Release Date: May 24, 2018
Cover Design: Najla Qamber of Najla Qamber Designs
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My Review: I can admit that the first few pages of Love Broken had me worried. A cynical girl after my own heart touting how much love sucked…writing romance? I could have been Katie/Bailey Swan. But soon enough I was sucked right in to the story of Bailey and Charlie.
She’s an author and he’s an athlete for the NHL, and they both end up at the same hotel on the same weekend for the same event. But Charlie is…well he is pretty hot sh*t and women throw themselves at him, some of them don’t take NO for an answer. And when he makes a break for his hotel room, he ends up at the wrong room, pleading with the stranger to let him in. But Bailey isn’t so easily swayed by a pretty face. That’s the jumping off for a story that was both fun and heartfelt, hot as hell and so tense there were times I needed to stop and make a cocktail to relax.
But the key to Love Broken, for me, was the quick paced, witty back and forth between the main characters. They were somehow different but also well suited for one another and watching the push and pull was a real delight. I don’t want to give anything away but other than being written in first person, this book ticked all of my boxes!
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He may own a candy company, but this wealthy bachelor is no Willy Wonka.
Sugar Rush Candy Company CEO Luke Stone is a devoted businessman who doesn’t do relationships. He does short-term affairs with clearly defined rules. But when a sexy bohemian sweetheart propositions him in a bar, Luke is tempted to want more.
Polly Lockhart is horrified when she wakes the morning after her twenty-fifth birthday to realize she made a fool of herself with a sinfully delicious man. She tells herself she doesn’t have time for romance anyway, as she’s fighting to keep her mother’s beloved bakery afloat and finish her culinary studies. That all changes when her class tours the famed Sugar Rush headquarters, and Polly collides with her dream man again.
As she succumbs to their hot attraction, Polly soon realizes her bakery isn’t the only thing that needs saving. Luke, driven and unyielding, will burn out unless someone convinces him to taste the sweetness of life. But can Polly remember this sugar rush is only temporary?
So, I really had a fun time reading Sweet Dreams! I loved Luke and Polly on their own and as a couple. It’s rare that you get two characters with their own hang ups about relationships or career goals, who don’t beat your over the head with those facts until you really don’t give a damn. Nina Lane did a fantastic job of making me care about why Luke was such a workaholic and why it was important. She did the same thing with explaining why Polly was so attached to her mother’s bakery, Wild Child.
And how they met, oh my god! That smoldering stare, the dark hallway dirty talk and that steamy kiss…wow! Then there came the inevitable hilarious tossing of the cookies, which was cringe-worthy and funny and mortifying. But it also made me love Polly even more.
Watching Luke and Polly fall into a relationship neither of them wanted is fun and fantastic. The things she gets him to do are fun and allow us to get to know Luke outside his role as CEO of Sugar Rush candy company. The way he so often stepped outside of his comfort zone to help her was sweet and totally hot and made it very hard not to fall in love with Luke…even when you really wanted to shake the hell out of him.
Toss in a few fun but quirky secondary characters like Ramona and Tim who were frequent visitors to Wild Child and even Aunt Julia who was both a terror and a delight, and Sweet Dreams is damn near perfect! I just hope there a lot more Aunt Julia in the rest of the series because that old lady has definitely got some stories!
I’m a sucker for opposites attract stories and though Polly and Luke were totally different from the outside, as Luke points out, they actually are more a like than you think. But watching them earn their happy ending? Well that was a treat all on its own.