Title: One Size Fits All
Author: Stephanie Haefner
Publisher: Pocket Star
Publication Date: 4 July 2016
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
Penny used to love working at Classy ‘n’ Sassy Lingerie shop as the marketing director for her best friends Bryn and Mia, but lately, hearing stories of love and passion from customers is grating on her nerves since she’s been unlucky in the love department and is still recovering from her messy divorce. Determined to get back out there and have a little fun, Penny wants to start looking for the man who will truly be the love of her life, but the hunky bouncer at her favorite bar keeps catching her eye…
As a football coach and bouncer at the local watering hole, Thor’s always had pretty good luck with women. But he’s tired of that life, and wants to find that “something” that’s been missing in all of his past relationships. And there’s no way a bar is the place to meet that special someone, right? Although lately, when Bryn and Mia and their newly-single, hot-as-sin, classy,and sassy friend Penny stop by for drinks, he’s been thinking maybe the bar is exactly the right place to be…
One Size Fits All is a cute romance about overcoming not only the break-up of a relationship but also that of repairing a reputation gained when young and foolish. The narrative takes into consideration the emotional baggage we gather as a result of our experiences both good and bad. As well as being brave enough to open ourselves up to the possibility of happiness following the devastation bad relationship can take on our psyches.
Penny has recently split from her cheating ex-husband due to the fact he got his girlfriend pregnant while they were trying for a family themselves. Penny has always been pampered having grown-up in a wealthy family and then entered straight into marriage with a wealthy partner. She has never had to economise or watch her spending, so living on her own and being responsible for her finances becomes a bit of a surprise. Yet she faces it with a sense of optimism and pride in her independence.
Drinks with friends crosses Penny’s path with hottie bouncer/PE teacher Thor/Theo. Unfortunately. Tho comes with a reputation. A HUGE reputation, which causes more than a few problems on both sides, especially considering Penny’s fragile self-confidence due to her failed marriage. Thor’s promiscuous past and constant interaction with unscrupulous loose women escalates Penny’s uncertainty regarding a relationship with Theo.
Not all things a rosy in Penny’s new world order, her working environment with her two best friends appears very strained with the addition of a new intern undermining Penny’s position. Adding into the angst and tension within the narrative.
I loved the description of the start of a new relationship, the thrill and rush of emotions on both sides. Although the path to true love never runs smoothly; Penny and Theo have never experiences the emotions they feel for each other. Their relationship is fast paced and the learning curve a step one, taking into consideration both sets of emotional baggage.
From friendship, romance, independence and career development – One Size Fits All certainly does have it all.