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Truly, Madly, Sweetly
     

Truly, Madly, Sweetly

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by Kira Archer
 

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An inherited parking spot. That’s all it took to make Natalie Moran’s food truck dreams come true. But her dream space is attached to a bakery inherited by someone else—drop dead gorgeous Eric Schneider, a financial consultant who wouldn’t know a cupcake from a cannoli. And he wants to buy Nat out, no matter what she has to say about

Overview

An inherited parking spot. That’s all it took to make Natalie Moran’s food truck dreams come true. But her dream space is attached to a bakery inherited by someone else—drop dead gorgeous Eric Schneider, a financial consultant who wouldn’t know a cupcake from a cannoli. And he wants to buy Nat out, no matter what she has to say about it.

Eric’s determined to build his own business, but he needs the super cute klutz with the cupcake truck to help. If Nat will teach him the basics of running a bakery, he’ll give her free kitchen time. Except…neither expects the heat burning between them or the possibility that their arrangement might become permanent.

When it all blows up, Nat is convinced his actions mean betrayal. It’s up to Eric to regain her trust and show her he’s a man who is truly, madly in love with her, before she disappears from his life forever.

Each book in the Sweet Love series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 Truly, Madly, Sweetly
Book #2 Totally, Sweetly, Irrevocably
Book #3 Sweetly, Deeply, Absolutely

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781633755727
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
04/04/2016
Series:
Sweet Love , #1
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
235
Sales rank:
201,371
File size:
1 MB

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Truly, Madly, Sweetly

A Sweet Love Story


By Kira Archer, Erin Molta

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2016 Kira Archer
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-572-7


CHAPTER 1

Natalie checked her mirrors, held her breath, and eased her truck out of the parking space at the depot. She waited for an opening in the traffic whizzing by — a delicate operation that was sometimes more than her frazzled nerves could take. She loved Hoboken, loved being so close to New York City, and was thrilled she'd finally managed to save enough to get her own food truck (scratch that — mobile cupcakery). But the traffic ... the traffic she could definitely do without.

Navigating the delicate ecosystem of food truck vendors was harrowing enough. They were angry that she, a relative newcomer, was getting a prime location. The only reason they hadn't run her out of town was because the lady she'd bought the truck from had taken her on as a sort of informal apprentice the year before she retired. Since Natalie was more or less taking over the woman's cupcake business, the other vendors grudgingly considered her grandfathered in. Well, at least the bitch-outs were down to once or twice a week rather than every day. Yay for improvements!

The blaring honk of the truck behind her jolted her out of her ruminations and she punched the gas, lurching into the flow of traffic, holding her breath until she made it safely onto the narrow street. Gina, her BFF and sometime business partner, was so much better at the driving thing.

Unfortunately, Gina had had a hot date last night and was still MIA, so Nat had to wing it on her own through the incessant honking horns and wall-to-wall moving metal death traps. Give her a nice, safe train any day.

Then again, the food truck allowed her to peddle her delicious wares all over the city and hopefully, she'd be able to make enough to buy her own bakery one day. A real storefront, maybe in a gorgeous old brick building ... with a green and white striped awning over the door like the one her dad used to take her to on her birthday every year. The daydream kept her company while she made the drive to the PATH and pulled into her sell spot, a prime place across from the busiest exit of the train station. All those harried Wall Street drones disembarking from their busy day jobs were always jonesing for a good sugar rush. And the moms and nannies ferrying kids between activities and shopping trips were generally good for a sale, too. Business had been amazing.

Not to mention, she was parked right next to the gelato truck which allowed her to indulge in her favorite pastime: ogling one particular suit who had a serious addiction to the frozen stuff. No matter what the weather, if the gelato truck was there, her heavenly hunk of blond deliciousness never failed to stop by for a cone. One day she'd rev up the nerve to try and convert Mr. Gelato from ice cream to cupcake — maybe.

Natalie popped open her windows and set about straightening the mess that Gina had left the night before. She rearranged the selection of cupcake toppings in alphabetical order, her shoulders relaxing a bit once everything was back in its proper, logical, and organized place. She made sure the counters gleamed, the cupcakes were displayed in the most optimum way, and she was ready for her first customer. The other vendors glared good morning at her and she smiled sweetly back. She'd win them over ... eventually.

Gina showed up three hours later, bounding into the truck in a sickeningly good mood. "Sorry, sorry, sorry!"

"I had to drive," Nat pointed out.

"I know, totally my bad," Gina said, wrapping the neon pink and green apron with their Street Cakes logo emblazoned on it around her waist. "I'm amazed the truck is still in one piece."

Gina ducked and the cupcake Nat threw at her bounced harmlessly off the wall. "Your aim seriously sucks."

Nat snorted. "Tell me something I don't know."

"Go take a break. I'll hold down the fort for a few minutes."

Nat grinned and grabbed a bottle of water. A nice little stroll did sound good. "Just for a minute. Don't burn the place down while I'm gone."

"I'll try." Gina stuck her tongue out, the little girl gesture looking totally out of place with her favorite heavy eyeliner, lip ring, and pink streaked black hair. "Get out of here."

Nat stepped outside the truck and took a deep breath, lifting her face to the slight breeze. The end of summer had given way to slightly cooler days, but it still got uncomfortably hot inside the truck. She closed her eyes and took another good breath and stepped around the side of the truck onto the sidewalk.

Right into a man who'd been innocently enjoying a cone of chocolate gelato.

Her forehead collided with his elbow ... the elbow that was attached to the hand that held his cone ... the cone that had been lifted to his mouth ... the cone that was now plastered all over his face and, from what she could tell, was also lodged a good way up his nose.

The gorgeous, perfectly sculpted nose that belonged to her Mr. Gelato.

"Holy crap! I'm so sorry!" Nat turned around and grabbed a handful of napkins from the ledge of her truck, throwing a horrified glance at Gina who was staring with her jaw hanging open.

"Here," she said, trying to mop up his face.

He hadn't moved or said a word and Nat worried that the gelato had somehow made it so far up his nose it had frozen his brain and paralyzed him. She opened her mouth to apologize again when he suddenly lifted a finger, his face screwing up into a horrible grimace. He snatched the wad of napkins from her and she jerked back. But instead of throwing them in her face as he had every right to do, he brought them to his own face and sneezed. Explosively.

Nat gasped and turned back to grab another handful of napkins, thrusting them into his dripping hands.

He took them, nodded his thanks, and blew his nose several more times.

"Here." Gina tossed her the baby wipes they used for sticky situations and Nat turned back to Mr. Gelato, who seemed to be doing much better now that he'd cleared his sinuses of the frozen treat.

"I'm so, so sorry. I didn't see you there."

One corner of Gelato's mouth quirked up. "Obviously."

Nat gave him a hesitant smile and handed him the wet wipes. He mopped his face off and cleaned up his hands before getting as much of the goop off his shirt as he could.

"You missed a spot," Nat said, reaching up to wipe a bit of chocolate from the tip of his nose. He didn't move but stood still, watching her with a pair of unbelievable blue eyes. Almost gray. Like the color of the sky just before a storm, when it should be too dark to see anything, yet the sun manages to shine through. The ring surrounding the iris was such a dark shade of gray it was almost black. The combination was striking.

Nat also couldn't help but notice her head would fit perfectly into the hollow beneath his chin. And she bet it would feel pretty damned wonderful to have his arms wrapped around her, arms that were encased in a gorgeous tailored suit. If the straining seams were any indication, they were probably everything her imagination was cracking them up to be.

His smile grew wider, showing a row of straight, white teeth. A tiny scar cut through his upper lip just at the right corner. She had an outrageous urge to kiss that spot. She bit her own lip instead, trying to get a grip.

"I think you've gotten it all," he said. "Might have taken off a few layers of skin, too."

Nat blinked and dropped her hand, her face flaming hot. She'd been standing there dabbing at his face like some hypnotized monkey. He must think she was totally insane. She took a big step backward, hoping he realized she came in peace, despite the mess she'd made of his beautiful shirt.

"I'm so sorry," she apologized yet again. "You have to let me pay to get your suit cleaned. Here." She snatched a business card from her back pocket and thrust it into his hand. "Just call me and let me know how much it is. I, ah ..."

He still stared at her with a mixture of amusement and something else she couldn't quite pinpoint. At least he wasn't screaming at her or threatening to sue or anything. Though the scrutiny made her squirm. She decided she'd better cut her losses while she could and make a quick getaway.

"I gotta go," she said, suddenly wanting to be anywhere else but there. "Sorry again!" she called over her shoulder.

He looked like he was going to say something but she didn't stick around to find out what. Gina could continue to watch the truck. Nat needed to get a good, solid grip first. She turned to scurry off as fast as her unfashionable, but comfortable, orthopedics could carry her.


* * *

Eric hurried inside his brownstone, flipping on the lights. He tossed his ruined shirt onto the couch, a smile on his lips at the thought of Cupcake's face when she was mopping him up. She'd looked perfectly edible. That delicious, kissable mouth hanging slightly open, those gorgeous hazel eyes wide with surprise, curls as deep brown as the chocolate he loved so much, escaping the bun she had them tucked in. He'd seen her around town in that crazy pink and green truck, but he'd never been big on cake so he hadn't stopped. He might have to rethink his position on that particular dessert.

"Pathetic," Jared said. His friend trailed in and stood staring at him, his face puckered in disappointment.

Eric looked over, his brows raised in surprise. "What?"

Jared shook his head. "Some crazy chick ruins a shirt that cost more than I make in a month and you're just standing there with a dumbass grin on your face like you're happy about it. You should be suing her for damages, not trying to figure out the best way to ask her out."

"I haven't asked her out."

"Yet."

"Yet," Eric agreed.

Jared shook his head, picking up the shirt. "She's trouble, man. Usually they end things by destroying your shit. I wouldn't want to find out how this chick ends things if this is how she starts it." He chucked the shirt at Eric who caught it effortlessly.

Eric grinned. "You only say that because you haven't met her."

"Whatever, dude. Some chick trashes my stuff, the last thing I'm doing is hitting her up for a date."

"And that's why you're twenty-eight and have never had a relationship that's lasted longer than thirty minutes." He grabbed a water bottle out of the fridge and headed for the bathroom.

"Where are you going?"

"Gotta take a quick shower."

"You're going to be late."

Eric ignored him and closed his door. He knew he didn't have much time, but he couldn't head back out until he'd showered. He loved chocolate, but being covered in all kinds of sticky sweetness was only fun in certain circumstances. Meeting his favorite aunt's lawyer to find out what she'd left him in her will wasn't one of those occasions. He wasn't going anywhere until he'd washed it off.

He dropped the rest of his clothes in a heap on the floor, grabbed a couple aspirin from the medicine cabinet, and chugged them down with a few swigs of water. Then he climbed in the shower and cranked the water up as hot as he could stand it. Having frozen chocolate shoved into the far recesses of his sinus cavities gave brain freeze a whole new meaning. He bowed his head under the stream of water, enjoying the slight sting of the scalding water.

He loved his home. It came courtesy of his grandparents and it was the first thing he'd owned without help from his corporate bigwig father or socialite mother. The only thing that was truly his and his alone. It brought new meaning to the words "fixer-upper" but he was slowly turning it into his dream house. The first thing he'd renovated had been the bathroom, and he'd spared no expense — turning it into a luxury oasis. His father thought it was frivolous. Maybe it was. But his father's disapproval made him love it even more. A small show of rebellion in a life of unquestioning obedience.

Eric had wanted to go to art school. But while Jared had gone on to become a graphic designer, Eric had given up his dream so he could get "a real job," as his father had put it. He'd tossed his paints and brushes and gone to the college his parents had chosen, gotten the degree they'd wanted, taken the job his father had lined up for him. Eventually, he would step into his father's shoes and run his corporation. Schneider Financial Consultants would become Schneider and Son. His father's plan since the day his son had been born. Leaving the son in question very little to say in the matter.

For now ... well, for now, he'd enjoy the hell out of his Italian marble shower fitted with two massive showerheads and enough side jets to sandblast the gelato off him in a matter of seconds. He'd deal with the rest of his life later.

Eric grabbed the soap and lathered it into every inch of his tense, frustrated body. The bubbles ran in cascades over his rock solid abs. He made a mental note to be sure to hit the gym the next day since he wouldn't have time that night. Those hard-won abs wouldn't stay rock solid if he didn't keep on top of things. Especially with his love of all things chocolate.

Speaking of keeping on top of things ... A delightful vision of Cupcake (or Natalie as her card had said, though Cupcake suited her to a T) lying beneath him, her body covered in chocolate sprinkles he could lick off, one at a time, invaded his mind. All the blood drained from his head, rushing south where it thought it would do him the most good. Eric opened his mouth, letting the hot water fill it, washing the faint taste of chocolate away. He had no time to humor his favorite appendage. And it would have been a poor substitute for the funny, beautiful woman who was tormenting his thoughts, anyway.

"Eric!" Jared shouted from outside the door. "You better move it!"

Eric turned the water off and stepped out, grabbing a towel to rub over his head. He caught a glance at his watch and swore. He was really late now.

He threw on a soft pair of faded jeans and the first shirt his hand touched when he opened his closet and headed for the door. He and Jared hurried out to his car and hopped in. His destination was only a few blocks down, but if he had to transport some heavy objects, he didn't want to be doing it on foot.

"So what do you think your aunt left you?" Jared asked.

"I don't know. I'm meeting her lawyer at that old bakery she's had sitting around forever. Maybe she left me the building. Or something in it."

"What the hell would you do with a bakery?"

Eric shrugged. "It's just an empty building, as far as I know. I guess I could sell it, or lease it. Maybe tear it down and sell the land, if the building is in bad shape. I haven't been there in years. Used to love going there, though. But I have no clue what condition it's in now. Guess we'll find out."

He slowed down as they neared the old bakery.

Eric looked out the window and his heart jumped at the sight of a blindingly pink and green food truck trying to maneuver into a narrow space in front of the building. "Cupcake."

"Who?" Jared asked.

"The girl from the train station, the cupcake truck."

"The one who shoved gelato up your nose? What the hell is she doing here?"

"I don't know."

He cranked the wheel and parked his car against the curb behind the truck. Time to go see what the girl he wanted was doing in what he hoped would soon be his building.

CHAPTER 2

Natalie had nearly made it all the way into the spot when a buzzing insect flew through her window and landed on her cheek. The damn thing stung her mid-swat. She yelped and her foot jumped on the gas. The truck shot backward and abruptly stopped with a sickening crunch. Boxes and canisters toppled from a shelf just behind the driver's seat, a jar of chocolate sprinkles pinging off her head.

"Crap," she muttered, her eyes watering from the throbbing pain in her cheek and head. She'd have to re-alphabetize everything again. That always took forever. A shouted curse had her stomach lurching into her throat.

She glanced in her mirror at what she'd hit. "Double crap." She sighed. A pretty silver Prius that hadn't been there pre-bee was now lodged firmly up her truck's tail pipe.

And things had been going so well.

Nat put the truck into drive and pulled forward a little, cringing at the squeal of metal as her truck pulled away. She climbed out, her hand over her smarting cheek, and went to face the seriously pissed driver.

"I'm so sorry," she said.


(Continues...)

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Meet the Author

Kira Archer resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kiddos, and far too many animals in the house. She tends to laugh at inappropriate moments, break all the rules she gives her kids (but only when they aren’t looking), and would rather be reading a book than doing almost anything else. She has odd, eclectic tastes in just about everything and often lets her imagination run away with her. She loves a vast variety of genres and writes in quite a few. If you love historical romances, check out her alter ego, Michelle McLean.

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Truly, Madly, Sweetly 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Lelim0612 More than 1 year ago
This book truly is a wonderful story of two people determined to make it on their own. Eric Schneider was born with a silver spoon, however, he is determined to someday make it on his own and in his own way. Now, he works for his father at Schneider Financial Consultants. But someday…. Natalie Moran was not born with a silver spoon, but she is just as determined to make it, and thanks to, Franny Lambert, a wonderful woman Nat befriended, she has made a good start. Nat and Franny were always talking about their love of baking and how Franny used to own and run a bakery, Nat’s dream. However, for now, Nat and her bff Gina run a food truck for Nat’s cupcakes and other baked goods. But, with the cost of parking the truck and other expenses, they are barely making a profit. Now, it seems Franny has a plans for Natalie. She has left her a garage in her will, the garage attached to a bakery, the bakery she has left to her nephew Eric. Eric, who knows absolutely nothing about running a bakery. Hmmm, anyone else see a matchmaking setup??? I loved this story, watching these two fall in love. However, there are some obstacles, Eric’s parents. They have other plans for Eric’s life. Then there is Courtney, Eric’s fiancé. I have definitely found a new author to love if this is the way Ms. Archer writes her stories. She kept me continuously turning each and every page until I was done. I love the way she developed all of the characters, both lead and subs. I hope Ms. Archer writes a story about Gina and Jared. I would love to see where that relationship goes. My heart broke for Natalie when she finds out about the…... stop no spoilers from me. You need to read the book to find out what happened. Thank you NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for the gift ARC of this phenomenal book and for introducing me to this extraordinary author, Kira Archer. Thank you for reading my review. If you love contemporary romance, you will definitely love this book, so yes, go hit the One-Click buy option at your retailer, your will not be disappointed!
Musings_of_Madjy More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this, but I felt that it was missing... something. However, I will start off with what I liked because there was a lot there. It flowed pretty well, the characters were (mostly) likable and their was chemistry between Natalie and Eric. It was predictable, but still very pleasant and enjoyable to read. It had some good humor and some fun plot points. Now, the things that kept it from 4 or 5 stars. First, the 'meet-cute' was a bit over-the-top (the gelato was fine, the lawyer meeting was fine, but her backing into his car seemed unnecessary). Then, and this is my biggest beef, there was the unbelievable rich-guy-who-can't-even-make-a-cupcake-and-opens-a-bakery-that-is-a-HUGE-success-immediately bit. It would have made more sense for him to hire a baker, or maybe open a coffee shop where he outsourced the baked goods, or... something. Or maybe even just that the shop wasn't such a huge success right away would have sufficed. I don't know, it just sort of seemed too easy and made it too hard to suspend disbelief. I would have also liked more of a focus on the baking side of things, since Natalie was brought on to help show him how to bake, not set up his bakery, furniture and paint colors and all. Natalie throwing things at Gina (and missing) was also done too much. It was to the point that I started counting (I believe I got to 6 by 50% in). Once or twice would have been fine, or perhaps with a payoff at the end even in the form of "Someday, I won't actually miss!" There was also a lot of Eric grabbing her hair and pulling over head up for a kiss... it was a bit repetitive and pulled me out of the story a bit, like the throwing cupcakes or a brush at her friend. And in that same "too repetitive" vein would be how often Natalie and Eric are interrupted while they are fooling around. I stopped counting at 5 times at 65%. Gina even said "Get a room" to them twice. Overall, I think this is a quick, easy, light, sexy read that could just use a bit more editing. And, well, I received an unedited ARC, so I imagine many of these things will be addressed before publishing. I would recommend this to someone looking for a fun rom-com book without question.
LightningCityBookReview More than 1 year ago
Kira Archer's books are always a little spicy, sweet, and fun - "Truly, Madly, Sweetly" didn't disappoint. I love romances that are a little cooking and baking centric - I have a lot of weaknesses. The premise was extremely cute ... the Hero, Eric's favorite Aunt owned a bakery that he used to love going to as a boy so she left it to him in her Will even though he's an investment banker that doesn't know how to cook. The Heroine, Natalie, inherited the garage that is adjacent to the bakery from her Landlord, a lovely older woman who she loved talking to and brought some of the cupcakes she sold from her food truck everyday. Coincidentally, Eric's Aunt and Natalie's Landlord were one in the same. Another coincidence is that Eric and Natalie have already had a "Meet Cute" prior to the reading of the Will involving chocolate gelato. The hero is sweet though he comes across a younger than he should and he's definitely not an Alpha male, but he does do some growing up by the end of the book. Eric, who doesn't know anything about baking wants to make a go of bringing back his Aunt's bakery but he needs Natalie to help him - in the most important way - teach him to bake - there were maybe two scenes of teaching Eric to bake. Most of the scenes of preparing the bakery to open were of Natalie and Eric shopping for plates, tables and chairs. To me that seemed like a loss of an opportunity for showcasing some serious sexual tension - which the main characters had by the bushel. I Love Kira Archer's books but I wish this Hero had more oomph. Eric, despite not being a quintessential "Alpha", is very protective of the Natalie, taking care of her when she is ill and spoiling as well. However, he comes across as a "Momma's Boy" ready to "dump" Natalie at the snap of his mother's fingers. He also kowtows to Courtney's butting in at random times, regardless of Natalie's feelings. Kira Archer's novels always have a lot of sexual tension and be it a couple who starts off butting heads or two strangers seeking adventure in a snow storm they are always a romp - and "Truly, Madly, Sweetly" is no exception. It's "Intriguing at First Sight" for the main characters. The Hero and Heroine not only have the Hero's parents working against them but their own friends are planting seeds of doubt regarding the other as well. (BTW the best friends are fantastic!) It's difficult for Love to grow under those conditions but the sparks of attraction create a blaze of passion. This is another book that leaves you with a little grin - a win. To read the entire review please visit: http://bit.ly/1UNLHNi This novel was provided in exchange for an unbiased review.
BookSnuggle More than 1 year ago
"Truly, Madly, Sweetly" by Kira Archer is book one in the "Sweet Love" series. This is Natalie Moran and Eric Schneider's story. Eric and Natalie end up working together. There is definitely chemistry between them. Will they act on the attraction or will their fears of being hurt keep them from taking a chance on love? I enjoyed Eric and Natalie's characters. But there were times that Eric just ticked me off. I don't want to give too much information, but I didn't like how he responded to his mother everything she called. Overall, I really enjoyed the story. Despite my frustration with Eric he did have some really great moments. The story provides the reader with humor, family dynamics, love, and passion. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley/Entangled Publishing for an honest review. FYI, contains mature content.
moocow1341 More than 1 year ago
What Worked For Me: What a sweet treat! If you are in the mood for some lighthearted and fun romance, Truly, Madly, Sweetly is just what you are looking for. Natalie, our heroine, operates a cupcake food truck (I need one of these on my street corner, STAT) and while taking a break she runs smack dab into Eric, our hero. She’s had her eye on Eric from a distance and is mortified to have run into him and of being the main cause of killer brain freeze (trust me, you want to read this just to see how she accomplishes this feat). Little do our star-crossed lovers know, they are about to get a whole lot closer as they have just inherited, in different ways, an old bakery that belonged to Eric’s aunt….who also happens to be Natalie’s landlady and friend. Together they work out a trade to get this bakery up and running in a way that benefits both of them but throw in a little tequila and a night out dancing and…well, you can guess what happens. But business is put first and we get to watch these two attempt to interact in sweet and endearing ways, getting to know one another in a way that is not about stripping off their clothes and falling into bed constantly. It is refreshing and fun! Don’t get me wrong, there are more than a few sexy romps between the two of them but we get to see that each of them has insecurities and issues to deal with that blur the lines between what is real and what they perceive to be the truth. There is a little bit of angst in here too…in the form of controlling parents, a meddling ex-girlfriend, a douche-nozzle of an ex-boyfriend, and two good intentioned friends who just want Natalie and Eric to be careful of the others intentions. Overall, this was a joyful and tender love story full of laughter and romance between to unsuspecting people who are absolutely perfect for each other. What Didn’t Work For Me: Everything flowed together beautifully Would I Recommend This Book: Yes, especially to my reader friends who like more light, sweet, and easy romances without all the erotic elements incorporated into the story. Final Star Rating: 4.5
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
Oh, what a delight this story is! It had me from the even number addicted, organised, accident prone baker - and if you know me, you know why... Natalie, Nat, is so much fun, easy to relate to, she works hard, she has goals, dreams, and ambitions, she just doesn't feel that attractive about herself, since her past relationships have left lots to be desired. But she is the cupcake queen of the food truck scene, and she loves it. Gelato loving Eric, the trust found boy, who has never said no to his parents, is mesmerised by the cupcake selling beauty. And even though the first, or the second, time they meet, doesn't go so well, he is kind, understanding, and cute. Just sweet natured man. I loved how they didn't agree on anything, after they start to work together. It is an uphill, every step of the way. But they are definitely attracted to each other, the chemistry between them is amazing, joyful, and fun, yet passionate and ardent. I think, if left to their own devise, these two would and could have been happy together from the first moment they met, the connection is that strong. But the toxicity coming from the people around them muddies up the waters, and causes so many conflicts in between them. And Eric's inability to say no to his parents, because that's what he has always done, to make his life easier to deal with, worried me, since it went to such lengths, that in my opinion, nearly a miracle were needed to bring redemption. I was happy and satisfied with the solution, but I did wish, that there would have been more light to what happen after the fact, regarding his parents. I enjoyed the humor, the characters, the environment, the romance and passion they had for each other, even the emotional anguish, tears and hurt they had to go through. Truly, Madly, Sweetly is a perfect name for the story, describing it perfectly! ~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
TobiForgetHousework More than 1 year ago
Format: Galley Copy From the beginning of the story I was reeled in by Natalie and Eric's story. Natalie has been through hell. Her ex used her and dispensed of her as soon as he got what he wanted from her. She unexpectedly inherits a garage where she can park her food truck and save herself tons of money. The only catch is that it's attached to a bakery that was inherited by the hottie she's been eyeballing for a while. Eric has noticed "cupcake" around town. He never expected her to show up for the reading of his aunt's will and her to inherit the garage attached to the bakery he was given. I was expecting romance and I got it. Natalie and Eric leaped right off the page and into my heart. This was my first Kira Archer book, and I will definitely be reading more in the future. If you enjoy a unique romance I highly recommend Truly, Madly, Sweetly.
aprilrenee1976 More than 1 year ago
A sweet and engaging read Truly, Madly, Sweetly (Sweet Love, #bk 1) is a lighthearted romance about two people who fall in love at first sight but who are afraid to admit it. Natalie inherits from her friend kitchen space and it comes with it a hunky man who drives her sort of bonkers. Eric is that guy- they met previously and didn’t know who each other was to each other. There is a chemistry and they didn’t act on it and now that they have ties to each other, well, who knows what will happen. Eric is a financial planner and he is looking in a way to chance careers. He sees Natalie as a way to make that change. Eric wants to take the place that his aunt left him and also to Natalie and expand it. But in order to do so, he needs her on board. As they work together; as they work together, you see how sweet and kind and smart Natalie is and you also see how intelligent and sexy Eric is. Another thing that you see is how into each other the MC are. There were some great things in this story and some things that fell down in the story. Overall this was a cute and light read that you would breeze thru. It is light and enjoyable. The ending is does make up for the some of the questionable things in the story. Eric is definitely all man and Natalie is a smart and sweet lady who has a lot of ideas. I think the author had the right idea for the story, it just needed a bit more work in several places. My rating: 4.00 stars **** **I was given an ARC the publisher in exchange for an honest review***
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
From The Book Junkie Reads . . . Truly, Madly, Sweetly (Sweet Love, #1) . . . Truly, Madly, Sweetly completely sums up this read for me. I found the romance to be sweet and sexy. Nat and Eric both inherited a little something that brings them into each others lives. Neither would have guessed that it would lead to more than a simple business arrangement. I got a good story with, as I said, a romance that was sweet and sexy. I did not get me a strong man that could do and be done. I was wanting a strong man, not exactly alpha but stronger than Eric. Nat on the other hand was what I would call a typical female lead. I was wanting unpredictabilty and that was not what I got, but a good read did follow the ins and outs of this Truly, Madly, Sweetly romance read. **This ARC was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
DaneWeimMama More than 1 year ago
This was a cute read, easy to get through & all in all a sweet story. I did find some faults with how weak willed Eric was at times in dealing with his parents but I think it was a necessary build up for when he stood up for what he wanted. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
This is a great book by Kira Archer. Natalie Moran inherited a parking spot for her cupcake food truck, then she realizes that her dream space is attached to a bakery inherited by the sexy Eric Schneider how happens to be a financial consultant. Eric is determined to build his own business but needs Natialie to help teach him the basics of running a bakery. If you are looking for a great romance with humor, then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this author. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. The way that Eric and Natalie met had me in stitches. She was the furthest from grace and totally clumsy, it was hilarious, but Eric found it most endearing. I think that made me like him so much more. And their the nicknames for each other were totally sweet! As their story progressed, their friendship grew along with their physical chemistry. I totally loved their spontaneous make out sessions and the way they simply could not help themselves. And I totally felt my heart racing when they hit their troubles. But their reunion was sheer perfection. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
I really loved the last book by Kira Archer that I read, Loving Her Crazy, which was one of my best of 2016 books so I was looking forward to reading this first one in her new series. It revolves around Natalie and Eric inheriting a combined piece of property from Eric's aunt who happened to have been Natalie's landlord. Natalie's portion is a parking space that is perfect for her food truck from which she sells gourmet cupcakes. Eric's part is the building that housed an old bakery. They strike a bargain, wherein Natalie can use the kitchen in Eric's building in return for helping him learn how to cook as he plans to start his own business. It doesn't hurt that they share an attraction to each other too. But can they take a business deal and turn it into something more? The setup of the story was an interesting premise, but I felt like the execution fell flat. I had a hard time believing that Eric would just decide that he was going to start his own restaurant/catering business simply because he's inherited an old bakery (having had no experience in this field). Also, Eric and I didn't start off on the right foot when he showed up an hour late for his first official date with Natalie with the excuse that he couldn't make time to call or text her because he was in a meeting with his parents and some investors. Really? He couldn't excuse himself to a bathroom for 2 minutes and text that he was going to be late? In this day and age, that just didn't fly with me. And it didn't get any better, as Eric caters to his parents too much for my tastes. He and Natalie shared some good chemistry and there are some steamy scenes between them, but ultimately I found that it took too long for Eric to wise up and prove to Natalie that he was the man for her. 2.5 stars for this one, but I'm going to overlook this glitch in an otherwise positive record and hope for a better experience with the next one.
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars! Some laugh out loud moments, many sobs, lots of moxie, and a ton of heat create the new book Truly, Madly, Sweetly by Kira Archer. I experienced every emotion known to woman while reading this fast-paced and likable story. If you are a foodie, love a heroine with a lot of spunk, and a hero that never gives up, then this book is for you. Natalie Moran is a baker whose specialty is cupcakes. She runs her business from a food truck, and has a prime location across from the train station. One day she hopes to have her very own bakery. Eric Schneider is a financial consultant that prefers a daily dose of gelato over a cupcake. Thanks to Eric's late aunt, who happened to be Nat's landlady and good friend, Nat and Eric end up going into business together. They revive the bakery that Eric's aunt once owned. Nat and Eric have amazing chemistry, and their desire for each other outweighs the old adage, don't mix business with pleasure. This story is well written and the characters are well defined. I formed an immediate connection with both Nat and Eric, in addition to their best friends, Gina and Jared. Nat is an amazing woman and I emphasized with the emotional pain she lives through. Nat and Eric's feelings for each other developed very quickly, and their time together was both sweet and hot. Chocolate as well as baklava, have a new meaning in my life. Overall, this is a fun read that will keep you entertained and craving sweets. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
Truly, Madly, Sweetly by Kira Archer...This is a fun exciting book that is full of humor. The story had moments that I could not quit laughing, Kira has a way of turning a cute sexy story into a fun book. Kira Archer has became one of my go to author with her writing style, I love how fun she makes the books. I received a complimentary copy of this book by publisher via NetGalley, for an honest review.
TheBunny1 More than 1 year ago
Truly, Madly, Sweetly by Kira Archer is about what happens when 2 people meet, which is true of almost all stories told in romance novels. But, it is also about people who have different goals, who are at cross purposes and who actually have wants and needs that interfere with those of the other person. There is no great, dramatic conflict, rather a slow simmer of the issues that both are encountering and that both need to resolve in order for any relationship to move forward. They are cupcakes and gelato. You wouldn’t think they would go together, but somehow they work. Somehow, people who like different things, who want different things, can discover that what they want above all else is a life with each other. The charm of the story is also the conflict in the story, that Eric and Natalie are attracted to one another in spite of their differences, and sometimes against their own better judgment and that of their friend’s. The story is light-hearted and fun while still romantic and emotional. Archer shows the ways in which each fall for the other not only by telling, but also by showing the reader as the story unfolds. Truly, Madly, Sweetly is well-written, engaging and fun. It is a perfect mix or light-hearted humor and emotional depth. You meet the characters at their best, their worst, their most engaging and their most vulnerable. It will leave you wanting to find a way to mix cupcakes and gelato.
kmichels More than 1 year ago
What a great read! Truly, Madly, Sweetly by Kira Archer was just that: a truly, sweet, funny, sexy story. Nat and Eric engaged in plenty of witty banter and had some sexy times though they tried to fight it. I'm not sure why. The hardest part to believe was that Eric had any baking ability after the mishaps he had in the kitchen. I'm looking forward to learning more about Gina and Jared (I see a romance in their future). Overall a great read. ARC provided by NetGalley
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
For the foodie in us all. Truly, Madly, Sweetly is another Kira Archer treat. I always enjoy reading her stories because she gives me just what I need before I have to ask. Eric and Natalie are not the first opposites attract romance I have read but Natalie's flaws and pride mixed with Eric's need to be in control make for a story that is unforgettable.
Holly More than 1 year ago
Truly, Madly, Sweetly is the first book in the Sweet Love series and it tells the story of how two people can meet and fall in love despite other people trying to tear them apart. Natalie Moran is a baker with her own food truck, coming from a difficult past when a will reveals that she is now the proud owner of a parking garage attached to a bakery but the catch is, the bakery is now owned by her crush. Eric Schneider comes from a wealthy family that tries to dictate how he runs his life but when a opportunity to run his own business like the bakery that has been giving to him, he is determined to have everything including the cute girl who has a piece of his heart. Natalie is recovering from an ex-husband who cheated on her and took something from her that she worked very hard for, when a encounter with her crush makes her think that everything is gonna be alright. When Natalie and Eric realize that they had been giving a bakery and a prime parking spot, they make a deal with each other that will either make or break them. As the both of them come together in a steamy romance and to make the bakery a fabulous place to be, a phone call from Eric's mother will change everything that has happened to them until Natalie realizes that Eric is not like them and it all leads to a sweet ending! This book is another one of Kira Archer's that I truly love and I can't wait to see where this series is going! You can never go wrong with reading a book that is a love story and has food involved, it will definitely make you hungry for cupcakes and baklava! If you want to read a sweet but hot love story that involves two people coming into their own from other people trying to destroy everything they have, then this book is for you!! Thank You to Kira Archer for writing a excellent start to this series!! I received this book from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
As usual, for every novel I have read by this talented author, my advice is very simple – if you enjoy superbly written romance, don’t bother reading this review, just get yourself a copy of this book and read it instead! All of the stories I’ve read from Kira Archer have kept me enthralled with her excellently developed characters and plots with plenty of twists and turns, making the story an enthralling roller coaster ride from start to finish. I’m very pleased to say that this one maintains her usual exemplary standard and lives up to its tagline in being ‘a sweet love story’! Natalie Moran had been a good neighbour and tenant but was astonished to discover that, when her landlady and friend died, she had inherited a garage. She was amazed to discover that the hunk she nicknamed Mr Gelato, Eric Schneider, was the nephew of the old lady and he, in turn, had inherited the bakery with which the garage was associated. The two are attracted to each other but both have friends warning of the possibility that the other may just be out to gain greater access to the other’s inheritance. With his controlling parents, their friends warnings and a new business to set up, will their love stand any chance of developing into an irresistibly tasty HEA or is doomed to the bin as a burnt offering? Can they work together to create some mouth watering Tuscan tasty treats or will their cakes just fail to rise to the occasion? A fantastic, sweet romance, highly entertaining, with superb character development and plot, this is definitely a novel to savour IMHO! Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
BooksInBrogan More than 1 year ago
This just what the cover tells you a sweet romance if you enjoy a traditional contemporary romance then you will love this book. Sometimes you just want a fun little romance not to much angst but just some sweet romance.
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It is a fun and sweet romance set in motion when Natalie inherits the garage of a bakery and Eric inherits the bakery. Sparks fly from their intense attraction to each other, even when they try to fight it. Add in Eric's meddling parents and Natalie's history with men and you have all the ingredients for a wonderful story. At times, I found myself laughing out loud from the antics in the novel. It is perfect for a fun escape and fans of the genre will love it.
MELHUTCHINSON More than 1 year ago
I thought that this was a sweet, cute story by Kira Archer. Great for a quick, romantic read that deals with "sweets". Natalie is a young lady that is running her own cupcake business. Natalie's friend helps her with her business and usually drives the big delivery truck that Natalie bought for the business because Natalie hates driving it. When Natalie is having a hectic day and her friend is late coming into work, Natalie has a chance encounter with a man that she has had her eyes on for a little while. She runs into Eric and causes his chocolate gelato to go straight up his nose and all over his shirt. Natalie is horrified. So, she promises to clean Eric's shirt and goes about her way to an appointment that she has. While Natalie is driving the delivery truck that she hates to drive. she accidentally backs into a car and...none other than Eric's friend's car. What are the odds of her luck? Come to find out Natalie and Eric are headed to the same meeting where his Aunt and Natalie's friend has passed away and left them both with something of her. Natalie inherits the coveted parking space that will be perfect for her delivery truck and help to boost her business because she is not having to be out that expense now. Eric inherits the bakery that his Aunt used to run. With Eric's newfound inheritance, he thinks that it would be a wonderful idea to open the bakery back up. There is only one problem. Eric has no idea how to cook! When he and Natalie get into a tift over her selling the parking space to him now that he is going to open his own business, they come to an agreement that Natalie will help Eric with the bakery and they will see how things go after that. Eric gets on Natalie's nerves to no end and she doesn't understand why he is being so childish about things. But when sparks begin to fly between them, will their business deal be able to survive the sparks? When Eric introduces Natalie to his parents, they have an all new set of issues to deal with. You need to read this sweet read to find out what happens with Natalie and Eric. I love Kira Archer's writing and how well her characters are developed. This was a great quick read that kept my attention the whole way through! I can't wait to see what is next from Kira Archer! I was given a copy of this story in exchange for my honest opinion. Thank you!
MBurton More than 1 year ago
ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Truly, Madly, Sweetly done! This was a sweet,fun and slightly angsty read. Natalie and Eric pretty much fall in love at first sight but are both hesitant. Eric's aunt passed away and left him her old bakery while leaving the garage to Natalie for her food truck cupcake business. Natalie's wants to rent the kitchen of the bakery to make her cupcakes while Eric wants the garage to use for deliveries of the bakery's treats. Despite the instant attraction, both are worried the other is using them for access to their piece of the inheritance. Throw in overbearing parents, nosy best friends and an interfering ex and you get fun and crazy read!
Maja_Vo More than 1 year ago
Expectations Vs. Reality This is the second book I've read by this author and I really liked her Loving her crazy, so I thought that I'd like this story, too. Unfortunately we don't always get what we want, right? What I liked about this story was the idea of a cute romance that you can put yourself in it. We can't all be millionaires and god knows what but a baker, sure, why not. I also liked Gina and Natalie's characters. Gina is just a BFF you'd be lucky to have and one that can kick some serious a**, if you push her too far. As for Natalie, she has this big dream of her own bakery and she definitely isn't afraid to turn her dream into reality, despite how much time and hard work it will in the end take. But sadly for Natalie she never had much luck with men. Her ex stole her cook book and made some serious money of it. And now, that her friend left her in her will a parking spot beneath the bakery that now belonged to her friends nephev, who also just so happens to be her 'gelato man', things certainly got more complicated. Annnd this is where me and the plot went our separate ways... From this moment on I stopped believing that these two could make a real life couple. Why? Hmm, lets see. Both want the bakery AND both kinda also want the parking spot. Add to that friends and family who are constantly telling you that the other is only using you to get what they want and in truth don't have any real feelings for you. AND then add to all that (which is already a lot of drama) some spoiled blond bimbo, who is a childhood friend and ex of H's...yeah...my thoughts exactly. Oh, that's right, almost forgot, the H as it turns out is a real mama's boy. YES! You read that right! Even Natalie thinks so... "His mother, or rather his inclination for running whenever Mommy Dearest called, was a bit annoying." The only advice I would give Natalie at this point would be to leave his sorry a**. But love is love and at the end he then does the unthinkable and actually stands up for what he wants and who he wants. So some points for that but dude, that was a long time coming, that's all I'm saying... So.....anyway.... If you like the blurb and those things mentioned abouve don't bother you, then please, go ahead and read the book! Maybe you'll like, maybe you won't but at least you'll know what's what, right?!