Review: The Sweet Temptations Collection by Marilyn Brant

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Review: The Sweet Temptations Collection by Marilyn Brant
The Sweet Temptations Collection

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Genres: Comedy Romance, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Published by Twelfth Night Publishing
Released on May 23, 2013
Pages: 600
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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The Delight

Small-Town Wisconsin hosts three sweetly sensual romances that were fun and flirty yet nostalgic in their turns.  I was glad to get the chance to delve back into this author’s writing when I finally got around to enjoying this three book collection of standalones.


Any Given Sundae
When Elizabeth’s uncle and his business partner must rush to Europe for a family promise, she finds herself co-managing their ice cream shop with her secret high school crush from ten years back.  Her stutter grows exaggerated and she can’t even get the words out to say no when charming Rob rushes in from Chicago and needs her to play his fake girlfriend to get his matchmaking Italian mama off his back for the time he is there co-managing the store.

A circle of friends, high school memories, a cookbook project, and a summer romance for the once high school jock and the quiet smart girl.  Nice and light, had a gentle pace without a lot of angst, and finished right where I knew it was going all along.

Double Dipping
Someone’s absconding with school district funds and new finance director Garrett is determined to prove to his wealthy eastern family and the school board that he can root out the thief even as he finds himself in hot water with elementary school teacher Caitlin for cancelling the popular Harvest event.  Her eagerness to restore the event for her own private reasons red-flags her as his chief suspect at first, but then they team up over shared specialty ice cream, eclectic music, and old movies to find they can spark over more than the school finances.

I like this one a bit better than the first story probably because of the mystery they were partnering over.  It had a similar vibe and feel-good romance, but also had lagging moments.  Comfy and engaging.

Holiday Man
A picturesque Door County Inn is the setting for a romance that takes place over a series of fun holiday encounters between inn owner Shannon and Minneapolis businessman, Bram.  It’s meant to be a no strings light flirtation that began on Valentine’s Day, but becomes more as each holiday occasion reveals the people they are beyond the quick and sexy attraction.  Long term starts to look really good.

This one really struck a chord with their holiday encounters, slow burn chemistry, and just the fun that each holiday encounter brings with food, music, and celebrations.

The Sweet Temptations Collection were all engaging romantic escapes that felt cozy and relatable with their careers, circle of friends and family, personal issues, and romance struggles.  It might be right book/s for right mood, but I also think it is the right tone the author strikes with her romance.  I read my first book by her last year and was determined to go back for more.  I’m so glad I did and can recommend any or all of these books to contemporary romance fans who enjoy a light comedic element, delicious food, fun music and movie references added to sensual romances set in small towns.


Challenges Met

Mt TBR #41
Literary Pickers #71 small town
COYER Quarantine #24
Reading Assignment #16 Prof Ann Thology
Books N Tunes #16 Louis Armstrong’s A Kiss to Build a Dream On

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Jenea’s Book Obsession

This sounds like a really good series!

Sophia Rose
4 months ago

They were all heartwarming and sweet romances. 🙂

Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
4 months ago

oh you know she is a friend Sophia Rose and I love all her novels. Thanks for sharing

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

I’ll bet she’s just the loveliest friend based on the heart she puts into her stories. 🙂

Ethan
4 months ago

This sounds like a fun escape into the series. My brother lives in Wisconsin, so I got a kick thinking about the steamy side of the state. That’s not been anything close to the quaint cities I’ve visited lol.

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Ethan

Haha, yeah, I pictured dairy farmers and beer brewers. 🙂 It was a fun pack of stories.

sherry fundin
4 months ago

i think we can all use some feel good stories. -)
sherry @ fundinmental

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  sherry fundin

Ain’t it the truth, sister!

Melliane
4 months ago

I don’t think I woul have been attracted at first but why not

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Melliane

Fun how some books can surprise one!

Anne - Books of My Heart

You are doing so well at reading books you own. It’s one of my goals this year but I have so many things I want to read from many sources. These do sound sweet and heartwarming. Too bad I’m in the mood for violent and dark. lol

Sophia Rose
4 months ago

Thank you, Anne! My goal has been to go 50/50 with owned-library and review books. I’m pretty close to that. It has put me behind with my reviews to read that many personal and library books because I still need to work on taking less of those, but hopefully I’ll do better at that part, too. 🙂

They were definitely on the sweeter side. Haha, yeah not much bloodshed in these. 🙂

Marilyn Brant
4 months ago

Sophia Rose, thank you so much!! What a wonderful surprise to come across your lovely review of my collection. ❤ I’m thrilled you enjoyed the stories & truly appreciate that you took the time to read and review them here!! xox

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Marilyn Brant

Ahhh, glad to give you a good surprise, Marilyn. Your stories are just the right thing for a cozy lovey read. 🙂 Thanks for dropping by!

Carole Rae
4 months ago

They all sound fun!

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

I felt so nostalgic for all the movies, the music and wanted ice cream. Sweet set of stories!

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

I love a sweet small town romance, and standalones work out great when I’m short on time. Thanks for sharing Sophia 🙂

Sophia Rose
4 months ago

Yes, these all read pretty quickly so they are perfect when you’re short on time or concentration. 🙂