Sunday, May 16, 2021

✱✱Book Review✱✱ Sweet on You by Carla de Guzman


“A holiday escape as fluffy and sinful as a Christmas pastry.” —Entertainment Weekly

All’s fair in love and prank wars

For barista and café owner Sari Tomas, Christmas means parols, family, and no-holds-barred karaoke contests. This year, though, a new neighbor is throwing a wrench in all her best-laid plans. The baker next door—“some fancy boy from Manila”—might have cute buns, but when he tries to poach her customers with cheap coffee and cheaper tactics, the competition is officially on.

And Baker Boy better be ready, because Sari never loses.

Foodie extraordinaire Gabriel Capras want to prove to his dad that his career choice doesn’t make him any less a man. The Laneways might not be Manila, but the close-knit community is the perfect spot to grow his bakery into a thriving business. He wasn’t expecting a gorgeous adversary in the barista next door, but flirting with her makes his heart race, and it’s not just the caffeine.

It’s winner takes all this Christmas. And more than one competitor might just lose their heart for the holidays.

Momma Says: 3 stars⭐⭐⭐

After a few too many cutesy Christmas romances (totally my fault), I decided to take a break and spread the holiday cheer over the other 11 months. Sweet on You is my latest Christmastime story, and it is charming and fun. The romance happens pretty quickly, like the whole thing happens in about a month, so that's something to keep in mind if you don't like instalove. I'm not crazy about it, but instalove does make for a nice bit of escapism in a cute and entertaining RomCom, which is what we have here. Gabriel and Sari start out as rivals, and we have lots of banter and pranks. For me, some of that was a little too over the top and it felt like childish flirting, but it was still amusing to read, and it was great for lifting the spirits. There was maybe a bit too much time spent in the characters' heads, but overall the story is fast-paced and a low angst, easy read.

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