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Make It Sweet

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  10,383 ratings  ·  1,337 reviews
From New York Times bestselling author Kristen Callihan comes a charming, emotional romance about redefining dreams and discovering unlikely love along the way.

Life for Emma isn’t good. The world knows her as Princess Anya on Dark Castle, but then her character gets the axe—literally. The cherry on top is finding her boyfriend in bed with another woman. She needs a break,
Kindle Edition, 367 pages
Published February 23rd 2021 by Montlake
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Readie read I don't think so because towards ending, I guess second last chapter before epilogue, it said something about brommy finding some random hook up.

Now I…more
I don't think so because towards ending, I guess second last chapter before epilogue, it said something about brommy finding some random hook up.

Now I may be wrong but if this the situation I don't want to read.(less)

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Feb 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
KC sure does make reading sweet.

this story is adorable. i adore the characters, adore the storyline, adore the growth. everything about this makes the reader want more.

and you know, ive never been a fan of stories where someone only finds life worth living because of an other person. i think people need to have other goals and dreams that do not revolve around someone else. and KC shows this perfectly - that sometimes it does take another person to give you a new perspective on whats important,
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
4.5 stars

I am such a huge Kristen Callihan fan, so when I heard she was writing a romance with a hero who BAKES, I knew I needed it in my life. (I always need more heroes who bake and cook.) So what do you get when you put one grumpy ex-hockey player with a hidden talent for baking and one actress whose character has been killed off from a successful Game of Thrones-like show? You get fireworks, banter, and one deliciously swoony romance.

Emma has just been let go from her acting role as Princess
Nilufer Ozmekik
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
As soon as I see the upcoming work of brilliant romance author Kristen Callihan who can write humorous, tempting sports romance novels ( “Game on series” are my favorites and but she can also write amazing contemporary series about musical industry- I highly recommend her VIP series as well) , I wanted to read it ASAP!
I was soooo excited!

Her new work is still good. Even though I was expecting hot, smoking, sizzling, sexy, angsty romance but this book’s genre was more like sweet, soft, entertai
Feb 12, 2021 rated it liked it
This was what happened when liking someone mixed with attraction.

I'm a sucker for anything Kristen Callihan, and although this book was sweet (no pun intended), it was predictable, a little cheesy and quite generic.

After getting the axe from one of the most popular tv series (read: Game of Thrones) and finding her boyfriend cheating in her own room, life for Emma isn't good. Wanting to escape the public eye when her last season on the show airs, she runs away to Rosemont, a gorgeos est
Dilek VT
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was ok
Kristen Callihan’s books sometimes work for me and sometimes don’t. Unfortunately, this one was pure torture for me. I now wonder why I insisted on finishing it... momentary lapse in judgement, maybe...

Here is why I didn't like this book:

First of all, it is SLOW… like "making you sleepy" slow... And nothing much happens in the book. It is all about the hero's whining about his lost career. It is really annoying.

There are too many inner monologues and not enough dialogues, which makes it even mor
EmBibliophile [hiatus]
Nov 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars
This was sweet at times, a little bit cheesy at others. It was just okay. A simply written story about a former hockey player and an actress who have just been axed from her major role. They both chose a lovely isolated place to lick their wounds. Then they start getting close. It was such a sweet simple story nothing special about it, but not bad either. It also have a meddling grandmother who likes to play matchmaker and I freakin love those!!

Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for p
aly ☆彡
Jul 09, 2021 rated it it was ok
"I loved you, Em. Almost from the beginning. But I didn't love me"

Well damn. But also damn.

Make It Sweet is a story about two well-known individuals whose careers are in jeopardy and how they overcome it, in which the loss of a treasured career had left Lucian shattered, while the loss of a prized role has left Emma devastated and worried about her future. But they do, however, work together to overcome their fears and support one another. And doing so let them discover each other
Sep 24, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
2.5 stars

I think I'm just not make out for cute contemporary romances any more. If there isn't angst, I'm bored. And this book made me so bored! I did like how they met at an estate where they're both at a point in their lives where they have no idea what to do next. He can't play hockey because of concussions and she's cut from a show she loved (she's an actress). So they meet. And they hang out. He bakes. And that's it. It was cute the first few times that the hero made baked goods for the he
3.5 stars

Make it Sweet was just that. A sweet friends to lovers romance. I liked this book, but it didn't hit my love buttons like I expected it to. I think a large part of that is me and not the book, I just read one of the best friends to lovers romances ever so this one didn't quite measure up to that.

Lucian is a recently retired professional hockey player and Emma is a famous actress who ends up at his grandmother's estate after getting killed off on a super huge show (think GoT). They both
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-books
Yet another Kristen Callihan romance that I have been seriously waiting for...

ARC kindly provided by Montlake Romance, in exchange for an honest review coming closer to release date...

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Feb 25, 2021 marked it as dnf-i-skipped-the-whole-book

narrator: she didn't.

I feel so picky right now 😩, but I'm not enjoying this book, so I'll try to read it again in a few weeks.
Samantha Young
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Witty banter and sizzling chemistry between a grumpy but loveable hero and an equally adorable heroine had me devouring this in one sitting. Make It Sweet is the perfect slow burn romantic treat we all need right now. I loved it!
I was excited to pick this up since Kristen Callihan is one of my favorite authors of all time, and while this seemed to have a solid start, it faltered and dipped a lot for me in the first half. The conversation was full of double entendres, and the dialogue felt too cheesy. In the latter half, the book progressed relatively well. The conversational tone shifted to lively and something halfway meaningful rather than filler entertainment and felt authentic to the story. It had a few bumps there ...more
TJ ☾
Apr 03, 2021 rated it it was ok
DNF @ 55%

this book put me to sleep at 6 pm 🙃
Bookgasms Book Blog
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ratula, shelly
Ooooohhhh, you guys? Kristen Callihan delivered the good stuff with Make it Sweet. The tender, sensual, deeply layered, decadently emotional good stuff.

I adored Emma and Lucian's story. Their chemistry sparked in a way that caught my heart's attention immediately, and I was effortlessly charmed by their banter which was the perfect balance of smart, flirty, and affectionate. The connection they had felt so organic to me - their relationship was a slow, scintillating burn going from antagonistic,
Mar 17, 2021 rated it liked it
I was a bit disappointed with Make It Sweet. After all, Miss Callihan is my favorite author.

I think what fails from this book is the character especially Lucien. He is suppose to be this mysterious, broody hero. I can not help myself thinking Lucien is a hero who feels sorry for himself through out the book. So that fails me.

The chemistry should be more steamy sadly I found the insta lust is bit too much. The good thing about this book is actually Lucien capability to bake. That got me droolin
Alba and Her Secrets..♥
4 'Let's fly, honeybee' Stars!
ARC provided by the the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Kristen Callihan’s newest novel is, as its title promises, like eating a delicious and very sweet treat. With what can be considered a spin-off of Dear Enemy, she comes back with the story of two lost souls finding a beautiful connection when not expected. And I am happy to say, I really enjoyed how this romance developed: a slow burn chemistry, with plenty of food porn, with two complex main charact
Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
Mar 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

AUTHOR: Kristen Callihan
SERIES: Standalone (connected to Dear Enemy )
RELEASE DATE: February 23, 2020
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
THEMES & TROPES: Hockey meets Hollywood
RATING: 4 Stars


It's been a minute since I read a Kristen Callihan book and I have to say I really miss her writing. If you've read and loved other books by this author you won't hesitate to pick MAKE IT SWEET up, no matter what any reviewer says. But since I'm one o
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
4.5 Stars!
(ARC provided by Montlake)


Lucian Osmond was a star hockey player. Hockey defined him and was his passion. Then his life changes in the blink of an eye and he feels lost without a sense of direction. Wanting to be close to family he heads to his grandmothers estate in California to pick up the broken pieces of his life. He’s enjoying his solitude when a famous actress invades his privacy.

Emma Maron is an actress living in LA. She’s worked hard to get where she is and then her life
Stacey is Sassy
I was left completely satisfied...

Honestly, I struggle with reading these days. For some reason, audios are my jam and I find myself easily sucked into listening to audiobooks instead of reading. Make it Sweet was an exception, though. I hated that life was getting in the way of reading time and I was desperate for just *5 minutes more*.

I was enthralled with cranky Lucian with the hot bod and amazing baking skills. I was envious of the very beautiful Emma who also happened to be a nice person i
Sep 22, 2021 marked it as did-not-finish
dnf at 42%

this shit was boring af.
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was ok
Make it Sweet is just that. A sweet friends to lovers romance. It was very exciting that some of the characters from Dear Enemy made appearances.
Sadly Make it Sweet didn’t work for me. Emma and Luc’s romance lacked depth and I wasn’t invested or interested in them. Maybe it’s because it revolved around the same topics and it got repetitive fast.
The side characters in particular Luc’s grandmother and her assistant Sal were great additions but not enough to keep me interested.
Luc enjoys cooking
Bookphenomena (Micky)
Grumpy guy
Innuendo and double entendre for days
Funny and sweet

Make It Sweet was a satisfying contemporary romance with two protagonists steeped in fame but crashing to earth. This was a dual POV story and that really brought a richness to the narrative.

These characters were opposites in many ways and wary of one another but there sure was was chem-is-try. Once I got over the initially irritating cream innuendos…they made more sense as time went on, I was sold on this story. The
Lana Reads
May 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021-read
To be honest, I was holding off reading this because of a total disaster of Outmatched. I wasn't sure what to expect and I haven't properly read the blurb - and damn, I was quite pleasantly surprised!
Callihan makes great imperfect characters, who fuck up and then suck it up and find their ways. It wasn't very different here. 
Maybe it was a bit long, maybe not super exciting and kinda predictable... but I liked the characters, Emma and Lucian were wonderful in their shared imperfection, and I bel
Dec 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Oh wow this book had me from the first line and did not let me go. Not only were the main characters very interesting but I got emotional during many senes.
Lucian had an amazing backstory and his struggles to accept his future was amazing to see because it was so realistic. Having your dream taken away from you is horrifying and I think that Kristen did a greta job in portraying the thoughts ppl have afterwards.
His baking scenes were cute and I loved how he wasn't the stereotypical hockey play
Feb 23, 2021 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

there was no chemistry between Emma and Lucian but I enjoyed some parts of this book.
Spoilers ahead, 3.5* not quite 4 but rounded up for now

Emma is an actress on a popular game of thrones type show, she's enjoying her life.....until her character is axed in the show and she walks in on her boyfriend cheating on her. Faced with a lack of new job opportunities Emma follows her grandmother's advice and goes to her old friend Amalie's estate Rosemont. The last thing Emma expected to find there was love.

Lucian is the grandson of Amalie, a former pro hockey player who's life upended w
sil ♡ the book voyagers
Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I'm a shell of my former self. You see, I knew I was going to like this; the synopsis gave me so much stuff that I knew I was definitely going to be enjoying this story. But I never picked it up until now. And you know? I fucking loved this book. From the very beginning, the writing, the story, the setting, the characters-- everything MADE SENSE. Everything fit together perfectly. The tone of the story was just perfection and I knew I was going to fly through this story.

Two superstars find thems
Sentranced Jem
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 4-5-stars, arc-2021

Do you ever want to read a book that just sweeps you off your feet?

Do you crave a romance book that just makes you forget the real world..a book that is sensual, charming and emotional? If your answer is a big resounding yes then MAKE IT SWEET By Kristen Callihan is just the book for you.
I am ashamed to admit that I have read just a handful of Kristen’s books but the ones that I have read, I always end up loving them and recommending them to others as well.

Make it Sweet is without a doubt a
Aug 20, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
beginning lied to me because it didn't turn out to be solid four star read
this was next level put me to coma...


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Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she'd rather be. She is a RITA winner and three-time nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer's Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher's Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine's Seal of Excellence, was named a best boo ...more

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