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Sweet Bliss

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  118 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews
From debut author Helena Rac, a sassy, sexy comic tale of second-chance romance and the many uses of icing. Tessa loves cupcakes. They're tasty and comforting, and they've made her bakery a success. Men, on the other hand, are unreliable jerks who are bound to break her heart. Even if they're hot enough to melt her frosting. Tessa is smitten with Luke after a less than gra ...more
Paperback, 234 pages
Published November 30th 2015 by Tryst Books
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Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: NetGalley
3.75 Letting Go and Feeling Your Way Through Stars
* * * 3/4

There are two themes running through this which are really important life lessons in my book...

The first is you can not live your life with just doing things from pragmatic lists...of always thinking of outcomes and results. Those traits are commendable but if you do not allow yourself to feel... be vulnerable... willing to sometimes throw caution to the wind... then you are limiting the scope your life and might miss out due to fear.

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Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
★★ 3.5 stars! ★★

Sweet Bliss by Helena Rac definitely lives up to it’s name. The story of Tessa and Luke is a lot like Tessa’s cupcakes--sweet, fun, and light. Add a side of sexy, and you have Sweet Bliss in a nutshell.

Tessa is smart, independent woman, who is also hard working and a little quirky. Predictability and list-making are necessary for her Type-A personality. So, after she literally falls for Luke during an adorable chance meeting, Tessa’s life is tilted on its axis. Since “Fall in lov
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Helena Rac
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I hope you enjoy this book just as much as I enjoyed writing it. It's light-hearted, fun (and funny), sweet, and sexy. It's a feel-good read, one that will put a smile on your face. Warning: This author is not responsible for possible side effects, such as cupcake cravings. Read at your own risk. ☺
Love, Holly Xx
Nov 29, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

What a sweet little treat this book was! It was a really cute and sexy read, which was sprinkled with humour to make Sweet Bliss by Helena Rac a great debut novel!

I loved the start of the book, and how our hero and heroine met. To be honest, it really reminded me of something I'd do. Well, if I was lucky enough to meet my very own Luke ;)

One thing I was a bit iffy about was the grudge Tessa held over Luke. I understand she has been hurt before, but to be fair, Luke didn't really do anyt
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was such a fun and sweet read! But don’t let the “sweet” fool you. This book was sizzling hot. Like, just-got-these-cupcakes-out-of-the-oven hot!

The focus of this book was on two main characters – Tessa and Luke and their “let’s take a chance on a long-distance love” story. I loved how most of the book was about them because we really got to know the characters well. Tessa is quirky and funny, and has a naughty, naughty mind. Luke is just … ahh, the perfect guy, and totally smitten wit
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this delightful, romantic book. As soon as I saw the cute cover I wanted to read it and I was not disappointed. The story begins with the two main characters, Tessa and Luke, literally running into each other on the street. It was such a fun way for them to meet each other and it really set the tone for the whole book.

There are a few supporting characters but most of the book deals with the relationship between Tessa and Luke. Wow do they have chemistry! There are quite a few sex scen

It’s taken me a bit of time to figure out just how I feel about Sweet Bliss because the book and I had a bit of a bumpy ride. Overall I enjoyed the book. There are some great moments peppered throughout it, and once Tessa and Luke’s relationship finally got going I was interested to see how things would end up, but I didn’t end up loving it as much as I thought I would based on the description.

I actually really liked how Tessa and Luke first met/collided, it was a great meet cute situation with
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Love, love, love! This book was an absolute joy to read. While the actual story covers almost a two year time period it didn't feel like it was missing anything. The characters are well written and it really focuses on the two main characters - Tessa and Luke (swoon). Long distance relationships can be tricky, I should know, I was in one for almost 4 years in my early 20's so I connected to this book on a personal level. My love of cupcakes also had me hooked :)

Tessa leads with her head and Luke
Ash Sidd
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading Sweet Bliss. It is sexy and sweet at the same time. The author spins a captivating tale of love. . . What is and what can be! The characters in the book are well thought out and their hopes, dreams and vulnerabilities are well defined and captured in a very authentic way and resonates with the readers. I will recommend Sweet Bliss to anyone looking for a fun easy read.
Aug 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was such a fun sweet sexy book to read. I fell in love with Tessa and Luke. I would love to see this book get made into a motion picture.
Tina Lynne
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Helena Rac has done it! With this book you can have your cake and eat it too! Sweet Bliss is a fun, flirty, sexy, and heartfelt contemporary romance that with hit all the sweet spots! If you don’t sigh with contentment and long for cupcakes and sweet treats as you read, you are doing it wrong. This story is one of those sweet stories of fate and the strength of two characters to take up where fate left off. It has moments of hilarity but also moments of grief and strife. This is a story of what ...more
Rhiannon St. Clair
**I received an ebook copy in exchange for an honest review**

Sweet Bliss is a delicious literary treat from debut author Helena Rac.

Tessa and Luke meet by chance, literally running into one another on the streets of Chicago. Four months later they cross paths again, only this time, things get a little … hot, before they part ways. Luke is exactly what Tessa’s looking for. He’s sexy, funny, smart, a world traveler … but he lives in London, which leaves Tessa wondering if love can conquer 4,000 mi
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Rom-com junkies & contemporary romance addicts
Recommended to Livia by: Helena Rac
Author Helena Rac is a new-to-me author that I met randomly in line at the RT Booklovers Convention in Las Vegas this past April. What serendipity! Because I really enjoyed her debut novel. It was funny, sexy and sometimes sweet. Tessa was easy to like and cheer on even as she frustrated me with her fears and doubts. Bumping into Luke like she did was fate sending her a message to seize the joy possible in coupledom.

‘What if Luke is The One? God, I’m starting to sound like Clara. But what if he
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Tessa has been burned by love in the past. Having lost her father a few years ago and the devastating break up of a long term relationship have made Tessa quite familiar with heartbreak. Content to hide from love and all of its wiles, Tessa takes refuge in her the bakery she built from the ground up. Nothing soothes a lonely heart quite like a decadent chocolate cupcake with fresh strawberry frosting. Which is exactly what Tessa is face deep in when running into, literally, the most gorgeous guy ...more
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Tessa has been hurt by men before, so she's gone into self-protection mode and doesn't date anymore. Then she meets Luke and the sparks start to fly. Tessa thinks Luke is a player, so she doesn't want to get invloved with him. But somehow she just can't help herself. It seems cupid has other ideas.

Sweet Bliss is an above-average contemporary romance which explores how taking risks with your heart and learning to trust someone can be very rewarding. There are no silly plot devices that don't make
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fmr-reviews

Oh. My. Goodness. This was such a fun story to read. The story felt REAL, like I actually knew these people and their real life situations.
Tessa is a self-made bakery owner. She's worked hard for what she has and is proud of it. Sure, she gets lonely sometimes, but it's nothing a cupcake can't fix. She also wasn't expecting to literally run in to a sexy stranger who leaves her speechless. He talks to her and she becomes a blubbering mess who couldn't string a sentence together if her life depen
Bff Book Blog
Dec 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Cupcake anyone? I have a serious craving! I'm not usually a fan of the frosting, but I'm suddenly craving some buttercream icing! And, I dare you to read Sweet Bliss without developing a serious sweet tooth. Cupcakes are a legit main character, and what's not to love about that?!?!

Tessa has spent way too long protecting herself from loss, but that also means closing herself off from love. When Luke crashes into her life, she starts to wonder if he is worth taking the risk.

I liked this story and
Sara Miller
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for
A honest review over on my blog (Pretty Little Book Blog)

From the moment I started this I was like "this girl sounds like my kind of bestie!" (I also on occasion stay up too late reading and i have been busted by my fiancée in the morning scarfing down a slice of his red velvet birthday cake and calling it breakfast. So sue me!) but Helena understands us and wrote a heroine who is not perfect, she is not some airbrushed, one dimensional character. T
Connie Anderson
The book begins with a chance slam encounter between Tessa, who is too busy eating her cupcake, and a very handsome stranger. Then, things start to get sultry, wet and steamy. Suddenly events take a turn for the worse, and revenge is in the works. When that backfires, Luke and Tessa really start to heat it up. The passion is clearly undeniable. But what is to become of the couple when, in a few short days, Tessa's sister is about to be wed and the handsome Luke is to return to his new home in Lo ...more
Nov 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet Bliss is exactly what this book is; a sweet, blissful read. Helena has given us two cute characters that have a knack for running into each other and destroying cupcakes along the way. (Side note: you will always want cupcakes while reading this book.)

Luke has never been in a serious relationship and Tessa’s last relationship ended badly. Both are a little apprehensive when it comes to putting both feet forward into their new relationship but Tessa more so than not. This leads Luke to bei
Jackie Lane
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Debut Author, Helena Rac, wrote a fun, cheeky, sexy book about giving love a second chance. Tessa literally runs into Luke on the street on the way to an appointment and clumsily bumps and falls on her butt, getting icing on her. Luke, the gentlemen, helps her up and Tessa walks away, embarrassed. Luke and Tessa don't realize that fate is involved because they run into each other again. Luke is the best man for Tessa's sister, who is getting married. There is a steamy sexy scene and in typical g ...more
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Tessa is a strong, smart, and very dedicated young lady. At this point in her life she has over come some hard things, losing her father suddenly then the guy she thought was her forever leaves. Now being to scared to of being hurt again she dedicates her life to her dream, opening her own bakery. After putting up all her walls blocking all male figures from her life it's all cupcakes. Until she runs into Luke, seriously runs into. Now the strong handsome stranger in front of her has her feeling ...more
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit right off the bat, I am not much of a romantic. Sweet Bliss was the first romance novel I have ever picked up and read. That being said, I wasn't sure what to expect when I opened the book for the first time - needless to say, I was more than pleasantly surprised.
The main character, Tessa, is pragmatic, level-headed, and down to earth making it all the more interesting to read her reasoning go out the window when she is swept away by a handsome stranger. She is then taken on a
Samantha (WLABB)
Dec 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
I just finished this book, and I have to say, it was appropriately named, as it was sweet bliss to read.

Sweet Bliss is an adorable and sexy rom-com, which centered around Luke (aka Stranger) and Tessa (aka Cupcake). Their lives collided, literally, and they could not forget each other or the chemistry between them. Fate brings them back into each other's lives, and the bulk of the book focuses on their burgeoning relationship. This allowed me to learn a lot about the characters, and really get
Jo Lawless
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Tessa has a plan.....but mine's better. My Plan: For you to READ the book!
The name says it all: This book left me in Sweet Bliss....That is after it took me on a sexy, revenge filled rollercoaster ride. I knew Tessa and Luke were perfect together from the first run-in on a public street. For some reason, characters rarely listen to me as I am yelling at them and these two were no different. They insisted on going about things in their own us sexy, pulse pounding moments all over
Erin Paige Bixby
Dec 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
This story had just the right balance of romance and humor. Tessa and Luke are explosive together. Some of the scenes in this book would make a hooker blush. The storyline was wonderful. I love a book where the man actually has to work for the relationship. And Luke puts his all into trying to convince Tessa to give him a chance. Tessa has been burned before and is not looking for it to happen again. Luke really has his work cut out for him. I loved the characters. They will hook you in very qui ...more
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Tess and Luke meet on a crowded street and feel and instant chemistry. Months later they meet again and wonder if lust at first sight could be love. Both have relationship issues and being based on two different continents doesn't help. A steamy love story that isn't all fluff. The story has both Tess and Luke growing and making difficult choices. A great first novel by an author who has a wonderful future ahead.
Sarah Pie
Nov 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! I thought it was a fun and flirty read. Tessa and Luke's characters were well written and the storyline was funny and interesting. If you enjoy lighthearted romantic reads, I highly recommend Sweet Bliss.

Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Read and reviewed by S.Pie for Alpha Book Club.
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely wonderful plot line that depicts both the struggling thoughts most girls have when starting a new relationship and the obstacles you must overcome to open yourself up to finding "the one". Helena incorporated my love of sweets (ie. cupcakes) and my love for "love" itself into a compelling story I didn't want to put down! Can't wait for the next one, Helena! :)
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“He shifts awkwardly, and I realize a few things:
First, I’m still clinging to a stranger I fell into like an idiot.
Second, before he moved, I think I felt something hard. Down there. Maybe.
Third, I have cupcake all over my face.”
“I fight to keep my fingers from trembling. I have a sudden urge to lick him. That’s not part of the plan. Maybe I can take a bit of a detour, taste what’s on display, even though I probably shouldn’t. Going against the plan is never advisable. But maybe just a little peck – it’s harmless, right? I lean in, and my lips connect with his skin. The reasonable part of my brain reminds me, Not a good idea. The other needy and somewhat desperate parts counter with, Oh god. Best. Idea. Ever.” 1 likes
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