Thrown for a Curve by Sugar Jamison

WHEN YOU’RE A big girlCherri has often wished she were thin and graceful like a ballerina instead of being a six-foot-tall blonde with curves that require serious caution. Surely a charming Irishman like her new boss Colin, with his throaty brogue and to-die-for bod, would never go for someone like Cherri. Unless maybe he’s looking for the exact opposite of a delicate lass?

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When Colin hired Cherri to work in his furniture-restoration shop, he had his eyes, first and foremost, on her artistic talents. But now he can’t help but see Cherri for the lush, spirited beauty that she is…and, soon enough, he finds himself mixing business with pleasure. But Cherri turns out to be more vulnerable than she appears. Is she in need of more than Colin can give? Or could it be that a feeling stronger than lust has him thrown for a curve?
The description of this book really appealed to me.  I love imperfect characters in my books, especially heroines.  I mean let’s face it, we’re not all size 4 women with curves in all the right places.  Some of us are lumpy, and maybe even a little squishy.  Babies are not kind on the body…but I digress.  My point is that I think everyone is a little bit Cherri.
Charlotte Rudy, aka Cherri, is a 6 foot tall, 22 year old blonde with some issues about her stature.  She’s comes from strong stock, but that hasn’t always been a boon when it comes to her love life, as it seems most men prefer a more delicate woman.  She has had a crush on Colin, a tall, hot Irishman for a while.  But, he seems to hook up with women who are physically her opposite so she assumes she has no chance.  What she doesn’t know is that Colin has always had to fight his attraction towards Cherri, mostly because of 10 plus year age difference.  However, it seems fate has a different idea for these two.  As they forge a friendship that grows into more, can they both overcome their insecurities and be happy together?
First off, this book made me laugh.  The writing is so witty, and the cast of characters are hilarious and endearing.  I also felt a real connection to Cherri.  I think there aren’t enough women like her in books.  It seems these days we get a lot of female characters who are physically perfect.  Cherri is not what someone would consider to be traditionally physically perfect, but the overall message is that it doesn’t matter what others think of you, it just matters what you think of yourself.  It was a pleasant message.
I think my biggest issue with the book is how difficult the relationship is between Colin and Cherri.  I mean, a lot of the stuff they go through seems unnecessary, and is just a product of their severe lack of communication with one another.  It got a bit tiresome after a while, to be honest.  If I knew these people in real life I’d totally smack them around a bit, because they deserve it.  Fortunately for everyone involved, there is a resolution.  It was a relief.
Overall, I did enjoy this book.  What it lacks in overall plot, it makes up for in writing style and characterization.  I thought it was hilariously entertaining, and you really can’t ask for more than that in a book.  4 stars.