Book Review: How Sweet It Is by Sophie Gunn

Single mom Lizzie Bea Carpenter learned long ago that no white knight was coming to save her. A hardworking waitress at the local diner, she’s raising her daughter to be like the independent women in her “Enemy Club”—high school rivals turned best friends, promising to always tell each other the whole truth and nothing but!


Yet part of Lizzie wishes she did have a man’s help, just for small stuff, like fixing up the house. Her fairy godmother must have been listening, because Dante “Tay” Giovanni soon appears. He’s sexy, kind, and offering assistance—no strings attached.


Slowly, steadily, Lizzie’s heart opens. But the grip of the past is fierce, and nothing in life is ever really free. Tay has his own tragedies to overcome, but if he can, he’ll fix more than Lizzie’s home. He’ll show her just how sweet it is to be loved by him.

What woman wouldn’t want her wish to come true,?  Lizzie is a single mom whose house is falling apart…literally: the paint is cracking, the porch is sagging, the gate is hanging off it’s hinge.  She wishes for a handyman who would just stop in an fix things for her.  Welcome Tay, a handsome, do good, boy scout type who is just passing through town.  As Tay tries to help Lizzie fix up her house, Lizzie tries to save Tay from his troubled past.

I liked that the characters in this book were flawed.  They faced real problems and tried to make what they felt were the best choices, sometimes sacrificing their own wants and needs for others.  The book held my attention but had some plot points where disbelief had to be suspended to buy into the story.

I’m not a huge romance reader but I did like this book, except for the few pages I had to skip because I don’t read sex scenes.  Thankfully this book wasn’t full of them and was more sweet than steamy.

Content: I typically don’t read “romance” unless it is Young Adult or clean stuff like Marcia Lynn McClures. I had been told this book was sweet without any graphic sex. There was sex, the book wasn’t full of it and what there was wasn’t describe in tons of detail but I had to skip portions of 3 or 4 pages throughout the book because it was too detailed for me. Also had some language.

Rating: 3 Stars

Source: From Publisher for Review