Review: How Sweet It Is by Melissa Brayden

Book Title: How Sweet It Is
Author: Melissa Brayden
Publish Date: November 19th, 2013
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Genre: LGBT/Contemporary
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Book Link: Goodreads
Purchase Link: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Some things are better than chocolate…

Molly O’Brien is a sweetheart. Her friends and neighbors all think so. While she enjoys her quiet life running the town bakeshop in Applewood, Illinois, she wonders if there could be more. After losing the love of her life four years prior in a plane crash, Molly thinks she’s ready to navigate the dicey dating waters once again. However, you can’t always pick who your heart latches on to. When Jordan Tuscana, the beautiful younger sister of her lost love, returns to town, Molly finds her interest piqued in a manner she wasn’t prepared for.

As secrets are uncovered, Molly and Jordan must figure out how to navigate the difficult terrain of their multi-faceted relationship. Especially when something much deeper seems to be bubbling between them.
Disclaimer: I received this e-galley from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Review:
I’ve been reading more and more books in the LGBT genre lately and so far they have been a hit or miss for me. This one was kind of in the middle.Some parts of it, I loved while some other parts drove me insane.

Molly is clearly still carrying around a lot of pain from losing Cassie four years previously but she is also realizing that she wants to start dating again.That’s both exciting and scary. Molly doesn’t want to hurt her second family, Cassie’s family.

Personally I understood why she let Cassie’s family know that she was ready to start dating again,but the fact of the matter is,she didn’t have to. It’s none of the Tuscana family’s business when she’s ready to date. So I thought that was just a little too much. Yes they are close but what was Molly gonna do if they told her not to date yet? Agree with them? I hope not.

Jordan was the black sheep of the Tuscana family.She went as far away from the family career of medicine as she could.What never changed for her was how she felt about her dead sister’s longtime girlfriend. From the time Jordan was young,she had always crushed on Molly.

One of my biggest problems is that I didn’t feel the chemistry between Jordan and Molly. I tried my hardest to see it, but I just didn’t see it or feel it at all. That’s rough because their love story is the main plot point for this book.The idea that everything you could ever want was right in front of you and you never realized it.

“You can’t choose who you fall in love with.” -Molly

I did love how close Molly and her dad were. Very rarely do we see families as close knit as both Molly’s and Jordan’s were.Eden, Damon, Louise and George were four great secondary characters and I loved that the four of them played their parts in this book.They were definitely in the book enough which was great as sometimes secondary characters aren’t really in the book that much.

I had such high hopes for this book and it absolutely KILLS me to have to give it only 3 stars.It’s a problem when you root for the couple to be apart rather than together. I liked Molly and Jordan when they were simply friends.They were stronger characters for me when they were apart.

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