It all started with the invitation. To my ex-fiance's new wedding.
I should have ignored it. Thrown it away. Set it afire. But I didn't. I replied.
With a plus one.
Enter Hayes Whitley. Mega-movie star. The man who has captured the hearts of millions. But I gave him mine years ago. He was my first love. He was my everything. Right until he up and left to chase his dreams without so much as a simple goodbye.
When he showed up out of the blue 10 years later, I should have known to steer clear. I should have rejected his offer to take me to my ex's wedding and told him he was crazy when he suggested we act like a couple to show my ex, it's true, I could do better than him.
But I didn't.
And now we're left wondering if the pieces of the life we once shared still fit together somehow. First loves are hard to forget. The question is, do we want to forget? Or do we risk the chance and see what happens next?
©2016 K. Bromberg (P)2016 K. Bromberg
I love second chance romances, and this book is right at the top with the best of them. When Hollywood star Hayes Whitely walked out of Saylor's life 10 years previously, it wasn't because he'd stopped loving her. He never intended to not return, but the Hollywood lights were a calling and he never looked back. Saylor struggled with a broken heart until eventually meeting a stuck up mummy's boy, after 6 years (during which time she got engaged) she realises she didn't love him and broke off the engagement. 6 months later when she receives an invitation to the wedding of her ex fiancé (it was literally a carbon copy of her planned wedding), she ends up going with her first love, Hayes Whitely. Well, herein starts a rollercoaster ride of love, loss, emotions, sex, promises, misunderstandings, lies, regrets and payback. Written in dual POV, it had just the fight amount of angst, along with some fun humour added in to the mix. Thoroughly enjoyable, light feel good read.
I cannot put into words how much I enjoyed this story. Just wonderful! The characters, the warmth, the common experiences that led to their love. A true happily ever after!
"SO SWEET, FUNNY AND HOT!!!"
This was a really good listen. Of course the narration was excellent and the story was just so seeet. It is not as predictable as I thought it would be and was such a loving cute story I ALMOST cried. Highly Enjoyable.
"A rating overall..."
I adore second chance at love stories and this was an absolutely fantastic one. Hayes and Saylor were high school lovers. Then he got an opportunity for his big break in Hollywood, and he left...without ever looking back at the girl he left behind brokenhearted. He did make it huge and she dealt with her heartbreak as best she could...mainly by falling for the wrong guy afterwards. But after 6 years with the wrong guy, she finally wised up and broke it off with her fiance. The problem...the ex-fiance has a very powerful family in this small town and they're ruining the business in this small town.
Now to add insult to injury, they sent her an invite to the wedding she planned, but with someone else as the bride. Saylor isn't heartbroken, but she's hurt and doesn't know how to deal with this man and his family who so obviously want to rub her nose in his new happiness. Her older brother (who's still best friends with Hayes) thinks the ultimate revenge would be to show up at the destination wedding with a much better man on her arm showing that she's moved up in the world, so he calls in a favor to Hayes, the now mega-movie star who still has a soft spot in his heart for the girl he left behind.
There was so much to love about this book, but I think my favorite was Saylor herself. She's just trying to save her bakery, Sweet Cheeks, that she loves so much. I love the dichotomy of how much the ex-fiance hated that about her vs. how much Hayes helps her embrace her love for all things cupcakes, including randomly having frosting in her hair. Hayes has made some epic mistakes with her and other parts of his life, but he's such a good guy and the two of them together are pure magic. There's no denying that they are truly soulmates who just lost their way. I love them together and how much Hayes' love for her makes her so much stronger. She's already a confident woman, but Hayes' belief in her is everything.
Note: I listened to this on audio although I have the book in print, too. (Um, hello...did you see that cover? It's worth having in print just to drool over all the pretty that is that cover.) There are dual narrators for this based upon the back and forth male/female pov. I love it when audiobooks are done that way and these two narrators are absolutely top-notch. I loved both of them and how they did both their male and female voices. I thought their styles matched perfectly and seamlessly. It was a GREAT audiobook for a great book! I highly recommend it.
"If At First You Don't Like It, Try, Try Again..."
....If It Doesn't Get Any Better - Quit! No Point In Wasting Time!
Honestly, I tried to like this story. I started, and stopped it several times since November 2016, and just couldn't get into it. Today, I thought I give it one more fresh shot and only managed to listen 30 minutes. I'm throwing in the towel, and moving this audio to my DNF pile. It's another second chance love story, but the plot, characters, and dialogue just didn't capture or hold my attention. I've managed to listened to over 50% and a large portion of that was dialogue driven. The dialogue was flat and uninteresting. I'm definitely in the minority, but glad others Audible members enjoyed Sweet Cheeks. Sadly, this one just wasn't for me.
The narration was great, but unfortunately even Andi Ardnt and Sebastian York couldn't pull me into the story.
How do you rate a story you don't finish? I didn't hate it, but at the same time I was completly uninterested with the plot and characters. Overall rating three stars for being meh...
"Sweet like Sugar"
Sweet, cute, predictable
The most interesting aspect of the story was what kept me listening, there was a subplot that I had to know what happened. Of course the main characters were cute with their rekindling romance and the push and pull, but I really wanted to know what would happen with the ex fiancé.
The least interesting was just that is was predictable and I felt like I have heard this story many times. There was nothing about the characters that made me love them or care what happened to them.
Andi and SebYo are solid. They always are and it made the book just that much better.
Of course an HEA always gets me in the ticker.
"YUmmm.. ANOTHER GREAT LISTEN FROM K.B."
K. Bromberg books are an auto download for me because she has consistently written stories that have gripped me and filled them with characters that have wowed me.. and Sweet Cheeks didn't disappoint. Saylor owns a cup cake business and she's working flat out to keep things going - so when she gets a wedding invite from her ex Saylor, in a moment of weakness, decides to RSVP it saying she'd be going.. and bringing someone as her date too. Saylor never really intended to post it back but her very helpful Assistant saw the envelope and mailed it. This causes Saylor to have a meltdown but her supportive Brother took this opportunity to secretly call in a favor from an old friend - and when he turned up out of the blue he was the last person Saylor wanted, or expected, to see. It was Hayes the mega star Actor, her childhood friend, her teenage boyfriend and the love of her life who'd suddenly walked away 10 years previously for the chance of making it big in Hollywood.. and he did.
Hayes is handsome, sexy, successful and wants to help his old friend but it's all hush hush from Saylor and when he confronts her he's blown away by her beauty, her sass and her eagerness to succeed despite all the odds against her. Their first few meeting don't go to plan - but things start to change and then he's taking a trip down memory lane with the only woman that's ever meant anything to him. However, Saylor isn't quite ready to forgive and forget the heartbreak that Hayes caused her - but the more time she spends with the A list droolworthy actor, the more he awakens their dormant feeling and the harder they fall.
With K. Bromberg you're guaranteed a sexy Alpha Hero and a feisty Heroine, plenty of fun times between the sheets (or wherever!) and a story that'll captivate you and, when the narration has been done by Andi Arndt and Sebastian York, you just KNOW it's going to be mega good, it's going to be entertaining and going to be sighworthy too. Standalone, dual POVs and a sweet HEA after some angst.
Worth a credit? YES - it's a K. Bromberg book and it's read by two of my favorite narrators.. so there was never any doubt.
This book has all the ingredients of a great story--good narrators, a storyline with potential, a seriously HOT book cover! :-) But it fell totally flat for me. It was like a bad mashup and just never piqued my interest fully. The situations throughout the story kind of dragged on annoyingly with unnecessary angst, and contemplation, or the drama was just not an interesting direction for the story. Usually Sebastian York is awesome, but even his delicious voice couldn't salvage this story and these characters. The best part was the last hour, which was very cute and interesting. I can't put my finger on it, and maybe it will resonate with other listeners but, I could've been listening to paint dry and that would be the equivalent of me listening to this story unfold.
It is nice to read the book and also hear the narration. The narration gives the characters in the book voices. So I find it nice when I can both get the book and the narration.
All the gifts he sends her.
I wanted to hear it one sitting but couldn't.
I love Andi and Sebastian, they make a great team.
"I gave this audiobook an A-/B+ 4 narration/story!"
I gave this audiobook an A- for the narration and a B+ for the story at AudioGals.
Narration by Andi Arndt and Sebastian York
Sweet Cheeks gives a unique spin to a story that romance listeners have no doubt heard before: the second chance at love trope. The interesting twist is that Ms. Bromberg splices and dices this trope with a couple of other contemporary romance tropes (the movie star with a small town girl and the jealousy inspiring “plus one” date to the former fiancée’s wedding to another woman) and adds her own clever touches (grudge cupcakes and Hollywood antics) to make the story sound fresh and new. Further complimenting this fun, romantic tale is the splendid dual narration by Andi Arndt and Sebastian York.
Saylor Rodgers recently broke up with her fiancé whom she dated for a number of years but never felt a close connection to. Now she is single and dealing with a struggling cupcake business that she runs along with her brother. With her ex’s deep roots to the small California town they live in, it seems that post break-up, all her former friends have sided with her ex-fiancé and his country-club mom, and will not dare set a toe in her bakery shop for fear of the social backlash.
Meanwhile, as if this weren’t enough to deal with, Saylor also receives an invitation to her former fiancé’s wedding – a near carbon copy event to the one she and he had been planning (even at the same resort destination), except now it’s to another woman who could be her twin. What’s a girl to do? While contemplating the answer, the response gets inadvertently mailed (with a “plus one” designation) and her brother insists that the solution to the whole mess – including ameliorating their present black list status among their town’s socialites – is for Saylor to attend the wedding with a man who commands even more social/star power than her ex. Now who could that possibly be? Fortunately for Saylor, her brother knows just the man: his best friend, Hayes Whitley, who is now a huge movie star. Only one catch with this agenda – Hayes broke Saylor’s heart a long time ago when he left without a word to pursue his dreams. Can the man who broke her heart so many years ago possibly be the answer to her present calamity, never mind lead to a HEA?
So ensues a series of comical and heat-filled events that include a Hollywood diva who doesn’t take well to Hayes escorting Saylor to the wedding, a small town gossip lover’s dream as wedding guests become privy to the social event of the year, and then a protracted social media battle in which “grudge cupcakes” and their healing powers become the latest and most fashionable trend!
See the full review at AudioGals.
"Cheesy dialogue, basic plot, not that hot"
So many times while listening to this book I said out loud "UGH who actually talks like this?" Or I just cringed. The story was basic and full of stereotypes like "big strong dominant man", "vapid Hollywood celebrity" and "mean rich snob" that were incredibly two dimensional. I saw good reviews and wanted a fun escape story but with dialogue and characters like this it's hard to escape. That being said, I thought the narrators had nice voices and did a solid job with the material.
"I really wanted to like this..."
I don't know because from the comments, a ridiculous amount of people loved it! I went into the story with excitement and high expectations. Maybe that is why it's such a let down.
I don't think there is something the author could do to this book to change my mind. It would be a completely different book.
Their narration is the only reason I was able to finish the book. They are amazing.
I love a happy ending...
It was very hard to have patience with the main characters and the situations they put themselves in. The story tried to be charming but it fell short most of the time. There was an unnecessary amount of things that happened to the main character that are never explained or the author just puts out there but never addresses them. The ridiculous mood swings from the main character gave me whiplash and I to stop listening at several points in the story to be able to continue. I don't mean for this review to be harsh and I got this book expecting to love it. So much potential.
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