Review: Bittersweet by Carmen Jenner & Lauren K. McKellar


Note: This ARC was provided by the authors via Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.

If you're in the market for a sweet and light romance, then Bittersweet could give you exactly what you're looking for. Co-written by Australian authors Carmen Jenner and Lauren K. McKellar, both of whom I've read in the past, this love story introduces readers to wedding blogger Romy Love. She writes about love, weddings, and happily-ever-afters...and she wants her own. She knows how her perfect day is going to be. She's imagined it in her head, and she knows all the bits and pieces that'll make it a day to be remembered. The only thing missing is the groom. She does, however, have someone in mind for the position. He's a barista AND a baker AND he's hot. Elio is the guy for her, but before she can snag the gorgeous Italian, she's got a few things she needs to tick off her list of things to do. Will Romy finally get her happy ending or will she get in her own way?

This was an easygoing romance that had me smiling by the time I got to the end. Romy is in love with the idea of love in general, but she hasn't done well in the love department herself, especially considering her last boyfriend cheated on her three times over. Elio is the guy she's got her heart set on, but even though there's an obvious connection between the two of them, their promising romance stumbles time and again, no thanks to miscommunication that lead to misunderstandings. Now, if you're familiar with my reviews, you'll know I'm a bit of a stickler when it comes to specifics about a character, especially when it comes to them having surnames. Weird, I know, but I am what I am. Elio DOES have a surname, but there's a reason why I refuse to mention it in this review. You'll get it when you read the book. Suffice to say that I don't want to spoil it for you.

As I mentioned earlier, I've read books written by both authors in the past, and I think their new writing partnership worked out rather well. The story wasn't one that was saddled with too many things happening at the same time, and we've got two main characters that were easily likable and their chemistry was clear-cut from the beginning. Aside from Romy and Elio, there were some standout supporting characters as well, in particular Elio's very Italian family and Romy's best friend. Then there's the one supporting character who I loved...to hate. Seriously, this one was particularly worthy of any and all hate being thrown their way because they were abhorrent. As a side note, reading this book also made me rather hungry, what with all the talk about coffee and baked goods; all I had at the time was iced coffee and no food. Oh well. 4.5 stars go to Bittersweet. ♥

Release Date: 01 May 2018

Date Read: 01 May 2018

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