Disclosure: I received a free digital copy of Curves for Days by Laura Moher from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review!
After a nightmare of fatphobic bullying and harassment forced Alice Rose Barnes to quit high school, all she wants is to live invisibly. But winning the lottery turns into her worst nightmare: the spotlight of national attention. Fleeing the grasping harassment and demands of the people who ignored and bullied her before she was filthy rich, she arrives in a small North Carolina town in a snowstorm, determined to start her quiet, anonymous life all over again. But none of her plans include the burly, sexy, empathetic veterans counselor and contractor, Angus. As they fall head over heels in love, Rose must choose when to reveal her eighty million dollar secret, and risk having to flee the only real home and friends she’s ever found.
This was a perfect reading slump break for me. I loved Rose as a positive fat character struggling to blossom in her sexy, confident, competent self. I liked how the book called out Angus’s struggle to accept not being the financial support in a relationship as being rooted in sexism. That was neatly handled as a complex cultural issue instead of personal misogyny. And I liked how the book addressed mental health support gaps for veterans and the consequences of that neglect.
If I had a complaint, it would be that the story shifted POV too often for me. That’s a matter of personal taste, but some scenes seemed to shift POV every couple of pages and I found it distracting and unnecessary.
But overall Curves for Days by Laura Moher really kept my attention, and I read it straight through in a single day. There are moments of laughter and tears, along with excellent spice. It’s a great escapist beach read, leaving me dreaming of winning the lottery and running away to a small mountain town full of diverse queer characters, where little shops sell plus size lingerie and indie books, and I can fix up an antique house with a brawny soft-hearted grump who steals my heart forever. ❤️❤️
Content warnings for fatphobia and childhood bullying, parent death, PTSD, suicide, and SA.
Curves for Days releases 8/23/23, and is available for pre-order until then. Visit the author at https://www.lauramoher.com/ to get your copy, and don’t forget to request books through your local library!