Author: Sunday James
Publication Date: October 6, 2014
Genre: New Adult
Series: The last page states a book 2 will be coming, but it is not a cliffhanger.
Rating: 3 stars
Sparks fly between a sexy stranger and a small-town waitress in this steamy new contemporary romance…
When new teen TV series ‘Bittersweet’ begins shooting in Dogwood, Virginia, the small town is abuzz with excitement. But local waitress Cathy Johnson has too much on her plate to waste time being star-struck. To Cathy, “bittersweet” is just the word that sums up her love-life after her high school romance ended in disaster. Since then she’s hardly had time to brush her hair, let alone think about relationships. Certainly not the kind being played out in front of the cameras by impossibly beautiful actors posing as teenagers…
But all that changes when tall, dark, blue-eyed stranger Greg Moran arrives in Dogwood along with the ‘Bittersweet’ cast and crew. Cathy and the devastatingly sexy New Yorker have instant chemistry. But Greg blows hot (STEAMING hot) and cold with her romantically, leaving Cathy’s head in a spin. She has a feeling he’s keeping something from her… If Cathy is willing to drop her emotional walls, why is Greg still so intense and mysterious? What is it in his past – or present – that means he’s keeping Cathy at arm’s length? How badly has his heart really been broken before?
Cathy and Greg are magnetically drawn to one another, but they’ll have to fight to keep their relationship from turning sour. Will they make it? If it’s hard to let go of the past, falling in love can be BITTERSWEET…
This is an entertaining and sweet read that kept me interested. It’s always fun when you have the nobody girl who pulls the eyes of the big star. I liked that Cathy had an everyday girl feel to her that was relatable. So many times with these types of book, the main character is supposed to be normal and average, but then there are men falling at her feet at every turn. This is not the case with Cathy. She’s likeable with loyal friends and a good heart.
The relationship had its ups and downs for me. I loved their banter with one another. They were cute, and although it started out intense with loads of chemistry, things between them fizzled a bit as the story progressed. My connection to them wasn’t as strong as I would have liked, and although problems arose I never felt like their was any real conflict they were up against. Their story seemed too easy, but lacked the chemistry for them to get away with it.
Overall, it was an enjoyable read and I think fans of New Adult will like it. This book doesn’t end in a cliffhanger, but there is a follow up book coming that I will most likely pick up.
She loves all things American – literature, history, popular culture – so much so that she even lived and studied in California, but somehow missed out on being swept off her feet by a devastatingly handsome but mysterious actor while she was there. Luckily, writing BITTERSWEET has allowed her to live that dream.