Sunday, September 25, 2016

Review: Love on the Sweet Side by Mariah Ankenman

Title: Love on the Sweet Side
Author: Mariah Ankenman
Genre/Age: Romance
Series: None
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Format: ebook via NetGalley
My Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisMaggie Evans is back in Peak Town, Colorado to take over her grandmother’s cupcake shop, but problems keep arising. Is it rotten luck…or something more nefarious? To top it off, her former best friend/childhood crush, Colton Denning, won’t leave her alone. He’s sexier than ever. But Maggie has no time for love. 

When his best friend comes back into town all grown up, Colton finds his feelings for her go far beyond friendship. Unfortunately, the pretty baker only sees him as the town playboy. He plans to convince her otherwise, but may not get the chance when someone starts threatening Maggie's life. 

Whether she likes it or not, Colton plans to take her safety into his own hands. How will Maggie keep her shop afloat with a madman after her? More importantly, how will she keep her heart intact when Colton admits her safety isn’t the only thing he wants in his hands?

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for honest review.** 

Adorable. This book was simply and utterly adorable. I am still smiling!

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I can admit that I'm not usually one for sappy love stories. I've literally cringed while watching Nicholas Sparks movies. Oh, and I didn't cry at the end of Titanic. I know... Revoke my woman-card and nullify my ovaries. However...

This story was just fabulous!

There was the exact right amount of romance, humor, angst, mystery, and steam, to keep me glued to the digital pages. I read this thing in like four hours, total. Just awesome. Alright, onto my review.

Maggie hadn't planned on returning to Colorado, a place she had visited as a child. There were just too many wonderful, yet painful, memories of her summers spent with Colton. But when her grandmother passes away and leaves Maggie with the family's cupcake shop, Maggie packs up and moves to the mountain town to sell sweets. Yum.

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Running a cupcake shop isn't easy, though. Sales are dropping, her distributor seems to be incompetent, and the mysterious stroke of bad luck that has hit her lately only further convinces her that someone could be out to destroy her business. Having a flirtatious cowboy with a dangerous smile around is a distraction that she doesn't need.

Colton has wondered, for years, why Maggie suddenly stopped visiting Colorado. And now that she's back in town, he wants to find out. But after saving Maggie from a near-death incident, he discovers that he might want more from her than an explanation, after all. When her life is suddenly in danger, Colt makes it his mission to save her, despite her stubborn refusal. And of course, this leads to sparks igniting of epic proportions.

I honestly have nothing to complain about. I loved everything about this book. The heroine was strong, yet fallible. The hero was dependable and kind but also assertive. The villain-ish characters were intriguing. The secondary characters were fantastic, too.

P.S. If we don't get a follow-up book with Lizzy and Dade's story, I just might lose my marbles! I am 100% on board with those two becoming a couple!

In closing...
A sweet and spicy story of friends-to-lovers with a fun mystery on the side. Five delicious suns!

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