- Totally Bound Publishing
- Release Date
- July 2014
- Book 1 of What's Her Secret
Chick-lit, Contemporary Romance
What will happen when dark secrets threaten a perfect recipe for happiness and newfound love?
Left on her own, Carrie Ann decides it is time to escape her past, empower herself and overcome her confidence issues by turning her secret hobby of erotic cake design into a business. Her world is then turned upside down when she bumps into dynamic and sexy Dominic. Unwittingly, Carrie Ann sows the seeds of disaster from day one, weaving a web of deceit, and before she knows it the lies are multiplying.
As news of her baking brilliance spreads, romance grows. Now, only one thing can ruin their happiness and that is Carrie Ann's dark deceptions and the battle she is fighting within herself. Will she be strong enough to overcome a past that is set to destroy her dreams for the future and tell Dominic the truth, or will she lose him forever?
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of mild bondage and public sex and has reference to voyeurism and ménage scenes. There is also a sex scene involving food.
Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Feb 27, 2016 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
95 people found the following review helpful
Usually I can't help but adore a delicious romance set in the kitchen, but SWEET SECRETS didn't leave me feeling satiated.
Essentially held captive her entire life by an overbearing and ill father, Carrie Ann Jude is finally starting to spread her wings upon his death, even planning to start an erotic cake business now that she's free. On a flight back from the US, Carrie Ann meets the sexy young Dominic and sparks fly. She can't believe he'd be interested in her, so she doesn't hesitate to tell some lies, substituting her father's shackles for a faux husband and knocking a few years off of her age. She doesn't expect to see him again after all, so no harm, no foul. But fate is funny, and the two chance upon one another again. Before she knows what's happening, he's staying in her home, he's helping get her business off the ground and she's no longer a virgin.
Carrie Ann has gone and fallen hard for Dominic, but how will she explain the atrocious lies she told? Will he still feel the same once he finds out her secrets?
SWEET SECRETS is a book in the What's Her Secret? series of novels featuring women with secrets by a variety of authors. This book started off very slow and dry, and I had a tough time connecting with Carrie Ann. She had so many insecurities and issues that it got to the point where I was more annoyed than empathetic, the constant "why would you want me?" and "you couldn't possibly be falling for me" had me wishing Dominic would just agree and walk away. I can't stand female characters who are utterly and completely insecure, though Carrie Ann did gain a bit of strength as the book went on. I didn't fully grasp her concept of erotic cake art…that was a huge facet of the plot but, unless I missed something, I don't think she actually DID any raunchy designs for her customers, leaving me confused as to why this was even a thing.
Now the lies. Told for absolutely no reason and with plenty of opportunities to come clean, the continued perpetuation of her BS just made me shake my head. And the fact that Dominic didn't catch on after living in town and meeting loads of people who knew Carrie Ann's past didn't make much sense either. I did like him though, he was like a cute little puppy, all high energy and affection, however I truly couldn't see any chemistry between the two of them whatsoever (hell, she had better chemistry in her fantasies about a fellow chef!). There were several areas in SWEET SECRETS where I found myself trying to figure out why Carrie Ann was reacting to things so outlandishly, so while the editing was nicely done, there were parts that made me feel like I was missing something integral to the story.
Bottom Line: A whiny, insecure heroine and her "woe is me" mentality made this one cooking book I didn't find appetizing.
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