Sweet as Sin

Sweet as Sin

by Inez Kelley

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John Murphy is tormented by nightmares. A bestselling young-adult author, he writes the ultimate fantasy: stories where good always triumphs. He knows better. His past has shown him the worst in people—and in himself. When he moves next door to the sexy, vibrant Livvy—a woman completely unlike his usual one-night stands—he's driven to explore every curve of her delicious body.

Pastry chef Livvy knows that giving in to the temptation that is John Murphy won't lead to anything permanent, but she deserves a passionate summer fling. John discovers she's as sweet as the confections she bakes while Livvy slowly unravels his secrets. But what will happen when she uncovers them all?

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426891168
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 01/31/2011
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 658,166
File size: 468 KB

About the Author

Inez Kelley read her first romances in elementary school, under the bedcovers by flashlight when she was supposed to be sleeping. They spawned dreams that never ceased. She wrote her first tale at age eleven and hasn't stopped since, writing romantic comedy, fantasy and anything else that tickles her fancy. Her backlist includes the laugh-out-loud comedy Jinxed, the acclaimed fantasy Myla by Moonlight and the sequel, Salome at Sunrise, and books two and three of the erotic Dirty Laundry series, Talk Dirty to Me and Coming Clean.

She took her creative advertising honors degree and did every job under the sun, including theater makeup artist and 911 dispatcher before quitting to write. A transplant to the Midwest from the mountains of Appalachia, she loves baking, reading and anything that helps her avoid housework.

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A splash of bloody red in the blue sky fluttered like a shapeless bird before landing on his forearm. John plunked the box down and picked up the silky red bra.

It wasn't an industrial, serviceable model. This was one of those make-your-mouth-water pieces that would barely cover hard nipples while pushing things into a better vantage point. It was the type of bra a woman wore when she wanted a man to take it off of her. He could almost see the tiny front clasp nestled between two round swells begging to be unleashed. He'd popped a few of those clasps with his teeth before, and the urge hit again.

He glanced over the hedge. A clothesline held a rainbow of bras, panties, camisoles and other feminine intimate wear. The bra in his hand matched a tiny scrap of a thong pinned between a bit of peach lace and a black bra with see-through cups. Oh yeah, he had to meet his neighbor. A smile twitched his mouth. No time like the present. He tucked the bra in the back pocket of his jeans and rounded the hedge, crossing the small patch of grass to a tiny front porch. A wicker wreath hung dead center on the banana peel-colored wood. He rapped several times with a firm knuckle.

"I got it!"

His best smile in place, he waited for the woman who owned such a decadent scrap of clothing to answer. The door swung open and his smile faltered. Although very pretty in a Barbie college-girl way, the strawberry blonde who answered wasn't his type. She looked too young and innocent for him. His excitement faded to grim acceptance. He should've known better than to trust hope. Hope was like a scratch-off lottery ticket—a buck better left in your wallet.

"Yes?" Curiosity shone in her pale blue eyes and he looked for an escape.

"Yeah, hi. I'm John Murphy. I'm moving in next door and the wind picked up a bit—"

"Andrea, who is it?"

A sultry, whiskey-edged voice pulled his eyes behind the girl. As she turned around, the door slid open farther and the woman named Andrea motioned for him to step inside. He had to force his feet to move. His ribs tightened painfully around his lungs.

Here was his vision. Loose curls the color of cinnamon framed her heart-shaped face as she stared at him with violet eyes. No earthly woman had eyes the shade of lilacs. This mirage had to be a product of the sun and heat. His gaze drifted from her face downward and a different kind of heat boiled in his gut.

A purple tee shirt stretched a faded Disney character across her ample chest, and he wondered what color lace lurked under Tinker Bell. Long smooth legs poured from beneath her cut-off shorts. Splotches of plum on her toes hinted at her secret womanly side and made him smile. She wore no makeup but had an internal glow. This was a lady made for sin.

Sin was something he knew intimately.

He offered his hand, and the strength in her grip surprised him. Her soft grasp spoke of competence and confidence. Short unadorned nails highlighted the fact she wore no rings. The sweet scent of cake frosting filled his nose and he inhaled hungrily. His brain slammed into sexual overload as he flashed on licking sugar from her skin. His zipper was suddenly too snug.

Betty Crocker had never been so arousing.

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Sweet as Sin 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
I LOVE emotional reads that get under your skin and don't let go. Seeing people who have gone through horrible things and made it through to find happiness are my kind of inspirational read. Inez Kelly is one of those writers who makes their readers a part of these emotional journeys and Sweet as Sin delivers in the intensity of that emotional journey. The journey to true happiness is incredibly rocky for these two. John came from a childhood of physical and sexual abuse at the hands of his preacher father and still carries the scars today inside and out. Through his YA and fantasy writings he uses his characters as a form of therapy. Showing excerpts of these stories is an unique and intriguing way to show us his inner emotions since it's hard for him to express things out loud. Unfortunately his writings aren't enough as he still has nightmares and rage and alcohol issues. When he goes through these episodes he's a different man, a very unlikable one. He lashes out and says hurtful things and it's hard reading these scenes. Seeing his daily struggles made me ache for him even as I was despising his actions. He's a good man deep down and deserves to find a woman who can help him heal. I love wounded heroes and John is definitely that. He's also charming and super sexy. Which is part of the reason why Livvy is drawn to him. Livvy is a very strong and independent woman and just what John needs. She's not going to let him push her away no matter how hard he tries. She'll stand by him as he struggles to put the past behind him. She too had a rough childhood with a cheating father which adds to the rockiness of their relationship. Both John and Livvy had to grow up before their time and it's this shared emotional past that makes their connection so intense and vital to each of them. The sexual interludes in this story are steamy and nicely spaced throughout the story. Even when they hit a rocky patch the sex is still intense between them. The ups and downs between them are realistic and made me feel like I was on that emotional roller coaster with them. Everything happening between them drew me in and I was rooting for them every step of the way. This story was intense from the very first page and didn't let up until the very end. These were two scarred souls destined to be together. Livvy was an immensely likable character who was a pillar of strength for John and is the epitome of what a heroine should be. John was damaged to his very core and after having countless women knew that Livvy was the one worth changing his ways for. He knew he needed more in-depth help and found it because of Livvy's love and support. It takes a strong man to admit that and it made me love him even more than I did at the start of the story. Inez Kelly has created a story with a memorable couple that pulls at your heartstrings and stays with you long after the final page is turned. Those looking for a story full of emotional ups and downs need look no further than Sweet as Sin. Just make sure to have a tissue or two nearby.
mtz1101 More than 1 year ago
Upon first meeting John Murphy, I fell for him because he is hot, and he irritated me because he knows he's hot. But John is also a writer. I love stories where one of the main characters is a writer, especially when it's a guy and he's attractive. I find intellectual hot guys irresistible, so I let his cockiness slide, just a little though. There was no way Murphy was not going to fall for Livvy. Livvy is great! She is attractive, smart, funny, sweet and self-sufficient. She doesn't need a man, but she wants one. She wants a marriage and kids and is aware that Murphy is not that guy. That doesn't mean she's not lusting over him as much as he's lusting over her, and so her sister convinces her to have a fun summer fling with him. Even though they enter this fling knowingly, Livvy is not prepared to immediately jump into bed with Murphy, which he takes in stride. The sexual tension build-up between the two is electric and soon enough, everything aligns and they give in. Without realizing it, especially on Murphy's part, they begin to fall in love. Livvy starts to see below Murphy's surface. She begins to see that Murphy's pain runs incredibly deep and she coaxes some details from him but not many. I never anticipated just how damaged Murphy would be. I never thought his deep secrets would make my heart ache for him. No child should ever have to suffer like that. Murphy can't fathom why in the world he keeps sharing pieces of his past with Livvy. But she is really easy to talk to, laugh with, care for and this begins to scare him. When they both finally give in to their emotions, and openly voice their love to each other I was so incredibly happy for them. Then Murphy freaks. And he pushes Livvy away in an incredibly cruel way. To be honest, I don't know how Livvy stood there and took half the things he flung at her. I would've walked away after the first. But she knows Murphy is not an easy man to love and she tries to make him see that she loves him despite his monsters. Of course, this only makes him push harder, and crueler, until he hits her in the one spot guaranteed to shatter her. In turn, my heart broke as well. I think I spent the last third of this book crying. While all that is going on, we also get to read parts of the book Murphy is writing. It's obvious that the characters in the book are all parts of Murphy, and so we get to in a way decipher his feelings by what the characters are going through. It was a really nice part of this book. I haven't read any book with that particular aspect in it. Sweet as Sin is my first contemporary romance read, so I can say with absolute certainty that it is the best one I've read to date! :) I loved it. I went into it thinking it was going to be a fun, sexy story, but it was so much more than that. It was so emotional! It was also a really steamy read. The intimate scenes are very well written and will leave you fanning yourself. I fell in love with ALL of the characters in this book, they were just so real that you can't help it. I will definitely be reading this book again and again, so I recommend you give it a try.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bought this because I felt like reading something hot. Actually received a whole lot more! Great book. H/h both have major baggage, making their relationship complex and interesting. You really root for them to work things out. Examples of hero's writing included in story actually made me cry.
SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: This is a book that has been on my radar (and quite honestly, on my Kindle) ever since it came out because everyone absolutely RAVES about how good it is. Honestly, I am not sure what I expected from this book, but I will readily admit that it surprised me...and I can't even pinpoint how, but this book was not what I expected...and that is not a bad thing. Everyone talks about how emotional this book is and it most definitely is that because John has a LOT of emotional baggage. But if you have read my reviews much, you will know that I cry in a LOT of books (and usually you get an A+ review from me if you make me cry,) but I really didn't in this one. There was only a single moment where I even came close...the final scene in John's book that he's writing. What I did find in this book though was a ton of humor (and I wasn't expecting that.) The dialogue and wittiness between Livvy and John leaps off the page with their chemistry. I loved it when these two would talk...it was just pure magic watching the dialogue between them. But there is also a TON of sadness to this book. John is scarred...deeply and heavily in his soul by an extremely abusive stepfather until he was 16 yo. Those scars affect how he deals with absolutely every aspect of his life. In fact, it is those scars that he writes about. He's a YA author who write a series about two monsters, Jondi and Thorn. Those monsters have protected him and given him a safe place to escape to his entire life. Now John's life is being turned upside down in so many ways, but mainly through his love for Livvy, that he can't accept, and even his monsters in his stories are turning on him. It is a good book. I definitely enjoyed every minute of reading it. Livvy is strong and powerful and she believes in her love for John. I liked the fact that no matter how bad things got, neither one of them ever debated their love for the other and Livvy's move at the end, was simply brilliant to get John to see the truth of what she was saying. Everyone who says that you should read this book, is absolutely correct. I am so glad that I finally listened.
tt_spades More than 1 year ago
Sweet as Sin has the right ingredients with the right doses. So far I've read 20 books this year and this is my favorite.
RomanceLove416 More than 1 year ago
I never felt compelled to write a review before, but OMG I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. I've never read a book by this author before, but I will be looking for others. Sweet as Sin is now one of my favorite books. It will make you feel every emotion! I did not want the book to end. I will definitely read it again. I fell so in love with Murphy, I wish he was mine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was looking for a good book to read and came across this book and I was not able to put it down. From the beginning I was sucked in. I cant wait to read the author's other books.
VoireyLinger More than 1 year ago
When author John Murphy moves in next door to Olivia, the chemistry between them is instantaneous. Initially, Livvy is wary about getting involved with a neighbor, but the appeal of the bad-boy next door outweighs her reservations. but it doesn't take long for her to see something isn't quite right with Murphy. The darkness that haunts his stories is just a small slice of what he carries inside him and being near Livvy touches on his personal demons. This book is very hard, very gritty, and one of the most gut-wrenching stories of a broken hero I've ever read. One by one, Murphy's secrets are revealed, showing us a traumatic life, the sacrifices he's made, and the heroic heart that lies beneath it all. This isn't a sweet and fluffy read for the reader looking for an escapism fantasy. It is stark look at a reality we all too often turn our backs on. Ms. Kelley exposes the dark side of humans, the bits we don't like to think about, the parts we pretend don't exist, and in doing so, shows us what surviving and heroism really mean.
saturnnalia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. The characters were well written and seemed very real. John, the tormented hero, was exceptionl, his struggle to get over his demons, engrosing. Livvy was equally as great. She had her fears and issues to work through. But I loved every minute I spent with them. The sex was steamy and never repetative. Excellent characture study.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Darker than some of her other books but still drags you into the story. My new favorite author. Over 700 epages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are many of us who are survivors of monsters from childhood. And when you are a child, those monsters make good REASONS to do hurtful things to ourselves and to other people who care about us. Hopefully, we grow up and LEARN that those reasons become EXCUSES in adulthood. John SHOULD be afraid of what he might do to a child. His cruelty to Liv is a clear warning that he might be too damaged to be a good husband or father. I wanted to like this book because I understand better than most what he has to overcome and living your life afraid to love. John (even though fictional) gives all of us with similar bad memories a bad rep. Your past should not EVER give you a free pass to inflict intentional pain.
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I read alot, and alot of different authors, this was one of the best in a long time, I will read more from this author,read it you will love it
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the angst. omg the angst. i cried through most of the last half.
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I write few reviews but had to share my thoughts about this book. Absolutely wonderful character development, gripping story, passionate and thought provoking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My heart, oh. I ended up loving this book and the journey it took for the characters to get to where they needed to be. I loved the shades of grey, showing us what lies in the cracks and what's in-between. It was never truly easy for them, and I did feel the pain and the agony, but I just held on tightly and let the story take me. In the end, it was worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a gripping emotional roller coaster, just wow.
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Although I thought it was long... it took a while for the characters to develop. I did like the story.. her a baker and him a writer. I had a hard time keeping up with what happened when, and how much time had passed. There is no BDSM in this book, and that's where I got this book from. A list of books to read after 50 Shades of Gray. Although this character had issues like Christian.. he was no Christian Gray. Overall .. enjoyable read and fair story.
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