Review: Size Matters

cover-size mattersTitle: Size Matters
Author: Stephanie Haefner
Series: Classy ‘n’ Sassy #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novel
Available: June 1st


In this saucy, sexy, laugh-out-loud romp, a lingerie shop owner and single mom falls for the hunky cop who just happens to holster his own perfectly sized weapon.

Bryn, co-owner of Classy ‘n’ Sassy Lingerie shop with her best friend Mia, is ready to get back out in the dating world after losing her husband to the war overseas. Diving into bad first dates, online set-ups, and guys who just can’t get the message, Bryn can’t stop thinking about Eli, the sexy neighborhood cop who’s also a great dad. But between Bryn’s dead husband and Eli’s messy divorce, will these two have what it takes to overcome their baggage and fan the flames between them?

Source: ARC from Pocket Star (Simon and Schuster) via NetGalley

I was so looking forward to reading this book, a fun, saucy contemporary was just what I was looking for. Actually, sadly, I found it a little disappointing. Mostly I didn’t find it particularly funny. Yeah, I suppose there is some humour to be found in the awkward opening fumbles between Brynn and Eli, but mostly I cringed in sympathy then spent the rest of the book annoyed with Brynn.

Seriously, what is Brynn’s problem? For an independent business woman and an awesome mom of three, her reaction to Eli’s insecurities was depressingly conventional. The man must be strong and confident at all times so that she – the wilting feminine flower – can lean on him as necessary. After Eli was hugely supportive of her calling things off twice, she dumps him when he does it once because she doesn’t have time to deal with his issues. Also, considering how bitchy she is to Eli (the nicest guy in the history of nice guys), she’s pathetically indecisive and feeble when it comes to dealing with the other men in her life. Surely, if she can kick the Eli-puppy when he’s clearly down, she can get rid of a couple of sex-obsessed douche bags?

Then again, it’s kind of hard to know just what Brynn is looking for throughout this book. She wants sex – she has her chance with three guys, she talks about it enough, then says that isn’t what she wants. Okay. So she tells her mother she wants a family again, someone to help her with her kids, yet when Eli hints at forever she runs a mile because she isn’t ready. Except that’s what she tells everyone she wants!

These things really annoyed me because there was so much about Brynn I wanted to like. She’s a great mom, her business is brilliant and I had so much raging sympathy for her when her own mother kept lecturing her, but because of the way she treats Eli and her general indecisiveness I just couldn’t like her. If these things were caused by memories of her husband, fine, but they’re not. In fact after the first chapter or so, her husband barely gets a look in. Brynn’s irritating qualities are just Brynn, and her inability to even talk to Eli about his insecurities without being nasty pushed her firmly out of any likeable category for me.

Because Eli is adorable. He’s a great dad, he’s sexy, his ex is evil and he’s so sweet in the way that he supports Brynn – which she clearly doesn’t deserve. Yeah, okay, he does go a little over-the-top alpha towards the end, but he has his reasons and if he and Brynn had been able to talk it out maybe she would have paid more attention. If they’d talked about his issues earlier then there wouldn’t even have been a book, because he’s clearly perfect for Brynn. Even she knows that. He and their collective children were the saving graces for me. They’re all great, with plenty of their own flaws, but they’re forgiveable ones and just made them better characters. I wish Brynn had either seen it sooner, or her physical relationship with Eli had started much later on in the book.

Overall, this one just didn’t quite deliver on its promise. It did leave me curious about the rest of the series, though. Especially where co-worker Penny is concerned.

Size Matters is out June 1st.
Visit Stephanie Haefner for more details.


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