How Sweet It Is by Dylan Newtown
Published by Forever on July 13, 2021
Reading Challenges: Debut Author 2021, GoodReads
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
About How Sweet It Is
How Sweet It Is – Dylan Newton’s debut novel – is a charmingly sweet with a bit of heat, opposites attract rom-com.
Despite her parents’ constant encouragement to enter the medical field, Kate Sweet is an amazing event (NOT party, thankyouverymuch) planner. She’s always prepared, spreadsheets at the ready as she purposefully strides about in her fierce stilettos. This is why her bestie asks for some last-minute help planning the ultimate book launch for Drake Matthews’, the Knight of Nightmares, new horror novel.
Horror isn’t Kate’s usual vibe of happy and fun events like weddings or bat mitzvahs but she’s game to help out her friend. She’s positive she can win over Drake with her Halloween-themed extravaganza. She doesn’t realize that Drake is intensely private with little interest in having his home turned into a circus freakshow.
Their first meeting is disastrous on all fronts (hello, stitches from stilettos) but Drake feels an instant attraction to Kate. Even better, she’s unknowingly acting as his muse. How will romance change his usual horror and what will his devoted fans think?
My thoughts about How Sweet It Is
Kate is so relatable with her drive and determination to do a great job, giving her clients that special moment they deserve. There’s definite humor when she brings that same drive for perfection to create an event around horror. I don’t think I’d have the moxy to let myself be locked up in a crypt and then get into a coffin.
I understood her need to have her parents stop dismissing her career because it’s not the path they would’ve chosen for her. When a job sounds fun, people don’t always understand that it’s still a lot of hard work.
Drake, with his quiet reserve and sense of privacy, is Kate’s opposite. Hurt in the past, he’s afraid to open up to Kate. Watching him allow himself to get closer to Kate was lovely. And I loved his warm and caring relationship with his family (please let there be books about the brothers!).
Dylan Newton created a lovely sense of place with Drake’s small hometown in autumn. It sounded so cozy and friendly that I’d love to visit. There’s even a ferocious (not really) Shih Tzu companion for extra comedy. Kate and Drake’s relationship was stormy at times, often hilarious, yet underneath it all, tender and caring. And had some serious steam.
This is a sweet and steamy, opposites attract romcom with a great smalltown vibe. It’s perfect for fans of Beach Read by Emily Henry or Farah Heron.
Thank you NetGalley and Forever for the ARC.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Debut Author 2021
- NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2021