Thursday, November 13, 2014

Review + Giveaway: Bittersweet by Sunday James

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release: September 2014

Sparks fly between a sexy stranger and a small-town waitress in this steamy new contemporary romance…

When new teen TV series 'Bittersweet' begins shooting in Dogwood, Virginia, the small town is abuzz with excitement. But local waitress Cathy Johnson has too much on her plate to waste time being star-struck. To Cathy, "bittersweet" is just the word that sums up her love-life after her high school romance ended in disaster. Since then she’s hardly had time to brush her hair, let alone think about relationships. Certainly not the kind being played out in front of the cameras by impossibly beautiful actors posing as teenagers…

But all that changes when tall, dark, blue-eyed stranger Greg Moran arrives in Dogwood along with the 'Bittersweet' cast and crew. Cathy and the devastatingly sexy New Yorker have instant chemistry. But Greg blows hot (STEAMING hot) and cold with her romantically, leaving Cathy’s head in a spin. She has a feeling he’s keeping something from her… If Cathy is willing to drop her emotional walls, why is Greg still so intense and mysterious? What is it in his past – or present – that means he’s keeping Cathy at arm’s length? How badly has his heart really been broken before?

Cathy and Greg are magnetically drawn to one another, but they’ll have to fight to keep their relationship from turning sour. Will they make it? If it’s hard to let go of the past, falling in love can be BITTERSWEET…


Bittersweet was a refreshing read for me right now because it has been different from what I've been reading. It wasn't overly dramatic, it flowed well, and though it was mostly told from Cathy's point of view that last little bit was in Greg's which is always fun and it was nice to get a bit of an insight into Greg.

I liked Cathy's character. She has a lot on her shoulders with helping her dad with his health and restaurant and basically raising her younger brother after their mom walked out for the bright lights of Hollywood. This girl needs to learn how to make time for herself, and when Greg comes rolling in to town it seems like the perfect opportunity. Greg seems like a decent guy, but he has a major chip on his shoulder. He obviously has some family issues and stress and need to be successful as an actor has him constantly on edge. He comes off as a mystery most of the time and he is far from the dominant guy I'm used to reading about and because of this he runs hot and cold with Cathy throughout the whole book. I just wanted more from his character, so I'm really looking forward to the next book and hopefully diving more into the mystery behind Greg.

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Written Revelry gives Bittersweet 3.5 out of 5.

Happy Reading,
Sunday James is the pen name of author Sareeta Domingo, when writing the New Adult contemporary romance series BITTERSWEET. She lives in London and works as an editor at creative book packager Hothouse Fiction, squeezing writing into her mornings, evenings and weekends – but promises she has a life…
She loves all things American – literature, history, popular culture – so much so that she even lived and studied in California, but somehow missed out on being swept off her feet by a devastatingly handsome but mysterious actor while she was there. Luckily, writing BITTERSWEET has allowed her to live that dream.

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