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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Sweet and a Bit Sad

Author Sophie Gunn is a pseudonym for award-winning author Diana Holquist, but while Diana writes fast-paced romantic comedies set in big cities, Sophie writes more down-to-earth, emotional stories set in small towns. Both of them, however, live just outside Philadelphi...
Author Sophie Gunn is a pseudonym for award-winning author Diana Holquist, but while Diana writes fast-paced romantic comedies set in big cities, Sophie writes more down-to-earth, emotional stories set in small towns. Both of them, however, live just outside Philadelphia with two kids, two cats, and just one husband. This is the first title for Sophie Gunn, with Sweet Kiss of Summer as book two in this Enemy Club series coming soon. Titles for Diana Holquist include: How to Tame a Modern Rogue, Hungry for More, and Sexiest Man Alive.

Single mom Lizzie Bea Carpenter learned long ago that there was no white knight coming to save her. As a hard-working waitress in a local diner, she's trying to raise her teenage daughter to be as independent as she herself had to be. But part of Lizzie wishes she did have a man's help, if for no other reason than to fix up her family's home, which is in dyer need of repairs. The "Enemy Club"-- high school rivals turned best friends, who promise to tell the truth and nothing but-- someone gets Lizzie to state her wish aloud. In steps Dante "Tay" Giovanni. He's aloof, sexy, and offers his assistance with no strings attached. But Tay is in her small town for one reason-- to try to overcome a recent tragedy in his past. But the past has a fierce grip, and unless they both learn to let go, neither will ever find true happiness.

I've enjoyed Diana Holquist's books in the past, and was curious to see the softer side in Sophie Gunn. I was not disappointed. This book was a lot slower paced than expected, but in no way was it boring. Rest assured for Diana's fans, her quick-witted humor does poke through.

There were two things about this book that stood out after reading. "The Enemy Club" for one. I love the idea alone, but put into action was downright funny, endearing, and intriguing. The second book, Sweet Kiss of Summer, follows Nina, and I am looking very forward to it. The other was the hero, Tay. For a guy with a traumatizing past, and now left with emotional baggage, he had humor without being over-broody. Very well done. I love the small town feel to this book, as the setting was perfect. The secondary characters made the book pop. And the subplot and secondary conflicts were just riveting. Highly recommended.

Kelly Moran
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posted by AuthorKellyMoran on February 5, 2011

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Cute.

Lizzie Carpenter's just gotten a letter from Ethan, the father of her 14-year-old daughter - the man she hasn't heard from in 15 years. He's decided it's time for him to meet his daughter, and he wants to come on Christmas Day. Lizzie doesn't know what to do; on one han...
Lizzie Carpenter's just gotten a letter from Ethan, the father of her 14-year-old daughter - the man she hasn't heard from in 15 years. He's decided it's time for him to meet his daughter, and he wants to come on Christmas Day. Lizzie doesn't know what to do; on one hand, Paige should meet her father. On the other hand, does he deserve to meet Paige after so much time has passed? So she takes the letter to work with her and discusses the situation with her "Enemy Club" - Lizzie and three other women who hated each other in high school and are now.friends who tell each other the truth - always.

Paige is delighted that her father is coming. The letter is postmarked from Geneva, so she's sure he'll take her back with him so she can work on her snowboarding there. She wants to be a professional snowboarder, and is dreaming that he's come to take her away from the small town of Galton. Lizzie is stuck trying to be supportive of the fact that he's coming, while trying not to get Paige's expectations up. Paige accuses her of trying to keep Ethan from being interested in Paige by living in a shabby house. Lizzie knows she's let things go, but doesn't know how to fix it all.

Tay Giovanni is in the diner when he overhears Lizzie's wish for a man to help fix up the house. Tay is passing through town on his own mission: A year ago, he accidentally hit and killed a woman in an automobile accident. Although it was declared an accident and he was not punished, he can't get over it. He sold his possessions and tries to do good works. His final act of kindness is to give all his money to the woman's daughter, Candy, who is going to college in Galton. Things don't end up like he anticipated, and he ends up spending some time in town, where he decides to fix Lizzie's fence.

From there, all sorts of things happen all at once: We meet Lizzie's sister Annie and her husband Tommy, who have their own set of problems, Lizzie and Tay begin a romance, there's a secret inside The Enemy Club, and Paige takes matters into her own hands.

How Sweet It Is is a bittersweet, multilayered Contemporary Romance. I liked Lizzie and understood her reluctance to accept Tay's help in an effort to teach her daughter not to depend on men, but it was still a bit frustrating to read over and over her refusal of help. The interaction between Lizzie and Paige was soooo true-to-life. As the mother of a teenager, I can attest to that, lol. Tay was definitely an anti-hero, and his self-flagellation made me crazy! And while the romance was sweet, it felt a bit rushed - the sex scenes were each about two paragraphs long. I also thought the ending was a bit of a stretch with the mystery being solved in an unbelievable way.

How Sweet It Is is the first book in the Enemy Club series.

posted by BookAddictPatti on March 18, 2011

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  • Posted March 18, 2011

    Cute.

    Lizzie Carpenter's just gotten a letter from Ethan, the father of her 14-year-old daughter - the man she hasn't heard from in 15 years. He's decided it's time for him to meet his daughter, and he wants to come on Christmas Day. Lizzie doesn't know what to do; on one hand, Paige should meet her father. On the other hand, does he deserve to meet Paige after so much time has passed? So she takes the letter to work with her and discusses the situation with her "Enemy Club" - Lizzie and three other women who hated each other in high school and are now.friends who tell each other the truth - always.

    Paige is delighted that her father is coming. The letter is postmarked from Geneva, so she's sure he'll take her back with him so she can work on her snowboarding there. She wants to be a professional snowboarder, and is dreaming that he's come to take her away from the small town of Galton. Lizzie is stuck trying to be supportive of the fact that he's coming, while trying not to get Paige's expectations up. Paige accuses her of trying to keep Ethan from being interested in Paige by living in a shabby house. Lizzie knows she's let things go, but doesn't know how to fix it all.

    Tay Giovanni is in the diner when he overhears Lizzie's wish for a man to help fix up the house. Tay is passing through town on his own mission: A year ago, he accidentally hit and killed a woman in an automobile accident. Although it was declared an accident and he was not punished, he can't get over it. He sold his possessions and tries to do good works. His final act of kindness is to give all his money to the woman's daughter, Candy, who is going to college in Galton. Things don't end up like he anticipated, and he ends up spending some time in town, where he decides to fix Lizzie's fence.

    From there, all sorts of things happen all at once: We meet Lizzie's sister Annie and her husband Tommy, who have their own set of problems, Lizzie and Tay begin a romance, there's a secret inside The Enemy Club, and Paige takes matters into her own hands.

    How Sweet It Is is a bittersweet, multilayered Contemporary Romance. I liked Lizzie and understood her reluctance to accept Tay's help in an effort to teach her daughter not to depend on men, but it was still a bit frustrating to read over and over her refusal of help. The interaction between Lizzie and Paige was soooo true-to-life. As the mother of a teenager, I can attest to that, lol. Tay was definitely an anti-hero, and his self-flagellation made me crazy! And while the romance was sweet, it felt a bit rushed - the sex scenes were each about two paragraphs long. I also thought the ending was a bit of a stretch with the mystery being solved in an unbelievable way.

    How Sweet It Is is the first book in the Enemy Club series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2012

    good

    this is the 1st book of hers that I read and it was easy reading

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  • Posted January 21, 2011

    3 and a half to 4, if I could

    The plot of this book has been spelled out already, so I will just say that this turned out to be darker than I expected, from the blurb, title and cover. Not that this changes the quality of the book, but it did change the quality of my experience, as I was expecting (and was in the mood for) a lighter read.

    Truly, that is my largest complaint. The story held tight, the small town setting was different and interesting. But nearly every character was heavy, loaded down with a dark secret or darker, turbulent emotions. It was a bit of a downer for me, although I think that readers who like a damaged hero will enjoy Tae. Based on the secondary characters, I would say that tone is likely to hold true as the series progresses. I might even pick the next one up--when I'm in the mood for a heavier read.

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