4 Hearts · Adult Contemporary

On The Plus Side by Alison Bliss

The second book in a laugh-out-loud new contemporary romance series from Alison Bliss!

Big girls don’t cry. They go after what they want.

Thanks to her bangin’ curves, Valerie Carmichael has always turned heads-with the exception of seriously sexy Logan Mathis. Just Valerie’s luck that the object of her lust-filled affection is also best friends with her overprotective brother. But Valerie’s determined to get Logan’s attention . . . even if it means telling a teeny little lie to get a job at his new bar.

Logan can’t remember a time when Valerie didn’t secretly fuel all his hottest fantasies. Now the curvaceous she-devil is working behind his bar, tempting him every damn night. It’s only when he finds Valerie’s naughty things-to-do list that Logan decides to break every rule in the book-by making each red-hot deed a reality.

No one warned them that they were going to fall this hard. And no one warned them that sometimes the smallest secrets can have the biggest consequences.

Received an ARC from Netgalley on behalf of Forever Grand Central Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Valerie knows she is curvy and loves it. She has curves in all the right places and a face that is stops-men-in-their-tracks-pretty. Valerie use her sex appeal to get her way, it only works when her brother isn’t around. When Brett is there he acts like a junk yard dog, barking and ready to bite anyone that comes near his little sister. The only person Brett trust around Valerie is his best friend Logan. It may seem like Logan Mathis is a big brother figure to Valerie, but his thoughts and constant fantasies are so far from brotherly it would be illegal.  Valerie has also been harboring a crush on Logan since she was younger. Now she is 26 and a woman that knows how to get the attention she wants, she doesn’t hold anything back when trying to get Logan’s attention.

Valerie’s character is portrayed as a strong independent woman who knows what she likes and what she wants. What she wants is Logan and no one else. She has tried for the past eight years to move on from the constant desire she harbors for Logan, but to no avail. So when Logan moves back into town and opens up a new bar, Valerie knows she is going to see him sooner or later; and later being more ideal for her. Once their paths do cross she sees that Logan is in a bind with his employees and offers her assistance. Well, she more jumps over the bar counter and beings making a spectacle with her mad mixology talents.


Logan knows he needs the help. He needs to come up with $10,000 in less than a month to help save his moms house. He knows he can do it, but not if he is short staffed and in desperate need of bartenders. Having Valerie working for him, he knows is a BIG mistake, because he can’t keep his eyes or his hands away from her. Now he has to figure out which of the two problems is more important to deal with. Should he keep his distances, just like he has been doing for over 8 years; or, does he just finally give into his desires for Valerie and possible ruin a life long friendship with Brett?

Valerie and Logan are cute with heated passion. You can tell that they are “horny” for one another and when they finally give in, it explodes across the pages. It was entertaining seeing these two bicker and fight. At times I didn’t like Logan’s character because he would interrupt Valerie while she was talking, and I don’t mean here and there. It was like constantly. Drove me nuts. I wish she just put some duct tape over his mouth and tell him to shut up so she could finish a sentences. Brett was similar. Logan and Brett would always act like they knew better and would make assumptions about people. Well we know what they say about those who assume (make an ass at of you and me). Brett and Logan at many times made themselves look like complete hot-headed-fools. Boys having to pee on what they say is theirs. HA!

I enjoyed how the ending came full circle for Logan and Valerie. They each learned new lessons about themselves and each other. I think the story was cute and fun. It has some “heated” scenes for you romancers out there.

Overall I give the book a 4 star rating. It would be a fun summer read on the beach. Enjoy my  lovers!

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