, size 0 to 30, is happy with everything in their lives. We are our own worst enemies. Be happy within yourself. I love that Lucy is an incredibly strong woman. She has this take charge attitude and handles everything coming at her. Her and Frankie meet by complete accident but I feel for Frankie right then and there. He totally came to Lucy’s defense but she did not even need him... she had it handled. Plus, I mean he’s a fireman, I’ll take two!! He’s charming with a heart of gold and a good strong work ethic. And a family that just reminds me of big Italian families... being loud and boisterous. I loved all of them instantly! Both these two have a past full of drama and insecurities. They fall into an easy relationship while away from their home... is it possible to make it work at home surrounded by friends and family with their everyday lives? I couldn’t help but sweat with the heat radiating off these two. The sexual tension was so thick! I’m definitely in for this entire series now! It’s light but deep, fun and serious, sexy and... well sexier! I need the entire Hartigan clans story! I know I already missed one but I’m gonna rectify that rather quickly and if you haven’t read them... get on this train! It’s taking you all over feels island (what?!? What can I say! I’m corny AF)!! I received an ARC of this book with the hope that I would leave an Unbiased Opinion. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that... my opinions. Check out my Blog: Next Book Review Check out my Facebook Page: Next Book Review Facebook

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ryan - Sweet Red Reader

    I thoroughly enjoyed Muffin Top - Frankie and Lucy are both so much more than meets the eye. They both vulnerable and sensitive and insecure and the way that they help each other grow is really beautiful. Their connection happens sort of seamlessly and so naturally that it is a relief. The biggest surprise is that they are each their own (and each other's) obstacles. A lot of the misunderstandings they have are not even over a lack of communication, but from them misinterpreting what the other o I thoroughly enjoyed Muffin Top - Frankie and Lucy are both so much more than meets the eye. They both vulnerable and sensitive and insecure and the way that they help each other grow is really beautiful. Their connection happens sort of seamlessly and so naturally that it is a relief. The biggest surprise is that they are each their own (and each other's) obstacles. A lot of the misunderstandings they have are not even over a lack of communication, but from them misinterpreting what the other one says because of their own skewed perspective. I love the entire Hartigan family and I'm glad we got to know more about them in this book. Lucy's dad was a wonderful addition to the story but something about his (and Lucy's) backstory irked me a bit, but I can't quite pinpoint why. I don't know if I liked this one as much as Butterface; I think the layer of angst was a little bit more dramatic in that one and that made it more entertaining. I'm definitely excited to read Zach and Fallon's story next. 4 out of 5 wine glasses.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ayekah

    Avery Flynn has done it again! Oh good grief, I'm speechless. This book was so freaking amazing. Flipping pages, my emotions all over the place, laughing one minute, melting in my socks and then feeling a little tear starting. Yup, book hangover time! The best book hangover ever! So we met Frankie the oldest of the Hartigan clan in Butterface. Frankie is a firefighter and one big strapping man and a ginger to boot! When the chief catches that Frankie hasn't taken any time off, he's officially off Avery Flynn has done it again! Oh good grief, I'm speechless. This book was so freaking amazing. Flipping pages, my emotions all over the place, laughing one minute, melting in my socks and then feeling a little tear starting. Yup, book hangover time! The best book hangover ever! So we met Frankie the oldest of the Hartigan clan in Butterface. Frankie is a firefighter and one big strapping man and a ginger to boot! When the chief catches that Frankie hasn't taken any time off, he's officially off duty for three weeks starting right then. Frankie's miffed wondering what he's going to do with his time. Work is his life. That and his one off's that he's seems to be known for. When Frankie gets a little wake up call one night at Marino's about his status (that's what I'm calling it) he spots Lucy trying to have a meal and some jerk face reminding her how important diet it... kindle flinging moment there, Frankie can tell Lucy isn't happy and steps in to save her from any further unsolicited advice. So they sit and share a meal and chat, Lucy is friends with his sister and best friend to Gina, his brother's fiancé. When Lucy starts talking about her high school reunion and not going Frankie offers to go. He's got nothing but time on his hands and since he's decided he's on a no sex campaign until he gets himself figured out. Lucy is a big girl, always has been always will be. She's got a great job and is damn good at what she does. She's a bulldog and doesn't let up. Lucy's great at running the defensive line, professionally and personally. When Lucy agrees to make the drive with Frankie to Missouri, they learn a lot about each other and really have a good time. Avery weaves a truly magnificent story about Lucy's growing up, her father's nickname for her was Muffin which stuck with her all through school. For someone like Lucy it was something she couldn't shake. Her father still calls her Muffin. To be honest that bothered me. Frankie and Lucy have a great week in her hometown despite a couple of moments with her high school nemesis. Loved how Frankie shut that witch right up. God I loved him. Pretty obvious the steam was building between these two and despite Frankie's sex sabbatical he was really wanting to break it with Lucy. Steamy, plenty steamy. What a fantastic couple these two made and I loved them both. Lucy is usually the one who calls someone out, but I loved when Frankie called her out on her things too! At the end of the week the two agree to try to keep seeing each other when they get home. So what happens when they get home? Massive hurtle? Thankfully there are girlfriends and the Hartigan clan to pull these two back into the real world were they belong. Avery just knocked my socks off with this one. The writing is stellar, the characters are perfection and this book has all the feels. There isn't one woman out there that won't be able to relate to this story. Stellar read! Absolutely stellar. arc from Net Galley and Entangled for a honest review

  21. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛

    This review MAY contain spoilers. Read at your own risk. This is my first time reading an adult contemporary romance. Shocking, I know. I will be completely honest, the only reason that I picked this book up is because it was about a plus size girl and I thought that I could relate since I am one myself. I read an excerpt online and it made me giggle so I grabbed a copy of this and jumped right in. I wasn't disappointed. I loved every moment. I read this in one sitting. Contemporaries are much dif This review MAY contain spoilers. Read at your own risk. This is my first time reading an adult contemporary romance. Shocking, I know. I will be completely honest, the only reason that I picked this book up is because it was about a plus size girl and I thought that I could relate since I am one myself. I read an excerpt online and it made me giggle so I grabbed a copy of this and jumped right in. I wasn't disappointed. I loved every moment. I read this in one sitting. Contemporaries are much different from my regular fantasy reads. The world-building is on a much smaller scale. While there was not an elaborate fantasy world to describe, I still felt that the world-building was adequate for the story being told. I never felt disconnected from the world that the characters live in. Every scene was atmospheric with the perfect amount of detail. I loved the plot. I definitely connected with it. While I am not saying that it was completely unbelievable, it does fall into that range of one-in-an-unreasonably-large-number chance of happening. Now I am not saying that all super hot guys are douchebags that couldn't see a larger girl as attractive or that one couldn't fall in love with a larger girl, but the odds are just low in today's society. Regardless, I still found the plot to be entertaining, charming, and heartwarming. I definitely couldn't put the book down. I loved the characters. They were very well written. Both of the main characters had flaws that made them very real. They also exhibited likable characteristics that made them well rounded and very three-dimensional. I also liked the side characters and what they brought to the story. The romance was heartwarming. I loved it. The two main characters had such incredible chemistry and I loved their dynamic. The intimate scenes were hot and the romantic scenes were touching. Watching them fall in love while battling their own demons was absorbing. I was turning the pages like a madwoman because I couldn't get enough of them. I am almost sad that this was their own contained little story. I wish it could go on. Overall, I was impressed by this book. I honestly didn't have many expectations going into this book, but I wasn't expecting to love it so much. I am going to go back and read the previous book in this series about another couple in the book and I expect to read the third book about another couple when it releases next year. I may even go back and read some of Flynn's backlog. I feel like I would be picky about contemporary books, but if her other books are anything like this one then I have no doubt that I'll fall in love with them just as much as I did with this one. I definitely recommend this book to lovers of adult contemporary romance. More reviews on my blog: Novel Nerd Faction

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    Three and a half stars. Lucy Kavanagh is a kick-ass PR fixer, its her job to smooth over whatever disaster her mega-successful clients have created and that's what earns her the big bucks. In her job she's loud and fearless but although she talks a big talk, in private she makes jokes about her weight before others can make nasty comments. Frankie Hartigan is a fireman, forced to take two weeks leave by his fire chief he is drowning his sorrows with his brother Ford when he sees a guy hassling his Three and a half stars. Lucy Kavanagh is a kick-ass PR fixer, its her job to smooth over whatever disaster her mega-successful clients have created and that's what earns her the big bucks. In her job she's loud and fearless but although she talks a big talk, in private she makes jokes about her weight before others can make nasty comments. Frankie Hartigan is a fireman, forced to take two weeks leave by his fire chief he is drowning his sorrows with his brother Ford when he sees a guy hassling his brother's girlfriend's BFF Lucy so he steps in to rescue her. The two of them spend the evening chatting about everything and nothing. Frankie is starting to feel left out, everyone he knows is getting loved up and he's never had that sort of feeling for a woman, he's starting to feel left out. Lucy is nothing like the sort of girl he normally goes for, she's far too clever and quick-witted for him, he tends to go for the girls who know the score and aren't looking for more than one night. Lucy is the kind of woman that wants forever. When Lucy confesses that she doesn't want to attend her high school reunion alone Frankie offers to go with her, after all he has two weeks to kill and nothing to fill the time and the two of them are just friends ... right? I liked the premise for this but I thought having Lucy being so insecure was just a bit of a cliche, can't a plus size woman be happy and confident inside and out? Also, although she and Frankie soon segue into a relationship while at the high school reunion nothing Frankie (or her father) says will convince her that Frankie genuinely likes her and wants to keep seeing her after the reunion is over. It got tiring quickly and soon I just felt like smashing her face into a brick wall and shouting 'do you believe him now?' over and over and over again. And without giving away the ending, this is yet another series where the friends and siblings possess miraculous insight into the hero/ heroine's emotions and motivation but are emotionally deaf when it comes to their own. Having said that, I desperately want to read the next book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Escape into a Booksite

    *3 Stars* ARC kindly received in exchange for an honest review. Whilst I enjoyed the storyline and premise of the book, I did feel that it was a little too long. For the most part, I liked both of our main characters, Lucy and Frankie, although I didn't like how Lucy was constantly harping on about her size and taking everything the wrong way. I mean, yes, I understand her issues and that it would be horrible to be called out about your weight constantly, but at the same time, she didn't really *3 Stars* ARC kindly received in exchange for an honest review. Whilst I enjoyed the storyline and premise of the book, I did feel that it was a little too long. For the most part, I liked both of our main characters, Lucy and Frankie, although I didn't like how Lucy was constantly harping on about her size and taking everything the wrong way. I mean, yes, I understand her issues and that it would be horrible to be called out about your weight constantly, but at the same time, she didn't really give people a chance some of the time. Yes, some comments made during the book were totally uncalled for, and she took them correctly, but at other times, she was jumping to conclusions before thinking about it. I think I liked Frankie the most out of our two main leads, but sometimes I just wished he would actually tell Lucy what he was thinking. Whilst I know he had his reasons, sometimes I think he would have just been better off spitting it out. I did like the way he stood up for Lucy and accepted her for who she was. Lucy was the one who had trouble trusting and accepting things. I did think that when issues were resolved they were resolved nicely, although some a little too fast. The ending was really perfect for these two and also leaves open an interesting comment for the next book. So yes, this was enjoyable and a great idea for a storyline, but it just wasn't one of my faves. Review also on my blog - Muffin Top - Avery Flynn Follow me on: Facebook Twitter Instagram

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    The highly anticipated continuing story of the Hartigan Family! Frankie is the bomb. Love him so much. Lucy is awesome. Avery Flynn knows how to write romantic comedy! I loved this book, love this series and can’t wait for more.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)

    3.5 Stars

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kayla Ritenour (In Between The pages)

    This book! This fudging crazy book!!! It's gonna take a week to come down from the high this one gave me. Like my emotions are so all over the place I can't even process them properly haha. This was such an emotional yet amazing read. It had a little of everything. From the sweet romance, to the hot romance, to the dimensional characters and funny sarcasm, to just plain ol' good story telling. I just really enjoyed how smooth and easy of a read this was. Avery creates such a fun journey for these ch This book! This fudging crazy book!!! It's gonna take a week to come down from the high this one gave me. Like my emotions are so all over the place I can't even process them properly haha. This was such an emotional yet amazing read. It had a little of everything. From the sweet romance, to the hot romance, to the dimensional characters and funny sarcasm, to just plain ol' good story telling. I just really enjoyed how smooth and easy of a read this was. Avery creates such a fun journey for these characters to go on. And still gives us a ton of development with them too. There was never a lull in the book that made me want to hurry through or skip around. And I just loved how the romance wasnt too quick to happen, or to slow to get antsy over. Plus let me just say.... It was so fun getting to see familiar faces too. I love these stand alone series like this. You get q complete new story, but still see how things are going. And I highly enjoy that these days. So let's jump in and talk characters for a second.... I am so in love with frankie it's not even funny. He is my new favorite book boyfriend hands down. ❤ And nothing will change my mind.... Well maybe.... Depends if the next book in the series is about the 2 people I think it is *fingers crossed* He's just one of those male characters that is so sweet and thoughtful. But yet can be so pig headed and stubborn too. (Like bop him in the back of the head NCIS style he's so clueless haha.) But honestly those "flaws" are why I adore him too. Because I feel like it makes him more real almost... If that doesn't sound creepy haha. And I really just loved how he stood up for Lucy and would protect her. It never even crossed his mind to think about her the way she thought about herself. And as someone extreamly close to being in Lucy's shoes I found that so appealing in a character. He saw her for who she was and not a size or any of the BS us plus size girls go through. And I really do adore Lucy too. There was so much I could relate too when it came to her personality and character flaws. Even if I did want to smack her a few times too haha. As I said, I'm someone in real life who can relate to the issues she had. But also there were just times it drove me crazy about her insecurities. Like girl.... you are a bad a**! Embrace that in your regular life too, not just your work life! I get she's a work in progress, and I honestly respect that in a character. It's nice to see them have internal struggles, as well as external with the other characters and situations and such. But I really enjoyed her character arch through the story. And props to Avery for giving us such a strong willed, diverse, and empowered female. Flaws and all. 😍 And I'm just gonna say this here. Because I was having a real hard time not wanting to scream at some of these fictional people in this story.... these douche canoe guys that interact with Lucy.... who the heck does that kind of thing?! I understand it's a book, and obviously dramatized for the purpose of the plot. But aside from some mean people in high school... I don't think I've ever had someone come up to me randomly in public and judge what I eat or do. And I was just a bit miffed by how often that was made to happen to Lucy. As I said.... yes, I know. Fiction. But that just was a point that seemed a bit over the top to me *shrugs* (there's always something you won't like about an amazing book I guess) But seriously ya'll! You will fall head over heels for this one from chapter one!! And you need to be ready. MUFFIN TOP is available now! And it's one you need to grab up as soon as possible! 😉 I give MUFFIN TOP ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐5 STARS⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  27. 5 out of 5

    Brie

    "The truth was, Lucy would eat him alive. People might say firefighters were adrenaline junkies who rushed into danger when others ran away, but every one of them had finely tuned survival instincts. He knew just where that line was, and for some reason Lucy Kavanagh set off every warning bell he had." Frankie Hartigan is the oldest out of the rambunctious Hartigans and the brother to Ford Hartigan whose story unfolds in Butterface. A skirt-chaser by nature—but forthright—Frankie is honest with "The truth was, Lucy would eat him alive. People might say firefighters were adrenaline junkies who rushed into danger when others ran away, but every one of them had finely tuned survival instincts. He knew just where that line was, and for some reason Lucy Kavanagh set off every warning bell he had." Frankie Hartigan is the oldest out of the rambunctious Hartigans and the brother to Ford Hartigan whose story unfolds in Butterface. A skirt-chaser by nature—but forthright—Frankie is honest with every woman he pursues. A moment of truth has Frankie reevaluating his life at thirty-three when he's forced to take a three-week vacation from the Waterbury Firehouse. Lucy Kavanagh not only has a big mouth, but she's also one of the Undateables and has crafted the art of deflection pretty well. A publicist specializing in crisis communications, Lucy is a successful businesswoman and the one her clients call to clean up their well, crisis. Being that Frankie and Ford are brothers, and Gina also happens to be Ford's fiance, and one of Lucy's best friends means Lucy and Frankie often find themselves in the same vicinity. A lousy day sends Lucy to her favorite bar for some spicy food, the same bar Frankie Hartigan happens to be at with his brother due to his bad day as well. But when some Judgey McJudgeyPants—Lucy's words, not mine—insults her for her food choices, her bad day gets worse. All she wanted to do was enjoy her jalapeño cheeseburger with a side of spicy fries, but now she's contemplating murder, and none other than Frankie Hartigan saves the day... And well, invites himself to dinner with her, too. The chemistry between the two is instant; however it's a friendly connection. But, the shared conversation leads to Frankie attending Lucy's high school reunion in her hometown. Over time, the once platonic relationship becomes not so platonic and a whole lot of sexual! I said it before in reference to Butterface, and I'll say it again now, Avery Flynn has created a novel that not only rattles the views of so many in today's society, but she knocks the standards on beauty down with a plus-sized heroine! Not just charming, but humorous and filled with depth! Muffin Top showcases Avery Flynn's distinctive voice once more, leaving me with one thought—I have not read anything like The Hartigan series! ***Received book as an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest reveiw.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Under the Covers Book Blog

    I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I’m a reader who loves a book to be slightly different, to have characters outside the norm in some way. Which, probably explains my absolute adoration of alien sci fi romance. But, when it comes to heroes and heroines that aren’t from outer space I like them to have some quirk or unconventionality, something I can identify with, otherwise I get I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I’m a reader who loves a book to be slightly different, to have characters outside the norm in some way. Which, probably explains my absolute adoration of alien sci fi romance. But, when it comes to heroes and heroines that aren’t from outer space I like them to have some quirk or unconventionality, something I can identify with, otherwise I get bored. This is why I was so excited about Avery Flynn’s Hartigan series. In Butterface, the first book in the series, we don’t have just a “plain Jane” heroine we have a heroine who is, in an objective sense, unattractive. I loved it. In Muffin Top Flynn continues this trend, but instead of an ugly heroine, we have a curvy heroine. But, I know there are plenty of books out there where the heroine is described as “curvy”, but it just seems to be code for big boobs and a tiny waist. What I liked about Lucy, our curvy heroine in Muffin Top, is that although she does have the requisite big boobs, she’s genuinely a bigger a woman with curves in places society tells us we shouldn’t. She’s also unapologetic about it and has learnt to embrace herself and her shape. Kind of. Then we come to Frankie Hartigan he’s our ginger haired 6’6” fireman. A ladies man who enjoys women, but doesn’t offer his partners more than a few nights of fun between the sheets. Frankie was a great hero, it’s hard not fall for the big ginger gentle giant. However, I felt like his back story was a little bit shaky. For example, he knows that he doesn’t take any of his relationships beyond a few nights of sex. And yet he get disconcerted when someone points that out to him? I didn’t quite understand why he became so upset about something he already knew. This wasn’t the only thing I found a little shaky. I did like this book and I did like both Lucy and Frankie. Together, I kind of liked them they definitely had some sexual chemistry and there were some truly hot scenes between them. However, there didn’t seem to be much else besides mutual attraction. I don’t know why, I’m still trying to figure it out, but for some reason I didn’t quite buy the “madly deeply in love” thing they had going on by the end of the book. Maybe my expectations for this book were too high, as although I liked it, I didn’t fall in love with it like I did with Butterface. However, it was still a lot of fun and I will happily be reading the next book in the series. *ARC provided by publisher Reviewed by Suzanne❤ ♡ Don't want to miss any of our posts? Subscribe to our blog by email! ♡ ❤

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bubbles The Book Pimp

    Frankie is the oldest Hartigan sibling by 6 minutes...a protector at heart...a loyal person...a true hero and fireman who rushes in to save the day... is also a ladies man. After being forced to take up his holiday leave he finds himself at a loss how to spend his leave... until he swoops in and saves the day for his younger brothers finances best friend... Lucy. Putting himself on a sex ban until he figures out what he wants in his life just became one of the worst decisions of his life because Frankie is the oldest Hartigan sibling by 6 minutes...a protector at heart...a loyal person...a true hero and fireman who rushes in to save the day... is also a ladies man. After being forced to take up his holiday leave he finds himself at a loss how to spend his leave... until he swoops in and saves the day for his younger brothers finances best friend... Lucy. Putting himself on a sex ban until he figures out what he wants in his life just became one of the worst decisions of his life because the lady is a sassy, full figure spitfire who literally lights his fire 🔥🔥 I loved the first book in this series, and a similar theme of self love and 'screw the opinions of haters' that runs through the first book also runs deep in this book. Lucy is quick to joke, about her body, to get the digs in, before other can comment....it is her armour in which she lives in to protect herself from the day to day battle that is dealing with judgey asshats... I know this battle well and understand it and wear that armour... so it was nice to read a book that actually gave a bit more insight and understanding in the daily battles that occur when your plus sized. The writer has obvious insight and experience in dealing with judgey asshats...some of the scenarios in this book ring with honesty and at times made my heart hurt. Don't get me wrong this is a fantastic funny and light hearted book that treads a firm line in aiming to adjust and correct opinions of aforementioned asshats. So kudos to you author for treading those paths and not straying to far on either side and becoming preachy or slapstick...but a wonderfully honest telling of a story that is filled with lifelike people and feels and funnies. I knew I loved Frankie from the first book, when we met him I knew he would have a great book...he is a giant hearted man and I knew the lady to catch his heart would need to be larger than life personality wise. Frankie and Lucy had some wonderful scenes and I truly loved their interactions and their chemistry.... the side characters and fellow Hartigan siblings have wetted my appetite and I cannot wait for more from this series.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cyndi Becker

    Apparently I have a new go-to/one click author who goes by the name of Avery Flynn! Her second book in the Hartigan's series stole my heart just as much as ButterFace did. Muffin Top one of Gina's best friends Lucy Kavanagh, and the oldest of the Hartigan siblings Frankie. When the two find themselves on a road trip to Lucy's home town for a reunion, the sparks between these two really take off. I think most woman I know can relate in one way or another, have had one moment or many feeling less t Apparently I have a new go-to/one click author who goes by the name of Avery Flynn! Her second book in the Hartigan's series stole my heart just as much as ButterFace did. Muffin Top one of Gina's best friends Lucy Kavanagh, and the oldest of the Hartigan siblings Frankie. When the two find themselves on a road trip to Lucy's home town for a reunion, the sparks between these two really take off. I think most woman I know can relate in one way or another, have had one moment or many feeling less than. For Lucy, she's struggled with her weight but she's done her best to combat and overcome any teasing or bullying she's endured. But her coping mechanisms put her on the defense (another way in which she is totally relatable), but I won't belabor this. It just shows how Avery Flynn has done a really amazing job building her characters. Their backstories are rich and in Lucy's case, why she feels they way she does is well explained. The same can be said for Frankie. He's got his own triggers and reason why he believes what he does about love. This story was such a joy to read. It was sweet and heartfelt, as Frankie champions and encourages Lucy. There's a bit of a slow-burn pony-backing on a HOT and INTENSE attraction between them. Avery Flynn creates and an electric connection that require a bit of reader cool off time. There's definitely some angst and these two spirits have some deep seated baggage. I'll admit I cried a bit but that wasn't all angst, part of this was the incredible compassion that both Lucy and Frankie show for other people who might not seem deserving. This just endeared them both to me even more. Okay, I'm done gushing about this book but I'll finish by saying READ THIS BOOK! You'll laugh, you'll swoon, and find yourself in great need of a fan to cool yourself off. 5 Stars and my highest recommendation.

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