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…
* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *
~~ 4 Bittersweet Stars ~~
Back and Forth, Up and Down, Round and Round…..This was a real roller coaster. Talk about a book with A LOT of drama. I honestly never thought these two characters were ever going to get it right….LOL 🙂
I truly enjoyed this book….it was a solid 4 star read for me. The story was engaging and kept my interest throughout the whole book. I was a little nervous when I first started the book because I thought it was a little too similar to another favorite of mine, but I am glad to say I was wrong and this story was completely different. It just had the same underlying theme of a no name girl who falls for an actor who is taping in her small town, but that is where the similarity ends. I will forewarn you that this isn’t a complete story and has a To Be Continued ending. It isn’t a nail biter and it isn’t regarding the couple (they end in a good place) this is storyline based. It definitely has me wondering where the story will go from here. I thought the story flowed nicely and the characters were well developed and relatable. I found this to be a fairly quick read because I had a hard time putting it down. There were so many ups and downs that I had to keep reading just to see where these characters would end up.
In this story we meet Cathy and Greg. Cathy is a hometown girl who is a waitress at her family’s restaurant. She had dreams but family obligation and illness forced her to stay in town and help out both at the restaurant and at home. I have to give Cathy a lot of credit because I have to say that if a guy did what Greg does to her in this book…I would’ve kicked him to the curb a long time ago…..LOL 🙂 But I guess that’s kind of why it’s fiction….an escape from real life. Greg is a TV star who has just come into town for a show that is being filmed in Cathy’s town. He is running away from NYC (his hometown) I will say that Greg’s past is kept a secret for most of the book and that is something that really causes issues for Cathy and Greg. Greg continually pushed Cathy away based on what happened to him in the past. Both of these characters have serious trust issues. (well warranted that’s for sure) but that doesn’t make things easy for these two.
I liked all the secondary characters that we meet except for Bethany. She was a pain in the rear end!!!!
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a love story between two unlikely characters that has some major drama and a little bit of steam. This story doesn’t have a lot of the steam factor, but I have to say I didn’t miss it too much, I thought the storyline was interesting enough that I really didn’t miss the sex. Don’t get me wrong there is some sex in the story, but it doesn’t come until way later in the book. I will definitely be picking up the next book Lovestruck, to see where she takes this story.
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.