An appetite for sensual pleasures must never be denied...
Lily Ellis has curves -- soft, beautiful curves. The kind of voluptuous body she fears Travis Carson, the man she's always loved from afar, would never crave. But Lily is about to be proven wrong. Her adventure begins when the demure San Francisco interior decorator agrees to model a plus-size dress for her fashion designer sister. Watching this sensual beauty move down the runway, Travis can't believe it's the same Lily he's always known -- and always rejected. In a whirlwind of electric attraction, Lily is soon moaning Travis's name in his bed, not just in her wild fantasies. But Lily is all too aware that she's nothing like his past lovers.
Determined to beat Travis at his own game by guarding her true feelings, Lily partners with him on a business deal that takes them all the way to Italy. In the seductive warmth of the Tuscan sun, Lily plays a game of desire with the hot-blooded Travis. Will she be burned by an all-consuming ecstasy or will Travis open his heart to the sexy, exciting, and lasting love she has to offer?
Well, I actually liked this one. Despite having read the review at AAR before reading it.
Lily has self-esteem issues, but I personally felt they rang true to her character and her interaction with Travis. I'd certainly feel insecure if a man who I'd loved from afar for ages, but he'd always pushed me away, had suddenly expressed interest in me and even professed his love. The story is as much Lily's personal journey to accepting and loving herself as it is her and Travis' relationship.
There are a few things mentioned in the review that I really thought about. There's a line that says "Lily remains insecure long after any sensible woman would have figured out that Travis loved her and thought she was a beauty." I'm sorry, but it can take awhile to figure that out sometimes. Especially when you're overweight and used to standing in the sidelines, trying to be invisible. And the whole jumping to stupid conclusions? Most of it's in her head, and honestly...I felt it fit her character to think those things. Hell, it took me a long time for me to get over my insecurities with my husband and I know he loves me. I'm also been to many boards such as Weight Watchers where I can't say how many times woman have posted about their insecurities regarding themselves and their bodies and their relationships.
So Lily may not be a sensible woman all the time, but really, who is? We may want to be, we may outwardly seem to be, but are we really?
Perhaps some part of the book just resonated with me (obviously) and that's why I glazed over many of the other imperfections in the book. It's not perfect, but I did like it alot.