Monday, June 20, 2011

Guest Review by Heather of Habrewer

Today we welcome Heather from Habrew, a fellow IBC supporter and great blogger herself. She has chosen to share a review of one of her rare 5 star reviews, I hope you enjoy. I know it's one I will be adding to my TBR pile.

Sweet as Sin by Inez Kelley

* I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
John Murphy is tormented by nightmares. A bestselling young-adult author, he writes the ultimate fantasy: stories where good always triumphs. He knows better. His past has shown him the worst in people—and in himself. When he moves next door to the sexy, vibrant Livvy—a woman completely unlike his usual one-night stands—he's driven to explore every curve of her delicious body.
Pastry chef Livvy knows that giving in to the temptation that is John Murphy won't lead to anything permanent, but she deserves a passionate summer fling. John discovers she's as sweet as the confections she bakes while Livvy slowly unravels his secrets. But what will happen when she uncovers them all?
Sweet as Sin is probably one of the best contemporary romances I have read in a long time.  John Murphy is a man so tortured by his past that he hides behind the characters of his books to avoid human relationships.  He believes he is damaged goods and only brings bad things to the people he loves.
Livvy is intrigued with her new neighbor but knows he’s not the picket fence type of guy.  Her sister convinces her to let loose and have a summer fling with him, little does she know she’s going to lose her heart to him.  The more she is around him; the more she is convinced he’s the guy for her.
There are so many things about this book I loved.  The main characters are complex and take you on an emotional rollercoaster ride.  The book only has a few secondary characters but they add to the story not distract from it. They are essential to the story and help us understand John and Livvy.
John is a writer of a children’s series about two monsters that are best friends.  They kept him sane through his childhood trauma, today they are his salvation.  The monsters play an integral part in the story and help you see John in a different light.
Livvy owns a cupcake store that specializes in erotic confections.  She needs to find something to propel her business to the next level and comes up with a new, edgier line.  She ends up hurting the one person she loves the most. 
One of my favorite scenes takes place at her cupcake store and involves some of her cupcakes. I will have a hard time eating cupcakes again without remembering this scene.  In my other favorite scene, Livvy lets her claws out and surprises John with her spirit.  There are so many special moments between John and Livvy that touched my heart. 
Overall I loved everything about this book and the emotional journey it took me on.  I give Sweet as Sin 5 Flaming Hearts. 
Actual post on my blog posted on 2/4/11
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