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.
Sam Cooper is having none of women anymore. No sir! He’ll admire them from afar, he’ll talk to one or two if the situation calls for it, and hell, he’ll even compliment a lady if she deserves it, but there won’t be any relationships. His last two relationships were fast and furious and both ended just north of Hell so it’s best if Sam just keeps his distance, revaluates what he wants, and makes no hasty decisions. Too bad all of Sam’s body didn’t get that memo . . . .
Leah Martin is never the skinny girl in the room but she isn’t fat either. She’s curvy and beautiful but thanks to a truly thoughtless and hateful mother and a douchebag ex, she doesn’t have a great self-image and sees her curves as fat. It’s hard for Leah to accept a man may be interested in her so when Sam Cooper walks into her life, she doesn’t quite know what to do with him. Sam is nice, drop dead gorgeous, loves her sweet treats, but has a habit of sticking his foot in his mouth. Sam also has a habit of not being sure what he wants from Leah which makes knowing what she wants even more difficult.
What Sam is absolutely sure he wants for Leah is for her to see herself as he does and stop taking sh*t from people. Sam sees Leah as truly beautiful, loves her curves, and wants to be around her more than his “no women” plan allows. It is in one of those moments when Sam probably shouldn’t have been with Leah and she’s taking more sh*t than she deserves that Sam makes a bold and somewhat ill-conceived comment. Sam tells Leah’s mother they are engaged! Needless to say, the little white lie turns into a big ugly beast that finds Sam doing work for her dad, teasing her little brother, and spending the weekend with her parents and grandparents. Oh, Sam has every intention of correcting his “error” and doing so without making Leah look bad, but the longer he is near she and her family, the more he legitimately wants to be with her. His head keeps telling him one thing but his body, heart, and soul are screaming something else entirely.
The Bottom Line: I really, really liked this read and have absolutely no complaints about any aspect of this book! Leah and Sam are so clearly meant to be together but it likely never would have happened if Sam hadn’t opened his big mouth and gotten himself fake engaged to Leah. Leah is a nervous wreck from start to finish and through all of that, she finds herself. Leah needs Sam and once same pulls his head out of his a** he realizes just how much he needs Leah. Prior to getting to the HEA, there is all kinds of ridiculous, some seriously yummy naughty bits, and some good drama. For those of you who like to know such things, Size Matters is not only an HEA but can also be read as a no cliffy stand alone 🙂