Monday, November 5, 2018

Muffin Top (The Hartigans #2) by Avery Flynn: Blog Tour Excerpt & Review


The 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…

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Yvette's Review:

After devouring Butterface, the first book in Avery Flynn’s Hartigans Series, I was already impatient to get my hands on Muffin Top. I blame the preview at the end of Butterface... I mean, it's not often you see a hero saving a heroine from a stranger who obnoxiously comments on her weight and food choice. My interest was piqued, and I was immediately intrigued by both Frankie Hartigan and Lucy Kavanagh.

Those who read Butterface will recognize our heroine as Gina’s plus-sized firecracker of a best friend, Lucy, and our hero as Ford’s brother, the charming playboy firefighter, Frankie. While the two are acquainted with each other, it’s not until a chance meeting at a bar and Frankie’s impulsive decision to use his leave from work to accompany Lucy to her high school reunion that their relationship takes an interesting turn. The combination of an emotionally guarded cynic who’s perpetually wary of men (and society as a whole) and a commitment-phobe whose enjoyment of the opposite sex leads to a self-imposed sex ban seems like a classic case of opposites attracting, but, the more we get to know Frankie and Lucy, the more we see exactly how similar they are.

As a renowned womanizer, accustomed to having women fall for his many charms, Frankie isn’t expecting to be dazzled by Lucy’s straightforward, ball-busting attitude, but she delves beneath his surface and leaves a lasting impact. Similarly, Frankie pushes and challenges Lucy, going into battle against her insecurities and helping to bring out her confident, empowered side. Whether they’re bantering flirtatiously, butting heads, or steaming up the pages with their scorching hot chemistry, Frankie and Lucy are a riveting, compelling pair.

On the one hand, Muffin Top is exactly what I've come to expect from Avery Flynn. It's humorous and lighthearted, with a healthy amount of steam. Muffin Top isn't your typical rom-com, however, tackling a more substantial subject matter and delivering a heaping dose of the feels. With a storyline that's relatable and thought-provoking, thoroughly developed characters that are endearing, passionate, and lovable, and a romance that's sexy, swoon-worthy, and more than a little naughty, Muffin Top is a must-read from Avery Flynn.

*complimentary copy provided by publisher for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

About the Author:

Award-winning romance author Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip.

She fell in love with romance while reading Johanna Lindsey’s Mallory books. It wasn’t long before Avery had read through all the romance offerings at her local library. Needing a romance fix, she turned to Harlequin’s four books a month home delivery service to ease the withdrawal symptoms. That worked for a short time, but it wasn’t long before the local book stores’ staffs knew her by name.

Avery was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with their *ahem* other God-given talents. Her heroines are feisty, fierce and fantastic. Brainy and brave, these ladies know how to stand on their own two feet and knock the bad guys off theirs.

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The temptation to say “Yes, Frankie, please squash him like a bug while I clap and watch” was so, so strong—like, the guys who pull semi trucks with their teeth strong. Instead, Lucy played along with her best friend’s fiancé’s brother— OMG, that was now the name of her imaginary all-girl ska band—and smiled sweetly up at him.

“He was bothered by my dinner order, honey.”

“Really?” Frankie looked down at her plate, over to the dipshit, and then right at her. There was no missing the devil in his eyes right before he turned his attention back to the other man. “What’s wrong with what my girl’s eating?”

Mr. In Her Business blanched. Literally. The color drained out of his face so fast that he resembled one of those swipe right before and after photos on makeover blogs. How in the hell she managed to not laugh out loud she had no frickin’ clue.

“N-n-nothing,” the man stuttered.

Nope. He was not getting off that easily.

She looked up at Frankie, still standing next to her chair, his big hand braced on the back of it, and said in the clueless voice that anyone with a brain would know meant there was danger ahead, “He said I should have ordered a salad, then I might have a chance to move from a five to an eight. I’m a five because I have great tits.”

Thunderous didn’t begin to describe the dark look of pure vengeance that crossed Frankie’s face, making even the freckles that crossed over the bridge of his nose look scary. Mr. Buttinsky made a little squeaking noise that reminded Lucy of the sound of air coming out of a balloon when someone pulled the tip taut as it was deflating. Frankie took a step forward, menace vibrating off of him in waves. The other guy didn’t bother to say a word, he just took off, weaving his way at a fast clip through the crowded bar and out the front door. Lucy liked to imagine that he peed his pants a little as he did so.

“Thanks, Frankie,” she said to the man still staring at the departing figure of Mr. Peed His Pants. “I owe you one.”

Her ginger knight in well-fitting jeans and a T-shirt made some kind of noise that maybe was a response in the affirmative. It sounded kinda like “no problem.” Whatever. She was used to that from guys. She was only of interest until a hotter, skinnier, or prettier woman came along. It was the universal fat chick cloaking device.

Determined not to let it annoy her as much as it usually would, she turned back to her jalapeño cheeseburger, spicy fries, and soda. Now she could finally enjoy her dinner in peace.

Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. Frankie clunked down a three-fourths filled mug of beer on the other side of her table, pulled out the chair across from her, and sat down. Before she could even ask what he was doing, he waved the waitress over and told her he wanted whatever Lucy was eating, plus an extra order of fries and another beer. Once she’d left, he turned his attention to Lucy and gave her what could only be described as a vibrator smile. She named it that in her head—thankfully only in her head—because she now had a desperate need for her vibrator and maybe a fresh pack of batteries.

“You’re not gonna make me eat alone now that we’re on a date, are you?” he asked, swiping one of her fries.

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