Review: Sweet Sinclair by Maren Smith

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Review: Sweet Sinclair by Maren Smith
Sweet Sinclair

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Series: Masters of the Castle #4
Genres: BDSM Romance
Published by Blushing Books Publishing
Released on January 28, 2014
Pages: 160
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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The Delight

Sweet Sinclair is probably more of the lightest romance in this series or maybe it was all the chocolate sweetening me up. There wasn’t as much conflict, but more sweetness to find love and save a business.


Sweet Sinclair lives up to its name as it deals with a candy store rivalry and the Castle. Maybe Sinclair goes by her middle name, Sinclair, but her candy story holds her legacy. From a youngster, all Sinclair has wanted was her own candy store. Her college roommate though stole the idea and the perfect location in Granger, Ohio for a candy store of her own, often taunting Sinclair with her success. If something doesn’t change soon, Sinclair’s dream will just be that: a dream.

For a year Parker has stopped in each week to pick up caramels from Sinclair’s candy store. She doesn’t know he doesn’t even like candy, but she senses he wants to ask her out, but chickens out each time. Parker is in love with Sinclair, but he also is a Dominant the Castle. Part owner, part employee, he knows he can’t hide this part of his personality and Sinclair won’t be able to accept that.

Sam from Holding Hannah, knows of Parker’s obsession and suggests this Valentine’s Day Ball at the Castle be catered by a candy store: Sinclair’s store. It’s more money than she can dream could happen and just might save her store. Taking it knowing she will be working at the kinky resort, she is surprised to find Parker will be her contact and helper. Making a trip to the sex toy store, Hannah decides she will make the first move, buying a trio of toys to make her play.

But even Sinclair is shy, but Parker finds the bag and decides to introduce her to his world one toy a night at a time. But what happens when the conservative town finds out she is working with the Castle? This all comes down to my favorite story of the series.

Parker is a dream Dom in this story. Sweet, but dirty with no great brokenness in his past. He has loved Sinclair for a year and can’t figure out how to introduce this side of himself that he cannot deny. I don’t exactly know what his job is at the Castle or how that plays into their relationship in the future. When he sees the toys, they are cheap, but he uses one each night they are working together to introduce her into his world. While not a coddling Dom, he also isn’t harsh, giving her what she needed and what he needed to move their relationship onward.

Sinclair for her part puts forth so much effort for this Valentine’s Day Ball and has some of the cutest ideas. She’s strong taking on her competitor while also dealing with a town that makes assumptions and condemns with little evidence. Standing strong through it all, she even steps out of her comfort zone to try something for a man she is attracted to. These two made my favorite couples list!

Challenges Met

Reading Challenge #147
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Literary Pickers #44 – Pantry
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About the Book
Sweet Sinclair by Maren SmithSWEET SINCLAIR BY MAREN SMITH

Since a competing sweet shop opened its doors, things have not gone well for Sinclair’s candy shop, Maybe’s Candy. Business was slowing, her finances were dropping and no matter what she does she just can’t think of any way to get her business back on top. Even the one highlight of her week – that moment when handsome Parker Johnson, a man she had been flirting with for over a year, came to buy his usual bag of caramels – even that wasn’t much of a treat. How could it be when Sinclair already knew something was wrong with him? She couldn’t quite put her finger on what it was – was he married, gay, or a homicidal maniac? But a guy just didn’t show that much interest in a girl and then not ask her out, at least not without a good reason. And Parker most definitely had not asked her out.

Then, an unexpected ray of good luck: From out of the blue, she’s offered a job. All she has to do is cater a lavish candy party – one day, 900 people, and her store would be financially set all the way through summer. The only catch? The venue is a place called the Castle, a fantasy BDSM resort inhabited by some of the hottest Masters she has ever met. And one of them just happens to be Parker, the same man she’s been drooling over for the last year.

What a coincidence! Or is it? Sinclair always knew there was something wrong with him. What she didn’t know, was how he could make WRONG feel so wonderfully RIGHT.

Publisher’s Note: While this is the fourth book in Maren Smith’s hugely popular Masters of the Castle series, it can be read as a standalone, as can all the others. The series numbers are just a guideline as to recommended reading order.


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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Sophia Rose
1 year ago

Ahhh, I love that she is working hard to get past what her jerk roommate did and Parker patiently crushing on her and willing to give her time to learn his world all sounds good. Fun that his friends stepped in to help.

sherry fundin
1 year ago

that’s just wrong, stealing her idea. i have a feeling she will get everything she desires before the story is told. 🙂
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