Leah is very self-conscious about her weight; her mother is always picking on her about it and her last boyfriend broke up with her because of it. When they first meet at a bar, Sam isn’t interested in starting anything because he’s just broken up with his crazy ex-girlfriend so he tells Leah she’s just not his type (even though she really is). Leah believes he isn’t attracted to her because of her weight and this stands between them in the fake engagement.
This was a great contemporary romance with lots of laughs and lovable characters. The fake couple is probably my favorite romance trope and Alison Bliss took it in a turn I wasn’t expecting but certainly enjoyed. I liked that instead of trying to be a perfect couple, Sam and Leah are doing the opposite to justify their break up. It definitely made things interesting and I loved the beach vacation they took with Leah’s parents. Especially the joke that Sam plays on Leah’s brother; that had me laughing out loud.
Leah was great — sweet, honest, and a genuinely nice person. She hates lying to her family about the engagement but she can’t see anyway out of it. She does self-criticize a lot, especially in the beginning and it was a little annoying, but it let up after the initial chapters. Sam was funny and really a good guy but he keeps getting himself into situations and saying things that make him seem like a worse guy than he is. I did love his appreciation of Leah, he wasn’t bothered by her weight or shape at all.
I would have liked the confusion over Sam’s feelings to have been figured out sooner. Due to the “your not my type” statement in the beginning of the book, Leah believes that Sam isn’t attracted to her because of her weight. This belief continues up until well after half way and I wish it had ended sooner. All the confusion over Sam’s feelings really does a number on Leah’s mind and emotional state and it just seem unfair to her. I felt so bad for how Leah was putting herself down because she thought Sam wasn’t attracted to her, then that she wasn’t good enough for a real relationship, and then that it was all out of pity.
••• Book Details •••
A Perfect Fit #1 • Romance, Contemporary • Forever Romance • November 29, 2016
The rules of (fake) engagement . . .
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.