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Sweet as Sin

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  4,134 Ratings  ·  342 Reviews
She was made for sin. Sin was something he knew intimately.

John Murphy is tormented by nightmares. A bestselling young-adult author, he writes the ultimate fantasy: stories where good always triumphs. He knows better. His past has shown him the worst in people—and in himself. When he moves next door to the sexy, vibrant Livvy—a woman completely unlike his usual one-night
ebook, 288 pages
Published January 31st 2011 by Carina Press
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Blacky *Romance Addict*


This book is just a big WTF for me. I don't get what I'm supposed to like here, but it's definitely not making me want to read it to the end.

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Sorry to all the fans of this book, don't lynch me or something, if you feel you'll be offended by this review - just don't read it :D

Anyway, the book starts with them meeting and the HUGE attraction between them hmmmm I can't say sparkles, it pretty much explodes. And it keeps exploding every time they're near each other.
I guess the writing style does
Dec 04, 2013 Dina rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Dina by: AJ
Don't let the title of this book fool you. This isn't a sweet and playful read. The story is dark, tough and unforgiving - and I loved every punch it threw at me.

John Murphy is a man tormented by his past. A bestselling young-adult author, he writes dark and frightening fantasy books about monsters where good always triumphs and hope can be found behind the darkness. What no one - except his sister Gina - knows is that those monsters are very real in his mind and hope has no real place in his li
I'm done with this! Warning: a lot of 4 letter words ahead, so beware!

'Damn, I love this bra!', he says. Why don't you fucking wear it instead of her, you big pussy?? This guy eats sweets like he's a diabetic! And every fucking inch of that annoying woman's skin is compared to sugar, or sweets, or cream, or cookies, or cake!

What is she, a fucking ginger-bread woman?

I feel sick and nauseated from all this. I feel like I've gained 10 pounds since starting this book. And to think I actually liked
May 07, 2015 Leslie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, steamy, romance
I absolutely devoured this book. The hero, "John," is a hot, flirty, ex-construction worker, who quit his job and becomes a wildly popular young adult fantasy book writer. (Although, most people don't know it as he writes under a pen name.)

The heroine, "Livvy," happens to be his beautiful, ginger-haired neighbor, which is almost too convenient, but Kelley's great writing makes it completely believeable. Once John and Livvy meet, sparks ignite and they experience instant attraction. The difficult
“Once upon a time, in a land where dreams are real and wishes grow like flowers, there lived a dragon.....” -Inez Kelley, Sweet as Sin

I loved this book!

There is way more to this than just a sexy read - (even though the table scene in chapter 6 is pretty amazing)!

John Murphy fights his nightmares; Livvy has trust issues. Their story is heartwrenching and my emotions were on a roller coaster ride! I laughed, I cried and became so angry and by the end I found myself sighing in pure bliss.

This is m
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Posted on Under the Covers

This book is a complete lie!

SWEET AS SIN starts off with John Murphy, a successful YA writer walking over to his neighbour’s home to return a scarlet demi bra that flew into his yard on a gust of wind. Naturally, the lingerie catches his attention and causes erotic fantasies to fly and rumble around in his head.

I had a similar experience as this, though mind you, mine involved hot pink panties instead of the scarlet demi bra but I can tell you my story didn’t end up as
Mar 11, 2013 Mo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this one. Very emotional. Hard to get through at times. Loved the Hero, John Murphy, with his tortured past. The heroine was great also, independent, sassy, sexy. But she wanted the white picket fence and John just felt he did not have it in him to give it to her. But Livvy soon broke down his defences and tried to get through to him. Loved the parallel story about his book characters. Was expecting a nice sweet read but this was nothing like that - tough to read in places but I kept ...more
~ Becs ~
Jan 10, 2014 ~ Becs ~ rated it it was amazing
Recommended to ~ Becs ~ by: Leslie
This was a totally absorbing read. At first glance it feels like it's just going to be a fairly erotic contemporary romance. Gorgeous ex-construction worker turned writer type guy moves next door to sweet Livvy, a baker - her bra blows off the washing line into his garden, he returns it and the touch paper is lit. They're deeply attracted to one another. She wants romance, Mendelssohn's wedding march and babies - he wants great sex and no commitment.

Livvy resigns herself to a summer fling with J
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I am had a very tough time getting into this book. My problem with a lot of erotic & romance novels...and I read a lot of them, is that they "fall in love" over night, but I am forgiving if the story that follows is good!

In the beginning, I felt that I would have enjoyed the book better if John and Livvy had taken a little more time getting to know each other. They dove into a relationship that was not at all convincing to me. When people start dating, they are supposed to be giddy and elat
Anne OK
Mar 22, 2012 Anne OK rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-reads
Whoa! This one totally took me by surprise. Definitely didn't get to the "sweet as sin" until we waded through some really muddy waters. It was well-worth it. One of my favorite reads so far this year. Awesome new-to-me author whose backlist I'll be checking out soon.

A powerhouse contemporary romance that runs the gamut of dark, gritty and heart-wrenching emotions. It made me laugh, cry, broke my heart, and it also stole my heart. John is a very successful and popular author of YA books based on
5 BIG, BIG Stars

When I started reading this book I thought this would be a good read, pretty typical plot. Story line seemed simple enough, a sexy as hell, commitment phobic hero that wants the heroine in his bed and he won’t stop until he gets her there. It was a little stiff or clichéd dialog at the beginning, but probably 4 star read for sure.

I was WRONG! Let my kids hear me say this because it is very rare for me to be wrong. This book went in a completely different direction then I expected
Mandi Schreiner
Feb 07, 2011 Mandi Schreiner rated it it was amazing
Favorite Quote: “Love him hard. And when he pushes you away – and he will – love him harder.”

Livvy has a new neighbor – a very sexy new neighbor. John is an author writing a very popular young adult fantasy series that he also illustrates. But he has been having writer’s block for the past month. Once he meets Livvy, the words start to flow. John grew up with an extremely abusive step-father and has many, many demons. He uses his writing and illustrating as an outlet. When he meets Livvy, their
Michelle [Helen Geek]
Feb 25, 2012 Michelle [Helen Geek] rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone - don't let the blurb fool you - this is an Excellent READ
02/25/1012 bumping this to 5 Stars. Months later I still think about this book often and have rec'd it to so many people. It is a hidden treasure. Very unexpectedly excellent.

A solid 4.5/5 stars. I really liked this book, but the cover and the title along with the "blurb" don't tell you anything about this books. It was NOT a sweet story -- not even close. It was a story of a man's journey to survive a horrificly abusive childhood; John. He was an author of YA Sci-Fi and created a monster world.
Michele ~ la Smoocherina
May 03, 2012 Michele ~ la Smoocherina rated it really liked it
This was a good read. It would be great for people who love YA, as there was a parallel story told because John write YA books and he is the characters n the books. It was definitely emotional and painful. And the bow at the end may have been a little too neat. I think I need to read some scifi after this.
Sharon ∞❥ is an angst book junkie ❥∞
Livvy and her sister, Andy, get a new neighbor, John Murphy, who from the get-go seems intent of getting Livvy. Livvy tries to resist him but her sister suggest she have a summer fling and why not? Little did Livvy know what she was getting into.

I have to admit that it took till about 20% for me to get into the story. It just seemed like a easy and somewhat erotica romance but then we got a glimpse of the real John and everything changed.

John had a rough upbringing to say the least and the way
Oct 13, 2012 Aму rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
I need to pop a 'valium' after this emotional rollercoaster..

Everything was a metaphor. Between emotions, touches, and even a damn paper-weight was compared to something random but completely whimsical. So I wanted to hate the spew of similes, and trust me when I say I tried to, but then I would get so swept up in the point that the author was trying to get across, that I would forget my frustration. Way to play dirty Ms. Kelley.

My Rambles:
"John Murphy meet your match."
You go girl! Grab him by
If I could give this book more than 5 stars, I would!

My emotions still haven’t settled down from the overload that Sweet as Sin subjected them to. My first encounter with Inez Kelley’s writing came about when I picked up her erotic contemporary novella Lipstick on His Collar which instantly shot her right into the list of authors that I absolutely must look out for. Even then, somehow I missed out on the fact that this was out until I saw someone on Goodreads who has read this story and fell h
Sweet as Sin took me by surprise. It’s a dark and intense well-written book. This story left me breathless and speechless. I was so enthralled by this book, I had the hardest time putting it down.

Livvy is the owner of a pastry bakery; the Sugar Shack. She is a strong and independent woman who is taken by surprise when she meets her new sexy neighbor John Murphy and his proposal of a Summer fling.

The chemistry between these two is sizzling. Combustible. They both only expect a fling that will la
If you're looking for a book that will tear at your heartstrings due to the heartache that the H/h will conflict onto you... than you should definitely be reading Sweet as Sin. The cover and let alone the title may mislead you into thinking that this book is just another simple erotica romance.... but you're wrong. It was so much more. Another point to this lovely book is that if you're into tortured hero and a pretty strong heroine, this book embodies all of those qualities. This was actually m ...more
Gitte & Jenny - TotallyBookedBlog
This story broke my heart, like proper broke my made me made me made me made me even made me laugh out loud. This is why it got 5 stars...Sweet as Sin is a deep, raw and intense read.

John Murphy stole my heart, from the minute his cheekiness brought him to Livvi's door. John is a tortured soul, emotionally scarred so deeply, by an extremely abusive stepfather. Those scars rule every aspect of his life. So much so that he is unable to have any for
Wow! What an emotional book...I feel like I've been through a battle. John and Livvy certainly didn't have an easy road to happiness, and I'm still not sure when it ended that they would always be happy, but I felt like they could work through anything together.

John was tortured and beaten horribly as a teen, and his emotional scars and PTSD rule his life now. He meets Livvy and they are both attracted right off the bat. Their affair begins and it turns to love, which scares them both, but espe
Jul 05, 2012 ~V~ rated it it was amazing
What a sweet book! The whole "tortured bad boy/player who finally meets his match" storyline has definitely been done before, but i have to admit, i love it, and i thoroughly enjoyed this one! I really loved the fact that John was a YA fantasy author, it was really neat to read excerpts, throughout the story, of the book he was currently writing... to see how his characters came to life and how certain events and objects he came across would set the story on a certain path. I also loved Livvie's ...more
Mar 09, 2012 Ann rated it it was amazing
4.5 Excellent romantic drama. My heart went out to poor sexy, tortured, tormented bad boy author John "Murphy" in desperate need of saving by his neighbor Livvy. Liked both H/h which is unusual. More often than not I want to smack the h for something. Livvy was pretty but not gorgeous (except to the H) intelligent, sexy, sweet, independent and understanding with a little dose of good sarcasm every now and then, my favorite type of h. First time to read Inez Kelley - hope to find another bk by ...more
Feb 09, 2013 Angela rated it it was amazing
Wow! I absolutely LOVED this book! This story completely absorbed me. I found myself heartbroken more then once when John let his broken past tarnish what was happening between him and Livvy. I fell in love with these characters! The writing was fantastic! I didn't expect the story within the story, whereas John is a writer, and I love how it all came together! 5 HUGE STARS!
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
May 21, 2012 Jenny - TotallybookedBlog rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult
This was a pretty dark book which I wasn't expecting.

I thought this book was amazing. It was so emotional and seeing John deal with his demons had me riveted and I had to read in one sitting.

John is hot and sexy, but there were times he tried my patience and I wanted to slap him.

This is also a fun and sexy book as well as extremely emotional and one I won't forget.

Feb 04, 2011 Julie rated it it was amazing
I have read a couple of Inez Kelley’s books before. Both were erotica titles. Both were hot and steamy stories filled with characters I enjoyed. I found Inez’s writing voice to be lovely. So I had a good feeling about Sweet as Sin. I knew I’d enjoy it. But I was wrong about enjoying this book. Inez managed to totally blow me away with this one. I didn’t just enjoy it, I loved it.

The story starts with John finding a red bra on the lawn of the house he just purchased. Looking up, he realizes that
Jess (Gone with the Words)
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Upon first meeting John Murphy, I fell for him because he is hot, and he irritated me because he knows he’s hot. But John is also a writer. I love stories where one of the main characters is a writer, especially when it’s a guy and he’s attractive. I find intellectual hot guys irresistible, so I let his cockiness slide, just a little though.

There was no way Murphy was not going to fall for Liv
Brianna (The Book Vixen)
Dec 13, 2015 Brianna (The Book Vixen) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brianna by: Sophia (FV)
Shelves: read-in-2011
Review copy provided via NetGalley

4 stars

Why I Read this Book: Sweet as Sin is a book I read specifically because it was recommended to me as a ‘great emotional read’. If I were to have come across this book on my own and read the blurb, truth be told, I probably wouldn’t have picked it up and I would have seriously missed out – big time. Huge! Like the ladies in that Rodeo shop that turned Julia Roberts down in Pretty Woman HUGE. I love me a good emotional read (it’s why I read Nicholas Sparks’
Feb 22, 2011 Kristiej rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. I started reading it late last night. I reluctantly put it down and picked it up again today. I read it at the doctors office. I had to renew some prescriptions so after dropping them off, I read it in the food court while I waited. I read and I read and I read. I glanced up ever so often and there were 3 different groups of people at the table nearest me that came and went while I was absorbed in this book. I simply couldn't turn it off.

John Murphy has just moved into the nei
Jess the Romanceaholic
Reviewed for The Romanceaholic
Whew! *fans self* This story was Hot with a capital H. The sexual tension between John and Livvy was incredibly intense, without being trashy or overwhelming the story.

What worked for me:

* I do love a tortured hero. John had a terrible childhood to say the least, and that still affects the man he is today.
* I love the possessiveness that each feels for the other, long before there’s anything more than an intended no-strings-attached fling.
* There’s just something p
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INEZ KELLEY was born and bred in the mountains of West Virginia. She currently resides there with her lumberjack husband, their teenage drama queen, Spawnetta, and the Demolition Duo – Damien and his twin, the Omen.

She is a multi-published author of various romance genres. You can visit her at her website Follow Inez on twitter at @Inez_Kelley or on Facebook at http://www.f
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“A man could be content with bread alone if he'd never tasted anything else. But one taste of sugar and John knew he'd never know such sweetness again.” 10 likes
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