Sweet On You
Author: Carla De Gu
Genre: Adult > Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Carina Press
Published: October 19, 2020
Format Read: EARCvia Netgalley
All’s fair in love and prank wars
For barista and café owner Sari Tomas, Christmas means parols, family and no-holds-barred karaoke contests. This year, though, a new neighbor is throwing a wrench in all her best-laid plans. The baker next door—“some fancy boy from Manila”—might have cute buns, but when he tries to poach her customers with cheap coffee and cheaper tactics, the competition is officially on.
And Baker Boy better be ready, because Sari never loses.
Foodie extraordinaire Gabriel Capras wants to prove to his dad that his career choice doesn’t make him any less a man. The Laneways might not be Manila, but the close-knit community is the perfect spot to grow his bakery into a thriving business. He wasn’t expecting a gorgeous adversary in the barista next door, but flirting with her makes his heart race, and it’s not just the caffeine.
It’s winner takes all this Christmas. And more than one competitor might just lose their heart for the holidays.
About The Author
Carla believes that every romance has to have a happily ever after. For her, there is always something new to share with the world through her art and her writing. She believes that every person needs a safe space, and she hopes her books provide that for her readers.
She also loves pain au chocolat, lives in Manila and is on a quest to see as many Manet paintings as she can.
Adaptation rights represented by Mina V. Esguerra (RomanceClass Books) and Anna Liza Recto-Ruth (Bold MP).
The Kind Of Holiday Book I Need
Much thanks to Netgalley and Carina Press for this complimentary copy. This review is voluntary and opinions are fully my own. Also, all quotes are taken from the ARC and may be different in the final published copy.
📚 Read For? #KindleClearOutReadathon #NetgalleyNovember #30DaysReviewChallenge Day 7
📚 Series? No.
📚 Genre? Contemporary Romance.
⚠ Content Warnings: Death of a family member.
⚠ Book Tags : Rivals To Lovers. Prank Wars. Baking. Coffee. Christmas. Filipino.
⚠ This Book In Emojis: 👨🏽🍳❤👩🏽🍳🎅☕🎂🍪🍰🎄
📚 Booktube Video: These book was discussed in my Kindle Clear Out Readathon Reading Vlog.
Knowing Carla de Guzman from #romanceclass and knowing the Carina Press promise, I had high hopes that Sweet On You will give me a satisfying time. I’m so thankful that I was right!
First of all, I’m so happy to see another POC author getting picked up by Carina Press, especially a Filipino one telling an unapologetically Filipino love story! Congratulations, Carla! I hope you can write more books with Carina Press!
This story began when local barista Sari meets the new baker next door, Gab. Her weakness in making pastries to match her delicious coffee is threatened by the handsome man next door. So, as mature adults, these business neighbors pulled pranks against each other. And, as much as they want to say they hate the other one, people around them see these pranks as a weird courtship process.
Aside from this, the book touched on the aspects of family, sibling relationships, following your dreams, and supporting small businesses and local brands.
Of course, a shining aspect of this book is all the Filipino culture representation. My mouth literally watered as each food item was discussed. In fact, I did find myself ordering Brazo de Mercedes as its the fave dessert of our dear Gab.
Perhaps the only thing that made me a little ‘Hmmm…’ on the book’s journey is the fact that there’s so many Filipino words and many of them were not translated nor made easily understandable for foreign audiences. For me, it’s not a problem, of course. But, I just feel a little concerned how it will received by other readers.
Finally, let’s talk romance. Sweet On You was able to hit everything that I want on a romance read. The couple is just so adorable and I love the way their story began. They each have their own flaws and I love how they complement and accept one another. One thing that took me by surprise were those steamy scenes! It was really steamy, so, they were able to give me the perfect romance my heart is yearning for.
Overall, Sweet On You is an awesome read, perfect for the holidays, and I definitely recommend it to all romance lovers!
My Book Rating Breakdown
🌼 Main Character:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Significant Other: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Support Characters:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Character Development:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Romance: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Pacing: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Ending: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Unputdownability: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐