Published by Carina Press
Pub Date: January 31st 2011
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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John Murphy is tormented by nightmares. A bestselling young-adult author, he writes the ultimate fantasy: stories where good always triumphs. He knows better. His past has shown him the worst in people—and in himself. When he moves next door to the sexy, vibrant Livvy—a woman completely unlike his usual one-night stands—he's driven to explore every curve of her delicious body.
Pastry chef Livvy knows that giving in to the temptation that is John Murphy won't lead to anything permanent, but she deserves a passionate summer fling. John discovers she's as sweet as the confections she bakes while Livvy slowly unravels his secrets. But what will happen when she uncovers them all?
Upon first meeting John Murphy, I fell for him because he is hot, and he irritated me because he knows he’s hot. But John is also a writer. I love stories where one of the main characters is a writer, especially when it’s a guy and he’s attractive. I find intellectual hot guys irresistible, so I let his cockiness slide, just a little though.
There was no way Murphy was not going to fall for Livvy. Livvy is great! She is attractive, smart, funny, sweet and self-sufficient. She doesn’t need a man, but she wants one. She wants a marriage and kids and is aware that Murphy is not that guy. That doesn’t mean she’s not lusting over him as much as he’s lusting over her, and so her sister convinces her to have a fun summer fling with him.
Even though they enter this fling knowingly, Livvy is not prepared to immediately jump into bed with Murphy, which he takes in stride. The sexual tension build-up between the two is electric and soon enough, everything aligns and they give in. Without realizing it, especially on Murphy’s part, they begin to fall in love. Livvy starts to see below Murphy’s surface. She begins to see that Murphy’s pain runs incredibly deep and she coaxes some details from him but not many. I never anticipated just how damaged Murphy would be. I never thought his deep secrets would make my heart ache for him. No child should ever have to suffer like that. Murphy can’t fathom why in the world he keeps sharing pieces of his past with Livvy. But she is really easy to talk to, laugh with, care for and this begins to scare him. When they both finally give in to their emotions, and openly voice their love to each other I was so incredibly happy for them.
Then Murphy freaks. And he pushes Livvy away in an incredibly cruel way. To be honest, I don’t know how Livvy stood there and took half the things he flung at her. I would’ve walked away after the first. But she knows Murphy is not an easy man to love and she tries to make him see that she loves him despite his monsters. Of course, this only makes him push harder, and crueler, until he hits her in the one spot guaranteed to shatter her. In turn, my heart broke as well. I think I spent the last third of this book crying.
While all that is going on, we also get to read parts of the book Murphy is writing. It’s obvious that the characters in the book are all parts of Murphy, and so we get to in a way decipher his feelings by what the characters are going through. It was a really nice part of this book. I haven’t read any book with that particular aspect in it.
Sweet as Sin is my first contemporary romance read, so I can say with absolute certainty that it is the best one I’ve read to date! :) I loved it. I went into it thinking it was going to be a fun, sexy story, but it was so much more than that. It was so emotional! It was also a really steamy read. The intimate scenes are very well written and will leave you fanning yourself. I fell in love with ALL of the characters in this book, they were just so real that you can’t help it. I will definitely be reading this book again and again, so I recommend you give it a try.
Oh! And I’m dedicating a song to Murphy & Livvy and this book. Every time I hear this song, they are all I think about.