Friday, December 9, 2016

đź’‘REVIEW: "Sweet Escape" by Nina Lane (Contemporary Romance)

by Nina Lane

Publisher: Snow Queen Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: December 6th 2016
Cover design: Perfect Pear Creative Covers
Photography: Wander Aguiar
Wander Book Club: Facebook
Model: Andrew Biernatt

Series: Sugar Rush, #2
Standalone: Yes

Other Books in the SUGAR RUSH Series

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Borrowed Time, Foodie, Heavy Subjects, Nice Guy, Road Trip, Sick Main Character, Travel
Description from Publisher:
When dessert goes wrong… 

Hannah Lockhart travels the world and blogs about love. At least she used to before she promised to look after her sister’s bakery. Now, stuck in small town California for the next six months, Hannah is desperate to find romantic content for her blog or risk losing both readers and income. 

Then a whipped cream disaster sends her into the arms of sexy, charming Evan Stone, heir to the Sugar Rush Candy Company.

Since childhood, Evan has been trying to overcome family concerns about his defective heart. Known as “The Heartbreaker,” he’s found an outlet with women. And when bad news strikes him, he seeks a diversion by offering to show Hannah the romance of the Bay Area.

Hannah jumps at the chance…as long as they keep things platonic. But soon Evan’s hot combination of charm, perfect kisses, and a serious sweet tooth melts her defenses.

As Hannah and Evan surrender to their delicious attraction, they are forced to confront the reality of her wanderlust and his heart condition. When love and hearts collide, can Hannah and Evan find their sweet ending?
My Rating:
Heat Rating:

My Musings:
As I thought of my first line of this review, having literally just finished, I have to chuckle: This story had so much more heart than I expected.

By the way, I am a huge fan of puns. Especially unintentional puns.

Anyway, I quite enjoyed basically everything about this story! I hadn't read the first book or any other Nina Lane books, but I will absolutely be adding them to my TBR list!

Hannah is a woman filled with wanderlust, which generally works out well for her as a travel blogger. Except when she owes it to her sister to stay in their hometown holding down the fort at their bakery. Evan has a heart defect and has had to live with being "the sick one" his entire life. He sees an opportunity with Hannah to break away from that for awhile and takes it.

These two are so much fun together and can really heat up a room (or porch, bath, or beachfront shack). I really appreciated how their relationship developed and all of the cute little heart touches were woven in.

Let it also be said that Evan was a true delight and surprise for me. At first, he was adorable but confident and I was hooked. Then, he was sweet and a little naughty. Then, he was dirty and yummy. He was all the things you could want from a male lead! He can find my sweet tooth any time he wants. ;)

The crisis in this is about what you would expect, but still works really well for the story, with no melodrama. It's very well-done and a serious pleasure to read!

My Source: I received a digital ARC from the publisher to voluntarily review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is unbiased and my 100% own.

About the Author: Nina Lane
New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane writes hot, sexy romances and spicy erotica. Originally from California, she holds a PhD in Art History and an MA in Library and Information Studies, which means she loves both research and organization. She also enjoys traveling and thinks St. Petersburg, Russia is a city everyone should visit at least once. Although Nina would go back to college for another degree because she's that much of a bookworm and a perpetual student, she now lives the happy life of a full-time writer.
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