Thursday, March 17, 2016

Tasty Book Tours Book Review: Sweet Haven

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Sweet Home #1
Shirlee McCoy
Released February 23rd, 2016
Zebra: Kensington

In Benevolence, Washington, the Lamont family's irresistible handmade chocolates are a cherished tradition--and always a reason to celebrate. And now they're giving the three Lamont sisters, one by one, delicious chances to start again, make a change, and have their sweetest dreams come true...

Neighbors who care, a peaceful routine--accountant Adeline Lamont is glad some things about her beloved hometown never change. But when her grandfather is injured, she has to run the family store, Chocolate Haven, and make its legendary fudge. Trouble is, she can't get the recipe right to save her life--or Chocolate Haven. And she doesn't need her ornery new tenant, Sinclair Jefferson, stirring up the pot with his help--and daring Addie to taste her wild side…

Once Sinclair gets his hapless brother back on track, he's leaving Benevolence for good this time. He's made his life far away from his irresponsible family and their scandals. Trouble is, he can't quite stay away from Addie's optimism, ent

icing plus-size curves, and kindness to those who need it most. But they don't seem to have a thing in common--except that Addie's passion for chocolate, and for Benevolence, is just as contagious as Sinclair's passion for her. Maybe small-town life has its charms after all…

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Small town romance is probably my favorite type of romance. I also like books that are family centered and that is definitely what this is. If you love authors like Debbie Macomber, Donna Kauffman or Sheila Roberts you will love Shirlee McCoy.

Addie is a fabulous heroine. She's real. I love that she's a chubby girl. I'm so sick all the heroines in novels being skinny gorgeous things. I want reality in my romance sometimes, or at least something close to it.

Sinclair is great too. He's back in Benevolence to help his brother straighten out his life. The two of them start a relationship, albeit a strange one, that includes chasing after Addies not so tiny dog, Tiny.

There are characters that you will love like May, who Addie is going to be garishly dressed for as a bridesmaid in her wedding, and character's you hate, Addie's mom, Janelle. Am I the only one that found her referring to her mom by her first name a little odd? I've never understood mom's that want to be addressed by their first name.

This book gave me a huge feeling of deja vu, I think that has to do with the number of books from this genre that I've read, but really all the while I read this one, I felt like I had read it before. How strange is that?

I loved the little bit of mystery that went along with the romance and I was glad that it was also something that wasn't sinister. When I want a more dark mystery, I'll turn to thrillers not romance, so this suited me well. 

I also enjoyed Chase, who came to work for Addie in the shop. His story really helps tie things together.

Oh and then there's the fudge and how Addie finally got it right. (That was so flipping sweet)

This is the perfect feel good romance and there's even a touch of mystery to it.

I'm glad this is part of a series, because I look forward to revisiting the town and some of the characters.

Rating: 5 flowers

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Shirlee McCoy spent her childhood making up stories and acting them out with her sister. It wasn’t long before she discovered Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, her mother’s gothic romances . . . and became an ardent fan of romantic suspense. She still enjoys losing herself in a good book. And she still loves making up stories. Shirlee and her husband live in Washington and have five children. Readers can visit her website at


Tasty Book Tours said...

Thank you for hosting SWEET HAVEN!

penney said...

This sounds really good thanks for the review

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