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TRULY, MADLY, SWEETLY
Sweet Love #1
Releasing April 4th, 2016
An inherited parking spot. That’s all it took to make Natalie Moran’s food truck dreams come true. But her dream space is attached to a bakery inherited by someone else—drop dead gorgeous Eric Schneider, a financial consultant who wouldn’t know a cupcake from a cannoli. And he wants to buy Nat out, no matter what she has to say about it.
Eric’s determined to build his own business, but he needs the super cute klutz with the cupcake truck to help. If Nat will teach him the basics of running a bakery, he’ll give her free kitchen time. Except…neither expects the heat burning between them or the possibility that their arrangement might become permanent.
When it all blows up, Nat is convinced his actions mean betrayal. It’s up to Eric to regain her trust and show her he’s a man who is truly, madly in love with her, before she disappears from his life forever.
The walk home was a blur of hands and lips and a vague sense of embarrassment whenever someone had to clear their throats to get around them on the sidewalk. Nat nearly sobbed in relief once they reached Eric’s brownstone. They jogged up the stairs to the front door and Eric pulled her against him, claiming her lips again while he fumbled for the keys in his pocket. Nat vaguely realized there were still people wandering about the streets, but nothing much registered on her radar but Eric.
He dropped the keys on the stoop but neither took much notice. Eric pushed her up against his front door, his hands tangling in her hair as he angled her mouth to fit to his. She yanked his T-shirt out of his jeans, desperate to get her hands on his bare chest. He pulled the shoulder of her dress to the side, kissing across her collarbone.
Someone coughed. Eric and Nat glanced up, disoriented, and froze when they met the shocked gaze of someone’s little old night-owl grandma, apparently setting out to walk her dog. Eric nodded at her, his hand still entangled in Nat’s dress, his body pressed to hers. Moving, however, would definitely be worse, seeing as how it would give the poor old woman an eyeful of the rock solid length currently straining the seams in Eric’s pants.
“Good evening, Mrs. Jankowski. Going for a walk?” he asked.
Nat smiled and felt around on the ground for the keys with her foot.
Mrs. Jankowski nodded, her mouth hanging slightly open. “Just taking Peanut out.”
“Got them,” Nat whispered, kicking her foot out of her stiletto long enough to snake the keys with her toes. She brought her foot up behind her, grabbed the keys and shoved them into Eric’s hands.
“Ah. Lovely night for it,” he said, jamming his key into the lock. Nat sagged against him in relief when she heard the lock click.
“We’re just on our way in. Have a good night then.” Eric opened the door and they stumbled inside and slammed the door, shutting out the sight of his thoroughly shocked and mildly amused neighbor.
The moment the door closed, Eric and Natalie burst out laughing.
“Oh my God, your poor neighbor.”
“Yeah, I’m going to have to move for sure.”
They laughed again. The movement brought Eric and his poor pants back into contact with the sensitive skin of Nat’s bare thighs and her laughter choked off in a gasp. Eric’s eyes locked with hers and their smiles faded.
Then his lips were on hers again, his hands roaming over every inch he could touch. Eric spun Nat into the hallway and up a flight of stairs before she could catch her breath.
I have mixed feelings concerning a few things about this book HOWEVER- that said I would read(and plan to) another book by this author.
What I really liked was the humor. I laughed more than once, and it was true humor-stuff that was realistic. And Nat- her quirks...LOVED HER. She was believable and well written and a strong heroine.
Eric...GRRR. Him, I had some issues with, especially concerning his parents. That aspect of the plot line bothered me and made the book/him feel...I don't know...younger? Can't think of the right word. However, he takes care of Nat when she really needs him one night when she over-indulges and also proves himself (so to speak) at the end.
I also enjoyed the secondary characters of Gina and Jared- they perfectly suited Nat and Eric as their BFF's.
In fact, Ms. Archer has a great sense of pacing and timing in this novel and dare I say it- it reads like a perfect outline for a romantic comedy (made for TV or big screen) movie. There was also a sense of freshness to the writing.
Although I wish a few things had been addressed at the end, I really liked this fun, sweet(it made me hungry)treat of a novel!
Kira Archer resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kiddos, and far too many animals in the house. She tends to laugh at inappropriate moments, break all the rules she gives her kids (but only when they aren't looking), and would rather be reading a book than doing almost anything else. She has odd, eclectic tastes in just about everything and often lets her imagination run away with her. She loves her romances a little playful, a lot sexy, and always with a happily ever after.