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The Sweetest Deal

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  • Posted October 26, 2010

    Cute Read

    First test in a prospective mate: Voluntarily eat three huge Triple Chocolate Macadamia Nut cookies.

    Max Jernigan passes C.C. Cowell's first test, but fails her second. He works in real estate so she stands him up. In the meantime Max, desperate to land the backing of C.C.'s father Grayson, agrees to Grayson's final contract term: get his daughter Catherine pregnant. Needless to say, Max is shocked to find out C.C. is Catherine.

    C.C. and Max connect from the moment they meet. They have a real chemistry. Sadly C.C. has been burned in a past relationship so she's slow to trust. Max slowly breaks down C.C.'s walls, and in doing so falls in love with her. At the twist when Max decides he wants more than a fling and when C.C. finds out about Max and her father's deal she strikes back. So this leaves the supporting characters, C.C.'s best friend, Roxie and Max's analytical business partner, Rhyder as unlikely matchmakers.

    C.C. is a very complex character. She's smart, serious, a little zany, and afraid to trust. She's erected barriers all around her to prevent anyone getting too close to her. Her cookie test is her first barrier. Even her friend Roxie thinks the cookie test is ridiculous. As Max tells her, "You're like two different people. There's C.C. who's all soft and sexy and somebody I wanted to get to know better and then there's Catherine, who I would be happy not to run into again for another thirty years." Sometimes the two sides of Catherine didn't gel for me. And I didn't understand what she did at the twist. It just didn't seem like who she was.

    Max is a strong character who has a tragedy in his past. He's working toward his dream and is handed a horrible ultimatum. Although he pursues C.C., it becomes obvious it's not part of the deal. I was charmed by how he tried to protect C.C. and I truly believed he loved her.

    Beyond the hero and heroine, Ms. Campisi created a very rich supporting cast. There's C.C.'s best friend Roxie who is intriguingly wonderful. I really do hope for a sequel about her and whoever she winds up with. There's Max's business partner Rhyder who is analytical to the extreme. I had to grin when he sent spreadsheets to Max on how to accomplish the ultimatum. Then there's C.C.'s father. I think Ms. Campisi was going for a loving and meddling Dad, but some lines shouldn't be crossed. I was rather shocked at how easily C.C. forgave her father, but made Max suffer. It just didn't add up.

    The romance between C.C. and Max is beautiful and palpable. Their love scenes are tender and hot, but do cut away before consummation. The ultimatum sometimes felt like a barrier to their romance. I think it was too strong. I think if C.C.'s father maybe offered a different ultimatum involving his daughter it could have worked better. Maybe get my daughter to fall in love again, and even say it could be with a different guy. It could have been fun to watch Max fight fixing her up verses falling in love with her.

    If you're looking for a charming romance with rich supporting characters, The Sweetest Deal is for you.

    Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    Great book...

    I love this book with the character development. Could not put it down. Gotta love s sweet romance.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2012

    Loved it!

    Loved it! A really fun book. The characters were great the storyline fun. CC

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2012

    Loved it

    Really enjoyed this book!

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