Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Sweet Dreams - Stacey Keith

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Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams by Stacey Keith
In a little town in the heart of Texas, the same old story can turn into happily ever after . . .
On any given day, Maggie Roby has cake batter on her sleeve, flour where the blush supposedly goes, and sore feet from standing since dawn. For her sister’s wedding day, she’s added a side of heartache. Maggie’s failed marriage taught her that love is a lie and commitment a mistake, and it was an expensive lesson. But with her bakery thriving and her life simplified to work, family, and knitting for her pug, Maggie thinks she's bought some peace. Until Jake Sutton walks in and she realizes she isn't safe from desire at all . . .

Jake has model-perfect looks and about a billion dollars to throw around, but Maggie also sees the same never-say-die grit she prizes in herself. The attraction between them is hotter than her oven in July. But when Jake decides to restore the old Art Deco movie theatre right around the corner from her bakery, she worries that temptation is a little too close for comfort. And the added ingredient of a man from her past only complicates the mix. This time nothing less than true love will do. If she can learn to listen to her heart, she just may be able to have her cake and eat it too. 

My Review

This is quite a nice story about two damaged people. Maggie has been damaged by her broken marriage and cheating husband. She no longer believes in happily ever after or that love can last. Jake was raised by an abusive and alcoholic mother and has spent his life trying to protect himself from every being poor again. He has also actively avoided love and affection and tries to be alone.

Once Maggie and Jake meet, they find that they are drawn to one another and can't resist the pull that they experience towards each other. There is a little bit here that I have a bit of an issue with. Jake keeps telling Maggie what she is going to do. Being an 'alpha male' is one thing, but being controlling (to the point of sending her dresses that she can wear on their date) is quite another and not a particularly attractive trait at that.

Overall I enjoyed the story. I did feel that it felt a little rushed in parts. The bones of the story were here, but things happened quite quickly on an emotional level and it made it slightly difficult to believe that they could both overcome their issues quite so easily. I do think that Maggie really deserved someone a little more understanding and less damaged, he disappeared on more than one occasion and she ran to him. Perhaps she should have been less of a doormat. It was an enjoyable read though and I liked the idea of the story and the characters. 

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