Review: Sterling by Delaney Foster (Sweet Southern Heat #1)

Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Give Me Books Promotions.

Sterling is the first book in the Sweet Southern Heat series and it's my first read from Delaney Foster. This was a second chance romance between Claire Cunningham and Jayce Sterling. It's been thirteen years since then-eighteen-year-olds Claire and Jayce were together as a couple only to have Jayce walk away with nothing more than a letter left on the dashboard of her car. They've lived separate lives in different cities, but then health issues within their respective families have them returning to Clover Creek. Claire is determined to be by her beloved grandmother's side as she battles her dementia, and Jayce wants nothing more than to convince his stubborn father to accept his help to deal with his cancer. With thirteen years having gone by, now is the perfect time for Jayce to make amends and hopefully show Claire that she's still the only girl he's ever loved. But these two are still keeping secrets from each other, and if they hope to get things right this time around, they'll have to learn how to be open and honest with one another. However, meddlesome people could end up wreaking havoc between them.

This book was...meh, and saying that doesn't bring any sort of joy. I always go into any book with a fair amount of hope that I'll be reading a good story with interesting characters. The thing with this series starter is that the story and characters were just okay, to the point that there wasn't really much of anything that made it the sort of read that would make me sit up and pay extra attention. Reading the blurb had me thinking wondering how much trauma Claire must have experienced when she'd be taken, but to be honest, she didn't really seem to be showing any signs of PTSD of any degree. Then there was Jayce's reason for leaving Claire and Clover Creek, and there was all this build up over the revelation, yet it felt like it was much ado about nothing. Had these two talked at any point before Jayce left and during the thirteen years they were apart, it wouldn't have led to such a long separation. The rekindling of their romance was also anti-climactic because it was almost as if Jayce didn't really have to work all that much to win Claire over. So yeah...meh, which makes me rather sad. Three stars for Sterling. ♥

Release Date: 12 September 2019

Date Read: 09 September 2019

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