ROMANCE

Make It Sweet

Montlake Romance: Amazon. Feb. 2021. 368p. ISBN 9781542016889. pap. $12.95. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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Actress Emma Maron finds out her character on a popular TV series is getting the ax on the same day she discovers her boyfriend cheating on her. Desperate to escape her uncertain future, Emma accepts an invitation to stay at a private California estate, Rosemont. The grounds are only rivaled in beauty by another guest at the estate, the owner’s grandson Lucian Osmond, an ex-hockey player who is using his time at Rosemont to recover from a career-ending injury. Emma is confused by the gruff Lucian, a man as complicated as the patisserie he secretly bakes for her breakfast every day. But as their public personas finally begin to give way to their private desires, Lucian and Emma will find that they both have dreams of a life together.
VERDICT Callihan (Dear Enemy) constructs a romance full of aching emotions while taking on toxic fame and the perils of contact sports. Descriptions of Lucian making delicate treats are a delight, and the cast of secondary characters doing their best to subtly ignore the sexual tension between Emma and Lucian are the icing on the cake. This title stands alone, but those who enjoyed Dear Enemy will also enjoy glimpses of returning characters.

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