This novella was so darn sweet it made me wanna go out and buy a box of Valentine’s Day candy hearts…and eat them off a half-naked hunk of man. Tee hee, giggle giggle.
What’s it About?
A hacker is targeting Meredith Crismis’s struggling new dessert company. But when the tech firm she depends on sends hunky computer expert Vlad Wiznitsky to fix the problem, things begin improving for Meredith, both personally and professionally. First, her relationship with Vlad heats up to the sizzling point, then Meredith’s given the chance to snag a wealthy customer who could put her company’s bottom line permanently into the black.
It seems like a dream come true, until the persistent hacker turns her “Divine Desserts” website into an X-rated marketplace, the wealthy customer demands a discontinued decorative item or else no sale, and her relationship with Vlad begins to unravel under the pressure of her obsession with professional success. For a woman who deals with creating intricate wedding cakes and luscious muffins, life has suddenly become the ultimate recipe for disaster.
What I absolutely loved about the romance in this book was that it felt so unbelievably real! Meredith and Vlad meet, they have an obvious attraction, and they decide to act on that attraction by going out on actual dates. They go to concerts, the movies, dancing, dinner, etc. It takes about 3 dates before they kiss and almost a month before they engage in some marathon sex. Meredith sees their relationship as a whirlwind, whereas if you compare this with other romance novels out there it’s probably considered to be moving at a glacial pace. Personally, I found it refreshing that they didn’t just jump right into bed, but instead took some time to actually get to know each other while still developing a sexual connection.
Real World Problems
Meredith is having some business problems with her new dessert store, and a computer hacker turning her website into one that sells edible sex desserts. Oh my! These real world problems invade the amount of time she can spend with Vlad, and they have the tendency to fight about that.
Again, it was refreshing for a couple to have a realistic argument about something affecting the time they can spend together rather than something outlandish like the BDSM lifestyle, vampires, or ex-girlfriend stalkers. Don’t get me wrong, I still like romance novels with those components, but every once in a while it’s nice to read about a relationship that has a sense of reality to it.
*A copy of this book was provided for an honest review*
Series: A Candy Hearts Romance
Should you read it? A great Valentine’s Day read, with an interesting story behind an adorable romance. I also want Vlad for myself.
Smut Level: Their relationship takes some time to develop, and I wasn’t sure how much sexual detail we’d get, but these two are pretty creative when it comes to using candy hearts in the bedroom. Yummy!
Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $2.99 Kindle Price. The Wild Rose Press, Inc. 76 Pages.