Title: The Sweetheart Deal
Author: Miranda Liasson
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Publication Date: January 25, 2022
Page Count: 295
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
From the bestselling author of the Angel Falls series, two enemies say “I do” in the first irresistible book about Blossom Glen.
Pastry chef Tessa Montgomery knows what everyone in the teeny town of Blossom Glen says about her. Spinster. Ice Queen. Such a shame. It’s enough to make a woman bake her troubles away, dreaming of Parisian delicacies while she makes bread at her mother’s struggling boulangerie. That is until Tessa’s mortal enemy—deliciously handsome (if arrogant) chef Leo Castorini, who owns the restaurant next door—proposes a business plan…to get married.
Leo knows that the Castorinis and the Montgomerys hate each other, but a marriage might just force these stubborn families to work together and blend their businesses for success. The deal is simple: Tessa and Leo marry, live together for six months, and then go their separate ways. Easy peasy.
It’s a sweetheart deal where everyone gets what they want—until feelings between the faux newlyweds start seriously complicating the mix. Have they discovered the perfect recipe for success…or is disaster on the way?
The Sweetheart Deal by Miranda Liasson is the first book of the contemporary romance Blossom Glen series. As with a lot of romance series the main characters will change with each book in the Blossom Glen series so they can be read as a standalone if choosing to do so.
This first book of the new Blossom Glen series is a fake dating/relationship trope mixed with enemies to lovers trope. Tessa Montgomery helps run her family’s bakery where business hasn’t been going so well. Tessa, the oldest of three sisters, stayed in Blossom Glen to help out and wants the business to succeed.
Leo Castorini has come back to Blossom Glen to help with his family’s restaurant but is having trouble getting his stubborn father to listen. The Castorini’s and Montgomery’s have been feuding for over a century but Leo knows the restaurant and bakery could be successful together so he proposes a fake marriage to Tessa to get both families to let them make the changes that will help them both.
I have to admit the beautiful cover on The Sweetheart Deal by Miranda Liasson was the first thing to catch my eye. However, I’m also a sucker for a good fake dating romance so I couldn’t help but be intrigued when picking this one up. The story has a great small town vibe to it and I really enjoyed getting to know the characters. Thankfully neither were truly enemies and it was easy to fall into wanting them together and enjoying their story as it unfolded. Really enjoyed this opener of the series and will look forward to book two in the future.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Miranda Liasson is a bestselling author who writes about the important relationships in women’s lives as well as the self-discovery and wisdom gained along the way. Her heartwarming and humorous romances have won numerous accolades and have been praised by Entertainment Weekly for the way she “deals with so much of what makes life hard . . . without ever losing the warmth and heart that characterize her writing.” She believes we can handle whatever life throws at us just a little bit better with a laugh.
A proud native of Northeast Ohio, she and her husband live in a neighborhood of old homes that serve as inspiration for her books.
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