Sweethand by N.G Peltier

Monday, March 29, 2021

by N.G Peltier
Series: Island Bites #1
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: March 30th 2021
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

Excuse the sappy line but Sweethand is one of the sweetest books I have read this year! Can I just say how proud I am of authors who started off as romance influencers? There's just something special about seeing one of our own publishing their book! N.G Peltier's debut is an absolute treat and not only because it features all sorts of sweet treats. There's a homely and cozy feeling to this book and I'm thrilled that this wedding-centric romance was a hit for me.

Sweethand is told through the voices of Cherisse, a successful pastry chef, and her nemesis and bane of her existence, Kieran, a musician. It's set around Cherisse's younger sister's wedding in which she is to be a bridesmaid and Kieran a groomsman. Wedding festivities force these two into proximity and what ensues is a whole lot of banter, chemistry, and a growing relationship. Side-tracking a bit here but I should tell you that you're going to need a pastry or baked good anytime you are reading one of Cherisse's chapters because there are so many descriptions of her sweet creations and I promise you will be hungry. 

Anyways, I really enjoyed the characters in this book. They are so full of life and felt very much like real people you could be friends with. Cherisse impressed me with her dedication to her craft, her loyalty to her friends and family, and her headstrong personality. She stands her ground and is incredibly proud of how far she had come in her life. Her confidence is one of my favorite parts about her besides her pastry skills. It makes you want to root for her and it makes you want to be her. Kieran is an equally hardworking and loyal character. One of the things I really love about him is his willingness to acknowledge and apologize whenever he made an error in judgment. There's one scene in this book when he humiliates and inadvertently belittles Cherisse's work on a public platform, and the minute he realizes his wrongdoing, he offers a genuine apology to her. I love a good self-aware and apologetic hero and Kieran is definitely that.

I loved them individually but I loved them even more as a couple. Their initial hot and cold dynamic made for some scorching sexual tension between them. You'll be left waiting with bated breath for that moment when they finally give in to their obvious attraction to each other with a kiss. And boy is it worth the wait! There is so much banter between this couple and I love that they absolutely torment each other in a playful way. Neither is prepared for the feelings that are about to slay them, but you as the reader will be gleefully clapping your hands because you just know it's going to make for an amazing scene. One of the best parts about the romance in Sweethand was that Kieran realizes the depth of his feelings and his investment in the relationship before Cherisse. It is such a treat to see him be all-in when it came to Cherisse and oof, I am so goddamn single!!!! It's unfair!

What Sweethand also does really well is the different relationship dynamics. I especially adored all the friends in this book. They act as an incredible source of humor. I always just reading about people doing friend things and insulting each other in a supportive way. So the friend group in this book made me super happy. I also love a good meddlesome matchmaking mother in a rom-com and Cherisse's mother is definitely that. She's one nosy mama but only wants the best for her daughter. I also really liked the depiction of life in Trinidad and Tobago in this book. You learn a lot about the culture, the people, and their customs. I could tell that this is a book that is close to N.G Peltier's heart.

Sweethand is a book whose interior is just as delightful and fun as its cover. I'm very excited to learn that this will be part of a series. I can't wait to see whose book is next. I just know that I will be eagerly awaiting its release. Be sure to get this one if you're in the mood for a summery romance! 

CWs: some mild violence

Relationship disclosure: N.G Peltier & I are mutuals on social media.


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