ABOUT SWEET DREAMS
He may own a candy company, but this wealthy bachelor is no Willy Wonka.
Sugar Rush Candy Company CEO Luke Stone is a devoted businessman who doesn’t do relationships. He does short-term affairs with clearly defined rules. But when a sexy bohemian angel propositions him in a bar, Luke is tempted to want more.
Polly Lockhart is horrified when she wakes the morning after her twenty-third birthday to realize she made a fool of herself with a sinfully delicious man. She tells herself she doesn’t have time for romance anyway, as she’s fighting to keep her mother’s beloved bakery afloat and finish her culinary studies. That all changes when her class tours the famed Sugar Rush headquarters, and Polly collides with her dream man again.
As she succumbs to their hot attraction, Polly soon realizes her bakery isn’t the only thing that needs saving. Luke, driven and unyielding, will burn out unless someone convinces him to taste the sweetness of life. But can Polly remember this sugar rush is only temporary?
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“There’s a belief that our souls guide us to certain people because something in them reminds us of ourselves or because there’s something we have to learn from them.” “It’s an attraction of energies, the seeking of fulfillment. Sometimes opposites attract, but sometimes likes attract. We like each other, and we’re also alike. So on one level it’s not so strange after all.”
Told from dual points of view, Sweet Dreams follows the story of Polly and Luke. Ever since her mother passed away, Polly has been working hard to salvage her mother’s dream. She’s doing everything she can, but never seems to get ahead. It’s not until her 23rd birthday, that she takes a moment for herself. She goes out to celebrate her birthday and meets the hottest guy she’s ever seen…What could possibly go wrong??? Luke is all about business and has no time for dates. So, when he meets Polly, he can’t help but be intrigued. They are as opposite as opposites can get. But, there is just something about her that calls to him. Luke tries to fight the pull, but one can only fight a connection like that for so long…..
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I loved the idea of the story and was pulled in from the moment I picked it up. I thought that Polly’s character was a lot of fun. I loved how quirky she was and her free spirit. I thought that she was very hard working, determined and independent. I appreciated how hard she fought to keep her mother’s business alive. I liked Luke a lot. When I first met him, I wanted to know more about this sexy workaholic. He too was hard working, focused and determined. He doesn’t do love or relationships, but when he meets Polly, it’s like something has been awakened inside of him. He feels things he never knew existed. For the first time, he’s seeing a future and that scares him…
I adored Luke and Polly together. I loved their push and pull. Their chemistry was intense and undeniable from the very beginning. I loved watching their relationship grow and could not wait to see how things would play out between the two of them.
However, I did have a few issues with Sweet Dreams. While I felt that it was well written, there were some parts that were a bit bumpy and didn’t quite work for me–and that might just be me. But, sometimes, those little things can be distracting. My only other issue was the ending. Please don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the ending, I just felt that it was a bit rushed and left me wanting more.
Despite the few issues I had with this book, I really did enjoy it. I toyed between a 3.5 and 4 star rating and I just feel that 4 stars is the right way to go. I loved Polly and Luke’s story. I felt that it was sexy and sweet with just the right amount of romance, angst and drama. I think this new series is off to a good start and I’m excited to see where the series will go next.
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*
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About Nina Lane
New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane writes hot, sexy romances and spicy erotica. Originally from California, she holds a PhD in Art History and an MA in Library and Information Studies, which means she loves both research and organization. She also enjoys traveling and thinks St. Petersburg, Russia is a city everyone should visit at least once. Although Nina would go back to college for another degree because she’s that much of a bookworm and a perpetual student, she now lives the happy life of a full-time writer.