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Sweet Trouble

(Bakery Sisters #3)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  5,826 ratings  ·  256 reviews
Jesse Keyes has done some serious growing up. With a steady job and a vibrant four-year-old son, Gabe, she's in a far better place than when she left Seattle five years ago... pregnant and misunderstood by almost everyone in her life.

Now it's time to go home and face her demons. But her sisters, Claire and Nicole, aren't exactly impressed with the new and improved Jesse. A
Paperback, 379 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by HQN
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This made me sick. Writing was good, major angst, but such an ugly slant on the betrayed characters. Not Susan Mallery’s usual fare.

Girl with a sexual past is rejected by her sister and her lover because they think she had sex or propositioned the sister’s husband. No one believes her innocence. She’s also pregnant.

Five years later she’s back to introduce her son to the H and make amends to her sister despite not being guilty of anything. No welcome home party for this girl.

Nope, no secret baby
Jacob Proffitt
This is third in the Bakery Sisters series and the details from the other books play an important role here. Yes, you get the pertinent highlights on repeat, but I think the added context is important enough not to skip. Although why you'd want to move on to this story, I'll never know.

I could see in the other books how Jesse has been setup in preparation for this one. We see her screw up enough, and dodge blame enough, that when she is falsely accused of something really horrible we can both un
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the last in the series and ends with a resolution to the first pregnancy. There are a lot in this series.
Our heroine was extremely immature when she ran away from home. Luckily for her she landed in a place to find help.
Years later she returns with hopes of mending all the bridges she torched. With some work the sister who she betrayed forgives her. Then she plans to make peace with her son’s father so they can get to know each other. Except the sweet nerd she left bears no resemblan
Nov 25, 2010 rated it did not like it
I'll admit that I haven't read the other books in the series, so I might have been missing out on some of this story. But maybe not, because the reason I didn't like this story is that I found the characters so unlikeable.

The heroine wasn't too bad, but really, who ends up in bed with their sister's man? Even if, like she claims, "nothing happened", why would you be in that situation if things are totally innocent? And yes, kissing is cheating--you don't have to actually have sex with someone f
Jul 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-f, adult-lit, 5-stars
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I've never read Susan Mallery before, but our library had a whole bunch of them and I thought I'd give the one with the most HP kind of plot a chance.

So the plot:
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reeder (reviews)
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people who hate their sisters or think money = love
This book broke my brain and NOT in a good way.

Sweet Trouble is a not!secret baby story that begins with the heroine returning to town 5 years after having been rejected -- and her pregnancy renounced -- by the baby's father. She has returned to instigate a relationship between her son and his father as well as to repair the estrangement between herself and her older sisters. No one is welcoming, but the heroine carries on with grace and fortitude in the face of a lot of scorn.

The hero -- do I
Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
Mat's a dick. Mat's a dick at the beginning. Mat's a dick in the middle. Mat's still a dick at the end. I like a good flawed character study. But they have to have some redeeming quality. Really. ...more
Jun 24, 2015 rated it liked it
This was a typical predictable romance, not bad I guess but I wouldn't continue the series, I had no clue it was a series but I guess that's how it goes p ...more
Nov 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: susan-mallery
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Such a disappointing end to the series. I liked what Jesse made of herself, I thought she definitely needed the growth, she needed to know she could stand on her own two feet and find other people who could help her. My disappointment comes again at the complete about-face of her sister Nicole and her ex-fiancée Matt. These were the two most important people in her life, and they treat her like crap, and they never really get held accountable for that. At least not to my satisfaction. I felt lik ...more
May 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Gah! I don't even know where to start...

Instead of going on a long rant, I'll just say that I wanted to do bodily harm to all the characters in the book at one point or another, apart from the four-year-old.

Gah, I tell you! Gah!

Previous book reviews:
Sweet Spot (Bakery Sisters #2)
Sweet Talk (Bakery Sisters #1)
Julie (jjmachshev)
Jun 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed for; book release Sep08

It’s official. Susan Mallery hit a triple for me with “Sweet Trouble”, the final book in her ‘sweet’ trilogy coming out in September 2009. I was lucky enough to read and review “Sweet Talk” and “Sweet Spot”, the first two books of the trilogy which I loved. This author has the ability to play my emotions like a master. I laughed. I cried. I was mad, angry, hopeful, frustrated, excited, pleased…I think the only emotion missing was true fear for my
╰⊱♥⊱╮ღ꧁Kathy,Ahmazing Book Faerie꧂ღ╭⊱♥≺
What a frustrating story!! I loved it and hated it. I found the way it was written, flashing back five years, and then forward again to the present a bit confusing, and had to keep checking where I was.

I loved the story, and found myself shedding tears on a few occasions, giggling on others. It's a very emotional book, so haave tissues handy and read it alone( to save on embarrassment) By the end of Chapter 17 I hated Matt and wanted him to be run over by the next bus leaving the depot. But, He
Susan (susayq ~)
Dec 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Another great Susan Mallery book. This one wrapped up the series about the Keyes sisters who own a bakery in Seattle and it focused on Jesse.

My heart broke for Jesse. She left five years before after being accused of sleeping with her brother-in-law, which she did t do. Her sister didn't believe her and neither did her boyfriend. While Jesse was away she had a baby (her boyfriend's, but he didn't believe her when she told him). Jesse came back to try and mend fences with her sister and cause he
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
3.5 Stars

This is the last in the Bakery Sisters trilogy, and is about Jesse the youngest sister who comes back after 5 years with her young son Gabe. I didn't really like Jesse in the other books, I thought she was a bit selfish, but this book has changed my mind about her. And by the end I did really like her, and her son Gabe was really cute. What I didn't really like was Matt, her love interest and father of Gabe, even when he had stopped being a cold hearted dick, I still couldn't like him.
This series is not sweet at all. Mrs. Mallery apparently wanted to write hateful characters and decided to put them together in a series. The Keys sisters have a very dysfunctional relationship. And every character on these books lack basic communication skills. The grudges and desire for revenge between the main couple Jessie and Matt were horrible. Matt was a real tool and there was not enough growling to redeem him. The story was predictable and the resolution was not believable. This story l ...more
Mar 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
What a nice surprise this book was. I picked it up as a bargain from audible and couldn't put it down.

Jesse is a party girl. Raised by her sister, she pretty much sleeps around until she meets Matt. She notices the computer geek at a Starbucks asking a woman out. He's shy, lacks confidence but undeneath it all, he's a hottie. Jesse takes him as a project to do something nice. She shows him what to wear, how to talk to women and gives him dating advice. In the end, they ending up falling for each
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
I had a couple of issues with this book. My first was that I wasn't sure that I would be able to like Jessie. In the first book I hated her, the second I saw where things weren't entirely her fault, but there were things that were. Sure, Jessie did change and it seemed like it was for the better. I did think she had very unreasonable expectations when she finally went home. I can't believe that she expected it all to be rainbows and puppy dogs.

My other issue was with Matt. It annoyed me that he
Jul 19, 2020 rated it did not like it
Let this teach me a lesson that if someone I respect posts a review talking about how horrible a hero is, I should believe them. o_O

This book is so awful in the amount of horrible actions from the heroine's sister and the so-called "hero." These two never take responsibility for their actions in pushing the heroine right out of town. The heroine is amazing, and is the only grown-up in the story, taking things with a grace and a maturity that are admirable to see.

The "hero" never deserves her, n

3.5 stars

I read the previous two books 5 years ago and I don't know why I didn't read this one back then. It started out really strong and it was straight to the point which I really liked. However while I liked Jesse, I couldn't stand Matt, who was a complete jerk. I can understand him holding some type of a grudge but doing the things he did was a bit too much in my opinion. I really enjoyed reading the scenes with Gabe, and he brought a smile to my face (I love kids!!).

I do want to mention t
This is a little tricky to review because I genuinely have mix feelings about this one.

For starters, this is Susan Mallery's baby and it's crazy for me to NOT like her stuff. Liking it is never a problem, but loving it...that poses a bit of a challenge.

One, the hero is an ass. Well, maybe not an ass but charming he is certainly not. I'm not a big fan of stories where I don't like the main guy because I have plenty of that in real life.

Two, I find some of the lines bordering on being cheesy, wh
Two-haiku review:

She was a screw-up
Ran away, had his baby
Will he take her back?

Real trust issues here
Learning to change and grow up
Very good romance

Read in "Bakery Sisters Bundle" kindle book borrowed from library.
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
I've had this series sitting around for quite a while, a hand-me-down from a friend. While they were all pretty much what I expected, I kept feeling like the characters were having the same arguments throughout all of the books. ...more
Janet Robel
May 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Nice series that centers on three sisters and a bakery. This is Jesse and Matt's book. ...more
Jack Vasen
Jan 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
Jesse has experienced a lot of hardship in life. The most difficult hardship has been not being given a chance to be believed about the event that hurt everyone. It is interesting to me that the author did not play up more the fact that the event itself, which was sexual assault and almost rape, was traumatic for Jesse in itself without the added trauma of being accused.

Jesse's attempts to reconcile in the first two books were also lame. Instead of what she said to defend herself, she should ha
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was ok

Ok, so if there hadn't been a romance in this one it would have been a lot more stars. That goes for this entire series.

The story of three sisters who came from a very dysfunctional family was a very compelling read. I really enjoyed how Mallery handled this. The characters were actually realistic. It took 3 books for them to all get along. Given how badly their parents (now dead) handled their childhoods, it would have been silly to expect them to "fix" it all in a matter of months. Inste
Mar 01, 2012 rated it liked it
I have listened to this series on audiobook at work and was hesitant to listen to this one as the blurb didn't quite grab me, but in the end I have really enjoyed it.

My only issue with this story is Matt. He is so set on revenge and I know that he will be forgiven in the end, but I think it is petty what he is doing, so although I enjoy it all I do start wandering off in my head thinking that he is stupid if he can't see the bigger picture of what would happen if he took his son. I do love that
3.5 Stars

I can always rely on Susan Mallery to deliver a heartwarming romance. Sweet Trouble is the third and last book in the Keyes Sisters Trilogy and I have honestly been waiting for Jesse’s story since the first book. Jesse was a bit of party girl in that book and was involved in an incident that changed her family’s life forever. Sweet Trouble picks up 5 years later when Jesse returns to Seattle to confront old ghosts; one of which is coming to terms with the father of her child, Matt.

Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
After Matt said some pretty awful things to her, Jesse left Seattle pregnant, friendless, homeless and with nowhere to go. Now after five years she has returned in the hope that her son can have a relationship with his father and that she can reconcile with her sister.

Those who have read Sweet Spot will know Jesse's back story. Those who haven't will pick it up through annoying flashbacks infrequently inserted into the story. I think Susan Mallery has tried to be a little too tricky with the fla
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery writes heartwarming and humorous novels about the relationships that define women's lives—family, friendship, romance. She's best known for putting nuanced characters into emotionally complex, real-life situations with twists that surprise readers to laughter. Because Susan is passionate about animal welfare, pets play a big role in her books. Bel ...more

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