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Sweet Agony (The Cardwell Family Series, #2)

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  71 ratings  ·  59 reviews
He’s the kind of guy that keeps me up all night, but only in my dreams.

And it’s agony, sweet agony.

From the moment I laid eyes on Brantley Cardwell, I knew he was too good to be true—sexy, southern and charming.

There are some guys that are just too everything for their own good.

I should’ve kept my distance that summer, but I didn’t.

I should’ve known better than to fall for
Kindle Edition, 303 pages
Published October 3rd 2019 by Christy Pastore Publishing
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Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you’re looking for a sweet, low-angst story to fall in love with, this book is the perfect recipe.

Brant and Caroline have a short-lived past that neither have forgotten. So when Brant returns to the sleepy town along the Bourbon Trail sparks fly again for these two.

I can’t really pinpoint what I love most about this book. I love that their relationship isn’t flawless; that any issues that do arise they work out together. I love that they still have their own lives yet make time for each oth
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sweet Agony is a wonderful mix of heart, laughter, heat and a dash of small-town mystery that hooks you in and keeps you there until the very last page.

Brandt is the best kind of hero - sweet, driven, willing to do what's right, and a total dirty talker. Caroline is the type of heroine you can picture as your best friend - level headed, always willing to help out a friend, and is no BS. Put these two together, things are bound to explode in the best way possible. I loved watching their story un
Patti Gunkel
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I truly connected to this book in so many ways that it is just to hard to put into words. I have so many feels with this book. I felt as if I was in the book with the characters living life with them. Absolutely a must read.
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4.5 Stars / 3 Steam Fans

I picked this book up this morning and only put it down once, yes, I DEVOURED this story. Caroline and Brant have a history that was super sweet but somewhat forbidden due to age and family bad blood. I loved that Caroline and Brant identified their issues, worked through them, and the majority of this journey to love is about being open and honest with each other. Christy Pastore is creeping up my list of authors that brings an amazing realistic romance feel to the gen
carrie thackston
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sweet and steamy small town romance. Caroline has had feelings for Brant for a while. They were close friends for a short time, but Brant felt that Caroline was too young (17) and he unintentionally broke her heart. Fast forward many years later and Grant is back to take the reigns of his family's bourbon distillery. Can they rekindle their friendship and maybe have more? Will old betrayals stand in their way?
I loved that they got their history out of the way quickly. Caroline told him point bla
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“I’ve been waiting for . . . for what seems like a lifetime,” I confess. “I’ve wondered what it would feel like to have your hands on me. Your mouth on me. You inside me.” -Caroline

If that doesn’t just about say it all. A sweet & strong heroine and an alpha& growly hero make for all the sparks. Another great trip along the Bourbon Trail.
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When Caroline runs into Brant after all these years, the old feelings she used to have for him swim to the surface. She wants to know why he up and disappeared all those years ago, he's the reason she can't eat cake after all. Told in alternating points of view, Sweet Agony tells the story of Caroline and Brant, life in Mayfield and so much more.

I'm really loving the town of Mayfield and all the characters that Christy is introducing us to. Caroline is a lot of fun who is always helping out oth
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first book by this author that I have read and I am so happy that I did. A great second chance romance. Brant and Caroline had a past so when he returns to his hometown, they realize that the attraction is still there between them. They are really going to have to work on several things before they can actually move on in the present. Can they be friends again or can it be something much more? Can she trust him not to break her heart again? If you pick up this book, you will get thes ...more
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brant and Caroline were everything!! This book gave all the feels in a romance book. It has great connection for the characters, the story flowed, it has humor and real issues.

I love how Christy Pastore's writing makes me feel. It is just great storytelling that readers cannot put done.
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book just made me feel good. From the prologue you just got the instantaneous feel that this was going to be filled with all kinds of food for thought . Even though it’s a second chance romance there’s so much more to delve into within these pages. Can a first crush be real? Can it sustain the test of time? Are first impressions lasting impressions or can we let out minds jump to conclusions too quickly without finding out all the facts? Can there really be truth in old stories or are they ...more
Stacie Christensen
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
He’s the kind of guy that keeps me up all night, but only in my dreams.

And it’s agony, sweet agony.

From the moment I laid eyes on Brantley Cardwell, I knew he was too good to be true—sexy, southern and charming.

There are some guys that are just too everything for their own good.

I should’ve kept my distance that summer, but I didn’t.

I should’ve known better than to fall for someone like him. But at seventeen, taking control of my heart wasn’t so easy.

I thought he’d be my first kiss. I thought he’
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ooooooh be still my beating heart!
I just finished Sweet Agony by Christy Pastore and I'm sure I'm the happiest person right now.
You know this feeling of unbelievably wonderful satisfaction? You really have to experience it by reading the heartwarming story of Caroline and Brant!
Well both know each other from the past and they had a crush on each other as well. Years later they meet again and maybe everything has changed?
I won't tell you too much about the whole story because you should experien
Laura Lee
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sweet Agony
By: Christy Pastore
5 Swoon Worthy Stars!!!

OMG I have totally fallen in love with Brant Cardwell! The perfect gentleman was written in this book. Bourbon sipping, fills out a pair of Levi jeans like a man should, manners abound, looks totally delicious in a suit, knows his way around the kitchen even managing to cook a couple satisfying dinners, Honest, treats the dog like family, Good looking, came home to take over the family business so that his father could step back and enjoy his
Maria Angie Mendoza
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sweet agony is nothing but smooth, sweet enjoyment!
This small Kentucky town romance had plenty of steam, feel good moments and heartfelt humor.
The best part about this story was how the author had me falling in love with all the characters, and Brad and Caroline were the best!
These characters were flawlessly developed, likable and relatable.
Caroline and Brad knew each other once upon a time, but a misunderstanding left her hating/loving him.
Seeing each other again years later, provides the per
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sweet Agony is a small town, second chance romance at its best!! I loved this feel good, humorous and light hearted romance with its relatable plot that captured my attention and consistently kept me engaged.

I was more than looking forward to reading Brant Cardwell’s story and boy did he exceed my expectations. He was an absolute dream with his smooth demeanor and his dirty mouth gave me all the hot feels. He met Caroline when they were younger and although they both crushed on each other, she
Angela's Book Addiction
Sweet Agony by Christy Pastore is a second chance, contemporary, small-town romance told in first person, dual POV that takes place in the fictional town of Mayfield, Kentucky.

Caroline Stratton is not pleased when she learns Brantley Cardwell is back in town. He shattered her heart on her eighteenth birthday, and he's the reason she doesn't eat cake anymore. But Brant seems to be everywhere, and try as she might, Caroline just can't avoid him. And it doesn't help matters that he's sexier than s
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well... Brant was everything and more I thought he would be! This story had it all... romance, humor, solid characters and some real steam! No unnecessary drama! It was real adults with real life problems who handled them as such! Wish I read more books with adults, adulting lol

Christy has a way of writing the most wholesome, dirty-talkin gentlemen and I can’t get enough!!
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The bourbon books are an addicting series. This book is centered around small town living where everyone know everyone. I highly recommend an ice cold beverage when you start reading Caroline & Brant's love story.This is a slow burning romance that will have you blowing out the flames on your kindle.
Nancy Metsch
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
BRANT..... he is everything
I loved this book. It had all the feels
Anne Heath
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Sweet Agony is a Sweet Surprise!!! Brant and Caroline spent the summer flirting around before she started her senior year and he went to graduate school. They flirted hard and crushed harder but their age gap caused Brant to put on the brakes. Flash forward and Brant returns home to take over the family bourbon business and running into Caroline is inevitable. The sparks they had are still there and as they learn, they never died, as they get a second chance. Their fun, flirty attraction is the ...more
Dawn Strickland
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sweet Agony Recipe:
A Double Shot of Passion, a Twist of Fate, and Barrel Proof Love

Sweet Agony is intoxicating and irresistible. The chemistry between Caroline and Brant is potent and pulsates throughout every encounter. These two characters share their dreams and fears with one another as they learn to lean into love. The sexual tension sizzles and the payoff is blissful. Add in some small town troublemakers, a few interesting rumors, and a bit of mystery to fuel the story along. Ms. Pastore do
Penny Leidecker
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book kept me flipping the pages to see what was going to happen between Caroline and Brant. When she was in high school, she had a crush on him, but he never pursued her because she was underage. When he returns home, he keeps running into Caroline and he wonders why she’s so upset with him. Wait until you find out why, lol. Things really heat up, when they finally talk. I loved the suspense in this story and how everything worked out in the end. I loved catching up with the characters from ...more
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All The Feels 5-star read

Christy Pastore has quickly become an automatic one-click author for me. She never fails to entertain with her wonderfully written words and allows me to get lost in the worlds she creates.

Sweet Agony is one of those stories. It’s a beautiful story that gave me all the feels. Brant was the epitome of a swoon-worthy southern gentleman. And Caroline was a smart, determined and witty woman who was as kind as she was beautiful. The angst and chemistry between the two of the
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sweet Agony is a second chance romance that will capture your heart from the very first chapter. Brant and Caroline always had a connection but age, timing and unspoken words stood in their way. When Brant returns to his hometown, he and Caroline realize that time has not cooled their attraction. As a family secret is brought to light Brant will risk everything for Caroline. A passionate love story that is heartwarming and uplifting that will leave you with a full heart and a huge smile. A story ...more
Brant and Caroline are a couple that I completely get and understand the push and pull. They both have their reasoning’s for so many things, but deep down they love each other wholeheartedly. Brant is back to take over his family’s business, the business that is also has history with Caroline’s family.
Caroline sees Brant is back, she tries to hold off on her feelings, but the pull toward him is so real. What is truly beautiful is to see them work as a team and encourage each other, they truly i
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sweet Agony by Christy Pastore is a sweet and charming second chance romance with all the feels. Brant and Caroline have history and not all of it good. They were young and faced so much and yet it wasn’t their time. Now years later he is back and determined. There are obstacles in their way, but together, can they overcome them?

Brant and Caroline shared amazing chemistry and connection. But he left her once, can she trust him with her heart again? I loved Brant. He was caring and sweet. Caroli
Cheryl O'Harney
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was the perfect mix of sweetness and laughter, with a touch of heat and some good old small-town mystery thrown in.

Brandt was sweet man with a potty mouth, oh yeah he was a bit of a dirty talker, then there was Caroline, level headed, always willing to help out a friend and together they were perfect for one another, as their story unfolded it was enthralling to see their characters develop whilst their relationship heat up.

This really was the most perfect small town romance read to fall in
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
A non spoiler review....

A sweet romantic charming knock your sox off with a sexy cowboy smile. He’s swoon worthy with his sparkling smirk and sexy cowboy ways. Brant is what I would call a man. A man with fire in his eyes when it comes to Caroline. I could feel the heat, he’s definitely someone who gets what he wants and his ways about getting it are all kinds of swoon worthy.
I really liked Caroline she’s relatable and sweet. She’s Independant and funny. Shes easily likable. The two of them tog
Anna Bendewald
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another romance story that is so much more by Christy Pastore! Secrets, unforgettable lovers and nobody writes hotter than her. Nobody. Brantley is the stuff of dreams and Pastore brings him to life in a real way that'll stay with readers---forever. He's unforgettable and Caroline is every woman. Every lucky woman that is! Now I want to go to Kentucky!
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was sweet and beautiful! It gave me all the feels!
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Christy Pastore is a bestselling author of Romantic Comedy and Literary Humor romance reads. She writes sexy, contemporary romance books that contain bold heroines and swoony gentleman with a naughty side. Writing has always been a part of Christy’s life. Her first writing gig was for a celebrity entertainment website. Later she went on to create her own blogazine and media company combining her l ...more