Muffin Top

Muffin Top

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 Franki...

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Title:Muffin Top
Author:Avery Flynn
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Muffin Top Reviews

  • Rachel

    Dear reader, before you start this book I have a warning for you, just hand over your heart and panties to the giant ginger that is Frankie Hartigan and don’t fight it. You won’t be sorry. I know I wasn’t.

    Warning given, I can now say that this is a book that EVERYONE who reads romance needs to read. I LOVED this story so much. I still think about it days after I finished it. Okay, I still get the giggles thinking about certain scenes too. No matter how much I think I’m done with Frankie and Luc

    Dear reader, before you start this book I have a warning for you, just hand over your heart and panties to the giant ginger that is Frankie Hartigan and don’t fight it. You won’t be sorry. I know I wasn’t.

    Warning given, I can now say that this is a book that EVERYONE who reads romance needs to read. I LOVED this story so much. I still think about it days after I finished it. Okay, I still get the giggles thinking about certain scenes too. No matter how much I think I’m done with Frankie and Lucy, they keep popping back into my mind.

    If I could give this book unlimited stars I would. Ah-maz-ing. That’s they best way to describe this unbelievably awesome read from the equally awesome Avery Flynn who has ruined me with this book.

    I loved everything about this book. I know I can’t give it the review it so deserves but I can try to convince you to part with your money for a book that for me, is hands down one of the funniest, hottest, sassiest, unputdownable books you will read this year.

    If you love a feisty, sassy heroine then Lucy is the one for you. I loved her from the moment she appeared to the last page that left me goofy grinning for way longer than it should have because there is only one Lucy and it’s a total treat to get to know her in this story. I so want to be like her when I grow up.

    Now in case you haven’t already guess, I loved Frankie something hard. Shocker I know. But seriously, just wait till you have the pleasure of learning more about the gentle giant as he goes on a road trip with Lucy to her high school reunion. I can’t say too much because I don’t want to give anything away, but if you don’t fall for Frankie you shouldn’t be reading romance.

    Combine these two and watch out as sparks, sass, snark, clothes and best intentions fly out the window as one of Waterbury’s finest falls for the one woman he NEVER saw coming.

    I can’t say read this book enough. If you haven’t read the first book where we first meet Lucy and Frankie in Butterface do so now. That said you can totally read this as stand-alone, but you really should read both because Avery Flynn is a genius when it comes to strong sassy heroines and the wonderful men who love them and this highlights why she is a must read author for me.

    I can’t wait for the next book. I want it now!!!

  • Carlene Inspired

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    I don't know what it is about 2018, but I am so grateful for the relatable characters that authors are writing right now. Lucy is a size twenty, brilliant, independent woman with a knack for helping influential men out of tight spots. She has the confidence to spin stories and take control, but not when it comes to her own life. Frankie is the handsome town player, a firefighter with a heart of gold who doesn't know how to really love a woman prope

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    I don't know what it is about 2018, but I am so grateful for the relatable characters that authors are writing right now. Lucy is a size twenty, brilliant, independent woman with a knack for helping influential men out of tight spots. She has the confidence to spin stories and take control, but not when it comes to her own life. Frankie is the handsome town player, a firefighter with a heart of gold who doesn't know how to really love a woman properly. I loved that in such a small town the two really hadn't had any one on one contact prior to the bar, it made their week trip to Lucy's hometown so entertaining. The reunion trip is a chance for each to shed their usual skin, each discovering that maybe being themselves isn't so bad, especially when they begin to fall for one another. Avery Flynn doesn't gloss over the realities in Muffin Top though, Lucy struggles with her size and her expectations that love couldn't happen to her and Frankie has to work through his previous player ways in order to prove Lucy he can be a more than an easy lay kind of guy.

    The chemistry between these two is off the charts, with the two giving in easily to the passion and connection they feel. Unfortunately, the sex distracts them from the serious stuff and even as the two open up about themselves they're each left unsure of what the other's interests are. With well placed humor, Avery Flynn puts the characters into situations that force them to realize a few things. I loved reading about how Lucy and Frankie see the good in one another, but not in themselves. They each set out to prove the other wrong, of course there's bumps in the road along the way. Like in Butterface, the previous novel in The Hartigans series, family plays a huge role in this story and an even bigger role in Frankie and Lucy seeing the light.

    An honest, funny portrayal of life and romance, Muffin Top is another hit in The Hartigans series from Avery Flynn. I love the Hartigans siblings and the partners they end up with even more. The books aren't the kind that you escape into to forget the world's problems, but they do make you believe in love again, throwing all preconceived notions about perfect romance out the window and giving it to you in a realistic, sweet way.

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  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

    A lot of authors write RomCom but very few of them pull it off with the class and finesse that Avery Flynn does. Muffin Top, even though it tackles a serious social problem in today's society, was written in a way that Frankie Hartigan will steal your heart and Lucy Kavanagh will have you sighing, crying and laughing.

    I don't even want to try to summarize this story … the blurb kind of tells you what it's all about. What it doesn't say is how strong, snarky and feisty a woman Lucy is and how big

    A lot of authors write RomCom but very few of them pull it off with the class and finesse that Avery Flynn does. Muffin Top, even though it tackles a serious social problem in today's society, was written in a way that Frankie Hartigan will steal your heart and Lucy Kavanagh will have you sighing, crying and laughing.

    I don't even want to try to summarize this story … the blurb kind of tells you what it's all about. What it doesn't say is how strong, snarky and feisty a woman Lucy is and how big a heart Frankie has. It also doesn't reflect the mindset of both of these characters and what they are personally going through and feeling on the inside. I loved the forgiveness that each of them had for people who have hurt or bullied them. Two people who have more issues than weight or a playboy reputation find that they can heal each other and find love in the most unexpected way.

    From the non-date to the Scavenger Hunt to happily-ever-after, I smiled and cried. Then, I smiled some more along with feeling a little bit of a sense of pride. Why, because I am a Muffin Top too and could totally relate to a lot of what Lucy went through and was feeling. And, I found my HEA as well despite it all.

    Avery Flynn always makes us feel good … she tackles social issues with a humongous sense of humor … she shows that it's okay to be ourselves and be proud of who we are … she makes us laugh … she makes us cry … but, most of all she ALWAYS gives us that feel-good feeling inside that lets you know that, even with flaws, we are worth it.

  • Carol [Goodreads Addict]

    Muffin Top is book two in The Hartigans series by Avery Flynn. I enjoyed book one in this series so much, Butterface, so I’ve been so looking forward to this book.

    Frankie Hartigan is the oldest of the Hartigan siblings, at thirty-three years old. He’s an Irish red headed firefighter at the Waterbury Firehouse. Frankie watched his brother, Ford fall in love but he, himself, has felt no inclination to follow in his footsteps. He is the town ladies man. He doesn’t have any problem finding women and

    Muffin Top is book two in The Hartigans series by Avery Flynn. I enjoyed book one in this series so much, Butterface, so I’ve been so looking forward to this book.

    Frankie Hartigan is the oldest of the Hartigan siblings, at thirty-three years old. He’s an Irish red headed firefighter at the Waterbury Firehouse. Frankie watched his brother, Ford fall in love but he, himself, has felt no inclination to follow in his footsteps. He is the town ladies man. He doesn’t have any problem finding women and enjoys a different woman every night. But a comment from one of his hook-ups gets him to wondering if there is something wrong with him. That maybe he needs to re-evaluate things.

    Frankie loves his job. He hasn’t taken any time off in years so he is being forced to take some of his accumulated vacation time. What in the world will he do with his time off. An idle Frankie is not a good thing.

    Lucy Kavanagh is a successful publicist that specializes in crisis communications. In other words, her clients have gotten themselves in trouble and she has to fix things. Lucy is a healthy, strong woman. But she is not a small woman. She owns who she is, but it took her awhile to get here. She was sitting in the bar eating her dinner when a patron decided to let her know what he thought she needed to do so she wouldn’t be sitting there eating alone, in other words, eat salad and lose some weight. Enter Frankie to put him in his place and save the day.

    Lucy and Frankie had met before at gatherings but didn’t really know each other. Frankie proceeded to sit down and order dinner. He happened to mention he had some time off, and Lucy happened to mention she was supposed to go to her high school reunion but didn’t want to go because of how they all treated her back in those days. Frankie decided this is the perfect way to spend his time off. He needs the time away to get his head on straight and figure out some things and Lucy needs a date. Win/win! Only, things don’t always go as they planned do they?

    The chemistry between Lucy and Frankie was crazy strong. But these two tried to keep things platonic. The key word here is that they tried! And let me tell you that when they give in, these two are hot. Frankie is a dirty talking, sexy as heck man. They were in a little bubble in Lucy’s home town. But what happens when they go back to Waterbury? Will the very new connection they have created work there?

    Both Lucy and Frankie have histories, events in their pasts that have held them back. Lucy’s is her weight and the way she was treated. Frankie’s was an event when he was in high school. One thing that bothered me was that every single thing that happened, Lucy would twist it around in her head and think the worst. She applied all of her old insecurities to everything and I felt bad for Frankie. Even though I understood why she felt that way, she was otherwise such a strong woman. And I really wanted her to let herself be happy.

    I loved the ending of this and the epilogue was adorable. I really am enjoying this series and a sneak peak reveals that the next book will be on Frankie and Ford’s sister, Fallon Hartigan. I…can’t…wait!!! I have a feeling it’s going to be so good!

    For more about this book and so many more, come and visit me at Carol's Crazy Bookish World.

  • Alla

    I like this series about the Hartigan siblings. Funny and nice....like following a tv series.

  • Chris  C - A Midlife Wife

    Great story!

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    There is no person in the world who believes they are perfect so including the curvy and chunky women of the world in this story is smart. Everyone can relate to and has probably felt and experienced the uncomfortableness during those awkward teenage years. Trying to blend in with the popular group and just finding your place in school can be difficult.

    The story takes us on the trip back to a high school reunion. The most difficult and painful time for

    Great story!

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    There is no person in the world who believes they are perfect so including the curvy and chunky women of the world in this story is smart. Everyone can relate to and has probably felt and experienced the uncomfortableness during those awkward teenage years. Trying to blend in with the popular group and just finding your place in school can be difficult.

    The story takes us on the trip back to a high school reunion. The most difficult and painful time for our overweight female heroine yet she wants to go back to show them that they didn’t hurt her. They didn’t matter in terms of her professional career and her personal life. She rose above their hateful words, actions, and attitudes.

    But going alone was not something she wanted to do. And much of the time she vacillated between even going. Then she ran into the number one hottie in town who not only encouraged her to go and show them up but volunteered to go with her.

    It’s hard not to fall in love with strong, super tall, hunk burning love fireman that all the women seem to want. But everybody knows he’s a love-them-and-leave-them type of guy. Never commits. But, oh God, those muscles. His sweet manner. The fact that he doesn’t care what size she is but just cares that she’s funny, cute, fierce, but yet very vulnerable too.

    I could relate to this book in so many different ways. I grew up over weight my teen life and beyond so I can understand and relate to that issues the feelings everything related to the perception of who you are. I fell in love with him because who could not? Frankie a wonderfully developed character.

    But I didn’t care for the meltdown in the fight towards the end. I didn’t like that he had to do the groveling back to her when she was in the wrong for the most part. And she got mean with her digs.

    Overall, the author did a wonderful job with the humor and lightness, the sexy heat, the crazy dad and weird dog, The way he stood up and supported her and always lifted her up. And most of all when they realized they were all in.

    Crazy, funny, sexy, lighthearted, and deep emotion all wrapped up into one read you have to grab.

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  • Sabrina

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    I'm on the fence a bit about this book. The story was enjoyable and I liked the premise of it with the not-so-perfect heroine. It was unique in that it didn't feature the cliche type of romance heroine that is portrayed as perfect and stunning. Yet I also got annoyed that, just like with the previous book in the series, those imperfections were voiced a little too much. At times, the fact that our heroine was a size twenty woman seemed to overshadow the romance betw

    *

    I'm on the fence a bit about this book. The story was enjoyable and I liked the premise of it with the not-so-perfect heroine. It was unique in that it didn't feature the cliche type of romance heroine that is portrayed as perfect and stunning. Yet I also got annoyed that, just like with the previous book in the series, those imperfections were voiced a little too much. At times, the fact that our heroine was a size twenty woman seemed to overshadow the romance between her and Frankie.

    Frankie was a joy to read about all through the book and honestly he was the number one reason this story wasn't a complete flop for me. Because Lucy as a main character had me wanting to rip my hair out in frustration. I might love the fact that she's not the usual skinny heroine, but I don't want that information shoved down my throat on almost every page. It became too repetitive with her inner thoughts always criticizing herself. And what really put her in the can't-stand-this-chick category was that all through the book she was constantly saying that Frankie couldn't possibly want her. All while he was practically screaming from the roof tops that he did and that he was attracted to her. I had so many moments that I just wanted to slap some sense into her because of that.

    Bottom line, I liked this story and it is one that I would recommend. The heroine kind of ruined the reading experience for me with all that added frustration but she didn't diminish the fact that the overall story was one I enjoyed reading.

  • Dinjolina

    I’m plus sized and I eat and don’t eat salads. It’s not like all curvy people make an unbreakable vow to never eat or like salad. And if these starter clichés are not enough, the heroine has to be brash and ’always say what she thinks, consequence be damned’; because if you’re curvy, you also have to have a BIG personality - just like all the ’fat friends’ ever portrayed in literature or at the cinema.

    Curves are more than a gim

    I’m plus sized and I eat and don’t eat salads. It’s not like all curvy people make an unbreakable vow to never eat or like salad. And if these starter clichés are not enough, the heroine has to be brash and ’always say what she thinks, consequence be damned’; because if you’re curvy, you also have to have a BIG personality - just like all the ’fat friends’ ever portrayed in literature or at the cinema.

    Curves are more than a gimmick for you to sell, packed to the eyeballs with clichés.

  • Kiki

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    Hero’s father thinks he owes/owed his then teenage son no explanation for what the kid thought was him being a front row audience of cheating on his mum because the father actually didn’t cheat???

    You may not be a cheater, but you sir, are a rotten father and and an epic failure as a parent.

    His son confronted him. Told him he won’t tell anyone if this doesn’t happen again and at no point of time the loving father thought hey son, wait up, let me explain? The said son grew up to be a commitm

    Edit:

    Hero’s father thinks he owes/owed his then teenage son no explanation for what the kid thought was him being a front row audience of cheating on his mum because the father actually didn’t cheat???

    You may not be a cheater, but you sir, are a rotten father and and an epic failure as a parent.

    His son confronted him. Told him he won’t tell anyone if this doesn’t happen again and at no point of time the loving father thought hey son, wait up, let me explain? The said son grew up to be a commitment phobic and a manwhore, openly hated his father, was in dire need of therapy and his father boldly states in front of everyone “I love you, but I didn’t owe you a damn explanation for something that wasn’t my fault”. HOW would he know, and if you didn’t owe him an explanation then pray tell WHY are you explaining NOW, when the damage is done? This is in direct relation to hero watching his father kissing OW passionately against the wall.

    ARE. YOU. FUCKING. KIDDING. ME????

    And this knucklehead was allowed to have eight kids??????

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    Even hero’s BROTHERS, not just his sisters, even his brothers agreed he was a manwhore of epic proportion.

    He’s the guy his siblings would refuse to leave their female friends alone with because they’re worried he’ll somehow seduce them with his charm and then drop them and would not be held accountable because he was honest and upfront from the beginning.

    I had to read HOW GOOD HE’S at fucking women, any women that catches his fancy, anywhere. How he fucks several times a week, usually different women, and how he LOVES women. If I read that line ever in my whole life it’ll be too soon!

    So, yeah nah.

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