Comedy, Contemporary, New Adult

Review: Muffin Top | The Hartigans Series by Avery Flynn

MUFFIN TOPThe 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…

4 Stars

Romance | Contemporary | New Adult | Comedy

***Received an Advanced Readers Copy during a blog tour with SocialButterflyPR in exchange for an honest review***

It is like… I only read romance? Right? But I can’t help it, romance porn is my muse! And to be fair, after all this moody romance I needed a break, so here we are, bring on the RomCom! I have never heard of Avery Flynn, nor this series at all until I randomly signed up for a review chance – I mean can you blame me? Did you read that synopsis? Yeah, couldn’t stop myself.

First things first, what did I absolutely adore about this gem? Well lots…

The characters were a different blend of all things nice. In one corner we have Lucy. Lucy is incredibly fierce female lead, as a reader, especially a female reader, it is easy to find a side on Lucy that is utterly relatable. Her sarcastic, witty comebacks are one for the books, she charms the pants off of me in a heartbeat, plus she is fiercely confident on many aspects, she is a proud curvy woman. I love that, it is refreshing to see a female lead who isn’t described as a barbie figure but a natural, curvy woman. So I really did enjoy her, there is a point however that her personality did start to irk me, at least on a particular dynamic. On one angle, she is confident, tough shelled, headstrong but with this she has a flaw. This flaw is that she does still carry a huge weight of insecurity. I know, I know, this isn’t something I should nitpick with, but let me explain – her overly confident projection really covers up her true self-esteem insecurities, one that makes her rather aggressive. Aggressive enough to create a drama that isn’t really there. I don’t want to say too much, because I would spoil major plot developments, but honestly there are at least five main pivotal moments when she allows herself to go on this defense, creating a barrier between her and the issue. It was exhausting to listen to her be ‘confident’ yet use sarcasm as a deflect when she let herself feel inferior. Many of these issues lie with the delicious Frankie…

Whew, and shimmer my timbers, Frankie. He is definitely an interesting blend of the alpha-male syndrome I gush over in my romance reads. He was the perfect additive to the comedy, he was not only drool worthy, but his witty, charming personality really sparkled the romance. 

And that romance – hot diggity dog it was steamy. Putting my prior comments aside about Lucy, Frankie and Lucy together was amazing. Frankie really enhanced the confident appeal from Lucy as their sexual attraction grew. At first both trying to ‘friend-zone’ the other, it became apparent rather early they let their dirty minds go flying, that dynamic really shined throughout the build of their chemistry. Between the hilarious banker, their ability to feed of the others personality making them both comfortable in their own skin together, and their sexual connection was just enough to either have me swooning hardcore or laughing like a giddy schoolgirl. 

Definitely, as you can tell, really enjoyed a lot about Muffin Top. It was witty dialogue, intense romance with a very raw, relatable dynamic, and honestly found myself clutching my stomach laughing from the shenanigans. If you are looking for a break from your normal romance porn, need some chuckles and a swoon worthy romance, this is a RomCom you need to read! I cannot wait to dive into more Avery Flynn, I need to go back and read Butterface and then pine away until I can get my greedy hands on Tomboy! Stalking has commenced!

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