Truly, Madly, Sweetly by Kira Archer
Series: Sweet Love #1
Published by Entangled Publishing on April 4th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I feel cheated. Don’t get me wrong, Truly, Madly, Sweetly was a good story. Great even, as the banter between Nat and Eric had me smiling from cheek to cheek throughout the first part of the book.
But then, the unthinkable happened… Eric turned from hunky, sexy, take charge guy into a freakin’ mamma’s boy who couldn’t stand up to his parents even if his life depended on it… and it kind of did… and he failed.
Ok, so I might be over-dramatic-ing this, and yes, him having Mamma Mia as his mother’s ring tone (because it was a good movie) should have clued me in (can you imagine Tate from Sweet Dreams having ABBA as his anything on his phone? I don’t think so) but Alas! It didn’t. I gave him the benefit of the doubt and it came back to bite me in the butt.
So, the story: Nat is a baker and is currently operating a cupcakery truck and she just inherited a parking lot with garage from her elderly landlady.
The guy she’s been crushing on for some time now is fortuitously the nephew of said landlady and has inherited the old bakery which the garage is attached to.
Eric sees this as the opportunity to finally do something he likes, as his career, job and future have all been decided by following his parents’ decisions. Eric and Nat come to an agreement: Nat will help Eric learn how to operate and get the bakery on its feet and in exchange once the bakery is working she’ll get time in the kitchen to work on her cupcakes (a much better arrangement than the one she has currently going on).
The only problem with this setup is that they have great chemistry together and one night celebrating their new business venture ends up with them sharing the best sex of their lives. But Nat has had a very bad experience in the past and is not sure business and pleasure should mix.
We then learn Eric is apparently a spineless worm who won’t stand up to his parents for the woman he claims to like a lot. They in turn cause issues, along with a society bimbo Eric allows to get in his way. At one point I think I wrote “Hand back your man card, Dude!” on my Kindle.
While I loved some things about Truly, Madly, Sweetly (I really like Ms. Archer writing) Eric’s lack of true alphaness overshadowed my overall enjoyment of the story, making this an ok read for me personally but this doesn’t mean other people won’t not mind Eric being a wanker.
Sparkles’ Rating: 3 melted Gelato Stars
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