"This is Abbey’s worst nightmare, bringing back painful memories of being teased, bullied and the brunt of cruel jokes. The last thing Abbey wants is her soul to be laid bare for all Australians to see..."
Pages: 125 pages
Publisher: Harlequin AU on March 2013
Form: E-book (from NetGalley for an honest review)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Excerpt: Chapter 1
"Abbey Miller and her friend Jennifer have been picked from a live audience to take part in reality television show Makeover Miracle. This is Abbey’s worst nightmare, bringing back painful memories of being teased, bullied and the brunt of cruel jokes. The last thing Abbey wants is her soul to be laid bare for all Australians to see, but being the true friend she is,she agrees to help Jennifer, who desperately wants to change her life.
Quinn Campbell, the producer of Makeover Miracle can see Abbey crumbling live on stage,and after she vomits into a waste paper basket, goes to her aid, not expecting to see such a sad, haunted look in her eyes. There’s something about Abbey that reaches out to him. The look in her eyes brings back long‐buried memories of his sister and his failure to help her.
This is a story about one woman’s journey through emotional turmoil and the man who is able to make her believe in herself. Set against the beautiful Dandenong Ranges, Makeover Miracle is a story about forgiveness, understanding, personal growth and, of course, falling in love with that one special person." ~ From Goodreads
I do love a plus size heroine discover herself and fall in love in the process. Makeover Miracle was short little contemporary romance with an interesting premise, that had lot of potential. I felt it focused too much on Quinn's eyes though, ;) the writing was very emotional and highly unusual in describing passionate moments and often had me snorting a little at the over-expressed emotions. Despite that is was fun to read, I love shows like The Biggest Loser and other weight loss success shows so I was enjoying myself most of the time.
I often wanted to shake Abbey as she wallowed in self pity, but loved Quinn's comebacks to her depressive self views. I absolutely hated Caroline and her holier-than-tho attitude and her blatant lies that Abbey took as truth without much consideration, but that was realistic because when your self-esteem has been shattered it's easier to believe the lies than accept that someone truly loves you.
The romance was quick, but the page count was low, it was somewhat unrealistic at points but then the golden moment shone bright. I probably won't be dashing to read more Ross's books - but the plot and premise was great and I'd love to read more weight-loss romances!