Sunday, April 3, 2016

Review: "Truly, Madly, Sweetly (Sweet Love #1)" by Kira Archer (Contemporary Romance, New Adult)

Truly, Madly, Sweetly (Sweet Love #1)
by Kira Archer

Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Series: Sweet Love
Publication Date: April 4, 2016

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Description from Publisher: An inherited parking spot. That’s all it took to make Natalie Moran’s food truck dreams come true. But her dream space is attached to a bakery inherited by someone else—drop dead gorgeous Eric Schneider, a financial consultant who wouldn’t know a cupcake from a cannoli. And he wants to buy Nat out, no matter what she has to say about it.

Eric’s determined to build his own business, but he needs the super cute klutz with the cupcake truck to help. If Nat will teach him the basics of running a bakery, he’ll give her free kitchen time. Except…neither expects the heat burning between them or the possibility that their arrangement might become permanent.

When it all blows up, Nat is convinced his actions mean betrayal. It’s up to Eric to regain her trust and show her he’s a man who is truly, madly in love with her, before she disappears from his life forever.

My Rating:
Sexiness Rating:
I received a digital ARC from the publisher through for an honest, unbiased review. My opinion is my own.

I enjoyed this, but I felt that it was missing... something.

However, I will start off with what I liked because there was a lot there. It flowed pretty well, the characters were (mostly) likable and their was chemistry between Natalie and Eric. It was predictable, but still very pleasant and enjoyable to read. It had some good humor and some fun plot points.

Now, the things that kept it from 4 or 5 stars.

First, the 'meet-cute' was a bit over-the-top (the gelato was fine, the lawyer meeting was fine, but her backing into his car seemed unnecessary).

Then, and this is my biggest beef, there was the unbelievable rich-guy-who-can't-even-make-a-cupcake-and-opens-a-bakery-that-is-a-HUGE-success-immediately bit. It would have made more sense for him to hire a baker, or maybe open a coffee shop where he outsourced the baked goods, or... something. Or maybe even just that the shop wasn't such a huge success right away would have sufficed. I don't know, it just sort of seemed too easy and made it too hard to suspend disbelief. I would have also liked more of a focus on the baking side of things, since Natalie was brought on to help show him how to bake, not set up his bakery, furniture and paint colors and all.

Natalie throwing things at Gina (and missing) was also done too much. It was to the point that I started counting (I believe I got to 6 by 50% in). Once or twice would have been fine, or perhaps with a payoff at the end even in the form of "Someday, I won't actually miss!" There was also a lot of Eric grabbing her hair and pulling over head up for a kiss... it was a bit repetitive and pulled me out of the story a bit, like the throwing cupcakes or a brush at her friend. And in that same "too repetitive" vein would be how often Natalie and Eric are interrupted while they are fooling around. I stopped counting at 5 times at 65%. Gina even said "Get a room" to them twice.

Overall, I think this is a quick, easy, light, sexy read that could just use a bit more editing. I would recommend this to someone looking for a fun rom-com book without question.

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