Author: Helena Rac
Genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Release Date: November 30, 2015
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Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Read more
About Sweet Bliss:From debut author Helena Rac, a sassy, sexy comic tale of second-chance romance and the many uses of icing.
Tessa loves cupcakes. They’re tasty and comforting, and they’ve made her bakery a success. Men, on the other hand, are unreliable jerks who are bound to break her heart. Even if they’re hot enough to melt her frosting.
Tessa is smitten with Luke after a less than graceful encounter on the streets of Chicago, and fate keeps reuniting them. She’s certain he’d be delicious in bed, but there’s just one problem: Tessa’s sworn off long-distance romances, and Luke lives in London. Besides, he’s proven himself to be bad news.
Although Tessa’s sexy stranger swears to set aside his player ways after she carries out sweet revenge, she’s far too smart to believe in happily-ever-afters. Luke will need to use every weapon in his arsenal – including a spatula or two – to convince Tessa they’re meant to be together.
First of all, this book was so fun, but so was becoming Twitter besties with Helena Rac and sharing my reactions with her while I read. 😛
@BookBumblings Thanks so much! Hope you enjoy it! ♥♥♥
— Helena Rac (@HelenaRacAuthor) November 9, 2015
@BookBumblings Omg Brittany, you're the first to let me know you started it! I hope you continue to love as you get through the story! 😊 😅 ♥
— Helena Rac (@HelenaRacAuthor) November 16, 2015
But then “needs to read” got in the way of “wants to read” and I caused someone else anxiety, which is weird since I’m only used to causing anxiety in myself.
@HelenaRacAuthor Haha I had to put it down for an earlier ARC due, but I'm posting that review tonight and get can get back to Luke. 🙂
— Book Bumblings (@BookBumblings) November 23, 2015
So as I said in one of the earlier tweets, there are a few things that set this up for yay reading from the beginning:
- I love books taking place in Chicago, because I’m obsessed with Chicago even though I’ve never been there. (#BloggerCon16?)
- I love books with bakeries and bakery owners and baked goods and chocolate. Baking is the only type of food prep I can enjoy, but I suck at it and I suck even more at not eating the batter and getting sick, so I don’t bake much myself. And why do I read if not to live vicariously?
- This book reminded me a lot of the book I read and loved just before it, Dirty Deeds by Megan Erickson. In that one, the conflict’s around a long-term relationship where the guy is British and lives in the States. This one’s about a long-term relationship where the guys is American and lives in Europe. Perfect back-to-back reads!
And it was just so cute and chick litty and bantery and all the things I love in a fun, flingy read.
Tessa was someone I liked right away – although we have differing opinions on breaking up because of distance. I always felt like it hurt less because it really wasn’t you, it was just where you were and you didn’t want to leave. Idk. But I did love and relate to here, never more than when she said this:
I hate the quiet. It makes me uncomfortable. No matter who I’m with, I’m always nervous that there will be that weird silence and we’ll have nothing to talk about. So I overcompensate by over-sharing…
So me! Actually for me, the silence is worst when I’m alone. It’s just so loud and awkward! I need TV or music in the background for all waking hours.
It took a while to get to know Luke as well, but he’s a hot guy that does and says dirty things but is also sweet and thoughtful. So guess what my opinion was there?
I also liked the way the beginning of the book was set up – short meetings in passing spread out over long periods of time. It was sort of like either an extended prologue or shortened prequel. Plus, it was full of meet cutes, and I’m a romcom sucker, so…
Once Tessa and Luke did get together, I liked the way they were playing games with each other, but honestly. It wasn’t to get the upper hand – except for the first time 😉 – it was more about having fun. I loved their relationship.
The one thing I didn’t like was the conflict and Tessa’s predictable behavior about it and Luke’s predictable reactions. I loved Luke even more when he finally spoke up about her running away. I mean, I knew what would happen because romcom, but I don’t think just the long-distance conflict would’ve been enough for me, I needed this added conflict at the end.
About Helena Rac:
Life is sweeter with cupcakes. And romance novels. That’s why Helena Rac writes contemporary romances about sassy, everyday heroines and swoon-worthy heroes – stories that warm your heart, put a smile on your face, and make you fall in love.
When she’s not writing, Helena loves spending time with her two lovely girls and her incredibly supportive husband. She plays accountant by day; enjoys cooking, traveling, and exploring the outdoors; and reads way past her bedtime.