Also by this author: Fall, Dear Enemy
Published by Montlake Romance on February 23, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Tropes: Ice Hockey & Hollywood
Source: Amazon, Netgalley, Montlake
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Narrator: Ava Erickson, Jacob Morgan
Length: 11 hrs
Life for Emma isn’t good. The world knows her as Princess Anya on Dark Castle, but then her character gets the axe—literally. The cherry on top is finding her boyfriend in bed with another woman. She needs a break, and sanctuary comes in the form of Rosemont, a gorgeous estate in California promising rest and relaxation.
Then she meets the owner’s equally gorgeous grandson, ex–hockey player and current recluse Lucian Osmond, and she sees her own pain and yearning reflected in his eyes.
He’s charming when he wants to be but also secretive and gruff, with protective walls as thick as Emma’s own. Despite a growing attraction, they avoid each other.
But then there’s an impromptu nighttime skinny-dip, and Lucian’s luscious homemade tarts and cream cakes start arriving at Emma’s door, tempting her to taste life again…
In trying to stay apart, they only grow closer—and their broken pieces just might fit together and make them whole.
It’s been a minute since I read a Kristen Callihan book and I have to say I really miss her writing. If you’ve read and loved other books by this author you won’t hesitate to pick MAKE IT SWEET up, no matter what any reviewer says. But since I’m one of those I’ll force my opinion on you anyway.
The location where we spend most of our time in this story is an estate called Rosemont. The description of the place was so on point I could really see it before my eyes. This is where Emma, an A-list actress who was just kicked off a huge show (that felt a little like Game of Thrones but that could be me), goes to lick her wounds. This is also where Lucian, a former star hockey player has been staying for almost a year. He retired due to major head trauma and struggles to find a footing in this new reality. He is also a wizard in the kitchen and especially pastries and cakes are his passion which he loves to spoil his family and later Emma with.
From the first, she made me smile, threw sunshine and air into my dark, closed-up world.
I love me some moody and gruff hero with a heart made of marshmallow so Lucian was right down my alley. I thought he could have felt a little less sorry about himself and his situation but I also could relate that it was hard for him to find a new direction. There were chances and possibilities yet all he could see was the loss of hockey playing. I still loved him because…marshmallow heart. This charismatic man wooed Emma the only way he knew to and it didn’t take long for Lucian to find his way through her belly to her heart.
With hockey out of my life, the kitchen had become my refuge, the one area that still felt familiar and pure. Here, I was in total control. Here, I was still king.
Emma was a lovely heroine who had so much in common with Lucian. She too felt the loss of her job and the consequences deeply. Her compassionate, intuitive nature, her understanding for Lucian’s struggle. She was selfless but had a little spunk and a lot of sweetness about her that you couldn’t help but love. Waiting and watching with her until Lucian found himself again and realize his worth hurt so good.
“Emma. Sweetheart. I don’t want you to see me weak.”
“Well, that’s good. Because all I see is strength.”
The best side cast is the one that engages in the story and shines like the main characters which is the case here. I LOVED Lucian’s meddling grandmother Amalie and adored Sal, a family friend and quirky confidante of both Amalie and Lucian’s. These made this story so multi-dimensional and took it to above average.
I felt this story was a little bit too sweet at times, I still loved it though. If you’ve read this author’s works before you know that she’s a master at writing about emotional pain. While MAKE IT SWEET was on the lighter side it did have some angsty parts that kept me reading on. And the slow-burn…damn, sizzling and hot! Kristen Callihan always rewards the reader with the best of HEAs after she put you through the wringer. After a long hiatus she is back and promised VIP #4 to be released early summer. I can’t wait!