Let’s talk about steamy romances and rivals. I am a mega fan of both of these and rivals to romance is in my top three favorite tropes. Don’t even get me started on how much I love baking characters too! Keep reading this book review of Sweethand for my full thoughts.
For the first time in forever, lifelong rivals Cherisse and Keiran are back in Trinidad at the same time. And while Keiran may have the most swoonworthy smile, he’s also the most annoying man Cherisse has ever met. Unfortunately, avoiding him is impossible. With Keiran’s close friend getting ready to marry Cherisse’s sister, he’s just been made the best man to her maid of honour . . .
Keiran doesn’t know what to make of Cherisse. She might now be a successful pastry chef but to him she’s always been a stuck-up brat who seeks attention, even as he secretly harboured a crush on her. Now it seems he can’t escape her. But despite their antagonism towards each other, things turn heated after one rainy night and the pair are forced to figure out if they can survive the countdown to wedding day, without this turning into a recipe for disaster . . .
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the Libro.fm. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)
Sweethand walks the tense tightrope between love and hate, yearning and heat, so fabulously. Rivals to romance, or rivals to lovers, is one of my favorite tropes and Sweethand does it so well. I love when characters aren’t sure if the tension is annoyance at someone or being annoyed at how much you love them or both! Overall, Sweethand was just such a fun, smoldering, and entertaining read. Baking, music producing, and driven characters!
Those characters who let pride get in the way? First off, what is more relatable than that? But also, there’s this vulnerability in someone exposing the sides of ourselves we try to hide, who never let us forget the treason we commit. The chemistry was also off the chart in every stage from rivals to romance and listening to the audiobook just swept me away. I finished this one in a matter of days I was so engaged. Because as you read, you wonder if they can get over the misconceptions and secrets that still lay between them.
The dual POV allows us to witness these layers of fog and misunderstanding. All the moments we think we see what we think, but it’s just what we want. We can’t help but wonder if anyone can really move forwards from the past, if we can rewrite our impressions and wade through our baggage. At the same time, I greatly enjoyed the friendship group which is at the core of the book. There were moments of laughter, comfort, and love. Sweethand was just such a comforting and enjoyable read!
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