Independent and adventurous Britt channels her talent into creating chocolates at her hometown shop. Zander is a bestselling author who's spent the past 18 months traveling the world. He's achieved a great deal but still lacks the only thing that ever truly mattered to him--Britt's heart.
When Zander's uncle dies of mysterious causes, he returns to Merryweather, Washington, to investigate, and Britt is immediately there to help. Although this throws them into close proximity, both understand that an attempt at romance could jeopardize their once-in-a-lifetime friendship. But while Britt is determined to resist any change in their relationship, Zander finds it increasingly difficult to keep his feelings hidden.
As they work together to uncover his uncle's tangled past, will the truth of what lies between them also, finally, come to light?
About the Author
Becky Wade (www.beckywade.com) is the 2018 Christy Award Book of the Year winner for True to You. She is a native of California who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and moved to Dallas. She published historical romances for the general market, then put her career on hold for several years to care for her children. When God called her back to writing, Becky knew He meant for her to turn her attention to Christian fiction. Her humorous, heart-pounding contemporary romance novels have won three Christy Awards, the Carol Award, the INSPY Award, and the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award for Romance. Becky lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband and three children.
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Five hundred and eleven days had passed since he'd seen her last.
Five hundred and eleven days that had been hollower and duller and at times brutally lonely for him because Britt Bradford hadn't been physically present in any of them.
Five hundred and eleven days constituted a streak that, within minutes, would finally come to an end. Because he, Zander Kingston Ford, had returned home.
He sank his hands into the pockets of his sweat shirt and walked beneath the cherry trees arching over the entrance to Merryweather Historical Village. On this morning in early April, pale pink blossoms covered the branches.
He catalogued the details of the village the way a landowner might, with proprietary intensity. He knew this village, this town, and this corner of Washington state very, very well. This place, more than anywhere else on earth, had become his home.
The landscaping around the base of the village's buildings looked fuller than it had before he'd gone, and a fresh load of gravel had been laid on the walking paths. Everything else was exactly as Zander remembered. The deep green of the lawn that all thirteen historical structures faced. The white trunks of the aspens between the buildings. The pale gray of the clouds rolling in from the Pacific. The wooden sign hanging outside Britt's chocolate shop that spelled Sweet Art in black letters.
None of the stores that occupied the buildings would open for another hour. However, he knew that Britt would have arrived in her kitchen at six this morning.
In his lifetime, Zander had acquired knowledge about many things: technology, writing, adventure sports, travel, history. But he was a true expert at only one subject. The subject of Britt.
As soon as he'd awakened this morning, anticipation and apprehension had gone to war inside of him. Anticipation, because he was shamefully desperate to see her again. Apprehension, because he'd left Merryweather for several reasons a year and a half ago. But the greatest of those reasons had been her.
He was halfway across the village on his way to Sweet Art when the shop's door swung open and two women walked out. One of them was Britt. He would have recognized the natural confidence of her posture even if he'd been twice as far away. She was neither tall nor short. Simultaneously slim and strong. Perfectly proportioned.
Zander's progress cut to a halt. His breath stilled in his throat.
Britt and the other woman paused on Sweet Art's porch to talk. Britt wore her white chef's coat with exercise pants. She'd collected her dark brown hair into a knot on the top of her head just like she almost always did when making chocolate.
The women parted, and Britt turned his direction, back toward her shop. Her attention swept past him, then stopped. Lifting a hand to shield her eyes, she zeroed in on him.
His heart froze for an instant, then restarted with hard, drumming beats.
With a whoop of sound, Britt pounded down Sweet Art's steps and sprinted in his direction. The village seemed to be sound asleep, but even if it had been packed with people, she'd have run to him exactly the same way. She wasn't shy.
Joy — deep, simple joy — pulled his mouth into a grin. He opened his arms and caught her with an oomph. Then he spun her around in the air twice. Carefully, he set her back on her feet, steadying her the way he always had emotionally. She hugged him tight, pressing the side of her face against his chest for several long moments.
She was in his arms. Britt was in his arms. Her silky hair whispered against the underside of his jaw. Her crisp perfume — the one she'd adopted during the two years she'd spent in France after graduating from culinary school — filled his senses with the smell of flowers, blackberry, orange, and sunshine. Greedy to catalogue every sensation, he worked to file them all away —
She broke contact and lifted her face to smile at him.
And just like that, standing in the middle of Merryweather Historical Village and looking into her face without continents separating them, the biggest part of his soul — the part that had been missing for a year and a half — locked back into place.
He loved her.
Instantly, the pleasure of that truth was cut in half by pain. Loving her was his greatest blessing. But it was also his greatest curse, because she didn't love him the way that he loved her. Zander was no stranger to loving people who didn't love him back. He ought to have adjusted to it by now, but where Britt was concerned, he never had. They were friends. Britt had always thought of him as her very good friend.
She set her palms on his shoulders. "You came back."
"I promised you I would."
She had the features of a warrior princess. Her eyebrows communicated determination. Her almond-shaped brown eyes revealed fierce creativity. Her chin broadcast independence. Her lips were full. Her nose straight and slender.
"You got taller," she accused.
"Nope. I'm still five eleven."
"Then I must have gotten shorter."
"You're exactly the same."
She appeared gratified by his statement. "You look tired."
"That's because I am. You look well rested."
"That's because I am. Your hair's longer than usual."
"I know. It's bugging me."
Britt tilted her head, peering at him closely. "I'd sort of forgotten about the pinpricks of light blue in your eyes."
"I'd sort of forgotten that you have a few tiny freckles on your cheekbones."
"You forgot about my freckles?"
"I admit that I did."
"I'm scandalized," she said. "Have you lost weight?"
"Maybe a couple of pounds."
"Did I gain weight?"
"That's what you'd say even if I had gained weight."
"Yes," he acknowledged. "Because I'm no dummy."
Her pale pink lips ticked upward at one edge. "You've been gone a really long time, Zander."
"And you were very far away."
He gave a nod.
"I missed you."
"I missed you, too." The words felt stupidly small. Like calling Mount Rainier a hill. Until he'd left her behind, he'd had no idea he could be as desolate as he'd been without her.
She stepped back and set her hands on her hips. "It's ... sort of ... scrambling my brain to see you again."
"Yeah." After such a long time, it was surreal to be here. With her. The last eighteen months had changed him, but he selfishly hoped that they'd changed nothing about her. While he'd been gone, she'd been going about her small-town routine, the same small-town routine she'd been going about for years. Which is why he'd been able to convince himself that he wasn't missing anything in her life that he couldn't bear to miss.
"I was expecting you to sleep until noon today," she told him.
"I should have." He'd only been able to string together four hours of sleep after reaching the Inn at Bradfordwood, the bed-and-breakfast Britt's mom owned, in the middle of last night.
"What happened? Couldn't stay asleep?"
"Nope." Because I couldn't wait to see you. "Jet lag bites."
"How long did it end up taking you to get here from Tokyo?"
"The trip from Tokyo to Honolulu and from Honolulu to Vancouver took twenty-eight hours. Then I rented a car and drove the rest of the way."
"Brutal." Britt linked her arm through his, and they walked in the direction of Sweet Art. "I'm glad you're home, but I'm sorry that it's for such a sad reason."
"I am, too." Three days ago, his aunt Carolyn had called him in Japan to tell him that her husband, Frank, had died suddenly. The news had gut punched him. Uncle Frank had been like a father to him for well over a decade.
Even as Zander had hunted for available flights to Washington, the ruling thought in his head had been, This can't be right. Frank can't be dead. His subconscious was determined to pick a fight with reality.
The reality: Uncle Frank had been hardworking, reliable, humorous, and devoted to his wife, twin daughters, and two nephews.
Uncle Frank had also been found dead in the driver's seat of his truck this past Saturday, apparently killed by a heart attack.
"How's Carolyn doing?" Britt asked.
"As well as can be expected."
"Yes," he said. "How've you been?"
"You haven't gotten yourself into trouble lately?"
"You've been behaving?" A note of disbelief marked his question.
"I didn't say I'd been behaving." She shot him a wry glance. "I simply said I hadn't gotten myself into trouble lately."
"Ah. Dating anyone?" Please, God, let the answer be no.
"Not at the moment."
They'd kept in regular contact with each other through texts and FaceTime calls, but he'd purposely avoided asking about her boyfriends, because he hadn't wanted to know.
"I was dating this guy named Anthony, but we broke up three months ago."
"You've been single for three whole months?" The average interval between Britt's boyfriends: 2.5 seconds.
"I know! I'm proud of myself."
"What happened with Anthony?"
"He was an interrupter. I could never finish my sentence."
He held Sweet Art's back door open so she could pass first, then entered the kitchen that occupied the rear of her shop's square footage. Here, the rich scents of chocolate and coffee hung in the air. Walls of white subway tile gave way to counters of stainless steel. Open shelves held ingredients as well as turquoise, gray, and white mixing bowls.
Britt waved him toward one of the stools that framed her large central island. "Sit."
"I can help —"
"You're jet-lagged and sleep-deprived. Sit."
Zander did so while she moved around the room, cleaning her work space and updating him on her family. Her older sister Nora was busy planning her wedding, which would take place in six weeks. Her oldest sister, Willow, had married last summer and was living with her husband in nearby Shore Pine. Her parents were finishing a two-year stint in Africa as missionaries.
Kitchen clean, Britt washed her hands, then grabbed a small plate off a shelf. "Hang on a sec." She vanished through the swinging door into her shop and returned carrying four chocolates on the plate. She stood at the kitchen's side counter for a moment, studying the white Easter-egg-shaped chocolates assembled there, no doubt debating whether to add one to his plate.
Even when still and quiet, Britt radiated energy. He could feel the life in her, the suppressed movement.
She added an Easter egg to the assortment and set the plate before him.
He studied the chocolates. "What do we have here?"
"You tell me."
He shouldered out of his sweat shirt like a boxer shrugging out of his robe before a fight.
Britt laughed. "It's so nice to feed someone who has a sophisticated palate for chocolate. Finally!"
"No one around here cultivated a sophisticated palate while I was away?"
"No. They're all still novices. You're the only one who's ever taken advantage of my excellent coaching."
He picked up a hand-dipped dark chocolate. He'd taken advantage of her coaching, but not only that. He'd also read numerous books on the subject of chocolate.
"I knew you'd choose that one first," she said smugly.
Dark chocolate with nuts had long been his favorite combination.
He let the chocolate soften in his mouth, then chewed slowly.
He'd thought he'd stored the taste of her chocolate successfully in his brain. Now that he was tasting it again, he realized that ... no. His memory hadn't done it justice.
Crossing her arms, she leaned her hip against the island and waited for him to make a guess.
For her dark chocolates, he knew that she used either seventy-two percent extra-bittersweet, sixty-four percent bittersweet, or fifty-five percent semisweet. For her lighter, sweeter chocolates she used thirty-eight percent milk chocolate or twenty-nine percent white chocolate. "Sixty-four percent bittersweet chocolate with macadamia nuts and Grand Marnier," he said.
"It's rum, not Grand Marnier."
"You're not going to give me credit?"
Britt shook her head. "I would have given you credit if you'd stopped after macadamia nuts. You were trying to show o_ when you said Grand Marnier. Pride was your downfall." Her eyes sparkled with amusement.
"I can do better."
"Prove it." She handed him a napkin and a glass of ice water. He sipped the water, as she'd taught him to do between chocolates, then ate a truffle. "Seventy-two percent extra-bittersweet chocolate dipped in white chocolate and rolled in pumpkin pie spice."
He lifted his eyebrows to gloat. "I nailed that one."
"You did," she agreed. "Even though you couldn't resist showing off again by noting the pumpkin pie spice."
"Yeah, but this time I was certain. I've been gone a long time, but I'm still a chocolate savant."
"You may still be a chocolate sous savant —"
"Not all of us can be master chocolatiers."
"— if you can nail at least two of the remaining three chocolates."
"I thrive under pressure."
"And I thrive at humbling those whose taste buds have deteriorated during their international travels."
"You're about to eat those words." He'd sought out chocolate in every country he'd visited. He'd sampled it, sent Britt pictures of it, and mailed the best of it back to Washington for her to try. If he screwed this up, it wouldn't be because he didn't know chocolate.
It would be because he was too distracted by Britt, who was wearing purple tennis shoes, who'd painted her short fingernails gray, whose name was stitched onto her chef's coat in cursive.
He ate a dome-shaped molded chocolate.
For years, he'd been praying that Britt would fall in love with him or that he'd fall out of love with her. God hadn't answered either prayer. So when he'd left on his trip, he'd hoped the passage of time might change his heart. However, Zander's love for her had proven stronger than his own willpower.
He wanted to be far more to Britt than her friend. But if he told her that, she'd react with pity and probably misery on his behalf. The admission would crack the rare dynamic they shared, and then they'd be forced to pretend the crack didn't exist.
He wasn't willing to do or say anything that might put their friendship at risk. Because even though their friendship was torture for him at times, it was also the best thing in his life.
* * *
Britt couldn't get over her tugging, tingling sense of awe.
Zander was in her kitchen. Zander!
To have him here felt both strange and familiar. Very familiar. Very strange.
"Thirty-eight percent milk chocolate with hazelnuts and cinnamon," he said.
She'd met him just days after they'd both started their freshman year at Merryweather High School. Back then, Zander had been as thin and defiant and mistrusting as a wounded animal.
His early life with his parents in a rough St. Louis neighborhood had never been a cakewalk. But things had begun to unravel beyond repair the year Zander was twelve, when his dad had gone to prison. Zander and his older brother, Daniel, had spent the next two years with their drug-addicted mom until the day their home and their "normal" had literally gone up in flames. It had taken Britt ages to pry the story of that day out of Zander.
Before the smoke had cleared, CPS had removed the boys from their mom's care. Their custody had gone to their mom's sister, Carolyn Pierce, and her husband, Frank. Zander had been carted to Washington, world-weary and withdrawn.
He'd made Britt work hard to earn his friendship, but almost nothing else she'd done had proven as worthwhile.
She watched him eat the puffed rice chocolate.
The fourteen-year-old boy she'd once known was long gone. He'd been replaced with this worldly, adult Zander, who was a roaring success and had nothing left to prove.
Earlier, when she'd been standing on Sweet Art's porch, a clang had gone through her when she'd recognized the lean lines of his body, his dark hair, his introspective loner aura.
To her relief, Zander looked very much the same. His pale skin struck a distinct contrast with his hair, which verged on black. His jaw, cheekbones, and nose were all sharply defined. Straight eyebrows. Thick eyelashes. Zander had a romantic, slightly heartbreaking, usually serious face. He could pass as either a nineteenth-century poet or one of those harshly handsome vampires from Twilight.(Continues…)
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Very well written. Very relatable situations.
Every spring I look forward to many exciting happenings. I love to see my tulips bloom, warmer weather for walks and the release of a wonderful new Becky Wade book. Though spring is touch and go in Ohio, Becky Wade came through for me again this year with a great new book, Sweet on You. Sweet on You is the third book in her Bradford Sisters Romance series and it is truly awesome! I am still sighing and feel like a better person because I had the opportunity to read it. Sweet on You is the story of Britt and Zander. Britt Bradford is the youngest Bradford sister who is categorized as a warrior princess and is a Chocolatier. ( though that sounds like an athlete for a college team it actually is someone who makes chocolate) Zander has been her best friend since high school and is the faithful silent type. They have hung out forever, but never dated each other. . Sweet on You is their story. Sweet on you has mystery, adventure and characters you can cheer for. Becky Wade has woven romance wonderfully into Sweet on You. The characters are interesting and they love God and mature during the story. Becky Wade has a small section at the beginning of every chapter with texts, high school notes, and diary entries that add depth to the story. And. . I just keep sighing. It is a fabulous book and if you are smart you will go and find a way to read it right now. Do not wait. Life is short. I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, and I was not required to write a review.
There’s something intrinsically beautiful about a Becky Wade story, and I have delighted in the reading of each one, but Sweet on You surpasses them all. This story is a gem, a book to be treasured, to eventually be read again in order to delve further into every nuance of emotional depth. It’s hard to explain why, but I connected with Sweet on You as it entertained and had me smiling on almost every page. Maybe the use of one of my favorite themes, friendship-to-much-more, has something to do with it – for other than a shared faith, friendship is such a strong foundation for enduring all that life brings to a marriage, both good and difficult times. Zander and Britt had that rare and deep connection, but for Zander, it was much more. It was for Britt also, only she couldn’t see it for the longest time. Zander – successful author, world traveler, confident and unwavering in his love for Britt – is one of my favorite leading men. I loved the light, humorous banter between them. And the kisses, when they do come, are simply breathtaking. Tonight, dusk was hesitating extra long, as if unsure of its welcome. The peachy pink sky suited the satisfied state of Britt’s heart. Wade’s exquisite writing paints one picture after another. Nothing ever felt rushed. Scenes are drawn in a way that pulled me in, allowing my senses to take in everything and savor it all at whatever pace I chose. Woven into this is a touch of suspense relating to the questionable manner in which Zander’s beloved uncle died. And finally, there’s a gentle faith thread that spoke to me. Britt – talented, creative, independent woman that she was – had never learned to depend on God. Zander’s relationship with God was distanced due to what he thought was unanswered prayers. I suspect that many of us can relate to one or both of those situations. Sweet on You goes on my favorites list, to be read again very soon. I’m eager to see where Becky Wade takes us next! Highly recommended. I received a copy of this book through Prism Book Tours and Bethany House. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
I have not been in a particular hurry to read Becky Wade’s romances, but if they’re all as good as Sweet on You, I have lied to myself. I need to hurry and read the first two in this series, although Sweet on You stands alone well. Zander Ford has finally made a literary name for himself, only to be called home to deal with lies. Lies like... he could get over loving Britt Bradford, his best friend... like the uncle who adopted him was everything he claimed to be...life could just go back to normal after his uncle’s funeral. I loved the fact that this tale was more than just a fluffy romance. There was real substance to the problems that were keeping Zander and Britt apart. Plus, there was a great (for the reader) mystery involving the true identity of Zander’s uncle. Zander turns away from God because God doesn’t answer to Zander’s liking in Zander’s timing. This is so like us humans in general. I was brought up a little short as I wished Britt would stop being so self-sufficient that she held people at arm’s length. I realized I often try to make it on my own, not accepting others’ help. That doesn’t make us look strong, just stubborn. Ouch. But this is the best part of Christian fiction- seeing something of myself in a character that needs to be changed to produce a better person. I found a few quotes to love. “Once, he’d been an orphan convinced he didn’t need saving. But then Carolyn and Frank had proved him wrong when they’d gone ahead and saved him anyway.” “He reminds me of a Dickens orphan. Tragic and brooding and gorgeous.” “So many lies. The revealing of them made Zander feel as though the foundation of this house might be torn in half at any second by an earthquake.” ”He was God’s son. A son full of mistakes. But a son, nonetheless.” I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. This in no way affected my opinions, which are solely my own.
This is book three in A Bradford Sisters Romance series (four if you count the prequel), even though it is a stand alone book you do miss a lot of the history in the Bradford sisters and Zander if you jump right into this one. Plus all three (or four) books are great reads so enjoy the entire series. This novel will focus on Britt and Zander. They have been friends for years even if one is out of the country. When Zander finally comes home will their friendship blossom or shatter? I love the sparks and friendship between Britt and Zander. Britts relationship with her family and so much more. There is mystery, romance, history and more all wrapped up in a great novel. I love the writing style of Becky Wade.
I love this author, but I will admit this series has been hit and miss for me. I loved the first book, the second wasn't my cup of tea, and so I was a little hesitant with this one. I will say that the over is well done though. It's the kind that you would pick up and look at just because of the cover. I'm not really sure what the cover has to do with the story, but it is pretty. Do you need to read the other two stories before you read this one? No. Will it help with backstory and getting to know the other characters? Yes. It could stand alone, more than the other two I think. But if you wanted to read the other two, they all include spoilers of what will happen in the other sisters books, so just be aware of that. With the last book I was annoyed at the "mystery" aspect. I didn't feel it added anything to the story. This book however, I didn't mind. It definitely needed it because there is only so much "I finally realize I like him, but I don't want to ruin my friendship" I can take. And there is a lot of that. A lot a lot of that in this book. But the mystery was intriguing and heartbreaking for those characters involved. I do like the "friends to a relationship" aspect of this story, and I will admit I've always really liked Zander. Brit's character was kind of a miss to me, but I can see her really appealing to some readers. Anyway, this book did finish off the series nicely, and there is a chance I will read it again. I did like it more than the second book in the series. *I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Zander Ford met Britt Bradford when he was 14. Taken out of foster care by his aunt and uncle, and given the first stable home he'd ever known, Zander had already learned that keeping to himself saved him a lot of pain. Then Britt blitzed into his life and made him feel included, cared for, and loved - like a sister. Zander loves Britt, too, but unfortunately for his battered heart, the love he feels for her is as far from brotherly as it can possibly be. He even left town because he could no longer stand by and watch Britt fall in love with someone who wasn't him. When Zander's uncle Frank dies under some mysterious circumstances, Zander returns to Merryweather for the funeral, and to look into things for his aunt. Britt is thrilled that her best friend is back, but very confused to find that the friendship she has placed such great store in has changed. And, what's with the tingles? She's never felt tingles around Zander before! He's her best friend, not her boyfriend, for crying out loud. She values their friendship too much to take him out of the friend zone, but if she doesn't, will she lose him altogether? For his part, Zander can't continue to see Britt as just his friend. He's loved her - LOVED HER - for 13 years, and has watched her flit from boyfriend to boyfriend, never once considering him for the role. How can he possibly stand by and not speak up? As they work together to solve the mystery of Frank's death, will Britt finally see that the man she's been searching for has been her constant companion and friend more than half her life? I have loved Zander's character from the first book in this series and have long thought that Britt was clueless to the point of being heartless. Sweet on You plumbs their depths a bit more than the other books did, and gives better reasons for her actions. Until this book, I didn't like her much, but after this book, I understood her better, and even grieved with her. If you haven't read the other Bradford Sisters books, I would recommend starting with True to You, then Falling for You before you read Sweet on You. While Sweet on You can be read as a stand-alone novel, it is so much better when you know the family dynamics beforehand, and when you've already seen Zander and Britt interact. This is a contemporary Christian romance, with a touch of mystery and some suspense. As always, Becky Wade ROCKED this one! I loved it, and really wish there were more sisters for her to write about!! Highly recommend.
Love, Mystery, Excitement! Britt Bradford and Zander Ford have been best friends for years. At least that’s what Britt has always thought, but she has been completely ignorant of the fact that Zander has loved her for years. Never wanting to rock the boat of friendship between them, he has kept his feelings to himself. As time has gone on, Zander has been worn down watching Britt give her heart to others without giving him a second thought. He doesn't feel alive if he is not with Britt, but he is tortured when he is around her because of his feelings. In the midst of all this angst, Zander must cut his trip short and return home because of the sudden death of his uncle. Shockingly, it appears everything known about the man has been a lie. He immediately throws himself into discovering the truth, and Britt insists on helping. Working together not only exposes Zander to more heartache, both of their lives are jeopardized. The question changes from whether or not Zander and Britt can become a couple, but instead, will the two of them survive? Setting this in the small village of Merryweather, adds charm and fun to the tale, along with the pleasure of Britt’s amazing chocolate creations, and the faith of the characters. This thrilling story will keep you on the edge of your seat reading pages as fast you can. This is the third installment in the Bradford Sisters Romance Series, but Sweet on You stands on its own. This is the most exciting book of the series, but I have loved them all, and highly recommend every single one. If you like clean, well-written stories, full of excitement you will enjoy this 5-star book. Bethany House Publishing through NetGalley has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Sweet on You, for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
I’ve been keeping up with this series, and have enjoyed each book. I’ve been waiting for Britt and Zander’s story and I was not disappointed. This was a good storyline with some suspense added in that kept my attention all through the book. I have to admit that I like Zander much, much more than I do Britt. Zander is a great example of someone who loves unconditionally and is willing to sacrifice for someone else’s happiness. Of the three sisters, Britt is the least likable. Her continual declaration of her depending only on herself, of not showing weakness, or allowing someone to help her got tiresome. She didn’t always seem to live what she professed to believe. But it all comes together in the end, and makes for very entertaining reading. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Sweet on You by Becky Wade is a cute love story with a dash of mystery. Britt and Zander are friends from high school. Zander has always loved Britt but Britt doesn't reciprocate the feelings. Zander over the period of time realizes that he is no more than a friend to Britt and leaves on a world tour. He comes back to his hometown after the mysterious demise of his uncle. He promises his aunt to find out the secret of his uncle's death. Britt offers to help Zander with the investigation of his uncle's death. They grow close to each other but both refuse to risk their friendship. Britt is a very strong and independent character. Zander is a loving and patient boyfriend. The family of Britt is awesome. The entire setup of the town is very cute. The story is engaging and the characters are interesting. The mystery of a lost painting adds more flavor to the plot line. All in all, I enjoyed the story.
Britt and Zander know how to do friendship. They are 100% there for each other, even in little ways they don't allow each other to see but are revealed to the reader in snippets from notes over the years. Unrequited love come to fruition is one of my favorite types of romance, and I've been looking forward to Zander finally getting his girl! I loved getting inside his head and experiencing the longing and yearning he has for Britt, while also fulfilling his own aspirations in the meantime. The mystery behind his uncle's hidden past and the suspense it brought to the plot was the perfect balance for the angst Britt and Zander are feeling and also providing them the opportunities to get closer together. For much of the book Britt did such a good job convincing herself that there was no romance between herself and Zander that I was convinced also, and had to make a major shift when things finally heat up between them. I would have done better with a bit more emotion or self-awareness from her leading into the new dimension of their relationship. They have such a deep connection otherwise, the chemistry that rises to the surface is just the icing on the cake. Britt and Zander each are developing their faith as well and I appreciated the insights and inspiration there. I love this series focused on a trio of sisters! (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions expressed in this review are my own)
Sweet on You is charming and witty with a real-life depth to it. As with the first two books, there is also an element of mystery that weaves expertly in with the main storyline. Add in some adorable kisses and incredibly chemistry, heartfelt introspection, and a genuine faith element, and the story is complete. The friendship between Britt and Zander, and Zander’s desire for more, is a beautifully tender aspect of this novel. More than that, I found so much to relate to in both of their characters – Britt’s tendency to be utterly self-reliant, as well as Zander’s tendency to seclude himself from others – these aspects of their characters really spoke to my heart and come across as completely genuine. As a couple, Britt and Zander are spectacular, but they shine as individuals as well, and I appreciate that Wade always delivers excellent character development as the story progresses. I love that characters from the previous book still have solid parts in this story. Wade excels in taking place and a family and making both feel real. I loved getting to experience things through Britt and Zander’s eyes that also incorporates these beloved characters from books one and two. While many would not deem it necessary, I highly recommend reading the series in order. The reader can really get to know the characters, and each story builds a bit on the other, which is just more fun to read. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review, and the opinions expressed here are my own.
Sweet, indeed! Ever since I first read Anne of Green Gables as a young girl, I’ve had an enormous soft spot for a hero who waits patiently for his heroine, never swerving from his love and devotion, even when the depth of his affection is unreturned. To say I have been anticipating Britt and Zander’s story since the beginning of this series is akin to saying Australia gets a bit warm in the summer. Add in Zander’s character in particular—intelligent, introspective, and romantic, with “Dickensian orphan eyes” and the dark, striking looks to pull the package together—and you have a perfectly delicious recipe for a romance, even if chocolate weren’t involved! With such great heights of anticipation, the possibility of not meeting expectations is always high—unless Becky Wade is the author. And boy, does she deliver. Crackling romantic tension, totally swoon-worthy romance (words and actions!), an intriguing mystery that delivers a suspenseful climax, AND a personal breakthrough for Britt that packs an emotional punch. Her characters live and breathe on the page, and while she doesn’t write romantic comedy, you’ll always find characters or phrases that make you laugh—sometimes quite unexpectedly! I really don’t know what else you could ask for. This whole series from Becky Wade represents the very best contemporary Christian romance has to offer in every aspect of the genre, from genuine, swoon-worthy romance all the way through to her characters’ faith journeys. I can’t wait to see where her next series takes us. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.
Charming. Delectable. Elegant. Like the chocolates described in the third entry to the Bradford Sisters Romance series, Sweet on You delivers in all the right ways. Christian fiction star Becky Wade knows just the elements to blend for the perfect story in the way a chocolatier knows the correct amount of cocoa for each truffle. As we all wish for one more bite of chocolate upon coming to the end of the box, readers will wish for one more novel in this sister series upon closing the final page of Sweet on You. Britt Bradford and Zander Ford bring emotional depth to the forefront of Wade's latest story. Chocolatier and owner of Sweet Art, Britt Bradford is a fiesty, independent, resilient heroine whose determination to stand alone often gets her into trouble and brings a breath of fresh air to the leading lady category of Christian fiction. While many times I wanted to shake her refusal to open up to the man who so clearly loved her, Britt's independent streak lent itself to a heartbreaking scene at the end of the novel that wholly supported her character growth. Bestselling author Zander Ford, a handsome hero with a Dickensian air, was a 100 percent perfect hero who was just flawed enough to give the novel conflict. His part of the ending of the novel cemented his role as breakthrough hero of the year in Christian fiction--gentleness mixed with strength, soul blended with sincerity, protectiveness embedded with love. It will take a lot to top this guy. With epistolary elements that demonstrate Britt and Zander's feelings for each other closing each chapter, Wade's writing strengths are on full display in Sweet on You. This novel will surely leave each of its readers hungering for more from this talented author.
4.5 stars Becky Wade is truly in a masterclass of her own when it comes to writing sassy, sweet, and a little spicy contemporary romance. She has done it again in Sweet on You. Whip-smart and snappy dialogue with a dash of sass and a dose of adorable populate the pages, keeping the tone fast-paced and emitting the easy, comfortable way that Britt & Zander have with each other. There’s a smile to be had on nearly every page, and when I reached the end I just wanted to hug the book & Zander & Britt & even Becky Wade herself! The friends-to-more trope is one of my faves to read.... And speaking of that “more” they are journeying toward… that friendship set on fire…. I have two things to say: 1. The combination of utter tenderness, pent-up longing, and sizzling chemistry between them is swoonilicious times 100. 2. HOLY GUACAMOLE… those kisses, y’all. Their first kiss had me holding my breath and searching for my fainting couch and swooning all twitterpated-like. In the midst of searching for answers regarding the untimely death of Zander’s uncle, trying to get the latest truffle recipe just right & planning for a Bradford sister wedding, the author gives us delicious quotes that make me swoon in word-smithing-and-romantic-heart delight. And tucked away between these pages is a poignant and achingly sweet message: we were never meant to rely on ourselves or other people – rely only on God because He never fails. And He is there to supply all the grace we need. Bottom Line: I. LOVED. IT. I could stop right there but I’ll also mention that Wade achieves the perfect blend of suspense, romance, family and faith. And those kisses!!! I also loved the snippets of text message & passed notes, and phone calls that enhanced both the plot and the characters. (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.)
I have been waiting for Britt and Zander’s story and it was as good as I hoped. Becky is such an excellent writer and I love she infuses a bit of mystery into this series. My only complaint was there was a lot of backstory thrown in. The reader was often pulled out of the present and placed in the past for a good amount of time. But aside from that I loved this story and how Becky brought Zander and Britt together. A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own.
I just had to finish the stories of the three Bradford sisters and I’m so glad I did. Each book can stand on its own but they were all so good! Britt was such fun to visit with. So independent but I felt somewhat vulnerable too. And Zander, he had loved Britt since they were fourteen, but she just thought of them as best friends. He hung in there until one boyfriend too many of hers drove him on a “world tour”after his widely successful novel was published. He returns to attend his uncle’s funeral to find her between boyfriends. He decides to hang around for a while when a mystery concerning his uncle surfaces. This novel had a little of everything. Mystery, suspense, danger, major theft, family, friendship chocolate and of course sweet romance. I highly recommend this for anyone since it has it all and if you’ve never tried a book by Becky Wade, let this one be it! I received a complimentary ebook copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley but was not required to write a review.
4.5 Stars SWEET ON YOU is the highly anticipated final book in the Bradford Sisters Romance series. It's a story about unrequited love, trust in God and those who love you, and letting yourself be vulnerable to someone else. Readers will fall in love with these characters, cheer them on, and wish them the happily-ever-after they deserve. Highly recommended! By the end of this story, I was in love with these characters. To be completely honest, I struggled with Britt about half-way through the book. She was a complex character and I got her choices and how she felt, but I couldn't agree with her, particularly when she was so blind to Zander's love and then also was so prideful and pushed him away. I've been dying to find out her story during this whole series, but it was rough in places, particularly towards the end. Zander and her face a dire situation at one point that was quite suspenseful and it was difficult to watch them struggle. Zander, on the other hand, I adored. He was that perfect mix of tortured soul, brains, strength, understanding, and humility. Plus he totally won the award for best friend ever. I came to understand and appreciate Britt, but Zander I loved. He made this story for me. I loved the romance in this story. As I said, it was tough in places, but it was also sweet, beautiful, and swoon-worthy. Plus, one of my favorite tropes is friends-to-lovers. There was so much history between these two and I loved how good of friends they were before anything else. This whole series has the best romances! And I appreciate that it isn't all about the romance, there's a lot more going on in this story. I also loved how the inspirational aspects were woven throughout. This is something Wade does so very well in all her books. I loved how both Britt and Zander had to come to their own realizations and learn to trust in God―to really hand over their lives, hopes, weaknesses, everything to Him. I also need to mention the chocolate... Britt is a chocolatier and runs a chocolate shop. Oh my goodness! It made me so hungry for good chocolates. Truffles are one of my favorite things. I loved learning about different flavors and processes and seeing Britt and Zander cook together. Don't go into this book hungry! Lol! In the end, was it what I wished for? I thoroughly enjoyed reading this! If you're a fan of this series or Christian contemporary romance, or even just contemporary romance, grab this one and this whole series! It doesn't disappoint. Content: Some violence, but clean. Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through Prism Book Tours, which did not require a positive review nor affect my review in any way.
I feel like I have been waiting for forever for Britt to fall in love with Zander. I can’t even imagine a 10th of what his waiting has been like. He is an insanely loyal man which makes him beyond swoon worthy. While I get the fear of not wanting to screw up a great friendship, I also keep shouting “Kiss her, already!!!!” And then they do…I have no words… We see some big character development in Britt through this story. I like a twist on the independent woman in that she takes it too far, carrying a burden of guilt that isn’t hers and declining help because of it. I get a bit of where she’s coming from in that feeling guilty that you didn’t have to go through “X” that your siblings did. (Tiny, kind of, but not really spoiler for those like me who were agonizing) I am so thankful Becky didn’t make us wait until the end for that first kiss. I think I would have perished. But, I’m not going to tell you when it happens! That would ruin the magic! I loved checking in with Willow and Nora and their lives; it brought me deeper into their worlds. But, the story was written in such a way that you could read it as a stand alone and not feel lost. I also enjoyed the subplot of unraveling the mystery of Uncle Frank. I have to say, there were some enjoyable twists there that kept me guessing. If you like contemporary romance with a mystery, but not suspense, thread, delicious chocolate, and a friends to more story, this one is for you. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was not required to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
What a beautifully romantic conclusion to one of my very favorite series! During books one and two of this series, True to You and Falling for You, Zander and Britt showed up at various times. What was clear in those novels was that Zander loved Britt, his best friend, and she did not realize how he felt. So, readers like me have anxiously anticipated Britt and Zander’s story. These two were clearly meant to be much more than best friends. The author did a beautiful job of slowly awakening Britt to this reality. And, wow, when she did…well, no spoilers here, so I will just say that it was powerful! These characters felt so real to me. Actually, this entire series had characters that felt like real people, making these novels ones that I love to re-read. I highly recommend all of the books in the Bradford Sisters Romance series. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Sweet on You, by Becky Wade, is the third book in A Bradford Sisters Romance series. While I do recommend reading all of the books in this series simply because each of them is absolutely wonderful, this book can be read quite easily as a stand- alone novel. Like the other books in the series, Sweet on You is beautifully written, entertaining, and utterly engaging. From the unexpected mystery, to the indispensable chocolate truffles, to the unfolding romance, this novel is absolutely enjoyable from beginning to end. In Sweet on You, as in all of her novels, Ms. Wade is amazingly talented at creating vibrant characters that are believable, endearing, and relatable. Even though they endure difficult trials, they manage to persevere and make tough choices. Above all, they learn, they grow, and they endeavor to thrive. As they pursue wholeness and consider new possibilities, they begin to find peace as they open their hearts to vulnerability, trust, and faith. Ms. Wade is also profoundly skilled at immersing the characters in settings that are richly detailed and wholly memorable. Set in the distinctive Pacific Northwest, Sweet on You is a book as splendid and as stunning as the scenic setting that enriches the story. Furthermore, the plot of this novel is refreshingly captivating as it abounds with circumstances and twists that are delightfully and thoroughly intriguing. This novel is touching, inspiring, and compelling. It is original and appealing and everything a great book should be. I sincerely recommend Sweet on You. It is a book worthy of savoring and sharing. Ms. Wade is a gifted storyteller and with each book she writes, I find new reasons to love her work even more. I eagerly look forward to reading more of her novels in the future. *I was given a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. A review was not required. The review I have written contains opinions that are entirely my own.
Sweet on You boasts wonderfully complex characters, an exciting plot, and an endearing friends-to-romance thread that rivals the sweetness of our heroine's chocolate shop. As far as I'm concerned, Britt and Zander are irresistibly lovable. Britt is a fiercely independent and adventurous young woman and a chocolatier savant! Zander is loyal and compassionate and uber talented in his own right! Books, chocolate, and friends-to-romance threads aside, Sweet on You strikes just the right balance between main character focus and secondary character spotlighting. I highly recommend this series and look forward to reading future stories from Becky Wade. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
I found this book to be absolutely delightful. I already love stories of best friends falling in love with each other. Knowing that Britt was a chocolatier was appealing, because I just love stories of characters who work in the food industry. You get some great recipes and inspiration for dishes to try at home. And of course there is the mystery aspect, revolving around the truth of his father's past and the setting just outside of Seattle. The development of the relationship between Britt and Zander is intricately woven with their investigation into Zaner's Uncle Frank's past, in a perfect blend of the two types of stories. You have just enough intrigue without all of the drama. I felt a maturity in the storytelling that was refreshing to read. It felt like the author had really taken her time and given a lot of thought into every aspect of the story. Previous books are alluded to, but not necessary to have read in order to appreciate this one. I will say that I need to read the other ones, though, because now I want to know the stories of the other sisters and people in this book. I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review.
A sweet indulgence! Britt felt guilty for being the only Bradford sister whose mom was still around. So she determined that she would not be a burden or a problem or allow herself to be vulnerable. Instead, she focused her attention on being the ideal sister and kept everything bottled up inside. As a result of an unstable childhood, Zander is a little quirky. Among other things, he - Can’t set a timer for an odd number of minutes - Closes any door, cupboard, or drawer that has been left open - Can’t stand to see someone load the dishwasher the wrong way - and has been known to reload those belonging to other people I don’t often think of heroes as favorites. Despite the fact they are fictional, I’m not in the market for a book boyfriend - my husband is enough. :-) Yet with Zander, it is difficult to not admire him. His deep love for Britt which has stood the test of time (thirteen years!) is heart-rendingly sweet. He is so patient with her, despite sometimes getting mad and yelling. at her One of the women in the book describes him to be like a Dickens orphan - brooding and beautiful. While the entire story is exceptionally wonderful, the way Zander responded when Britt finally broke and had a panic attack . . . Ooh! Sweet on You is an amazing, delightful story which touched my heart deeply. From Zander’s long-suffering love to Britt’s pain that she has bottled up. . . Add to these heart issues the mystery surrounding Zander’s uncle and the secrets and danger they uncover and you have the recipe for an incredible book! I loved all the fun metaphors sprinkled throughout and the sometimes quirky characters. It is the perfect blend of romance and adventure and humor and even has police action requiring a SWAT team! Be forewarned, though. Britt is a chocolatier. Be prepared to read lovely descriptions of chocolate making, chocolate flavors, and more delicious chocolate! I recommend having some on hand - preferably the decadent kind. Instead of listening to me ramble on about this delicious treat, hurry and get a copy so you can see what I’m raving about! (If you haven’t read the other books in the series, you might want to start with the prequel and read them all. Sweet on You can stand alone but it does build on the others. You won’t regret reading them all!) Read my review of Sweet on You by Becky Wade at AmongTheReads.net I was given a copy of this book. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All comments and opinions are my own.
OMG! Wow! It’s not easy to describe how much I loved The Bradford Sisters Series! Ever since I read “Then came you” I fell in love with Garner Bradford and Kathleen Burke’s story! I knew this was going to be one of my favorite series and I was eager to start reading the story of each of their daughters, all three having a different mother. How their story started felt so real and heartfelt, sometimes raw and tragic, others even humorous. I really fell in love with this family! I’ve read each and every one of the books in the series. I own them in paperback, I especially fell in love with the covers. This last one book was gifted to me by the Publisher and Author herself but I was in no way required to leave a positive review. But it not only deserves a positive review, but a truly exultant one, and this is really my honest opinion! This is my favorite contemporary series yet!!! When I read “True to You”, I thought it would be hard to top this story, but “Falling for You” was equally good too! And what can I say… I just fell in love with “Sweet on You” and think it was the best closing for these series. Maybe because I already knew Britt and Zander from the previous novels and they really grew on me… Britt befriended Zander when they were fourteen. Although they seemed very different, from social background, etc., it was sweet how they soon became the best of friends. Zander couldn’t help falling helplessly in love with Britt from the start, but since she didn’t seem to return his feelings outside of the friend zone, he didn’t want to risk the beautiful friendship they had by letting her know his feeling for her. Britt’s greatest passion is chocolate. She has her own shop as a chocolatier in Merryweather. She has dated on and off, but she never seem’s to find the right guy… Might it be because no one will ever equal his best friend qualities?: Zander is loyal to the bone, compassionate, kind and caring, fun, supportive, he always knows what she has inside! He’s also extremely handsome in his unique way. But friends is better than having a relationship that may ruin the most beautiful thing in her life (other than her family), his unconditional friendship, right? After Zander career as a writer becomes a huge success he decides he needs to separate himself from Britt, otherwise he’ll go crazy, and maybe his feelings will subdue if he’s oceans apart from her… But after a few years, when he comes back to his Uncle Frank’s funeral (the man who took him in and raised him) and sees Britt again, he realizes his feelings are even more solid now. Then life turns upside down when he finds out, along with his aunt, that Uncle Frank may not have been what he seemed and his sudden death becomes a mystery he has to solve, for his and his aunt’s peace of mind. As Britt offers her help and this makes them spend more time together, the attraction they both feel can no longer be denied. But Britt is unsure of taking a bigger step. And Zander is not sure he can contain his feelings any longer… I won’t spoil this story for you. I’ll just tell you it was awesome and I loved it. There is so much deepness of character and so much to learn behind the situations that unfold, their growing relationship, their trust of God in directing them in the right path… I love that these books always have an inspiring message and it helps you see how faith can light up your path in ways you never imagined. And that God always has your back and that his plans for us are alway