This is an Official Review by an Eye On Romance Official Reviewer
for Big Girls Don't Cry
Date of Review: 07/31/07
Welcome back to Rock Creek, Pennsylvania, where the guys are gorgeous, the women are sexy, and love is spiked with emotion and fun around every corner. Anyone with a taste for comedy with their love story will enjoy Cathie Linz’s Big Girls Don’t Cry.
Plus-size model Leena Riley has come back to Rock Creek, hoping to make enough money to return to Chicago and her fabulous life. She thought nothing could entice her to return when she split after high school but life has a way of throwing a monkey wrench in your well-laid plans. Her sister, Sue Ellen welcomes her home with open arms, but then again Sue Ellen has always been a little “different”. Now she seems to be worming her way back into Leena’s hardened heart by making her feel loved and very special, though Leena has yet to feel that way about herself. She has a serious image problem; she is a size sixteen model in a “swizzle stick” world. Her mantra of “fake-it-till-you-make-it” has helped her through some pretty rough times, until she has to work with Cole Flannigan on a daily basis. He is still the most yummy guy she has ever seen, and though she beat him up in grade school, he has been the fuel for many an erotic dream through the years. But Leena has a strict policy of not getting involved with bosses, and she is nursing a broken heart, so it should be not problem to avoid letting Cole get to her, right?
Cole Flannigan is quite the ladies’ man, but all of his previous relationships have ended with the women remaining his friends. He vows that he will never be caught in love’s trap, but that was before Leena came back to town. Working as his receptionist has really paid off for Cole. His office has never run smoother, and her luscious body makes for some pretty serious erotic dreams on his part. Though he denies it at every turn, Leena may just be the woman to finally catch the sly vet.
From Leena’s arrival back in Rock Creek, it was like a homecoming for this reader. Acquainted with the characters from the previous books (Good Girls Do and Bad Girls Don’t) if you have not read them, don’t let that stop you from picking this one up. Big Girls Don’t Cry is a thoroughly stand-alone book that is filled to the brim with charm, humor, steamy love scenes, and romance. Cole and Leena are a fine match; both independent, intelligent and loyal to a fault sometimes. The chemistry is a palpable thing and hums along in the background throughout the book. Laugh-out-loud situations keep the reader pleasantly entertained and emotional moments are sure to tug at the heartstrings. Cameo appearances by characters from the previous books add that “little something extra” to a very well written story. From Sister Mary to Sue Ellen, to Skye and Nathan; the secondary cast adds extra flavor and fun to an already fabulous story. Bravo, Ms. Linz, another “keeper” for this reader; you have garnered a devoted fan.