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GIVEAWAY & REVIEW: How Sweet It Is by Sophie Gunn

Description

Single mom Lizzie Bea Carpenter learned long ago that no white knight was coming to save her. A hardworking waitress at the local diner, she's raising her daughter to be like the independent women in her "Enemy Club"--high school rivals turned best friends, promising to always tell each other the whole truth and nothing but!

Yet part of Lizzie wishes she did have a man's help, just for small stuff, like fixing up the house. Her fairy godmother must have been listening, because Dante "Tay" Giovanni soon appears. He's sexy, kind, and offering assistance--no strings attached.

Slowly, steadily, Lizzie's heart opens. But the grip of the past is fierce, and nothing in life is ever really free. Tay has his own tragedies to overcome, but if he can, he'll fix more than Lizzie's home. He'll show her just how sweet it is to be loved by him.

About the Author

Sophie Gunn grew up in suburban Philadelphia, but raced to New York City as soon as she got the chance. After four years at Columbia University, she worked at several of Manhattan's top advertising agencies as a copywriter, penning ads for Pepsi, BMW, Sony, and other major brands. When her husband got a job in a tiny town in upstate New York, she knew her ad career was over. So she opened a computer file and typed, "Chapter One." Now, she's back in Philadelphia, six blocks from where she grew up, with her two cats, two kids, and one husband, writing what she loves and wondering why she ever left. She loves to hear from readers, so visit SophieGunn.com to contact her and to find out more.

Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Forever; Original edition (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446561991
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446561990
SOURCE:  PUBLISHER

MY THOUGHTS
LOVED IT

First of all, I really enjoyed this one, but you must suspend your beliefs in order to truly get into the story.  Thee were a few plot points that I had to take with a grain of salt.  Lizzie gets pregnant and keeps the baby with her parents help and when they die, she inherits the property.  Due to her small salary as a waitress, she can maintain the house and things are falling apart.

Enter Tay, a handsome and handy man who offers to help Lizzie fix the house asking nothing in return.  Tay hears Lizzie in the diner mention that she need things fixed and in his guilt he offers help.  Tay has immense guilt over an accident he caused killing Linda and leaving her daughter, Candy,  penniless.   Tay sells everything he owns and gives Candy the money which she promptly throws off a bridge.  This is where the plot lost me.  I can't imagine anyone throwing money away, especially someone who needs it.

So Tay and Lizzie work through their issues and  resolve their conflicts.  There are some sweet and humorous moments as well that will have you saying "AWWW".  This story is the set up for a series of four(?) total books about the Enemy Club.  I loved  the author's writing so much that I will definitely want to read more from her.  I received this book at no charge from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.





WANT TO WIN A COPY OF THIS BOOK?

Contest is open to anyone with a US or Canadian mailing addresses (no PO Boxes)

Contest ends on 2.9.11 Winner will be chosen by Random.org on  2.10.11
Winner will have 48 hours to respond to email or a new winner will be chosen.
This giveaway is sponsored by Hachette Book Group and up to 3 books will be available.
Only one winner per household address!

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111 comments:

  1. I visisted Sophie's website and learned like so many authors, she actually writes under another name as well! Diana Holquist writes about romance in the big city, Sophie seems to prefer small towns!
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  2. I love the diner look to the cover with the black and white tiles! Looks like a good story, sometimes this genre does make us suspend disbelief almost as much as sci/fi or fantasy!
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  3. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  4. This sounds really good.Thanks for the chance to win it
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  5. interesting fact-Sophie Gunn is the pseudonym of award-winning author Diana Holquist.(I had no idea)
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  6. Thanks for this awesome giveaway, this book sounds great! :D
    And I absolutely love the cover! :D

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  7. Before visiting Sophie's website, I did not know that Sophie Gunn is the pseudonym of author Diana Holquist. Now I will check out all books written under those names!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  8. How Sweet It Is looks very cute and I have added it to my wish list! Sophie Gunn writes fast paced romantic comedy books under the name Diana Holquist. I checked out Diana website too and added some more books to my list! I love Diana's style more! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. I sooo want to get my hands on this book, it sounds great!! Thanks for the chance

    Visited Sophie's website and saw she also writes under the name Diana Holquist, so I took a detour to Diana's web page and am loving how her books sound. Am hoping to get ahold of one of those too :)

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  11. Thanks for the giveaway!
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  12. Interesting fact: I didn't know that Sophie Gunn is the pseudonym of award-winning author Diana Holquist!
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  14. Thanks so much for holding this contest! I'm glad you liked HOW SWEET IT IS. And yes, my secret is out! I am also Diana Holquist--those books are more fast-paced romantic comedies.

    Good luck with the contest!

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  30. I like Sophie's Faq pg. She loves fun and humor.
    This story sounds like one I would love to read. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

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  41. I know I will enjoy reading How Sweet It Is.. Thanks

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  48. I love the cover. Reminds me of my younger days. lol

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  52. Love Sophie's website. I want to check out the site again as I find something new each time. Thanks

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  62. Tonight is a great night to curl up with a good book.
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  70. such a cute cover! the colors work really well together, even though they're so different. this is my daily entry =]

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  83. Sophie Gunn is the pseudonym for Diana Holquist.
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  101. Visited her site and discovered that her husband came up with the name, ENEMY CLUB, to describe her relationship with her former high school classmates.

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  103. I visited Sophie's website and see that "Sophie" is the alter ego of Diana Holquist. Who knew!

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  104. Thanks for the great giveaway! I would love to get my hands on this book! Love the cover!

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  110. Looking forward to reading Sophie's book. Thanks

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  111. NICOLE -- nicolesender

    TIFFANY -- jaidahsmommy

    SUSAN -- mahaffey@library
    An email has been sent to the lucky people named above (first part of their email address in case my note ends up in spam). The winner(s) has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
    Thanks to all who entered.

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