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.
It’s taken me a bit of time to figure out just how I feel about Sweet Bliss because the book and I had a bit of a bumpy ride. Overall I enjoyed the book. There are some great moments peppered throughout it, and once Tessa and Luke’s relationship finally got going I was interested to see how things would end up, but I didn’t end up loving it as much as I thought I would based on the description.
I actually really liked how Tessa and Luke first met/collided, it was a great meet cute situation with all the sparks of interest and attraction followed by the subsequent inability to form any sort of coherent or intelligent conversation on Tessa’s side of the situation and it had me looking forward to seeing just how they would find their way back to each other. They do and while I won’t get into specifics, it definitely worked for me. So here I’m waiting to see what happens next and that’s when “IT” happened. That huge bump in the road had me wondering if I should put the book aside for a spell and then return to it because I just wasn’t able to feel the same amount of outrage, or even indignation, that Tessa did at what happened with Luke. I got why she was upset about it, but to hold on to that for the length of time she did and actually want revenge on him just didn’t move me in a positive direction, especially since it was all she could think about (the story is told in 1st person solo POV) and it drove me bat shit crazy. But I kept at it because there was just something about Luke that had me wanting to know more about him and I’m happy that it did.
Once Tessa gets her ‘revenge’ a shift happens in the story and while we are still very much in Tessa’s head I got to see her truly interacting with another person, namely Luke, and I started to get a better idea of who she really is and while I can’t say I loved her, I did understand her better. I admired her business acumen and the determination and heart she put into Lovely Cakes to make her dream a successful reality. And why she had so many walls in place when it came to relationships and I liked how they started to crumble thanks to Luke. Now, Luke I really liked. He’s sweet, charming, sexy and quite honest about who he is and what he wants. He knows life isn’t perfect, that he’s not perfect but he’s willing to take that leap of faith to see if things will work out, this isn’t only when it comes to Tessa but life itself. He has commitment issues and doesn’t try to deny it, and in fact his reasons for never being in a long term relationship were quite valid IMHO, but recognizes a good thing when he sees it.
I liked the way their relationship played out. There were some twists and turns that I saw coming and others that were a surprise. What I actually liked the most is how the author worked Tessa and Luke’s parents situations into it in the end. I thought it was a very nice touch at how she brought the secondary storylines full circle.
Though I wasn’t feeling the first person inner monologuing in the beginning,a total it’s not you it’s me situation, I still found the writing to be engaging and as this is Ms. Rac’s debut novel think she did a great job at bringing the story to life and will definitely be on the lookout for future books to see how she progresses as an author.
The Bottom Line: I may not have loved Sweet Bliss, but I still enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone looking for a good read on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
~ ARC provided by Tryst Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
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.