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Sweet Contradiction

(Contradiction #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,044 ratings  ·  125 reviews
All Beth Michaels ever wanted was to get out of her small hometown. But when a heartbreaking call sends her back, she meets Matthew Wright, and he makes her question everything she thought she knew…

When Beth Michaels hightailed it out of the hole-in-the-road town she grew up in, she only had two goals. One—get as far away as quickly as possible, and two—never set foot in h
Kindle Edition, 247 pages
Published September 9th 2014 by Crimson Tree Publishing (first published June 26th 2013)
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Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The FAIR WARNING might have given you a pause for a few moments and leave you pondering if you will continue reading or not...


- but let me tell you not to let this part of the blurb discourage you.


Because despite the religious subject of this novel, Ms. Martinez is able to pull off an amazing, heartwarming and one of the sweetest story of love and friendship.

Meet the Characters




Getting interesting, huh?

Beth Michaels rushed herself out of Salem the moment she reached 18, travelling across the
Nicole M. Hewitt
3.5/5 Stars
This review and many others can be found on my blog - Feed Your Fiction Addiction

My thoughts on this book are really complicated, so forgive me if this review ends up being really long. I want to start out by pointing out that there is a disclaimer on Goodreads that I didn't include in my summary because I wanted to address it here. The disclaimer says "FAIR WARNING: If you are easily offended by books that happen to mention things concerning God, Religion, Etc., in a favorable or unf
Heather andrews
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beth's dad is just freakin' cuckoo dang no wonder Beth was weird, "because the outward adorning of a woman's body is sinful. Because the obtaining earthly possessions is ungodly. And sinfulness and ungodliness are what the devil uses to pave the road to Hell." What in the HELL are these people teaching their child! Beth I love her when she's all woman, she's saucy, "looks like your muscles have gotten even bigger, but I wonder if that has played a role in you diminishing brain cells." Oh my Matt ...more
Jul 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet Contradiction is the story of Beth Michaels, a girl who was raised by parents who were extremely religious. They weren't your typical church-going, love-your-fellow-man type of religious. No, Beth was raised in a home where she was required to return a birthday gift because a charm bracelet is vain and vanity is a sin. She was not only required to return said birthday gift, but to recite and write out applicable Bible verses after her hands were swatted with a ruler (multiple times) for ac ...more
Oct 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

When I let the author know that I’d be interested in reading and reviewing Sweet Contradiction, she had this to ask “Are you able to stomach sickly sweet romance?” To which I can only reply, “I can handle sickly sweet it’s a good balance for the flirty and dirty ones!”

Our Main Character Beth Michaels is brought up under an iron fist with a bible in it as her Father uses religion to control his family and keep them under his thumb. H
Sweet Contradiction was a cute short read, but the warning in the synopsis made me think that it was going to be a sweet, clean read. It's sweet, but if you are expecting clean, this isn't the book for you.

The beginning of the book sets the tone of the story. Beth has completely given up on religion because her parents were basically nuts. They called her a whore and a sinner her entire life. They'd make her write Bible verses 100's of times on pride if she wanted anything pretty. I can underst
Melissa Shepherd
Gosh where to start… I really enjoyed this book. It tugs at a bunch of different heart strings. Quick read, or maybe it just had me pulled in. I enjoyed the atmosphere of the book as well, warm welcoming and wild at moments.
Small town girl raised under the menacing thumb of a father who used his extreme religious beliefs to scare, abuse, and torture his own daughter.
18 years was quite enough for Elizabeth and she high tailed it out of there, traveling around here and there working odds and ends
Kanwarpal Singh
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story is much like characters are the prisoners of the past, as main character Elizabeth wanna run from home to faraway because of her past, Jenifer Collins doesn't cope up with her mother's death, beth parents because they lose their son in the past, then enter our hero who change the base of the novel and change occurs in the story who make beth fall in love with him and marry her in the end.
Scandalous Book Blog
I am so happy that I picked up this book, it's one that will defiantly stay with me and I took away a great deal.

Let me say that this book will not be for everyone and it should be read with an open mind.
Beth grew up in cold cruel home where her parents used religion to dominate and emotionally abuse her.
Growing up she had to hide her true personality, hopes and dreams. But she vowed to leave that life in order to express herself without limitations. Beth did just that at the age of 18.
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given an ARC copy for an honest review.
I absolutely love Peggy Martinez! I love her writing style, her characters and how her stories grab a hold of my heart. Sweet Contradiction is no different. I love everything about this book, especially Matthew Wright.

Beth Michaels has been tormented by her very cruel parents. She leaves home to find her own life, but is called back into town when tragedy strikes her best friend Jen. Beth wants nothing to do with religion or the small town she grew u
Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
I will admit I was a bit worried when I read the disclaimer for Sweet Contradictions. I don’t like stories where they make fun of or put down religious beliefs. This book does not do that. It does show two extremes of ‘Christian’ religious views – extreme ultra conservative and liberal views. So while religion does make an appearance several times in the book it is not what I would classify as a Christian novel at all.

Other than that this is an enjoyable, romantic story that takes place in a sm
Tiffany Stevens
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweet Contradiction is just fabulous. I loved everything about this book. The fact that Beth gets out on her own after High School and doing her own thing because she wants to escape the life she was forced to live with her bible twisted father was a liberating. I felt like I could breathe better for her while reading it lol. The relationship she has with Jen, her best friend, is just epic. Then there is Matt. What can I say about him other than perfection? I love how Matt tested Beth and coaxed ...more
Cassie Hess-dean
I was given an ARC of this book. What a sweet story for sure!! Beth had to escape her bible thumping father as soon as she turned 18. But when her best friend Jen calls saying she needs Beth, because her mother has passed away, that's all it took for Beth to turn around and come home. As soon as Beth arrives in Salem, she meets a new person, well new to her anyway, Matt. He is adorable and very sweet to her, but he doesn't fit into her rules of dating an she is a preacher's son. Matt doesn't giv ...more
Pauline Creeden
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story deals well with some weighty issues and the characters' baggage. But the short length caused some aspects of the romance to feel much too rushed, and there are still many questions left wide open and unresolved (so glad the next book comes out very soon). Definitely a new adult read with sexual situations and language, but nothing too explicit. I'm not a huge fan of love at first sight, and though I could see why she fell for him, not quite sure why he fell for her. Would have liked mo ...more
A short story about a 'bad' girl who meets and falls in love with the preacher's son. It was an okay read with some drama and sweet moments.
~Mindy Lynn~
Mary Hann
This book was super meh. Nothing special or entertaining about it.
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet story. No unnecessary drama.
Ginny  Gallagher
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review was originally posted on Gin's Book Notes

Sweet Contradiction by Peggy Martinez is one of the books I purchased at UtopYA while browsing stalking the Crimson Tree/Clean Teen Publishing exhibitor table. I've read several of Peggy's other books so I was super excited about getting my hands on this ARC and finding out how this awesome writer would tackle a new adult contemporary romance. Let me just go ahead and say, "SHE NAILED IT".

Here's what I loved about Sweet Contradiction:

It is 
Ruth Hill
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads, romance
From the opening lines of this book, I was completely engrossed in this book. The opening pages were some of the hardest I have had to read. When religion is used to abuse others, I really get incensed. I was absolutely certain that this book was going to be a winner. And I was right!

Let's get the negative issues out of the way first. There is some mild profanity sprinkled throughout the story, but there is nothing hardcore. There are some implied sexual encounters, but there are no details give
Jul 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-book
3.5 stars

Sweet Contradiction by Peggy Martinez was a really sweet new adult contemporary romance. At first, I was a bit hesitant to read it because of the warning about religion but I was happy to see how well it was portrayed in the book. It doesn't matter if you're religious or not, Sweet Contradiction makes for an easy, light and short read.

Beth Michaels left her home town as soon as she could. She wanted to get away from her narrow minded, smothering family and live life to the fullest. But
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
I’ve known Peggy for almost a year now and I didn’t understand why I didn’t find the urge to pick up one of her many awesome books until this one. I regret missing out on the wonderful writing of Peggy Martinez.

Sweet Contradiction instantly became one of my favorite books of the year. Not only did it take me only a couple of hours to read, but it was really really good. I’m a bit disappointed that the book was so short! The plot was well thought of, and definitely one that keeps you reading. It
Claire Taylor
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Peggy Martinez
Sweet Contradiction

Sweet romance, this story follows the life of Beth as she tries to move on from a childhood of torment. Her parents used religion as a way to “teach” her values that every girl should have, but abused it and left Beth scarred and determined to keep away from the town she grew up in and anyone religious after her 18th birthday. After 4 years of travelling, Beth finds herself back in her home town following the death of her best friend’s mum (who also acted as he
Blushing Reader
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Star Rating: 4 out of 5

Heat Rating: Mild

Peggy Martinez is a new-to-me author and I am so glad that I had the chance to read Sweet Contradiction! This was a very sweet and touching story that had many good messages about love, acceptance and friendship. I was instantly drawn into the story, falling in love with Michael and cheering for Beth as she begins to realize that she can't runaway anymore.

Sweet Contradiction was like slipping into a comfy bed after a long day, you get cozy and can't wait t
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I was giving an E-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review

If you are easily offended by the mention of god or religion whether it is good or bad this book may not be for you.

Sweet Contradiction is not my first Peggy Martinez read, but it did take me by surprise. I haven't read many non paranormal books in the last year, so I was a little iffy on whether or not I could get into the story, but Peggy Martinez made it really easy to make the transition. I love Sweet Contradiction & everythi
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
The name of this story says it all. It's short, sweet, and intense all in one. I enjoyed it, but didn't love it. Maybe because it was so short it was a bit hard to really connect with the main character. The author has a strong story and I think she could have taken a lot further.

The romance was sweet, but it was practically love at first site. From the first time Matt sees Beth he falls head over heels. One thing I did love though was that even though he was head over heels for Beth, he wasn't
S. Policar
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beth's parents are your typical deep south, bible belt, Christians. The type that don't allow their children to do anything because everything is a sin. I don't know how that girl put up with it honestly. When she hit legal age, she left and vowed she would never go back. All of that changed with one phone call from her best friend.
My copy was an ARC so I'm unsure if it was corrected already or not, but I did spot a couple of small errors.
The story itself is beautifully written and the reader wi
Mimi Lovell
Jul 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A definite 4.5 stars!!!
So, I picked up this little wonder, just this morning. I read it in about 2-3 hours and I absolutely adored it. This is the story of Matt and Beth. Beth was a girl that had left home as soon as possible at age 18 because her parents were cra-cra. Like mean old bible thumping crazy. Using religion and God to tear Beth down. She only returned because her best friend's mom died and she was back to take care of her best friend in her time of need. Then she meets Matt. Matt, is
The introduction was actually pretty good and I thought to myself wow a dark past again but something new :)

I guess I set too high expectations because the following few chapters turns out a little too predictable and cheesy. It doesn't have that x-factor apart from the religious element. It even confirms the fact that I dislike insta love. When I read to the part where they had sex, I was "okay sure girl one minute you were saying how he isn't your type at all and the next minute you let him h
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Peggy Martinez has created a group of characters that will make you love them long after you've closed the book. Beth comes from a rotten home situation with parents that treat God as a weapon. She leaves home as soon as she turns 18, only returning when her best friend needs her. Through Beth, we get to meet the lovely people of the small town and close-knit community. Each character in this awesome story leaps off the page, and by the time you're finished reading, you feel like they are friend ...more
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“You’ll marry me now? Dad says mom married him ‘cause he brought her flowers and candy.” He furrowed his brow in thought. “I don’t have any candy … but I can getcha a frog.” 5 likes
“I told you that one day we’d both be able to reach for our dreams. Sometimes that means we have to let go of the people who would trample our souls so we can soar.” Jen smiled sadly as she ran a finger over the ribbon charm. “And sometimes that means living in the moment and loving without restraint … no matter how much time we may have together.” 5 likes
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