Erotic tales with curvy girls? Sign me up.
The “Misadventures” series is something I’ve been vaguely acquainted with for a while now. the ARRT genre study on romance often cites these as interesting choices for those who enjoy erotic fiction, but each book is written by a different author and they do not follow any overarching storyline. I kept hearing buzz online about this particular installment so I figured I’d give it a go.
Be aware right away, before even picking this novel up, that it is an erotic romance. Though you can clearly infer it from the description, it doesn’t explicitly say erotic fiction and I’ve seen enough 1 and 2 star reviews of this PURELY based on the erotic aspect merely existing, so take a look before you pick it up. There’s sex. A lot of it. Now move on.
The central character in this book is Ireland Mills, a photographer who is tasked with visiting a small town in Kansas to take photos for a promotional campaign. Her car breaks down and she’s picked up (in more ways than one) by the hunky owner of the very farm she was going to photograph, Caleb Carpenter. Caleb is a good small town guy but in no way an idiot, and is generally pretty cool. There is immediate chemistry between them but two aspects fit into their possible hook up: Caleb’s best friend Ben and the fact that Ireland Mills is fat.
Ireland has dealt with her weight her whole life and is finally learning to love her body and embrace herself, but her insecurities still eat at her, especially when paired with the prospect of banging the fictional equivalent to bearded Chris Evans. The other mitigating factor is Ben Weber, Caleb’s best friend and lover, with whom he shares EVERYTHING. Including women. The two are polyamorous and have shared girlfriends in the past and Caleb believes Ireland is the one for them. While all three are attracted to one another, they have to navigate Ireland’s self-esteem issues, Ben’s closed off-ness (stemming from his time in the military), and the general perception of poly relationships in the public.
It’s surprising how deeply this book actually gets into Ireland’s struggle with her weight and how people perceive her because of it. Usually books like this have a general acceptance thing going on, but this one delves a bit deeper and you get to read her perspective of life and her thoughts when confronted with the opportunity and aftermath of sleeping with two men. She struggles with wondering if she is a fetish for them or if they will move on to someone thinner, but the boys keep to their promise that they are beyond sexually attracted to her.
The sex is a huge part of this book. There’s a lot of it, and while I never usually would want a book to tone down the sex, I would have gladly lost one of the sex scenes in order to have a bit more relationship building at the start. It’s a classic case of instant love between Caleb and Ireland, and my main criticism is that their attraction (outside of sex) doesn’t feel earned. The book gets better at dealing with it as it goes on, but the initial meeting and reasoning why they get together leaves something to be desired.
Overall it’s a good sex romp. Also if you’re into it, Caleb is basically beardy Captain America and Ben is clearly Bucky Barnes.. I don’t know if I’m the only one who thinks this, but man the descriptions and everything fit so well, I almost wondered if it was fanfiction turned into a book. Either way, I was all in.
Title: Misadventures of a Curvy Girl
Author: Sierra Simone
Three Descriptors: Steamy, Relateable, Conversational