Elle M. Drew has written a novel for which the plus size community has been yearning. OWEN is about a plus size female named Tess who loves sex and loves her body. Her weight is not something that needs to be overcome for her to find happiness. She has moved to a tiny, remote mountain town to do some soul searching at the encouragement of her cousin.
Owen is an enormous bear of a man. I mean that quite literally since he’s a bear shifter. Close to seven feet tall, he’s solid muscle and built like an offensive lineman. Not in a defined Greater Hemsworth way, but in that glorious, thick, solid wall of man way. He’s always thought of himself as a solitary creature but has slowly come to the realization that he’s actually lonely.
Their meet cute is kind of bananas in a low key way. Owen is forest ranger of some kind who spends most of his time by himself out in the woods. He wanders into this tiny town for his monthly supply run. When he gets out of his truck, he smells the most intoxicating smell and follows his nose to Tess. What he does next is so completely unexpected, but so perfect for someone who doesn’t realize that he is, at heart, a nurturer.
I’m not going to talk about the plot anymore – I want you to be able to enjoy OWEN for yourself. What I will say is that it takes a little bit for the spice to kick in, but once it does, your fingers will be scorched. In the best possible way. As I mentioned earlier, Tess loves her body. If possible, Owen loves it even more. He is a firm believer of “thicc thighs save lives.” It was very refreshing to not have weight as a problem to be solved/has been solved.
Is OWEN peak Courtney Milan? No, but definitely would recommend without hesitation to folks who enjoy oversized lumbersnacks, shifter romance, and smart, feisty women with serious booty.
4 out of 5 stars