ARC Review: On the Plus Side by Alison Bliss
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
With Alison Bliss usually I end up falling in love with the heroines rather than the heroes. The case was somewhat the same with this book as well. The thing is, for me Alison’s heroes take a little getting used to. I never fall in love with them in my first read; well, except for Nash from Foolish Expectations. With him I fell in love at my first read. Coming back to On the Plus Side, I knew since I read Size Matters, that I would love Valerie and her story.
Valerie Carmichael is a lot of things I am not. She is confident in her sex appeal, happy with her body and knows that men drool over her. She is not hurting for anything. The only thing she does not have is her brother’s best friend and her childhood crush, Logan Mathis.
Logan is back in the small town he fled from years ago. He just opened a new bar to help save his mother’s home from getting foreclosed. He is determined to earn as much money as possible and as soon as possible. He doesn’t have any time for a sexy distraction like his best friend’s sister, Valerie.
Logan is the only man who has resisted Valerie. Valerie is the only woman Logan is tempted to have. This guaranteed a super-fun read, and Ms. Bliss did not disappoint.
On the Plus Side was undoubtedly an entertaining, fun and hot read. I loved how Valerie’s “Never-to-do-list” turned into an “Holy-hell-why-did-I-not-want-to-do-it-list”. This was one of the best parts of this book. While I loved Logan as an individual, as a friend and a son, sometimes the way her treated Valerie just grated on my nerves. But he is just human after all. Valerie also made some stupid decisions that hurt Logan badly. Her reason for what she did was just plain childish, but again, she is human.
The one character who highly irritated me though was Valerie’s brother. He was an over-protective brother.. like way too over-protective. He behaved like Valerie was a 5-year-old kid rather than a 20 something woman. On the other hand, I loved seeing Sam and Leah. There is so much change that you can see in Leah since Size Matters. She has become a lot more confident and accepting of herself.
Overall, the book was really good. I’m eager to read Max’s story though. I am hoping his girl gives him a lot of hell for all the mischief he causes.