Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Review: Sweet Escape by Nina Lane

When dessert goes wrong…

Hannah Lockhart travels the world and blogs about love. At least she used to before she promised to look after her sister’s bakery. Now, stuck in small town California for the next six months, Hannah is desperate to find romantic content for her blog or risk losing both readers and income.

Then a whipped cream disaster sends her into the arms of sexy, charming Evan Stone, heir to the Sugar Rush Candy Company.

Since childhood, Evan has been trying to overcome family concerns about his defective heart. Known as “The Heartbreaker,” he’s found an outlet with women. And when bad news strikes him, he seeks a diversion by offering to show Hannah the romance of the Bay Area.

Hannah jumps at the chance…as long as they keep things platonic. But soon Evan’s hot combination of charm, perfect kisses, and a serious sweet tooth melts her defenses.

As Hannah and Evan surrender to their delicious attraction, they are forced to confront the reality of her wanderlust and his heart condition. When love and hearts collide, can Hannah and Evan find their sweet ending?

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I really enjoyed the first book, 'Sweet Dreams'. Having been introduced to Evan and Hannah as support characters there, I was super excited about them getting their own book. Turns out, I liked 'Sweet Escape' even more than the first book.

Evan has finally been given the opportunity to play CEO while his brother is out of town, but business and health issues are not making things easy. With his history of heart defect, he's been lavished with love and protection from his family, but it's hindered him as well. With Hannah, she has her own history and family issues to overcome. She's the flaky, traveling sister, never around long enough to take care of anyone but herself. So when she's forced to stay in town to take care of her sister's bakery, she's also forced to look at herself and what it means to find a home.

Pairing Evan and Hannah together was a perfect mix. I loved the balance between sexy and sweet, strength and vulnerability, courage and fear, love and hope. It was quite the journey, exploring this tentative relationship between them, with the future so unknown due to Hannah's impermanence and Evan's "heartbreaker" status. But I loved their journey. Their friendship, the dates, the romance, the sugary sweetness, the unknown - Evan and Hannah touched my heart and I absolutely loved them as a couple.

'Sweet Escape' was a solid 4-star-read until the last third of the book, where it got even better and hit the 5 star level! I felt so much emotion that I was afraid I was going to tear up at work on my lunch break when I was trying to finish the book. I definitely fell in love with Hannah and Evan's beautiful (and sweet) story.

About Sweet Dreams

He may own a candy company, but this wealthy bachelor is no Willy Wonka.

Sugar Rush Candy Company CEO Luke Stone is a devoted businessman who doesn't do relationships. He does short-term affairs with clearly defined rules. But when a sexy bohemian angel propositions him in a bar, Luke is tempted to want more.

Polly Lockhart is horrified when she wakes the morning after her twenty-third birthday to realize she made a fool of herself with a sinfully delicious man. She tells herself she doesn't have time for romance anyway, as she's fighting to keep her mother's beloved bakery afloat and finish her culinary studies. That all changes when her class tours the famed Sugar Rush headquarters, and Polly collides with her dream man again.

As she succumbs to their hot attraction, Polly soon realizes her bakery isn't the only thing that needs saving. Luke, driven and unyielding, will burn out unless someone convinces him to taste the sweetness of life. But can Polly remember this sugar rush is only temporary?

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About Nina Lane

New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane writes hot, sexy romances and spicy erotica. Originally from California, she holds a PhD in Art History and an MA in Library and Information Studies, which means she loves both research and organization. She also enjoys traveling and thinks St. Petersburg, Russia is a city everyone should visit at least once. Although Nina would go back to college for another degree because she's that much of a bookworm and a perpetual student, she now lives the happy life of a full-time writer.
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