Sweet as Sin by Inez Kelley


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?

My thoughts: 

This is quite a nice story. I liked both the protagonists and the side characters. The storyline was good and Livy being a pastry chef made my mouth water sometimes.

However, there are a few points that bothered me a bit.

Even though it took Livy and John quite some time to get intimate they acted very early on (basically from day one) as if they were a long established couple. They seemed to be very comfortable and familiar with each other. Where was all the newly-in-love anxiousness? Livy hung around John’s house in his T-Shirts and took care of his nephews full time (even if not completely voluntarily); all this struck me as odd.

Livy’s behaviour at the cook out with Emily. Yes, Emily was making a pass, but Livy can’t have been able to be absolutely certain since she was not within earshot. Yes, Livy is the jealous type who immediately assumes the worst, but the way she stomped along and addressed Emily was uncalled for. Funny, yes, but totally out of line. Possessiveness might be acceptable under certain circumstances, but Livy didn’t know any of the people present and acted like an alley cat defending her territory.

Livy’s issues with unfaithfulness were preposterous. Even if your father was unfaithful it doesn’t mean that every man out there is, too. It could be that she had a hard time realizing this, but then, an adult woman shouldn’t act on her feelings without thinking for a minute. John was late, she was left alone with the kids, but what evidence did she have that he was with another woman? None whatsoever, except her past experiences with her father.

Livy’s (do you notice it all boils down to Livy being rather silly in my eyes?) blue eyed way of using John’s drawings. Yes, he should have paid more attention, but she never said explicitly what she was going to use. I would have cut her some slack here, if there hadn’t been an incident in her shop where she also acted extremely stupid and gave away a detail about John’s upcoming book simply because she didn’t think even for a second before she opened her mouth.

In spite of all those little misgivings I enjoyed reading this story and will probably check out some more of Inez Kelley’s books.


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Title Sweet as Sin
Author Inez Kelley
Publisher Carina Press
ISBN 9781426891168
Buy link Buy Sweet as Sin

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