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Series: Sweet Love #3
Published by Entangled Publishing on October 17th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Humorous, Romance, Romantic Comedy
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ADD TO GOODREADS:
Hello, Mr. Right...for Now.
With a month off from culinary school, Jenny Boyd has some serious party plans. Especially when the hottest guy in the club literally lands in her lap. He’s 6’2” of cocky, sexy, man-candy, and just as commitment-phobic as she is.
She’s definitely off limits…
Graphic designer Jared Crew is shocked when his best friend's sister-in-law doesn’t remember him right away. Luckily, she is more than willing to let him jog her memory, no complications required.
It’s all fun and games...until the condom breaks.
Also by this author: Truly, Madly, Sweetly
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Sweetly, Deeply, Absolutely by Kira Archer is perfectly titled.
SWEETLY represents the bakery where Jenny Boyd is working during her break from school, Street Treats, and all the deliciousness being created there — including lots of baklava and plenty of romance. “Sweet” can also describe sexy Jared Crew’s treatment of Jenny. Throughout the series Jared, whose best friends own Street Treats, comes off as a grown-up frat boy, looking for his next casual hook-up or hottest party. This persona is exactly what initially attracted Jenny to him — fun, hot, and no strings attached. When circumstances interfere and Jared and Jenny find themselves working together at Street Treats, a one-night stand no longer seems like a good idea. Failing to ignore their attraction, Jenny is pleasantly surprised when Jared proves himself to be thoughtful, artistic, and much more romantic than the party boy at the club. All that, plus combustible sexual chemistry, make falling for the surprisingly sweet Jared practically inevitable.
The DEEPLY felt emotional and physical connection between Jared and Jenny was much more intense than either of them expected, nor had ever felt before. Once they give into temptation, Fate decides to throw them another curveball, one that would redefine their relationship forever. While both are scared of the potential changes, both are also amazed to find, they are nearly as upset as they thought they would be. Jared has been coasting professionally, doing well but not channeling his talent to its full potential; Jenny has two more years studying in Paris to be a pastry chef. Neither one is ready for a serious commitment, yet they both start to realize as long as with it’s with each other, maybe it would all work out. The scariest thing for both Jared and Jenny was how deeply they had fallen for each other.
ABSOLUTELY could refer to how absolutely charming parts of this novel are. Or, maybe, the absolute joy of watching these two lovers interact, with perfectly matched wit, confidence and sensual spark. No doubt it relates to how completely perfect they are together and how absolute their love is.
There was really only one drawback to this otherwise delightful novel for me. Jenny’s behavior towards the very end — her fear and dismissal of Jared’s actions and emotions — felt like a rushed obstacle. Communication between the two had been a mainstay of their relationship from the beginning. View Spoiler »She told him goodbye, left the country, and made it clear what they shared was over, yet she still held a grudge that he didn’t stop her or reach out once she was gone. Luckily Jared followed his heart and made it possible for them to at least try life together. « Hide Spoiler It felt a wee bit manufactured and too quickly resolved. This is one issue, her fear of commitment and her disbelief in Jared’s choices, could have used more fleshing out.
Sweetly, Deeply, Absolutely made me hungry for three things:
- Dessert. Lots and lots of desserts. Cupcakes and frosting and baklava slathered with honey.
- Jared. Preferably combined with #1. His wit, talent, sensuality and kind heart make him a delicious find (especially if there is frosting or honey involved). 😜
- More Kira Archer Books! Fortunately, there are the two earlier books in the Sweet Love series, all of which can be enjoyed alone, as well as Kira’s earlier Crazy Love series. I’m looking forward to the next book from Kira Archer, no doubt it will be tender, fun, and plenty sexy.
Excerpt from Sweetly, Deeply, Absolutely
Gretchen snorted and looked back at His Royal Gorgeousness. “What is he doing?”
Jenny watched, mouth open, as Man-Candy juggled three limes in the air while bending backward, tilting his head enough so that the laughing female bartender could pour a shot directly into his mouth. The crowd gathered around him cheered and he popped back up, still juggling.
“Lime!” he shouted.
The bartender tossed a lime slice into the air and he tried to snatch it with his mouth. And missed. To the disappointment of his groupies.
“Again!” he said.
The bartender grabbed another slice, aimed it carefully, and tossed it in an arc. He staggered backward, keeping the limes in his hands going while he focused on the one falling through the air.
“Incoming,” Gretchen said, getting out of the way of certain disaster as he stumbled toward them, his attention intent on the lime slice.
He caught it in his mouth right as the back of his foot connected with their bench. His limes went flying. And so did he. His butt hit the floor. And his head landed face-up squarely in Jenny’s lap.
She yelped and pressed back against the bench. Little good that did her. She couldn’t really go anywhere with him half-laying on her. Didn’t really want to, if she was honest. He was even hotter closer up. Who was she to turn away a gorgeous man who introduced himself with his face in her lap? That would be rude.
He glanced up, opened his mouth, and smiled, the lime slice wedged firmly between his teeth. His friends cheered again and he held the lime up like a trophy. Then he turned his attention to Jenny.
“Hey, there.” He beamed up at her like she was his new best friend. “Sorry about that. I’m usually a bit more graceful with the party tricks.” He slid off her lap and stood, before holding out a hand to help her up.
“Not a problem,” she said. She glanced at the lime he’d dropped on the table. “That was impressive.”
“Thank you.” He looked her up and down and she shivered as if he’d run his hands over her body. And then she returned the favor, biting her lip as she feasted on the incredible specimen of manhood before her.
He gave her a slow, sensual grin that had her sucking in her breath.
“Interested?” he asked.
Nice line. Short, sexy, and to the point. She approved .“Very. You?”
His eyebrows raised in surprise. Maybe he wasn’t used to women who didn’t play hard to get. Judging by the sudden heat in his eyes, he didn’t mind at all.
“Extremely,” he said. “My place?”
She shook her head. “Dance floor.”
He playfully pouted and it was all she could do to keep from sucking his bottom lip into her mouth.
She laughed. “Sorry. Only dancing tonight.” For now. “Still interested?”
“Definitely,” he said.
He walked backward, keeping his gaze glued to hers while he made his way out to the floor. The crowd parted for him like he was Moses parting the Red Sea.
Jenny took a deep breath to try and calm her frantically pounding heart and leaned over to Gretchen, while still keeping her focus on him.
“Don’t wait up for me.”
Gretchen laughed. “Sorry. If things look like they are getting out of hand, I’m going to come drag you away. If you don’t come home tonight, Rick is going to have a total shit fit. He’ll have half the Hoboken PD out looking for you.”
Jenny’s sigh was full of fondness mixed in with exasperation. She loved Rick, but having a big brother who was a cop took the protective thing to a whole new level.
“You’ve got a point. I’ll try and rein it in, but you might seriously have to come pull me off the dance floor.”
“You really think your self control is that bad?”
“I know it is.” Jenny set her drink down. “He’s hot and I’m bothered and that’s a recipe for disaster. Well, it’s actually a recipe for some insanely hot sex. But I guess having my big brother come kick down the door would sort of put a damper on the mood. And Rick was very specific about me making it back home tonight. Ugh. Fine. I’ll try and keep it in my pants, if I must.”
“You must,” Gretchen said with a wink, heading off to do a little dancing of her own.
About Author Kira Archer
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 her romances a little playful, a lot sexy, and always with a happily ever after.