Not that this was bad, but it's definitely not the best in this series. It's (my opinion) an ok romance with decent characters.
There's not much to say about this story that the blurb doesn't already tell you. And Robin and Phoenix don't really have any obstacles in their relationship that aren't fairly easy to overcome with a little bit of communication. They have a tiff at the end over what happens after the truth about Nathan and Robin comes out, but it's not anything that felt insurmountable. They met. They liked each other. They fell in love. They both had baggage. And they both were fairly understanding of the other person's issues. Kinda like real life...
I'm a big fan of McCarthy, but this one was lacking the trademark humor that draws me to her books. Without the usual dose of funny, this is just a Plain-Jane romance novel. Good writing, good story, good cover. It's...good. But it's not my favorite.
In case you were wondering, I received a digital arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.(less)
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book.
I've come to realize something about this genre and it's readers. Everyone h...moreThank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book.
I've come to realize something about this genre and it's readers. Everyone has a different thing they look for when it comes to romance novels. Some of us live for hot sex scenes, some of us require action in the plots, some of us go for damaged heroes, some of us like kink, some of us want it to be sappy, and some of us specifically seek out guys in kilts. And then there's that whole group that likes to read about having sex with swamp monsters n' stuff. Hey! Not judging...just pointing out that Romance readers are a fairly diverse group. Anyway, my point is that we all gravitate toward different things. Me? I like humor. Maybe because falling in love is awkward, nerve-wracking, and well, quite hilarious at times. Remember the first time you accidentally farted in front of the man of your dreams? Oh yeah. Good times... And in my personal opinion, no one does humor better than Erin McCarthy. It's not over-the-top Three Stooges kind of funny. Which honestly, I don't find funny at all. No, it's more that her characters have a running inner monologue that resonates with my experiences, and makes me giggle. A lot.
There's another thing that makes Sweet a perfect fit for my personality, and that's the fact that Jessica comes from an extremely religious family. Believe it or not, I come from a family of Southern Baptist preachers and missionaries. I know, right? I bet you're wondering how I turned out to be such a well-adjusted person, but that a story for another day. So. While some of what Jessica says and does might seem strange, I don't think McCarthy's portrayal of a preacher's daughter was weird at all. This isn't an anti-God book, but Jessica's character is trying to straddle the fence between pleasing her parents and being herself. Instead of just telling her parents that she's not who they want her to be, she lies to them. She knows that the minute they find out that she's not acting like a good girl, they're going to pull the plug on her finances. Not to mention, they'll probably emotionally disown her as their daughter. Now, it's not like she really wants to spend great gobs of time with her mom and dad, but the idea that your parents will totally turn your backs on you is a scary thought for anyone. She wasn't exactly raised to be Miss Independent, so No Money + No Family = Bad Idea in her mind.
And then there's Riley. He's such an ass, but you can't help but love him. In the last book, True, we met Riley's brother, Tyler Mann. And where Tyler is a sweetheart, Riley is...not. Well, he is once you get to know him, but he hides his warm fuzzy side under layers and layers of douchebaggery. Fortunately, Jessica is not really much of a sweetheart either, and she enjoys handing him nuts on a plate when he gets out of line.
So what happens when you stick two snarky people from entirely different backgrounds under the same roof for a week? Pure magic, that's what! Because while it seems like these two are destined to work each other's last nerve, their personalities actually compliment each other really well. Mostly because underneath it all, Riley is actually a good guy, and as it turns out a really good friend to Jessica. But can these guys get over the damage of their pasts and make room for each other in their futures? Hmmm. If you think I'd give a story with a sad ending four and a half stars, then you don't know me very well, do you?
As a side note, if you're one of the readers who's looking for a book that features sex with Bigfoot, then you may not enjoy this as much as I did. Sasquatch does not make an appearance in Sweet. Oh well, there's always next time...
I had no idea this book was in the New Adult genre when I started reading it. In fact, I didn't even know the genre...moreAlso reviewed for Addicted2Heroines
I had no idea this book was in the New Adult genre when I started reading it. In fact, I didn't even know the genre existed until...well, until I went to write this review a few minutes ago and had to look it up. Evidently, New Adult is for those kids who are just starting out in life. I use the term kids, because I'm old past the age of, ahem, being a kid. Out of high school, starting college, or just on their own for the first time. They're new at being adults, get it? Catchy, no? And pretty self-explanatory, now that I think about it. So I probably could have skipped this first paragraph entirely. Aw, hell with it. Typing is hard. I'm keeping it.
Ok, on to the good stuff. Rory is adorable if a bit clueless about the way people interact. I liked that about her, actually. I know this will surprise you, but occasionally I have verbal diarrhea when I'm plunked down in unfamiliar social territory. Just FYI, honesty is never the best policy with strangers. Ever. The story opens with a pretty heavy scene that might upset some people. Not the fact that it happens, just the aftermath. Rory is drinking with some friends, and gets left alone in the living room with a guy she's kind of crushing on. She's convinced that he's a wounded soul that she might possibly be able to make a connection with. Unfortunately, he's not wounded. He's broken and disgusting. He lets her know he's interested in her roommate, then tries to force his dick in her mouth. Yum. Nothing compares to an unwanted penis poking you in the face. *shudder* Thankfully, Tyler comes out of one of the bedrooms and puts a stop to it. I kept waiting for something awful to happen to Grant (the owner of the gross penis), and nothing ever did. Nothing. At first I was like, What?!, but then I realized that it was actually what would have probably happened in real life. Sad, but true. And that's how Tyler and Rory first start to get to know each other.
Tyler is your standard Bad-Boy-With-A-Heart. He's been handed a crummy lot in life, but he still manages to do the right thing. His mother is a drug addict, so he still lives at home in order to take care of his two younger brothers, one of whom has Downs Syndrome. After you see how awesome he is with both of those kids you can't help but fall for him a little bit. Oh my God, I wanted to wrap him up and stick him in my purse! At first, Rory is intimidated by his tattoos and piercings, but it turns out that he is just as intimidated by her brains and sense of honesty. He thinks she's too good for him, and she doesn't think a guy as cool as he is, would ever really consider dating an inexperienced plain-looking girl like her. Of course he likes you, girl! Otherwise, you wouldn't be the star of a New Adult Romance novel!
Naturally, something has to happen to tear them apart. Boo! But I loved the way Rory didn't stop living even though she was totally heartbroken. She still went out with friends, worked hard at school, and even worked on her relationship with her father. And THAT'S how it's supposed to be, ladies! However, this is a romance. And I'm not giving out 4 stars to a book that doesn't have a Happily Ever After, dammit! And I did give it 4 stars. Soooo. Yeah, the ending is sweet and filled with caramel nougat.
There's a slow burn to this romance that I really liked. Couple that with the fact that Rory isn't an idiot, and you have a really good book to snuggle up with on a rainy day. It's mentioned in the blurb that her roommates offer him money to deflower her, but how that all plays out is not for me to spoil. Read it for yourself...
I thought Slow Ride was good. It's a solid contemporary romance with McCarthy's trademark humor sprinkled throughout. What can I say? She makes me gig...moreI thought Slow Ride was good. It's a solid contemporary romance with McCarthy's trademark humor sprinkled throughout. What can I say? She makes me giggle. I had given up on the Fast Track series after my disappointment with Hot Finish, and the less than favorable reviews I read of The Chase. After reading this one, I think I've changed my mind. Jacked Up, here I come!(less)
Mouth To Mouth was fun and sexy, with a little bit of mystery thrown in to make it interesting. The plot isn't mind blowing, but it was good enough th...moreMouth To Mouth was fun and sexy, with a little bit of mystery thrown in to make it interesting. The plot isn't mind blowing, but it was good enough that I would definitely recommend it to someone who is looking for something that would make a great Beach Read. (less)
Today is a sad day for me. I just finished reading Hot Finish, and I have to say that I'm a little disappointed. Maybe (probably) it's just because I'...moreToday is a sad day for me. I just finished reading Hot Finish, and I have to say that I'm a little disappointed. Maybe (probably) it's just because I've been looking forward to reading this for so long that I was destined to be let down. First, let me say that this was still a fun book to read, and it had plenty of sexy moments that kept me interested. However, for the life of me, I couldn't figure out why they were fighting half of the time. I liked Suzanne in the previous books, but she really came off as a psycho to me in this one. Ryder would say something, and then Suzanne would head off to some deep dark place in her mind, twist whatever he said around, and then start screeching like a lunatic. Then she would either kick him out, or stalk off in an angry huff. I couldn't follow her train of thought enough to feel bad for her, so I just ended up feeling sorry for Ryder instead. Oh well, they can't all be winners. I'll read the next book in the series whenever it comes out, but I'm definitely not going to be biting my nails until it arrives.(less)
I lovelovelove every Erin McCarthy book that I have read so far, and this one is no exception! She mixes humor and sex perfectly. I can't wait to get...moreI lovelovelove every Erin McCarthy book that I have read so far, and this one is no exception! She mixes humor and sex perfectly. I can't wait to get my hands on more of her books!(less)
I love Erin McCarthy's books, but this one didn't have her usual yummy overflow of sex scenes in it. It was a really sweet and funny little love story...moreI love Erin McCarthy's books, but this one didn't have her usual yummy overflow of sex scenes in it. It was a really sweet and funny little love story and I enjoyed it, but it was definitely lacking the steam her books usually have. However, I still liked it. It was a fast read that was filled with humor and some very touching moments. Awwwwww.(less)
I thought this was the cutest love story/trashy romance that I have ever read! I am actually considering buying it! Maybe I liked it so much because I...moreI thought this was the cutest love story/trashy romance that I have ever read! I am actually considering buying it! Maybe I liked it so much because I started reading it with such low expectations. I didn't think it would be funny and sexy at the same time. Realistically, I was expecting cheesy humor with a few dirty sex scenes thrown in for good measure. It wasn't. It was...well, cute. I actually liked both of the main characters. Really. I know, I'm as shocked as you are. By the way, I have to throw in my opinion of the cover. THANK YOU! It's nice to be able to leave the library with my head held high. Ok, high-ish (it's no War and Peace, after all). Sometimes it's nice to take a little chick porn home to snuggle up with, and it's always embarrassing for me to hand the librarian a book with the half-naked couple on the cover. You know the one I'm talking about. The Fabio cover. I always feel dirty handing them to the little old lady behind the counter. So, thank you, Erin McCarthy. I didn't feel like a perv when I checked this one out. (less)