on November 14th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Personal Copy
Also by this author: The Player (The Player, #1), The Catch (The Player, #2)
An all new second chance love story by the
New York Times Bestselling
author of the Driven series.
It all started with the invitation. To my ex-fiance’s new wedding.
I should have ignored it.Thrown it away. Set it afire. But I didn’t. I replied.
With a plus one.
And then my assistant accidentally mailed it.
Enter Hayes Whitley. Mega-movie star. The man who has captured the hearts of millions. But I gave him mine years ago. He was my first love. He was my everything. Right until he up and left to chase his dreams without so much as a simple goodbye.
When he showed up out of the blue ten years later, I should have known to steer clear. I should have rejected his offer to take me to my ex’s wedding. I should have never let him kiss me.
But I didn’t.
And now we’re left wondering if the pieces of the life we once shared still fit together somehow. First loves are hard to forget. The question is, do we want to forget? Or do we risk the chance and see what happens next?
I loved K. Bromberg’s Driven series and couldn’t believe my eyes when I went to buy her latest book and discovered I had an unread stand-alone romance from her! Sweet Cheeks is the sweet and steamy second chance romance between Hayes and Saylor, high-school sweethearts who go their separate ways after Hayes leaves for Hollywood to seek his fame and fortune as an actor.
First, I’ll fess-up that I totally judged this book by the cover. I thought this was going to be a light hearted read based on the title but was surprised by the drama and angst. Saylor bought a cupcake shop in Santa Barbara, California after calling off her wedding. Six months after breaking-up with her fiance, she accidentally RSVP’s to his new wedding invite to his new fiancee and accidentally says she’s bringing a +1. Saylor’s brother reconnects her with Hayes as potential wedding date material.
I really loved the imagery that K. Bromberg painted of Saylor. She’s low on confidence after escaping a confining relationship but gets carried away in what she loves and finds her creative outlet in cupcake baking. Saylor always finds herself losing track of time and covered in blue frosting. She’s also stubborn with a quick temper – a fun quirk to watch as she worked out her issues with Hayes.
Hayes was equally charming and too good to be true at times. Young Hayes couldn’t handle both Saylor and Hollywood but thinks the grown-up version of himself can. He’s devoted and determined to protect those he loves, spending a good portion of the book looking for Saylor’s forgiveness. So determined and completely charming – they guy could sell ice to an Eskimo. Really – he could get away with murder. And he’s equally as stubborn as Saylor.
This book really digs into the question of “does first love deserve a second chance?” Saylor and Hayes face major obstacles that are out of their control that they, unfortunately, have to deal with. This forces them to repeatedly internally evaluate if what they have is worth fighting for. (And of course, there is the standard “I’m a movie star and can she fit into my world” subplot).
Overall, Sweet Cheeks was a charming second chance romance that combines the Hollywood glitz with rediscovering yourself. Somewhat high in angst, it made me sit for awhile and think about how much I’ve changed since my high school days. Super sweet and charming book, I recommend for anyone who is a fan of the trope.