on October 1, 2014
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Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Series: Bittersweet #1
Sparks fly between a sexy stranger and a small-town waitress in this steamy new contemporary romance…
When new teen TV series Bittersweet begins shooting in Dogwood, Virginia, the small town is abuzz with excitement. But local waitress Cathy Johnson has too much on her plate to waste time being star-struck. To Cathy, ‘bittersweet’ is just the word that sums up her love-life after her high school romance ended in disaster. Since then she’s hardly had time to brush her hair, let alone think about relationships. Certainly not the kind being played out in front of the cameras by impossibly beautiful actors posing as teenagers…
But all that changes when tall, dark, blue-eyed stranger Greg Moran arrives in Dogwood along with the Bittersweet cast and crew. Cathy and the devastatingly sexy New Yorker have instant chemistry. But Greg blows hot (steaming hot) and cold with her romantically, leaving Cathy’s head in a spin. She has a feeling he’s keeping something from her… If Cathy is willing to drop her emotional walls, why is Greg still so intense and mysterious? What is it in his past – or present – that means he’s keeping Cathy at arm’s length? How badly has his heart really been broken before?
Cathy and Greg are magnetically drawn to one another, but they’ll have to fight to keep their relationship from turning sour. Will they make it? If it’s hard to let go of the past, falling in love can be BITTERSWEET…
I’m very excited I had the opportunity to review this debut novel by Sunday James. The book’s description grabbed my attention and I knew I wanted to read it.
I really liked the plot. It’s sort of a Hollywood romance, but it doesn’t take place in Hollywood. The setting is the small town of Dogwood, VA. Cathy has lived in Dogwood her entire life helping run her father’s restaurant and caring for her younger brother. Hollywood executives have decided to film a new TV show in her hometown and that’s how she meets the mysterious and handsome Greg. He’s a New Yorker and running from a past filled with baggage.
“… Everyone’s got baggage; ours isn’t special. It’s just … ours.”
I enjoyed the author’s writing very much. The story held my attention and I was never bored. (Obviously, since I finished the book in one day.) I definitely connected with Cathy. I felt all of her emotions. I also swooned over Greg. I like mysterious guys that I can’t quite figure out.
I think what I felt the most was frustration. Greg was so wishy washy; hot and cold. One day he would pull Cathy close and the next he would push her away. I definitely understood Cathy’s anger, but I also got frustrated with her because no matter how Greg would brush her off she would always accept him back when she should have given him the middle finger! Cathy’s wasn’t necessarily a pushover, but she becomes close to one a few times.
“I just wasn’t ready for you. I never expected you,” he whispers. “I was done. I came here thinking I forget all about that stuff, about … having my heart broken. I’d focus on work; I’d leave it all behind.” His voice waivers and it’s all I can do not to pull him to me. “And just like that, you.”
The book ends with a Happily For Now ending, not a major cliffhanger. Do I want to read the next book in Cathy and Greg’s love story? Yes, I do. I absolutely recommend Bittersweet to New Adult and contemporary readers, and Bittersweet is more than worth the $0.99 price tag.
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