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Monday, January 31, 2011

My Thoughts: 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?

(Book Received by netGalley)

This book broke my heart. It really did. Sweet as Sin by Inez Kelley was not your typical romance novel. It's full of hurt, despair and brokenness. At times it was very hard to read.

John the male protagonist has a very tortured past and he has not healed at all from what was done to him. He is a YA author who is fairly successful. John uses his writing as an outlet for his own personal monsters, fantastical beings that have been with him since childhood, and are as much a part of him and any one of his organs. In most cases this would be kind of cool for a writer; to feel like the creatures he writes about are a part of him. For John it's causing him more harm then good.

Livvy was an amazing character. She is who I want to be. She is loving and understanding. She doesn't give up and she loves John. She loved John and his brokenness before she fully knew what she was dealing with, and she continued to love him when his past was explained. Livvy was what John needed to lead him on a path of healing. I loved her. I loved how she was written and how she was also broken but wasn't afraid to share it. Stupid John exploited that at one point and it made me sad for her.

This book was not a cookie cutter novel, it was not full of rainbows and butterflies. There were times that I wanted to throw my Kobo eReader across the room in frustration. I wanted to scream because sometimes it was cheesy and made me roll my eyes, but when you read a romance novel that's what you sometimes get. This was a hard read, but it was worth it. This is a story of redemption and hope.

Happy Reading Everyone.

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