Tuesday, October 25, 2016

My Thoughts on Big Package by Opal Carew

I voluntarily reviewed this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. I chose this particular book because I have a few friends who are Opal Carew junkies. They are forever reading her stuff and telling me how much I will love her books. Well....I gave it a try. The book was OK...just OK for me. I love romance stories with a smutty edge to them. I like hot and steamy just as much as the next reader but there are a few deal breakers for me and this book had them all. I hate the use of certain words when describing female parts and I am not a fan of "dirty talk" that gets too explicit. I know that seems odd considering I do like erotic fiction but, for me, I feel like it distracts from the scene. These personal issues aside the story itself is actually pretty cute. Holly Benson recently broke up with her asshole ex and is on her way to visit her sister and brother-in-law for Christmas. Jim, the ex, decides to extend a olive branch in order to try and make a horrible break-up somewhat more civil by offering to take Holly to the bus station. He is not a nice person and what he does to her was meant to be embarrassing. I won't give any spoilers away here but he is an asshat. She ends up missing the last bus out and with a storm coming it looks like she will be missing Christmas. Surprise, surprise she runs into her high school crush, Kalen Wells. Kalen has just put his own sister on a bus back to Florida after his family celebrated early. He doesn't recognize Holly right away but he is drawn to her. Holly reminds him they went to school together and he remembers just how much he always had a secret crush on her too. This is super cute. I mean who hasn't had a secret crush that they wanted to reconnect with? Kalen offers to drive Holly to her family since he leaves in the same town they do. They spend a cozy car ride reconnecting only to get stuck in the storm. Lucky for these two, Holly's sister happens to own a cabin not far from where the road has been closed that they can stay overnight in. The overnight becomes a weekend and the chemistry between these two is off the charts. The title it turns out is EXACTLY what it sounds like. They have a "large" issue to work around but all ends well in the physical department. The rest of the book revolves around issues like insecurity and infidelity. I love that the characters go through personal growth to overcome these issues but I feel like it wasn't shown to the reader as much. Holly has this whole outlook change and it all happens behind the scenes so that kind of killed it for me. It is a fast paced read that at sometimes seems too fast but still a cute story. My friends that love this author will not be disappointed I am sure.

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