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When the big three-oh comes and goes, Clarise Robinson finds she isn't all that disheartened with the curves life has thrown her way. As a matter of fact, she's learned to work with them-as head of the women's department at Eubanks Elegant Apparel, she's known for her style and her sass. Yes, the female once deemed "cautious" by her college buddies has unquestionably left t When the big three-oh comes and goes, Clarise Robinson finds she isn't all that disheartened with the curves life has thrown her way. As a matter of fact, she's learned to work with them-as head of the women's department at Eubanks Elegant Apparel, she's known for her style and her sass. Yes, the female once deemed "cautious" by her college buddies has unquestionably left that wallflower image behind to grasp a new label: "confidently curvy." But deep down, Clarise knows she's still holding back, still playing it safe, particularly when it comes to her best friend, boss, and secret fantasy, Ethan Eubanks. And now it's time to throw caution to the wind, to take off the gloves and, perhaps, everything else...


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When the big three-oh comes and goes, Clarise Robinson finds she isn't all that disheartened with the curves life has thrown her way. As a matter of fact, she's learned to work with them-as head of the women's department at Eubanks Elegant Apparel, she's known for her style and her sass. Yes, the female once deemed "cautious" by her college buddies has unquestionably left t When the big three-oh comes and goes, Clarise Robinson finds she isn't all that disheartened with the curves life has thrown her way. As a matter of fact, she's learned to work with them-as head of the women's department at Eubanks Elegant Apparel, she's known for her style and her sass. Yes, the female once deemed "cautious" by her college buddies has unquestionably left that wallflower image behind to grasp a new label: "confidently curvy." But deep down, Clarise knows she's still holding back, still playing it safe, particularly when it comes to her best friend, boss, and secret fantasy, Ethan Eubanks. And now it's time to throw caution to the wind, to take off the gloves and, perhaps, everything else...

30 review for Real Women Don't Wear Size 2

  1. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    I absolutely loved this book. As a plus sized or curvacious lady, this book gave me the confidence to really look at what I wear. To see the plus in plus sized fashion. I couldn't put it down. There were some drop dead sexy scenes and it had just the right amout of details. Not overly detailed that you don't get to use a little imagination here and there. I loved the twist and the way they settled their snag... Alltogether, the characters, settings, plot, and emotional degree all brought this bo I absolutely loved this book. As a plus sized or curvacious lady, this book gave me the confidence to really look at what I wear. To see the plus in plus sized fashion. I couldn't put it down. There were some drop dead sexy scenes and it had just the right amout of details. Not overly detailed that you don't get to use a little imagination here and there. I loved the twist and the way they settled their snag... Alltogether, the characters, settings, plot, and emotional degree all brought this book together beautifully! Great job! Definitely a must read for curvy ladies, but also for women who are not blessed with the family's bounties, too!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lobna Amer

    This is THE single most aggravating book I've ever had the misfortune of not reading (could not bring myself to finish it! Stopped on page 56.) Or maybe that's how they wrote books back in 2006. The MC's inner monologue will suck the life out of you! It can literally carry on for 3 consecutive pages!!! and it's not even amusing! She just continues to whine about how huge her boobs are *rolling my eyes furiously* and how desperate she is for her boss's body! The MC never stops thinking about This is THE single most aggravating book I've ever had the misfortune of not reading (could not bring myself to finish it! Stopped on page 56.) Or maybe that's how they wrote books back in 2006. The MC's inner monologue will suck the life out of you! It can literally carry on for 3 consecutive pages!!! and it's not even amusing! She just continues to whine about how huge her boobs are *rolling my eyes furiously* and how desperate she is for her boss's body! The MC never stops thinking about seducing her boss! And she makes damn sure we know her whiny, boring, insecure line of thought :"I have to buy that top, because I haven't slept with Ethan but will it all change in Tampa? Or will he see me as a friend? Am I too fat? Will he like my ginormous boobs? Will I be able to strip and get my shimmy on in front of him?" Or something like that *screaaaammmm* All what everybody seems to care about is looks! Every single page! The MC keeps on searching for her self-worth in compliments from everybody around her about her looks. "You look stunning." "All the men will drool." "Everybody will gawk." and blah blah blah and the MC's character is off to the trash. The MC is not even fat, Godammit! I am dying to read a positive-body-image-enforcing book about a fat, strong, smart, compassionate woman who faces real-life problems and rises above them. Apparently those do not exist. the book had a decent premise. It was the writing that failed miserably. I hope Ms. St. John ups her game in future books, not that I'll be reading any.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kaila C

    It was pleasant and I actually like that they didn't have the main character putting down other women. I mean she focused on herself.. I feel that I have read a lot of books with the main character be on the "larger" side. What I found is the main character is shaming all the skinny women Or she is really harsh on her own self. I think this one was modest and honest. I liked the main character being kind of serious, bubbly, and little dense. No, I dont think this book is perfect but there is no It was pleasant and I actually like that they didn't have the main character putting down other women. I mean she focused on herself.. I feel that I have read a lot of books with the main character be on the "larger" side. What I found is the main character is shaming all the skinny women Or she is really harsh on her own self. I think this one was modest and honest. I liked the main character being kind of serious, bubbly, and little dense. No, I dont think this book is perfect but there is no shaming and self hatred.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Carol Patrick

    This was a perfect pool/beach day read. Great story. Likable characters. A little smut. I’d read it again

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    Pretty sensual story if it wasn't for all the internal drama going on. Clarise is a curvy woman who is insecure and in love with her boss/best friend. Ethan is the owner of a clothing store, Clairise his top salesperson. But when she shows up to the Christmas party in a sexy red number, he realizes that he has to keep his distance or lose his friend. But when he shows up at the corporate bonding trip unexpectedly, he witnesses Clairise in her naked glory, flashing the crowd while drunk. That nig Pretty sensual story if it wasn't for all the internal drama going on. Clarise is a curvy woman who is insecure and in love with her boss/best friend. Ethan is the owner of a clothing store, Clairise his top salesperson. But when she shows up to the Christmas party in a sexy red number, he realizes that he has to keep his distance or lose his friend. But when he shows up at the corporate bonding trip unexpectedly, he witnesses Clairise in her naked glory, flashing the crowd while drunk. That night he finds out that she fantasizes about him and has a list of things we wants to do. I hate how the author is in their heads so much, going on for pages that Clairise hates her curves, wishing she were skinny, etc. It goes on and on. Other than that, it was a #4 on the sensuality scale. Good sex!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Eileen

    Between the wordy thought processes and the wordy sex scenes, I really had a hard time getting through this. There was a good story plot in there, but I did a lot of skipping pages to get to it. The author could have cut this book in half and would have had a better book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Li

    Couldn't get into the book. Read about 5 chapters and decided to bail. Couldn't get into the book. Read about 5 chapters and decided to bail.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Denise Edmondson

    It had a great story line but I found the author had too much in-between character thinking. I love books that flow like a movie and I found this 1 buffering more than I like.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Katy

    Really this book is 2.5, in between "it was ok" and "liked it". I enjoyed the premise of the story, it was lighthearted and had lots of romance. However, the main character, Clarise, got on my nerves. She is a woman who is ALWAYS complaining about her figure. I understand that at least once per day we are critical of our bodies, but Clarise at least thinks it or mentions it 3 or 4 times a day. Come on, grow up! You have this man who loves you for who you are and you still don't see it. On the ot Really this book is 2.5, in between "it was ok" and "liked it". I enjoyed the premise of the story, it was lighthearted and had lots of romance. However, the main character, Clarise, got on my nerves. She is a woman who is ALWAYS complaining about her figure. I understand that at least once per day we are critical of our bodies, but Clarise at least thinks it or mentions it 3 or 4 times a day. Come on, grow up! You have this man who loves you for who you are and you still don't see it. On the other hand, I thought Ethan was a great character! He was hardworking, loving, and kind. I wished the story was more from his view simply because I enjoyed his character the most.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dox

    This is a cute romance. The main female character is well endowed, not skinny, and determined to have her boss fall in love with her. The boss realizes he loves the female character, but, of course, through a series of misunderstandings, it takes the whole book and a lot of drama and angst for them to finally get together. The book could have used a bit more editing. When a character waxes on about the same subject, just repeating himself or herself, but with slightly different ways of saying it This is a cute romance. The main female character is well endowed, not skinny, and determined to have her boss fall in love with her. The boss realizes he loves the female character, but, of course, through a series of misunderstandings, it takes the whole book and a lot of drama and angst for them to finally get together. The book could have used a bit more editing. When a character waxes on about the same subject, just repeating himself or herself, but with slightly different ways of saying it...I get it, I get it. Also, there was some confusion about the main female character. At some moments she's overweight, at others she's just perfectly curvy like Marilyn Monroe. Her personality is a bit all over the place, and the male boss spends quite a bit of time thinking about how wonderful she is and being protective of her. For those that enjoy more explicit sex scenes, those are liberally sprinkled throughout the book somewhat as part of the plot. This would be a perfect beach-book as it does flow swiftly and has some romantically-entertaining plot developments.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ann (Noumena12)

    Clarise Robinson is uncomfortable in her body in a size 2 world. But is it a size 2 world? Based on the looks her curves get, it just may not be. Ethan Eubanks, Clarise's boss and best friend, is definitely a fan of curves. Specifically, Clarise's curves. After encouraging Clarise to let loose while attending a company team-building weekend at Gasparilla (Tampa's Mardi Gras), Ethan suddenly isn't sure whether Tampa is ready for Clarise "unplugged"....or maybe he just doesn't want to share. Good Clarise Robinson is uncomfortable in her body in a size 2 world. But is it a size 2 world? Based on the looks her curves get, it just may not be. Ethan Eubanks, Clarise's boss and best friend, is definitely a fan of curves. Specifically, Clarise's curves. After encouraging Clarise to let loose while attending a company team-building weekend at Gasparilla (Tampa's Mardi Gras), Ethan suddenly isn't sure whether Tampa is ready for Clarise "unplugged"....or maybe he just doesn't want to share. Good thinking Ethan! Clarise has definite plans and they just might happen with or without you! I definitely need to work for a company that holds company bonding events at Gasparilla. Real Women Don't Wear Size 2 is a fun summer read. And Kelley St. John will keep you coming back for more. I enjoyed watching Clarise test and expand her boundaries and to feel good about her curves and herself.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Anderson

    This was featured on a library 'must read' shelf, but really, it's not a must read - and I am the target market, being a woman who is not a size 2. It got better after the author got past the set-up - a plus sized gal who's in love with her boss, but lets loose at a Pirate Festival. The beginning felt awkward and forced, like the author was expecting the reader to just make the 'in love with the boss' association instead of doing the legwork to lay the grounds for sympathetic characters. And the This was featured on a library 'must read' shelf, but really, it's not a must read - and I am the target market, being a woman who is not a size 2. It got better after the author got past the set-up - a plus sized gal who's in love with her boss, but lets loose at a Pirate Festival. The beginning felt awkward and forced, like the author was expecting the reader to just make the 'in love with the boss' association instead of doing the legwork to lay the grounds for sympathetic characters. And the sister character (who was a size two) was completely tacked on at points, more a plot device than a real person. Like I said, it got better about mid-point, but I get tired of reading books where the lead characters are thinking the exact same thing ("I love this person!"), but assuming the other person isn't ("This person doesn't love me!"), so they all stumble on blinding until a crash-course happy ending. Don't people in romance novels ever just talk? Well, not in this one.

  13. 4 out of 5

    April

    I really hate not being able to give a book with such a great title 5 stars, but I had too many issues to award more than 3. The protagonist is like a size 16...which IS considered plus-size in today's "the-anorexic-look-is-still-too-fat" society. And don't get me wrong. A size 16 is chubby. However, the clothing choices that this girl made are not the clothing choices of someone who is ashamed, sensitive, or embarrassed of their weight. The phrases 'skin tight' and 'body hugging' do not enter t I really hate not being able to give a book with such a great title 5 stars, but I had too many issues to award more than 3. The protagonist is like a size 16...which IS considered plus-size in today's "the-anorexic-look-is-still-too-fat" society. And don't get me wrong. A size 16 is chubby. However, the clothing choices that this girl made are not the clothing choices of someone who is ashamed, sensitive, or embarrassed of their weight. The phrases 'skin tight' and 'body hugging' do not enter the vocabulary when explaining the wardrobe of a weight-conscious woman. And really, the only thing that seems to be proportionately large on this girl are her breasts. Granted, large breasts can be annoying, but if that's your biggest body image problem: get over it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sylvain

    When the big three-oh comes and goes, Clarise Robinson finds she isn't all that disheartened with the curves life has thrown her way. As a matter of fact, she's learned to work with them-as head of the women's department at Eubanks Elegant Apparel, she's known for her style and her sass. Yes, the female once deemed "cautious" by her college buddies has unquestionably left that wallflower image behind to grasp a new label: "confidently curvy." But deep down, Clarise knows she's still holding back When the big three-oh comes and goes, Clarise Robinson finds she isn't all that disheartened with the curves life has thrown her way. As a matter of fact, she's learned to work with them-as head of the women's department at Eubanks Elegant Apparel, she's known for her style and her sass. Yes, the female once deemed "cautious" by her college buddies has unquestionably left that wallflower image behind to grasp a new label: "confidently curvy." But deep down, Clarise knows she's still holding back, still playing it safe, particularly when it comes to her best friend, boss, and secret fantasy, Ethan Eubanks. And now it's time to throw caution to the wind, to take off the gloves and, perhaps, everything else...

  15. 5 out of 5

    Leya

    Clarise Robinson, has a career that she loves. She has a loving family and great friends. But what she wants, not what, but who she fantasizes about is her boss (and friend) Ethan. But she’s not Ethan’s type, she has curves, and the Robinson Treasures. And she hopes that the trip to Tampa will change that…maybe Ethan will see her as more than just a coffee buddy. This book is sizzling hot! I had to stop a few times to fan myself. Wow! Clarise and Ethan’s chemistry is amazing. The transition betwe Clarise Robinson, has a career that she loves. She has a loving family and great friends. But what she wants, not what, but who she fantasizes about is her boss (and friend) Ethan. But she’s not Ethan’s type, she has curves, and the Robinson Treasures. And she hopes that the trip to Tampa will change that…maybe Ethan will see her as more than just a coffee buddy. This book is sizzling hot! I had to stop a few times to fan myself. Wow! Clarise and Ethan’s chemistry is amazing. The transition between friends to lovers was well done, in my opinion. My one and only complaint was that there was too much innermost thoughts by both the hero and heroine. I mostly skimmed through those parts.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I learned that I should not read books with titles like "Real Women Don't Wear Size 2." It makes me wonder if the author is an unfulfilled fat girl who loves giving blow jobs. The sexual tension in this book is unrealistic, the male lead speaks funny as in, he uses "not in real life" speech and reading about insecure fat girls really doesn't do anything for me. Especially since the way Clarise is described makes her sound more like a fatty from the mid-west than a lovely voluptuous Salma Hayek b I learned that I should not read books with titles like "Real Women Don't Wear Size 2." It makes me wonder if the author is an unfulfilled fat girl who loves giving blow jobs. The sexual tension in this book is unrealistic, the male lead speaks funny as in, he uses "not in real life" speech and reading about insecure fat girls really doesn't do anything for me. Especially since the way Clarise is described makes her sound more like a fatty from the mid-west than a lovely voluptuous Salma Hayek body type. The upside is now I want to go to Tampa, Florida for the Gasparilla festival.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. this cute and funny and sexy. helps women feel like being sexy is okay and you gotta embrace what ya got. whatever that is. unfortunately the ending where she left and didn't even give him the chance to explain his side of things, when the guy who told her clearly had motive in trying to break them up so just STUPID. luckily it all worked out in the end. so cute read. this cute and funny and sexy. helps women feel like being sexy is okay and you gotta embrace what ya got. whatever that is. unfortunately the ending where she left and didn't even give him the chance to explain his side of things, when the guy who told her clearly had motive in trying to break them up so just STUPID. luckily it all worked out in the end. so cute read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Anna Awal

    I am a curvy woman myself and this book spoke right to me from the very beginning!!! I couldn't put it down so I read it in two hours in between college classes!!! I have actually re read it a few times just because it was so good!! It shows you that curvy or not you can love yourself and not be afraid to fall in love!!! It's one of my favorite books now. I am a curvy woman myself and this book spoke right to me from the very beginning!!! I couldn't put it down so I read it in two hours in between college classes!!! I have actually re read it a few times just because it was so good!! It shows you that curvy or not you can love yourself and not be afraid to fall in love!!! It's one of my favorite books now.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nesha Warren

    This is one of my favorite Books! Besides the fact that more than half of it takes place in Tampa at Gasparilla...just the idea that a man like this could possibly exist one day is enough to feed my fantasises for years to come!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Anna Mccalmon

    I loved this book! It was so amazing to read a book about a woman who wasn't skinny but found confidence and romance! In this world they teach you being skinny is key to attract the opposite sex and no you should be happy to be you! I loved this book! It was so amazing to read a book about a woman who wasn't skinny but found confidence and romance! In this world they teach you being skinny is key to attract the opposite sex and no you should be happy to be you!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Zoe Manger

    I have reread this book multiple times (and by multiple I mean more than 10 times). Every time I read it I still love it as much as I did the first time I read it. It's one of my favourite books ever. I have reread this book multiple times (and by multiple I mean more than 10 times). Every time I read it I still love it as much as I did the first time I read it. It's one of my favourite books ever.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shawna

    this was a quick "out at the pool" read....funny ,and risque'!!! this was a quick "out at the pool" read....funny ,and risque'!!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    Deliciously drrrty. :)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Andie

    What a horrible waste of paper.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    Absolutely delicious!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Curvy women RULE! Grt sx, lerng confidence

  27. 4 out of 5

    Keziah Stroppel

    It was ok. Not great, but ok.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Aliki Spanos

    I loved this book! It was cute, sassy, sensual...I loved both the characters.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    I loved this novel. Wonderfully written, sweet, sassy, and sexy. I read it in under one day. I did not want to put it down.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sammy

    3.5 stars

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