Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking those links, I will receive a small commission from the sale at no extra cost to you.Sweethand (Island Bites #1) by N.G. Peltier
Published by Self Published on March 30, 2021
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Format: eBook (360 pages)
Purchase: Amazon • IndieBound
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After a public meltdown over her breakup from her cheating musician boyfriend, Cherisse swore off guys in the music industry, and dating in general for a while, preferring to focus on growing her pastry chef business.
When Cherisse’s younger sister reveals she’s getting married in a few months, Cherisse hopes that will distract her mother enough to quit harassing her about finding a guy, settling down and having kids. But her mother’s matchmaking keeps intensifying.
Cherisse tries to humour her mother, hoping if she feigns interest in the eligible bachelors she keeps tossing her way, she’ll be off the hook, but things don’t quite go as planned. Turns out for the first time in ages, she and Keiran King, the most annoying man ever, are on the island at the same time. Avoiding him is impossible, especially when Keiran’s close friend is the one marrying her sister, and he’s the best man to her maid of honour.
Keiran doesn’t know what to make of Cherisse now. They’ve always butted heads. To him she’s always been a stuck-up brat who seeks attention, even while he secretly harbored a crush on her. Now with Cherisse’s sister marrying one of his good friends he can’t escape her as the wedding activities keep throwing them together.
When things turn heated after a rainy night of bedroom fun, they both have to figure out if they can survive the countdown to wedding day, without this turning into a recipe for disaster.
I was very much looking forward to Sweethand, because how can you not love childhood enemies to lovers?! Cherisse and Keiran did not get along at all as teens, but now as adults, not much has changed. Cherisse and Keiran are reunited when her sister and his best friend start planning their wedding and declare those two as maid of honor and best man. Now they’re forced to work together to carry out their bridal party duties. It’s a rough start when Keiran accidentally starts an online feud by disparaging her job as a pastry chef, but soon things start heating up, and I don’t just mean the oven.
Unfortunately, while I did overall enjoy Sweethand, I wasn’t fully into the relationship between Cherisse and Keiran. I didn’t get why they held this animosity toward each other. They don’t get along, which is fine, but I want a bigger reason than “he was annoying” and “she seemed stuck-up.” The majority of teenagers are like that! I could get behind it if their issues started with Keiran’s off joke about her baking, because that was the most real moment of the story for me. I did like how they started developing feelings for each other though, and Keiran’s “secret” from Cherisse felt believable.