Book Review – Suspiciously Sweet by Samantha SoRelle

Publisher: Balcarres Books LLC
Pages: 104
Characters: Trevor/Owen
POV: 3rd
Genre: Contemporary

Blurb:
Trevor Hill has a secret.

By day he’s a mild-mannered journalist, but by night he’s the hottest—and most hated—food critic in town. When he walks into Nana O’Neill’s Bakery looking for his next scathing review, the last thing he expects is someone like Owen behind the counter. The scowling man looks more like a bouncer than a baker, but after one bite, Trevor is in love—with Owen’s baking at least.

Owen O’Neill has secrets of his own.

Scarred, tattooed Owen would rather be in the kitchen whipping up pastries than dealing with actual people. But with the business failing, he can’t bring himself to kick out any repeat customers, even ones as annoying, dismissive, sarcastic, funny, and gorgeous as Trevor.

All Owen wants is to be left to run his little bakery in peace—a task made more difficult not only by Trevor’s distracting presence, but also by the legions of fans that show up following a review by a famous yet secretive critic…

A 35,000 word novella, Suspiciously Sweet is as light and fluffy as a genoise sponge, but served hot and filled with plenty of spice!

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Review

I loved this sweet romance by a new to me author, and now want to read more. Trevor and Owen are wonderful characters who both have secrets. I enjoyed their dancing around each other as they slowly thaw and let each other in.

Owen is sweet, and I liked how his personality belies his appearance and background. I love how his nana, who is the only person who stood by him, still has a huge influence on his life through her recipes and his memories of her. I love how Trevor tries to not enjoy Owen’s baking, and covers his total love for them under a snarky exterior. He and Owen are well suited, in personality and business. An added bonus, and a fun scene, is Trevor’s inability to bake.

I loved Yvonne and Rachel. They’re both strong women, and I hope they meet sometime. I liked how Yvonne has Owen and Trevor sussed out, and doesn’t take any nonsense. The descriptions of the bakery, and Owen’s creations are easy to visualise, and feel very real… and yummy.

The epilogue is a sweet conclusion to their story.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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