by Anthology

January 2005
ISBN: 0-451-21376-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Signet Books
Mass Market Paperback

Dr. Love is Donna Hill’s enjoyable contribution to this fine quartet of stories. In it, full-figured advertising executive Tricia Spencer is somewhat happy with her life until a medical condition exposes the flaws of her fast and unhealthy lifestyle. With the help of the charismatic Dr. Michael Evans, Tricia is about to make her life better than it ever was. Her only obstacle – keeping her man hungry sister, Lena, away from the good doctor.

In Brenda Jackson’s The Perfect Seduction, voluptuous Megan James has never gotten over her first love, Tyler Savoy. When she returns home to temporarily care for her stepfather’s ranch, she encounters Tyler and is overwhelmed by the power of her feelings for him. She believes that one night with Tyler will cure her of these feelings. She’s never been more wrong.

Through the Fire by Monica Jackson explores the life of entrepreneur Cherise Givens. Despite her ample curves, outspoken Cherise has always been able to have any man she wants. She sees no reason why it shouldn’t be the same with former Navy Seal, Shepard Fraser. He’ll just have to get use to life on her terms.

In Francis Ray’s His Everything Woman, renovation designer Neal Dunbar is a confirmed bachelor who needs help getting his new house in order. For assistance, he hires Cara Scott, also known as the Domestic Diva and/or the hired wife. Curvaceous Cara does a lot more than unpack boxes and rearrange furniture though. By the time she is finished, she’s going to have Neal begging her to play house forever.

Put four bestselling authors together and ask them to come up with four exciting stories for one novel and what do you get? Big Girls Don’t Cry, a delightful plus-sized bundle of pure entertainment.

As usual, Donna Hill delivers a winning story. Dr. Love is a fantastic story which will leave readers feeling warm and tingly. Brenda Jackson allows a second chance with The Perfect Seduction, and it’s a touching story that will melt hearts. With Through the Fire, Monica Jackson proves that sometimes winning means losing. Readers will definitely come out on top after reading that sexy treat. Francis Ray’s His Everything Woman is a touching story which pays homage to "you never know what you have until it’s gone."

It sort of brings to mind another phrase – "life is like a box of chocolate; you never know what you’re gonna get." Some things are like that in life, but one thing is certain. If you pick up a copy of Big Girls Don’t Cry, you can look forward to one exceptional anthology.

Reviewed in January 2005 by Natasha.

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