Saturday, December 21, 2013

Review: Some Like it Sinful by Robbie Terman

Their attraction is sinfully delicious… A struggling business and one act of vandalism may have brought them together, but bakery owner Chloe Nelson and professional hockey player Griffin Lange get along like chocolate and pickles. Chloe needs the famous (and famously unattached) Griffin to attract people to her pastries, and Griffin needs the curvaceous and fiery Chloe to keep him out of trouble. A fake relationship to keep the media interested seems like the perfect plan. But when temptation throws them into bed together, a new plan arises. Why not make the fake real? Griffin’s winning every home game, and Chloe’s business has never been better. Both know it’s only physical—and only temporary. But can they drop their defenses for love, even if it means getting a little bit sinful?

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to review an ARC of this book.

You know, I'm not sure I expected much from "Some Like it Sinful" - it looks a lot like the stereotypical romance, what I call a wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am book (seriously, I have a GR shelf dedicated to books just like that.)  Nothing too serious, it's light and fluffy, something you'll read quickly and enjoy while you're at it, but it doesn't stick with you forever and ever, amen.  And in many ways, this book was exactly like that.  But in other ways, author Robbie Terman far exceeded my expectations.

For one thing, the two main characters are just so wonderful.  Griffin, as a pro athlete, has all the swagger that goes with his occupation.  He's cocky and a player, but we also get to see his vulnerabilities.  At 35, there are rumours of his retirement, and he does NOT want to think of himself as getting old or losing his edge.  What I liked best about him, though, is how he always defends Chloe and comes to her rescue, even at the beginning of their relationship when he doesn't even like her!  He tirelessly helps Chloe out of jams and defends her honour, and it's really sweet - it shows what a stand-up guy he really is.  He loves that she's not a skinny Minnie, and gets upset when she makes jokes at her own expense, and in this way, he boosts her self-esteem.  

Chloe is at a very stressful time in her life, starting a new bakery on her own.  When her business starts to get sabotaged, it doesn't take much for her to turn to Griffin.  (I know I would!)  She is searching for a knight in shining armor, and she doesn't think Griffin is it, but she can't deny their chemistry.  They have a lot of fun together, but they agree to a mutual expiration date to their relationship - once hockey season is over, so are they!  

A bit more stuff goes on, but none of it is really all that important.  You just need to know that the writing is decent, good enough to keep a reader like me (i.e. slightly distracted!) reading straight through.

There were a couple of things that I didn't really like, or thought could be done better.  Some of the hockey details were not accurate, but whatever.  It didn't really detract from the story.  The mystery of who was sabotaging the bakery had a predictable outcome, but again, it didn't really detract from anything.  The worst part was, and I really hate to say it, the ending.  Sooooooo cheesy!  But hey, you can't have everything, right?  I'd still be interested to read the rest of this series.

My rating:  3.5 stars 

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