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Peek Inside Muffin Top

The only thing about me that’s a size zero is the filter on my mouth. I’ve got a big personality, a big rack, and a big number on the scale. And I’m perfectly fine with that. But when some random guy suggests I might not be eating alone if I’d ordered...

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The only thing about me that’s a size zero is the filter on my mouth. I’ve got a big personality, a big rack, and a big number on the scale. And I’m perfectly fine with that.

But when some random guy suggests I might not be eating alone if I’d ordered a salad instead of a hamburger I’m shocked silent, which is a feat, trust me.

That brings us to one sexy fireman named Frankie Hartigan. He’s hot. He’s funny… And he’s just apologized for being late for our “date” then glared at the fat-shaming jerk. Next thing I know, he’s sitting down and ordering himself dinner.

I have no problem telling him I don’t need a pity date…unless of course it’s to my high school reunion next week. Oops where did that last bit come from? And what do I do now that he’s said yes?!

Because this is no make-over story, and I think Frankie is using me for something. I just have to figure out what…

Each book in the Hartigans series is STANDALONE:
* Butterface
* Muffin Top


Muffin Top is a dazzling Rom-Com that will make you laugh, make you cry and give you all the feels.  I highly recommend this book to every romance fan who loves strong characters and a to die for hero that you will want as your own.  I definitely need more of the Hartigan’s in my life!” -Sinfully Wicked Book Reviews

“Can I start by saying that it’s been a really long time since I’ve loved a plus sized character as much as I loved Lucy. Avery Flynn has really written the “fat” girl to perfection. She understands what goes through that brain. Frankie’s character was believable and relatable. The two get into some interesting predicaments and I found myself laughing to tears. The emotions that they go through brought me to tears of a different nature. So far this is my ultimate favorite of Ms. Flynn’s. It will be difficult to top!” -Donna S., NetGalley

Loved this sweet, sexy and sassy story.  I found myself relating to Lucy from the start.  She and Frankie had such chemistry.   Their winding path to their HEA was one I was happy to tag along on.” -Robin C., Goodreads

Muffin Top is a truly inspiring, relatable and unconventional love story that every woman in today's society need to know, read and believe. You will fall in love with Lucy and Frankie. And you will also learn to love yourself just a little bit more!” -Paramita P., Goodreads

“Funny mishaps, and cute little misunderstandings, and some depth rolled into an amazing story that will have you laughing and swoon so hard, that you will definitely be nowhere near ready when the story ends.” -Heather B., NetGalley

This story is fabulously funny!” -Chloe T., NetGalley

“Avery Flynn delivers another hit in The Hartigans series with Muffin Top! Lucy Kavanaugh and Firefighter Frankie Hartigan are heating things up big time in this sexy and engaging romantic comedy. Avery doesn’t just give you the laughs, she gives you so much more. I highly recommend Muffin Top!” -Amber H., Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640634589
Series: The Hartigans, Book 2
Release Date: Oct 29, 2018
Page Count: 352
Imprint: amara next
Genre: contemporary, romantic comedy
Tropes: bad boy/bachelor/playboy reformed, best friend's little sister, older brother's best friend, opposites attract

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By Carol [Goodreads Addict] October 18, 2018

Muffin Top is book two in The Hartigans series by Avery Flynn. I enjoyed book one in this series so much, Butterface, so I’ve been so looking forward to this book.

Frankie Hartigan is the oldest of the Hartigan siblings, at thirty-three years old. He’s an Irish red headed firefighter at the Waterbury ...more

By Chris October 29, 2018

Great story!
There is no person in the world who believes they are perfect so including the curvy and chunky women of the world in this story is smart. Everyone can relate to and has probably felt and experienced the uncomfortableness during those awkward teenage years ...more

By Kat August 18, 2019

This was fun! Frankie has a long history of one-night stands with women, and is just now realizing there may be something missing from his life. Lucy, the friend of his sisters, is brassy and bold and doesn’t put up with his BS. She needs a date for a reunion, and since she seems immune to his charm ...more

By Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews October 29, 2018

A lot of authors write RomCom but very few of them pull it off with the class and finesse that Avery Flynn does. Muffin Top, even though it tackles a serious social problem in today's society, was written in a way that Frankie Hartigan will steal your heart and Lucy Kavanagh will have you sighing, c ...more

By Rachel October 28, 2018

Dear reader, before you start this book I have a warning for you, just hand over your heart and panties to the giant ginger that is Frankie Hartigan and don’t fight it. You won’t be sorry. I know I wasn’t.

Warning given, I can now say that this is a book that EVERYONE who reads romance needs to read ...more

By Alla November 06, 2018

I like this series about the Hartigan siblings. Funny and following a tv series. ...more

By Carlene Inspired October 30, 2018

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I don't know what it is about 2018, but I am so grateful for the relatable characters that authors are writing right now. Lucy is a size twenty, brilliant, independent woman with a knack for helping influential men out of tight spots. She has the confi ...more

By Lindsay February 17, 2019

This one picks up with the best friend of the main female character from the first book and the eldest Hartigan brother, a huge firefighter whose been cutting a swathe through the female population of his hometown for years.

A chance encounter between casual acquaintances Frankie Hartigan and Lucy Ka ...more

By Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms November 11, 2018

Muffin Top was a very realistic romance for me - and I loved how humorous it was in dealing with things that can really hurt. ...more

By Aly November 03, 2018

Contrarily to what the blurb presage, the book is written at the third person, not the first, but I absolutely didn't care because I had too much fun reading it :)

The hero is Frankie Hartigan. A hot ginger firefighter of thirty-three years old who's been forced to take a vacation by his boss and the ...more

By Siobhan October 31, 2018

After reading and enjoying the first book in Avery Flynn’s The Hartigans series, Butterface, I was eager to dive into the second book. There was a wee bit of tentatively regarding Muffin Top, but I’m glad I jumped in. After finishing it, I’m extremely eager to get my hands on book three, Tomboy.

The ...more

By Robyn October 15, 2018

Frankie Hartigan is on a mandatory three week vacation from his job as the town’s sexy fireman. While he ponders his life and his inability to commit to a real loving and lasting relationship at the local cop bar, he comes to the rescue of one Lucy Kavanagh. Lucy is his brother’s fiance’s best frien ...more

By Vanessa April 08, 2019

04/08/2019: Read for the second time!

This review MAY contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

This is my first time reading an adult contemporary romance. Shocking, I know. I will be completely honest, the only reason that I picked this book up is because it was about a plus size girl and I thought t ...more

By Robyn February 17, 2019

Another excellent instalment in the Hartigan family saga. I of course love this one as the hero is ginger. :-) ...more

By Howard May 18, 2020

4 Stars for Muffin Top: The Hartigans, Book 2 (audiobook) by Avery Flynn read by Brian Pallino and Savannah Peachwood. This was another fun romance by Avery Flynn. I think I enjoyed the first book a little more but this is still a good read. It’s a fun audiobook. ...more

By Monique August 12, 2019

Those Hartigan men! I love how they're slow to catch on but then go all in. And Lucy is just my kind of gal! Growing up the fat kid myself I understand her defense mechanisms quite well. AND her love of red lipstick. Really enjoyed this one! ...more

By SheLove2Read January 19, 2019

Glad I gave this author a second chance. I enjoyed this one much more than book one. ...more

By TheEuphoricZat February 10, 2019

This is just so sweet! ...more

By Jenn May 21, 2020

This was adorable. Frankie is a firefighter and a bit of a man-whore. He gets a wake up call from an ex lover about changing his ways.

Lucy is a ballbusting tough working woman and she has no time for a player like Frankie. Until he pretends to be her boyfriend and comes to her defense when an asshol ...more

By Yvette November 05, 2018

After devouring Butterface, the first book in Avery Flynn’s Hartigans Series, I was already impatient to get my hands on Muffin Top. I blame the preview at the end of Butterface... I mean, it's not often you see a hero saving a heroine from a stranger who obnoxiously comments on her weight and food ...more

Muffin Top is the first book I’ve read written by Avery Flynn. I did buy the Butterface audiobook as soon as I could but haven’t listened to it yet but I will, even sooner since I seriously fell for Ms. Flynn’s writing in Muffin Top. She takes these every day issues that women face and takes it head ...more

By Ryan - Sweet Red Reader October 31, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed Muffin Top - Frankie and Lucy are both so much more than meets the eye. They both vulnerable and sensitive and insecure and the way that they help each other grow is really beautiful. Their connection happens sort of seamlessly and so naturally that it is a relief. The biggest s ...more

By Kathy July 07, 2020

Very good book. Fun story. Enjoyable rom-com. ...more

By Fizza October 29, 2018

It's sweet, funny, and quite a romantic story. Lucy is an insecure woman. Although, she likes to pretend that she is happy in her skin the truth is that there are too many teenage memories that don't let her accept herself. Frankie has his own insecurities. He is the most kind-hearted man in town bu ...more

By Kim July 10, 2020

Though I really enjoy Avery's writing, I put off reading this one for a long time because of the title. As a plus-sized woman, I want representation but I'm worried about what that will turn into. I had no need to worry. I have too many thoughts about Lucy, Frankie and their story to put in this sma ...more

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Avery Flynn

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Avery Flynn

When Avery Flynn isn't writing about alpha heroes and the women who tame them, she is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip. She has three slightly wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband, and has a slight shoe addiction. Find out more about Avery on her website, follow her on Twitter, like her on her Facebook page, or friend her on her Facebook profile. Also, if you figure out how to send Oreos through the internet, she’ll be your best friend for life. Contact her at [email protected] She’d love to hear from you.

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