Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Bittersweet by Sunday James Blog Tour with 41/2 star review

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When a TV production company decides Dogwood, Virginia is the perfect location to shoot their new teen series Bittersweet, the town is abuzz with excitement. But twenty-one-year-old local girl Cathy Johnson has too much going on in her life to waste time being star-struck. Her mother walked out on the family when Cathy was a young girl and her brother Carl was barely out of diapers. She’s always felt a sense of responsibility to help raise him, and skipped college after graduation following her father Joe’s life-threatening heart attack. Now three years later, she works full-time in the family restaurant to help make ends meet. Life hasn’t exactly been peachy, but Cathy is OK with it. She loves her hometown, and doesn’t want some fancy TV show coming in and changing everything. To her, ‘bittersweet’ is just the word that sums up her love life after her relationship with her high school sweetheart ended in disaster. But since then she’s hardly had time to brush her hair, let alone think about romance – even the kind being played out in front of the cameras by twenty-something actors posing as teenagers.

But all that changes for Cathy when charming, intense, impossibly sexy outsider Greg Moran arrives in Dogwood along with the Bittersweet cast and crew. She and the mysterious New Yorker have undeniable chemistry, but if Cathy thought she was guarded…? Greg blows hot (very, very hot) and cold with her romantically, leaving Cathy’s head in a spin. If she’s willing to drop her emotional walls, why can’t he? What is it in Greg’s past – or present – that means he’s keeping her at arm’s length?

One thing’s for certain: Cathy and Greg are magnetically drawn to one another, but they’ll have to fight to keep their relationship from turning sour.

If it’s hard to let go of the past, falling in love can be BITTERSWEET…

I absolutely loved this contemporary romance story. There was just something about Cathy that drew me in. I just wanted her to have her HEA.

Cathy grew up in a small town, waitressing at her father's diner and helping raise her little brother. It's a typical small town, where everyone knows everyone else business. Nothing exciting happens ... ever. 

Until there is a new TV show being filmed in town.

Greg comes to town as part of the show. Greg and Cathy meet...sparks fly... she thinks things are moving in the right direction... and then.. BAM! He backs off. There were so many times I wanted to smack him. You could tell he felt something for Cathy, but something was holding him back from exploring that. He was so hot and cold it drove me nuts. You could tell there was something holding him back. I had to keep reading until I figured out exactly what that was. 

While he's trying to figure himself out, poor Cathy is so confused. She has no idea what to think. The emotional roller coaster he had her on was frustrating to me, but it was fun to read about at the same time. 

I look forward to reading more about Cathy and Greg.

Sunday James is the pen name of author Sareeta Domingo, when writing the New Adult contemporary romance series BITTERSWEET. She lives in London and works as an editor at creative book packager Hothouse Fiction, squeezing writing into her mornings, evenings and weekends – but promises she has a life…
She loves all things American – literature, history, popular culture – so much so that she even lived and studied in California, but somehow missed out on being swept off her feet by a devastatingly handsome but mysterious actor while she was there. Luckily, writing BITTERSWEET has allowed her to live that dream.

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