Series: Sweet Love #1
Published by Entangled Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Millionaire/Billionaire Hero, Romance
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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 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.
So I really thought this was kind of a cute premise for a romance. Two people coming together because they both want something that the other person has. Natalie really want to own her own bakery, and when she is left a parking space, it becomes the perfect opportunity for her to start a food truck business for her cupcakes. But at the same time wants to build his own business as well, so it all kind of starts out as a bit of battle for each of them to get what they want.
So while I thought the romance had a really cute set up, it wasn’t as cute and sweet as I was hoping it would be, not that it was a dark romance or something, it just didn’t fill me overwhelming sweet thoughts towards our two romantic leads.
So I liked Nat way more then I liked Eric. I liked that she was pushing forward with making her dreams come true. I liked her friend, and the two of them made for some cute scenes. I thought Nat was a cool chick, and while she certainly has some hangups from previous relationships, she was in a much better place for it then Eric was.
I did not like Eric, he did not appeal to me almost at all. I have this thing about people who are so hung up on what their parents want, yes I think you should be respectful to your parents, but when you are an adult, disobeying your mother shouldn’t really be a big deal, and for Eric, well he was definitely a mama’s boy which was a huge turn off.
While the book did have good pacing and it was a quick read for me, I don’t think I was ever one hundred percent sold on these two being a couple. So many people in their lives were interfering and it wasn’t like the two of them had some kind of huge chemistry that made me think they were destined for each other or something. Solid three stars for me, it was cute for sure, and I could see how a lot of people would enjoy this book as well.
The walk home was a blur of hands and lips and a vague sense of embarrassment whenever someone had to clear their throats to get around them on the sidewalk. Nat nearly sobbed in relief once they reached Eric’s brownstone. They jogged up the stairs to the front door and Eric pulled her against him, claiming her lips again while he fumbled for the keys in his pocket. Nat vaguely realized there were still people wandering about the streets, but nothing much registered on her radar but Eric.
He dropped the keys on the stoop but neither took much notice. Eric pushed her up against his front door, his hands tangling in her hair as he angled her mouth to fit to his. She yanked his T-shirt out of his jeans, desperate to get her hands on his bare chest. He pulled the shoulder of her dress to the side, kissing across her collarbone.
Someone coughed. Eric and Nat glanced up, disoriented, and froze when they met the shocked gaze of someone’s little old night-owl grandma, apparently setting out to walk her dog. Eric nodded at her, his hand still entangled in Nat’s dress, his body pressed to hers. Moving, however, would definitely be worse, seeing as how it would give the poor old woman an eyeful of the rock solid length currently straining the seams in Eric’s pants.
“Good evening, Mrs. Jankowski. Going for a walk?” he asked.
Nat smiled and felt around on the ground for the keys with her foot.
Mrs. Jankowski nodded, her mouth hanging slightly open. “Just taking Peanut out.”
“Got them,” Nat whispered, kicking her foot out of her stiletto long enough to snake the keys with her toes. She brought her foot up behind her, grabbed the keys and shoved them into Eric’s hands.
“Ah. Lovely night for it,” he said, jamming his key into the lock. Nat sagged against him in relief when she heard the lock click.
“We’re just on our way in. Have a good night then.” Eric opened the door and they stumbled inside and slammed the door, shutting out the sight of his thoroughly shocked and mildly amused neighbor.
The moment the door closed, Eric and Natalie burst out laughing.
“Oh my God, your poor neighbor.”
“Yeah, I’m going to have to move for sure.”
They laughed again. The movement brought Eric and his poor pants back into contact with the sensitive skin of Nat’s bare thighs and her laughter choked off in a gasp. Eric’s eyes locked with hers and their smiles faded.
Then his lips were on hers again, his hands roaming over every inch he could touch. Eric spun Nat into the hallway and up a flight of stairs before she could catch her breath.