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Publisher's Summary

Devyn Douglas has been called beautiful for her entire life. Three years ago, she was strutting the runways, featured in magazines, and on the fast track to being signed to the biggest modeling agency in the industry when suddenly, her world came crashing down and her weight started climbing up. Now, she's a substitute teacher who's lost her passion for life and her desire for love, until a favor for one of her students somehow turns into a miracle. 

Devyn is back in the spotlight in a way she never imagined, breaking barriers, fighting stereotypes, and dating the man of her dreams. But she quickly learns that defying the industry standards and embracing all that she is comes with a price. Can she remain true to herself, or will having it all cost her more than she's willing to pay?

©2021 La Jill Hunt (P)2021 Recorded Books

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Not So Large And Barely In Charge!!!

It has been at least 25 years since I've read a book by La Jill Hunt and I see why. Large and In Charge was filled with over the top dramatics and an unrealistic storyline. Devyn is a former model whose body has gone through a significant change because, of a disease she was diagnosed with. The medication she's on has caused her to gain some weight. 27 pounds to be exact. The weight gain has caused Devyn to become really insecure about her body. She's also still trying to get over being left at the alter by her ex-fiancée. Lets talk about that. Devyn was at the height of her career. When Trammel decides he doesn't want to get married, Devyn doesn't get emotional and cry. She does what I would've done and started throwin' hands. Because of this, Devyn loses her career and has to walk away from being a model. Trammel, on the other hand, gains notoriety and builds his career off of Devyn's humiliation. How is it that she loses her career but, he's able to gain one?!!! Make it make sense! Then we have Asha. Asha is a secondary character that's not even mentioned in the synopsis. If the book was going to be about Devyn and Asha then, it should've been mentioned in the description. Asha is dating Sully who happens to be 23 years older than her. Sully is clingy and wants Asha to spend all of her time with him and him only. He also can't stand Devyn but, the author never gives a specific reason for his dislike of her. That really irked me because, Sully was constantly saying something condescending about Devyn and Asha never once called him out on it. When I say call him out, I mean she never checked him. There's no way a black woman is going to allow her man to continually say something slick about her BFF and not get cussed out. That's something we would shut down the first time he tried it and a black female author should know that. This book was not a true representation of how black women act and it really bothered me. Devyn is suppose to be a plus size woman and, yet, the author described her as weighing only 150 pounds. Newsflash, ma'am, 150 pounds is NOT considered plus size. I've been 150 pounds at one time in my life and could still wear a size 8. Devyn may have gained some weight or gotten a little thicker but, she was far from being plus size. Also, the chick on the cover was not a true representative of a plus size woman. If you're going to write a book about a plus size woman, the person on the cover should actually be plus sized. To add insult to injury, the author ends the book on a cliffhanger! I'm sorry but, these characters just weren't interesting enough for a sequel. Large and In Charge was too inconsistent for me. At times I enjoyed it and other times I did not. It's going to be a hard no for me on the sequel. I'm good.

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Love/hate relationship with the author

I loved this book per usual. All of La Jill Hunt’s books are good. What I hate the most about the author is she has a knack for writing a cliff hanger and not giving us the next book until years later. Why not just give us complete books or atleast considerate consistency with dropping the next book?

Besides that though the book is great. Can’t wait to read part two, whenever that maybe.

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Overall good read but the pace was kind of off. Asha irritated my soul. Her trying to control Devin and her relationships but turning around and being in a jacked up one herself was beyond crazy. Just when Devin starts to realize her worth she’s hit with another boom. There are still some unanswered questions, but I was happy to see some of my favorites make cameo appearances, YaYa and Brianna. Hopefully the next book will clear up the Asha and Devin dilemma.

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It's always La Jill Hunt for me!!!

I feaking loved it!!! What I thought would happen didn't and I love that!!

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Great read /listen

I loved the story line. There are twists and turns you least expect. Can’t wait for part 2

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Great read

I really enjoy the story line and looking forward to the conclusion in the next book.

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Good Book as Usual

La Jill Hunt knows how to tell a story. Love her books and can’t wait for the sequel.

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Good introduction to La Jill Hunt

This was my first introduction to this author and it won’t be my last. I thoroughly enjoyed Devyn’s story and her evolution throughout. She went from broken and self doubt to confident and self assured. It was a good lesson that our pasts don’t define us. We can preserve and succeed. The only thing I didn’t like was how it ended. I hate cliffhangers. But I’m looking forward to catching up with these characters in a future book. Hopefully, that won’t be too long.

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La Jill does it again!

Just when I think I have seen all she can do, La Jill Hunt takes me THERE! Large and in Charge is engaging, captivating and even sexy! I look forward to the next book!

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loved it

It was a real great book. I loved meeting Devyn, Asha, and Chase. Not much drama, but it was a smooth listen. I was happy to hear about YaYa doing big things. I'm sooo happy that we are finally gonna see Private Property 2 coming to life! I am so excited and can't wait.