Author: Sunday James
Publisher: Hothouse Fiction LTD
Source: ARC was given in exchange for an honest review.
Tour Company: AToMR Promotions
Summary: When a TV production company decides Dogwood, Virginia is the perfect location to shoot their new teen series Bittersweet, the town is abuzz with excitement. But twenty-one-year-old local girl Cathy Johnson has too much going on in her life to waste time being star-struck. Her mother walked out on the family when Cathy was a young girl and her brother Carl was barely out of diapers. She’s always felt a sense of responsibility to help raise him, and skipped college after graduation following her father Joe’s life-threatening heart attack. Now three years later, she works full-time in the family restaurant to help make ends meet. Life hasn’t exactly been peachy, but Cathy is OK with it. She loves her hometown, and doesn’t want some fancy TV show coming in and changing everything. To her, ‘bittersweet’ is just the word that sums up her love life after her relationship with her high school sweetheart ended in disaster. But since then she’s hardly had time to brush her hair, let alone think about romance – even the kind being played out in front of the cameras by twenty-something actors posing as teenagers.
But all that changes for Cathy when charming, intense, impossibly sexy outsider Greg Moran arrives in Dogwood along with the Bittersweet cast and crew. She and the mysterious New Yorker have undeniable chemistry, but if Cathy thought she was guarded…? Greg blows hot (very, very hot) and cold with her romantically, leaving Cathy’s head in a spin. If she’s willing to drop her emotional walls, why can’t he? What is it in Greg’s past – or present – that means he’s keeping her at arm’s length?
One thing’s for certain: Cathy and Greg are magnetically drawn to one another, but they’ll have to fight to keep their relationship from turning sour.
Flirty Review: Three Lip Bites
Cathy is a single women working for her dad in a small town. She feels tied to her family as it's caregiver, it's a job she is very willing to take on and own. But she's searching like many of these types of characters all do. Enter in a mysterious man who rocks her world. Greg is new to town and it's assumed he's here for the new TV production that is taking place there. Cathy and Greg have an instant attraction. One that turns hot and cold with a very clever amount of sexual tension. When you think they are going to be together, Greg leaves Cathy high and dry. She's frustrated, used, and not willing to give him a second chance. Their relationship is very dynamic in that way. It's the I-hate-you-but-love-you aspect that really keeps the reader interested. Greg has these demons that we don't see until later, and Cathy is learning to love and trust. She's very insecure in her feelings about men and relationships since she's been hurt in the past.
All this is great. The build up is good, the sexual tension is hot, the way they come back together is nice. But when the real conflict is revealed...I was left thinking, that's it? Something so mundane could have been discussed so much earlier and avoided all the internal conflict of Cathy if Greg would have just opened his mouth about his past. I could see if his past was like illegal or something more severe but what he revealed to her at the arc of the book, I just couldn't understand the urgency.
Oh well. What I see may not be what another reader sees. It was a good book. I read it pretty quickly. It has it's very good moments and I think anyone would enjoy it. So I do recommend it. I will say that the London based author did capture American culture very well. I would have never known it wasn't an American writing the book.
About The Author
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.