Title: Sweet Cheeks
Author: K. Bromberg
Release Date: November 13, 2016!
SYNOPSIS:An all new second chance love story by the New York Times Bestselling author of the beloved Driven series.It all started with the invitation. To my ex-fiance’s new wedding.I should have ignored it. Thrown it away. Set it afire. But I didn’t. I replied.With a plus one.And then my assistant accidentally mailed it.Enter Hayes Whitley. Mega-movie star. The man who has captured the hearts of millions. But I gave him mine years ago. He was my first love. He was my everything. Right until he up and left to chase his dreams without so much as a simple goodbye.When he showed up out of the blue ten years later, I should have known to steer clear of him. I should have rejected his offer to take me to my ex’s wedding. I should have never let him kiss me.But I didn’t.And now we’re left wondering if the pieces of the life we once shared still fit together somehow. First loves are hard to forget. The question is, do we want to forget? Or do we risk the chance and see what happens next?PURCHASE HERE:
“The way I see it, sometimes things happen in life and love’s put on hold. But if someone’s your soul mate, nothing is going to stop you from being together in the end.”
Full disclosure here, my history with K Bromberg's books is a bit of a mixed bag. I've loved some, I've struggled through some, there's a few I've yet to even read. So I had no real expectations going into Sweet Cheeks. I was just hoping for something fun, something sexy, something light. I was even prepared for something a little cliche. I wasn't expecting to fall head over heels in love with a baker and a movie star and their second chance love story. I wasn't expecting to enjoy it so freaking much. I wasn't expecting to love it. It is light, it is fun, it is unbelievably sexy. It's also heartfelt and angsty and its exactly what I needed in this moment. Truth be told, Sweet Cheeks is my new favorite from this author.
This story is layered in such a way that the emotional hits never stop coming. Hayes Whitley shows up in Saylor Rodger's bakery years after ditching her without a word. At the request of his best friend, Ryder, who also happens to be Saylor's older brother, Hayes arrives to fulfill one favor for the girl he once loved... escort her to the wedding of her ex-fiance, the man she almost married but who never quite lived up to the ghost of her first love. The bittersweet memories of young love and years of childhood friendship collide with heartbreak and longing to make for a second chance romance that is swoon-worthy yet painful all by itself. But the angst and raw emotion in this storyline is further complicated by the added element that Hayes is now a famous movie star and Saylor is the small town girl he left behind for the bright lights of Hollywood without so much as a goodbye. As if your first love resurfacing after ten years isn't enough to slice your heart wide open again, there's this added layer of jealousy and pain and drama made possible by the famous women in Hayes' life, the paparazzi contrived tabloid fodder popping up at every turn, and the uncertainty of where they can possibly go from here. This is a complex storyline but it's executed so perfectly, I just could not get enough.
"Trying to forget her is like trying to remember someone I’ve never met. It’s impossible."
I am a HUGE fan of second chance romances but I've never really been able to pinpoint precisely why I love them so much until now. Your garden variety second chance romance evolves around two characters who find themselves reunited after years of quiet heartbreak, with so many things left unsaid, with no clear explanation as to what went wrong in the first place. And once they've reunited, there's often this line they try to avoid crossing, this unspoken struggle over whether they're going to start something again, or if they're really just there for closure, for one final goodbye. It. Hurts. So. Good. That's why second chance romances are my crack. Sweet Cheeks is no exception. There's this huge element of uncertainty in this story because Hayes isn't returning to rekindle a long lost love with his childhood sweetheart. He's here to support an old friend and to explain all the things he never did before heading back to his life of glitz and Hollywood glamour. Saylor's heartbreak and anger conflict with her feelings of joy and her memories of their old friendship to make this reunion a deliciously rocky one. K. Bromberg perfectly illustrated EXACTLY why I love this storyline so much. It's that struggle, that uncertainty, that addictive mix of joy and hope juxtaposed with a sad, frustrating sense of closure that just drives me mad... And I love every brutal moment.
I simply adored this book. Sweet Cheeks is the perfect blend of sweet and sexy, of angst and longing, of humor and heartbreak. The push and pull, the uncertainty, the drawing out of every exquisite moment... Bromberg just delivered everything I enjoy in a good romance. I loved these characters. I loved their banter. I loved how much it hurt, how good it felt. And I loved the way Bromberg paced this story, peppering the pain with memories of young love, of friendship, of tree houses and first kisses, of cupcakes and sheer romanticism. It's exactly what a second chance romance was meant to be and I. JUST. LOVED. IT.
New York Times Bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy, and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines, and damaged heroes who we love to hate and hate to love.
She’s a mixture of most of her female characters: sassy, intelligent, stubborn, reserved, outgoing, driven, emotional, strong, and wears her heart on her sleeve. All of which she displays daily with her husband and three children where they live in Southern California.
On a whim, K. Bromberg decided to try her hand at this writing thing. Since then she has written The Driven Series (Driven, Fueled, Crashed, Raced, Aced), the standalone Driven Novels (Slow Burn, Sweet Ache, Hard Beat, and Down Shift), and a novella (UnRaveled). She is currently finishing up Sweet Cheeks a standalone novel out November 14th.
Her plans for 2017 include a sports romance duet (2 books: The Player, The Catch) and the Everyday Heroes series (3 books: Cuffed, Combust, and Cockpit). She’s also writing a novella for the 1,001 Dark Night series that will be out in February 2017.
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