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THE SWEETEST THING
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Multicultural
In the first outing in the Just Desserts series, one romance develops organically as another relationship is best described as abusive and possibly dangerous. In the background of Quentin and Harper’s central romance is the relationship between his rival, Dwayne, and the woman who cheated on him with Dwayne. The contrast of these couples is a bit distracting, but Mello ties them together well. Dwayne is more nuanced than he appears and the author manages to explain his emotional issues and bring both couples to a point of contentment.
Harper Donovan hasn’t seen her father, Everett, since she was 5 years old, and she’s ambivalent when he passes away, leaving her his Memphis bakery. Harper’s grandmother encourages her to go to Memphis and learn what she can about the man he was. Harper keeps an open mind and discovers, from his two foster sons who worship his memory, that Everett was a man she now wishes she had known. One foster son, Quentin, could even be someone to spend her life with. (DAFINA, Mar., 352 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed By: Jacqui McGugins
Published: March 2014