Sweet On You | Book Review
Updated: May 17, 2019
Warning: Have chocolate and coffee on hand if you read this one! You will doubtless be craving both...
Britt Bradford and Zander Ford have been the best of friends since they met thirteen years ago. Unbeknownst to Britt, Zander has been in love with her for just as long.
Independent and adventurous Britt channels her talent into creating chocolates at her hometown shop. Zander is a bestselling author who's spent the past 18 months traveling the world. He's achieved a great deal but still lacks the only thing that ever truly mattered to him--Britt's heart.
When Zander's uncle dies of mysterious causes, he returns to Merryweather, Washington, to investigate, and Britt is immediately there to help. Although this throws them into close proximity, both understand that an attempt at romance could jeopardize their once-in-a-lifetime friendship. But while Britt is determined to resist any change in their relationship, Zander finds it increasingly difficult to keep his feelings hidden.
As they work together to uncover his uncle's tangled past, will the truth of what lies between them also, finally, come to light?
Sweet on You is the final installment in the Bradford Sisters Trilogy by Becky Wade. I would like to read the first two books about Nora and Willow, Britt's sisters, but the book stood alone just fine and I wasn't missing any details.
Britt is a confident master chocolatier who serves mouth-watering (literally) gourmet chocolates, coffees, and pastries in her successful shop, Sweet Art. This part of the story was fun, with her lively co-workers and customers. Becky Wade's powers of description are effervescent and amusing - her people and places just come to life! I especially thought it was cute how she would describe things based on a particular character's perspective. And Zander's unique persona and his aching unrequited love pulled me in from the first sentence.
The mystery aspect of the story was intriguing at first, but as it proceeded I was a little disappointed with how obvious it became and how easily it could have been solved. But still an enjoyable element, for sure!
Britt and Zander's friendship is full-bodied and cute, with each one protective of the other and quick with the light-hearted banter of people who know each other inside and out..... except for the secrets they both keep.
But my only caveat - Britt is almost what I would call a compulsive dater, who flirts and dates guys for the pure buzz of infatuation, in her own words. I disagreed with her perspective that lust (again her term for it, not mine) is a fun and normal part of life, and her and Zander's love story involved his sweet, sacrificial love and her realization that, oh, whatd'ya know, there's sexual tension between us and I like kissing him. She irritated me in this way, because Zander is so sweet.
Physical attraction IS awesome, and one of God's most fun gifts to us! But personally, I just didn't think a whole novel should be centered around that lone sexual aspect of love between a man and a woman, because it left things feeling a bit incomplete - especially since this novel is in the Christian category. Just my two cents!
Becky’s a California native who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and settled in Dallas. She published historical romances for the general market before putting her career on hold for several years to care for her three children. When God called her back to writing, Becky knew He meant for her to turn her attention to Christian fiction. She loves writing funny, modern, and inspirational contemporary romance! She’s the Christy and Carol award winning author of My Stubborn Heart, the Porter Family series, and the Bradford Sisters Romance series.
*I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own.*