Friday, February 4, 2011

Review + Giveaway - How Sweet It Is by Sophie Gunn

How Sweet It is

TITLE:    How Sweet It Is
AUTHOR:    Sophie Gunn
INFO:    Paperback, Fiction, 387 pages
PUBLISHED:   Forever Books, 2011
ISBN#:   978-0-446-56199-0
HOW I GOT IT:   Received from Publisher for Review

FROM GOODREADS: Single mom Lizzie Bea Carpenter learned long ago that no white knight was coming to save her. A hardworking waitress at the local diner, she's raising her daughter to be like the independent women in her "Enemy Club"—high school rivals turned best friends, promising to always tell each other the whole truth and nothing but!

Yet part of Lizzie wishes she did have a man's help, just for small stuff, like fixing up the house. Her fairy godmother must have been listening, because Dante "Tay" Giovanni soon appears. He's sexy, kind, and offering assistance—no strings attached.

Slowly, steadily, Lizzie's heart opens. But the grip of the past is fierce, and nothing in life is ever really free. Tay has his own tragedies to overcome, but if he can, he'll fix more than Lizzie's home. He'll show her just how sweet it is to be loved by him.

MY TAKE:    This is one of those books that I have mixed feelings about.  I liked it, but I had some issues with it.  It is the first of a series of four connected stories that should be fun to read though. 

I think the plot and overall series has a lot going for it.  I like the "Enemy Club" and the fact that these women have grown up and got over the high school drama that so many still cling to.  It is an amazing fact of life that girls who wanted to kill each other really can mature into women who will support each other through anything.  This thread alone has a lot of potential for the future stories.

The characters in this particular story are probably where most of my ambiguous feelings stem from.  I couldn't make myself like Lizzie.  Frankly, she annoyed me and I really didn't connect with or care about her.  She declares out loud that she wants a man to come help her fix up the house that is falling down around her ears.  When Tay overhears her and takes it upon himself to aid her, she is a complete ingrate ~ going to the extreme of calling the cops on him.  While he IS trying to work through and deal with his own issues, he IS also trying to be a good Samaritan and help her out.  Lizzie's issues and interactions with Ethan, the father of her daughter are also a bit much and tended to grate on me. 

I did like Tay, but he didn't always do overly smart things either.  Why on Earth would he just dump $200,000 in cash on a troubled young girl?  Accidents are just that, accidents.  I applaud his desire to assist her, but impoverishing himself (and his dog) was a bit too much of the self-sacrifice.  I did enjoy his growth through the story though. It was too bad Lizzie took a page from his book and put herself deeply into debt out of guilt too.

This said, I am looking forward to reading the next installment in this series.  I think the author has come up with an interesting overall story for the books.  It will be fun to see how the other members of the Enemy Club fare in their own tales.

Out of 5 JEWELS, I give it:

WHERE TO BUY IT:    Amazon, The Book Depository, Powell's Books

The author and Hachette Books are generously giving THREE of you a chance to win your own copy of How Sweet It Is!  The rules are simple:

  • On THIS post, leave a comment answering the question that Sophie posed in her guest post earlier today.
  • Be sure to leave your email address in your comment.
  • Open to those with US and Canadian mailing addresses - NO PO Boxes
  • Only one prize (of this title) per household - no matter how many blogs/sites you might win from.
  • Drawing closes midnight February 20th, California time
  • Winners will be drawn by random and notified by email.  They will have 72 hours to respond before new winners will be drawn. 
  • Prizes will be shipped directly from the publisher.
Good luck and

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  1. My perfect man would love me for everything I am and accept me for everything I'm not!

    headlessfowl at gmail dot com

  2. Besided the obvious answers like mow the lawn and fix the car, I am looking for a man who will really be there for me.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  3. I would want a man who was strong, brave, loyal, honest, hard working, funny, cooked, cleaned and was smokin' hot! this is a dream man right? LOL!

  4. This book sounds cute!


  5. My perfect man would be tall, dark, handsome, faithful, thoughtful,
    considerate, and well-to-do :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

  6. I would want a man, who accepted and supported me in all ways. If he could fix things that would be an added bonus.

  7. My perfect man would be loving, hard-working, and compassionate to a point.

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  8. Besides the obvious qualities of love,caring,affection,respect... I would want a man around to be a chef/housekeeper/manny... so I could lose myself in a book.

  9. Perfect man? Hmmm Educated with a good job, responsible, compassionate and yet roughly masculine as well.

    Someone who supports me, in all that I love and do.

    Great question, great giveaway.

    Hana K

  10. Thanks for the giveaway! I think my perfect man would need to be, besides the obvious, a chef (mine already is!), a mechanic (not so much!), a plumber (definitely not!) and a gardener (got that!). So I guess two of four ain't bad! :-)



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