plump, classically pear-shaped
tall and heavyset
Brilliant, bespectacled Sam Blake has had it with the wandering life of a Range detective.
Tired of being overlooked and
underappreciated by clients in favor of his smaller, more heroic-looking
partner Clint Randolph, Sam comes to the decision that their next
job is to be the last; that he'll find a piece of land and settle down to
live in quiet solitude.
Convinced that his
size and build have pre-destined him to a life lived alone, Sam is stunned
when he rides into Rincon, TX and wins the favor of the town's bright,
plump school marm Prudence Hofheinz. Though he is amazed by their
compatibility in and out of the bedroom, the drifter's low-self esteem
prevents him from believing that Pru truly cares for him. Just
as the sleuth is wrapping up his final case, a tragic accident occurs and
Sam disappears into the night persuaded that the love of his life would be
better off without a crippled man to care for. Can Pru track Sam
down, prove her love for him, and heal his many hurts?
worked for me:
was truly refreshing to read a story in which both the hero and his lady
are plus-sized, and I particularly liked the fact that the other
"perfect" looking characters did not have storybook lives.
What didn't work for me:
I felt that
the fat phobia experienced by the main characters was too modern a
sentiment for a time period when a lady of Lillian
Russell's proportions was considered the height of womanliness.
I thought that Pru's mere plumpness garnered far too many harsh comments
in light of that fact. And as far as Sam goes, he didn't really come across as
being particularly corpulent to me. At a towering 6'5" I imagine he would have worn his 275
lbs quite handsomely.
I do understand that the author seemed to be making a point about how very
skewed self-perception can be, and how projecting our low self-worth can
cause others to see us in the same poor light. Still, I think it is
too bad that a book which had such a unique beginning changed tunes in the
middle to become a "slim-butterfly-from-a cocoon-of-fat" story.
"The Hero's Best Friend" was unevenly-written with some sections
feeling more polished than others, it still had many thoroughly
enjoyable passages and an interesting plot. Fans of Western
Historicals might like this one, but it may not be popular with readers
who are uncomfortable with steamy sex scenes, coarse language, or
If you liked "The
Hero's Best Friend" you might also enjoy "Wishes",
"The Bride of Willow Creek",
"A Country Christmas",
"No Ordinary Princess",
"The Bluebird and the Sparrow", or
"Land of Dreams".
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