After the devastating loss of my parents when I was in college, I vowed to focus all my energy on fulfilling my promise to my mom: to open up the hot chocolate store we’d always dreamed of running together.
4 ★ – Sweet, Adorable and Deliciously Swoony
This book pleasantly surprised me and had my heart melting from the start. With delicious chemistry, hilarious bantering, steamy sexy scenes, and heartwarming friendships, Sweet Dreams by Marika Ray is a delightfully fun debut novel.
The plot was well-paced, never dull, and satisfyingly intriguing through the end. Even though I predicted who the stalker was, I thought the mystery aspect was still really fun. The romance heated up way too fast for my liking, but the chemistry between Esa and Ivan was just too sweet and adorable that I couldn’t resist falling head over heels in love with them. I absolutely enjoyed all their interactions – from the first time they met, to their first kiss, and their sizzling sex scenes. I did so much swooning that my heart couldn’t take anymore!
I also really liked the side characters and thought they were just charming. Esa’s best friend, Bailey, was just the BEST best friend anyone could have and I loved how protective she was of Esa. Ivan’s lifeguard buddies were so fun and cute too! Hopefully one or two of them will have a book in the series. I’m totally down for that… cause you can never have too many hot book boyfriends.
I loved Esa from the start. She’s independent, kind, sweet and funny. Even after going through a very dark past with so much pain, Esa kept fighting to achieve her dreams. She’s very determined, hard-working and incredibly passionate about her business. While she’s more than capable of standing on her own, Esa deserves her happily ever after in the romance department. That’s where Ivan comes in. With his big gentle loving heart and adorable personality, Ivan was exactly who Esa needed. Not only is Ivan devastatingly handsome, he’s also incredibly caring, super romantic, and would do anything for Esa. They’re perfectly shippable and so ridiculously swoony!
This book had me on the sweetest sugar rush. I was completely hooked and could not stop smiling throughout the entire time I was reading. Sweet Dreams is surely one yummy treat! If you’re in the mood for some delicious fun that will make your heart melt, then I highly recommend you pick this book up.
I received an advanced reader copy of this book from the Enticing Journey Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.