In Sweetly, Deeply, Absolutely (Sweet Love #3) by Kira Archer,in the month she's home from Paris visiting her family,all Jenny Boyd wants is to have a little fun and work day by day alongside her sister-in-law at Sweet Treats Bakery. However, she never expected Jared Crew to be part of her fun, and as things between them heat up, they find themselves temporarily bound by the outcome of a broken condom. Can two commitment-phobic people find happiness, or is all that's holding them together the news of whether or not Jenny is pregnant?
Having really enjoyed the first two books of this series, and getting to know Jared as a secondary character, I couldn't wait to read this one. He's been one of the best characters in this series, and has had me wanting to know more about him. From start to finish, this book was riveting, fast-paced and one I could not put down once the hero and heroine met. As there's is a forbidden romance with Jenny being his best friend's sister-in-law and him not being into anything to do with the word 'commitment'. And furthermore, he should be afraid if he gets involved with the heroine and ends up hurting her, than her protective brother is likely to end up hurting him.
As for the dialogue, it was a wonderful combination of intense and playful and made me really like both the main characters. Neither Jenny or Jared do commitment, and what they go through when they discover the broken condom made for interesting reading due to their reactions to the situation. One of them wanting to talk about it, and the other wanting to avoid any kind of talk about it, if it turned out Jenny was pregnant. However, there were also some really good light-hearted moments that made this book captivating. Such as Jenny not remembering who Jared is, the moment when she discovers the truth about how she already knows him, and of course, Jared's determination to make Jenny realize they'd be good together, if she's willing to give into their chemistry; a chemistry that spills over onto the pages in nicely-detailed sex scenes.
Overall, Ms. Archer has penned a wonderful third novel for her Sweet Love series where the secondary characters entertained me just as much as the main characters. Jenny's sister-in-law, Gina, and Jared's best friend, Eric, definitely both give great advice to the main characters, which had me cheering for this couple's happy ever after. Certainly, Eric's heart-to-heart talk with Jared makes him realize what's important. That taking a chance is worth the risk, especially when it comes to love and happiness. I would recommend Sweetly, Deeply, Absolutely by Kira Archer, if you enjoy the forbidden romance trope or a couple that don't do commitment and find love when they least expect it.
Hello, Mr.Right...for Now.
month off from culinary school, Jenny Boyd has some serious party plans.
Especially when the hottest guy in the club literally lands in her lap.
He’s 6’2” of cocky, sexy, man-candy, and just as commitment-phobic as she
designer Jared Crew is shocked when his best friend's sister-in-law
doesn’t remember him right away. Luckily, she is more than willing to let him
jog her memory, no complications required.
hesitated. “Like those?” She pointed at the portraits he had hanging on the
shrugged. “Any way you’d like to pose.”
“Hmm. Lying naked on a couch like in Titanic?”
laughed and pulled her in close. “If you were naked on a couch I’m not sure I’d
be able to keep my hands on my pencils.”
but touching the model wouldn’t be professional, would it?” She ran her hands
up his chest and he put his hands over hers, hoping she’d leave them there.
He’d missed her touch. Had begun to crave it like an addict going through a
a moment he thought she might draw him closer. But the moment passed. She
dropped her hands and stepped away and he closed his eyes against the near
physical pain of it.
I’m nothing if not professional,” he said quietly.
didn’t look at him for a moment, but when she did her smile was back in place.
“How do you want to draw me?” She raised her gaze to him and held it, her sea
green eyes boring into his until he felt like he was drowning in them.
grabbed his sketch pad and a pencil and held out his hand. “Come with me.”
cocked an eyebrow at him, but took his hand. He led her out of the studio and
down the hall to his bathroom where a big, old fashioned claw tub stood.
want to draw me taking a bath?”
chuckled. “I’d actually love to watch
you taking a bath, but I’m not sure how long I could remain on the outside of
cheeks flushed and it was all he could do not to crush her against him and kiss
her until she was moaning in his arms. He took a deep breath to get a little
control and led her over to the tub and handed her a big, fluffy towel.
want to draw you sitting on the edge, your back to me, bare,” he said, his hand
tracing the outline of her body down to where her waist met the swell of her
hips, “down to here. With the towel draped over the rest of you.”
watched him watching her, and then she held out her hand for the towel. He’d
meant to turn around, give her privacy to undress. He wasn’t sure why. They’d
seen each other naked. Several times. The image of her beautiful body would be
ingrained in his mind until the day he died and hopefully long afterwards.
she didn’t give him the option. She pulled her shirt off over her head.
Unbuttoned her jeans and pushed them down her legs until she could step out of
them. She stared right at him as she reached behind her to unhook her bra and
let it slide off her arms. Her panties followed.
stood before him, bare, breathtakingly beautiful. Neither one of them moved.
His heart jack-hammered in his chest, while his body warred with itself. The
desire to touch her, draw her into his arms and hold her there forever, made
him ache. But the privilege of standing before such perfection was a moment
he’d cherish the rest of his life. He wouldn’t ruin it by making an advance
that might drive her away. For now, it was enough. More than enough, to just
look and worship the unique beauty before him.
faint smile touched her lips and she turned to sit on the edge of the tub,
arranging the towel beneath her. She leaned forward and turned the faucet on.
Within moments, steaming water began to fill the tub.
glanced at him over her shoulder. “Seems a shame to waste the chance to soak in
such a beautiful tub. Since I’m right here.”
smiled and began to draw.
raised her arms to gather her hair in a bun. A few tendrils escaped to tumble
down her back. Absolutely perfect. He sketched quickly, his fingers drawing the
lines he longed to touch in person, following the contours of her body.
finished one sketch and pulled out more paper. She shut off the water and
stood, swirling the water about with one foot. He drew her from that angle as
well. Long, strong lines. Muscles defined beneath the soft curves of her body.
He drew until he couldn’t take it anymore.
Kira Archer resides in Pennsylvaniawith her husband, two kiddos, and far too many animals in the house. She tends
to laugh at inappropriate moments, break all the rules she gives her kids (but
only when they aren't looking), and would rather be reading a book than doing
almost anything else. She has odd, eclectic tastes in just about everything and
often lets her imagination run away with her. She loves her romances a little
playful, a lot sexy, and always with a happily ever after.