Early Review: The Sweetheart Secret by Shirley Jump

2 The Sweetheart SecretThe Sweetheart Secret by Shirley Jump
Book #3 in Sweetheart Sisters
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: September 2nd 2014
ARC Provided by Netgalley and Berkley

Synopsis from Goodreads: The Sweetheart Sisters are ready for some good ol’ matchmaking…

Colton Harper, Rescue Bay’s resident physician, gave up his wild ways years ago, in exchange for a straight and narrow life. But then a one-night stand comes back to haunt him when the intoxicating woman he left behind shows up in Rescue Bay.

Once upon a time, fiery Daisy Barton was Colt’s wife—and still is, thanks to a paperwork glitch. Now she’s here in Rescue Bay, with a once-in-a-lifetime chance at a fresh start—renovating a crumbling B&B. The catch? The loan she needs requires her “husband’s” financial backing.

Colt wants to turn Daisy away, but when he sees her coax a smile from his cantankerous grandfather, Colt realizes maybe she can help him, too. It’s the perfect arrangement—until the sparks start flying. Suddenly Colt realizes he’s still head over heels in love with Daisy, and that he’ll have to risk everything…or risk losing her forever.

Christal’s Review – 4 Skulls – B

I really enjoy the Sweetheart Sisters series and The Sweetheart Secret was a sugary, good time!  This series is light and sweet with a core of good-hearted characters and a charming town setting.  This was an engaging entry into the series and I think most contemporary romance readers should find it quite enjoyable.

Colton Harper in the dependable, slightly boring doctor in Rescue Bay but little do the other residents know that he once had a wild side.  One day that wild side comes waltzing into his office in the form of Daisy Barton, Colton’s not-quite ex-wife.  See, he forgot to file the papers after their three-week whirlwind of a marriage and they actually been legally tied for fifteen years now.  Daisy needs a favor before she lets the good doctor go for good, but they both end up getting more than they bargained for.

Daisy was easily my favorite character in this book.  Colton was fine too, but a little on the grumpy side.  I loved that Daisy was so passionate and sweet, but scared to turned into her wandering mother.  She was looking for a place to finally settle down and what better town than Rescue Bay.  Colton had a lot of demons that ended up coming between him and Daisy; a lot could have been avoided if he had just told he what actually happened the day he walked out on her, but of course we would have missed out on this sweet reunion.  I also like the little subplot with Daisy’s cousin Emma and her re-connection with her husband, Roger.

It was nice to get little check-ins from the previous couples and to finally see a wedding!  I liked how all the characters were woven together through their jobs or relationships and how they come to support Daisy in her quest to remodel and reopen the Inn.  There were no children in this book, unlike its predecessor, but there was one hard-headed grandpa.  Colt’s grandfather was a little hard-headed but he ended up being a total sweetie by the end.  I actually really enjoyed how his story ended up entwining with the Sisters in the end.  That Greta just can’t stay away from Harold!  This book emphasized the aspect of “generational” love as we see some experiencing it for the first time, others reconnecting, and others finding a chance at second love.  All the couples will just melt your heart.

I really do recommend this series for contemporary romance readers looking for a feel-good read.  The Sweetheart Bargain had just enough drama to create believable tension, but not too much to where it was annoying.  The heat level is mild, but the connection between the characters jumps off the page.  I love how good I feel after finishing one of these stories.  I can’t wait to see who is up next!

Thank you to Berkley and Netgalley for providing an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ 

Series Reading Order:
1. The Sweetheart Bargain
2. The Sweetheart Rules
3. The Sweetheart Secret

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