Title: Truly, Madly, Sweetly
Author: Kira Archer
Series: Sweet Love #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Short novel
Available: April 4th
Sugar and spice and love that’s oh-so nice…
An inherited parking spot. That’s all it took to make Natalie Moran’s food truck dreams come true. But her dream space is attached to a bakery inherited by someone else—drop dead gorgeous Eric Schneider, a financial consultant who wouldn’t know a cupcake from a cannoli. And he wants to buy Nat out, no matter what she has to say about it.
Eric’s determined to build his own business, but he needs the super cute klutz with the cupcake truck to help. If Nat will teach him the basics of running a bakery, he’ll give her free kitchen time. Except…neither expects the heat burning between them or the possibility that their arrangement might become permanent.
When it all blows up, Nat is convinced his actions mean betrayal. It’s up to Eric to regain her trust and show her he’s a man who is truly, madly in love with her, before she disappears from his life forever.
Source: ARC from Entangled: Lovestruck via NetGalley
This book is as sweet as its name – cute and enjoyable and very easy to read. There are a couple of fun meet-cutes at the beginning and I loved how Nat and Eric aren’t shy about their attraction. They know it’s there, they don’t pretend it isn’t or get angry over little things. They’re adorable together.
Of course, with the business between them, things aren’t quite as straightforward as they seem. Or how Eric makes them appear. I have to admit his spur-of-the-moment decision to open a bakery without any prior knowledge of just how much work that takes was a little unexpected. It might also have been nice to have seen him do a bit more actual baking, since he’s supposed to be running on a tight budget and surely wouldn’t have money to spare hiring others. There’s no mention of the early hours he would face either.
It’s also kind of surprising how much time Nat willing gives to him, considering she has her own business to run and all. Yes, getting baking time in his kitchen would be great for her, but not if she lets her own business die in the meantime. I know she has her friend to help, but still, it’s not what I’d expect from a woman who loves her business so much.
But that’s being picky when really this is a fluffy read about two nice people working things out between them – in both a business and a romantic sense – with not much help from their cynical friends and a touch of family interference. There were times when I wanted Eric to stop being so clueless and grow a spine (or maybe smack him over the head – the ball invitation), but overall I enjoyed this cute little tale.
If you’re looking for something sweet and light and easy, with a bit of heat and a couple of good characters having fun, then give this a try. Just don’t question it too much and be ready with a few snacks on hand, because reading this might make you hungry.
Truly, Madly, Sweetly is out April 4th!
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