Make It Sweet by Kristen Callihan is now LIVE!
4 ‘Let’s fly, honeybee’ Stars!
ARC provided by the the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Kristen Callihan’s newest novel is, as its title promises, like eating a delicious and very sweet treat. With what can be considered a spin-off of Dear Enemy, she comes back with the story of two lost souls finding a beautiful connection when not expected. And I am happy to say, I really enjoyed how this romance developed: a slow burn chemistry, with plenty of food porn, with two complex main characters dealing with life changes, secondary characters acting as matchmakers and a whole array of emotions. Get ready to fall in love with grumpy Lucian and sweet Emma!
Make It Sweet is Kristen Callihan’s next standalone release with Montlake and, even though it features characters from her last release with this publisher, it can totally be read as a standalone. It tells the story of Lucian Osmond, a star hockey player (now chef, kind of) who has been forced to retire early and he is now suffering the consequences, and Emma Maron, a very talented actress who has been left behind on the show she was in and she needs a break from her reality. Enter Rosemont, a magical place where these two met while “recovering/resting” and unexpected sparks fly between the grumpy chef and the sweet heroine.
Nothing in my life was certain right now, not my career, not my living arrangements, and cerainly not my love life. But when Lucian and I were together, I felt wholly myself, not the “everything is perfect; keep moving along” front I projected to the world.
I have to say, I was a bit scared to start Make It Sweet because, while I enjoyed Dear Enemy, it wasn’t one of my favorites written by Kristen. Also, I saw some reviews with mixed feelings about the book and that sometimes worries me. However, in my case, this sweet slow burn romance was literally the treat I needed. It was delightful in almost every way and I loved how the whole love story developed. Lucian and Emma were perfect together, both with deep complexities and vulnerabilities, together they literally fly. Their connection was beautifully developed, it was adorable to see them slowly falling in love and that climaxed with a burning chemistry. That with the amazing secondary characters and a very emotional ending, gave us the sugary treat Kristen promised.
She had slid into my life at one of the worst possible times, and yet now that she was here, the thought of letting her go was unimaginable.
Therefore, I am rating Make It Sweet with 4 STARS because Lucian and Emma’s love story melted my insides with its sweetness. Seeing this vulnerable and grumpy hero falling in love (and making delicious baked goods) with his honeybee was absolutely delightful. I have to say I enjoyed this one even more than Dear Enemy because I am a sucker for a love story with two hurt people who find their safe haven together. And that’s exactly what I got with Lucian and Emma and their stay in Rosemont. What a treat!