Title: Sweet Contradiction
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Released Date: July 1st, 2013
When Beth Michaels high tailed it out of the hole-in-the-road town she grew up in, she only had two goals. One-get as far away as quickly as possible, and two-never set foot in her parent’s home again. But when she receives a heart breaking call from her childhood best friend, Jen, she has no choice but to turn her ’56 Ford pickup back in the direction of Salem, Missouri to attend a funeral. There’s a new local in town when Beth arrives, and suddenly, it ain’t all that easy for her to remember her rules for dating. #1. Cookie-cutter-perfect guys ain’t her type. #2. Tie wearin’ and church frequentin’ is an automatic dismissal. #3. Most importantly, never date anyone from small minded, conservative, Bible-thumping towns like Salem. Unfortunately, Matthew Wright breaks all her rules and then some. Matt might be from a small town and have small town values, but that doesn’t mean he fits into a little slot of Beth’s preconceived notions. After all, ever so often good guys are good. Now if he could just convince Beth to let go of her past and give him a chance, he’s pretty sure there’s a whole lotta sweet under that prickly exterior. His own … Sweet Contradiction. ***FAIR WARNING: If you are easily offended by books that happen to mention things concerning God, Religion, Etc., in a favorable or unfavorable light, then this book might not be for you.***
(4 / 5)
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
When I let the author know that I’d be interested in reading and reviewing Sweet Contradiction, she had this to ask “Are you able to stomach sickly sweet romance?” To which I can only reply, “I can handle sickly sweet it’s a good balance for the flirty and dirty ones!”
Our Main Character Beth Michaels is brought up under an iron fist with a bible in it as her Father uses religion to control his family and keep them under his thumb. His wild at heart daughter has other plans than sticking around and takes off as soon as she turns 18. Though honestly, why she didn’t leave sooner I couldn’t even guess – but hey, it’s a story, enjoy the ride!
Returning to town when her best friends mom passes away, she’s not in town more than five minutes before her paths cross with our leading man Matthew Wright who falls instantly in love faster than you can flip the page. Now I know a lot of folks who absolutely hate the whole love at first sight thing, and while I don’t, I will usually indulge in the occasional eye-roll at it. But there was just something to how this was written that made me feel that there was something more going on to it. Like he had been there all along through the years while they were growing up, unnoticed by her and he had that unspoken crush for years. It doesn’t really seem to be the case though, but that’s the “vibe” I got out of it.
I expected Beth to have stronger feelings against religion and God and for there to be a great deal more drama revolving around that. Especially when certain things are brought to light! (No, I’m not going to tell you what those are!) but while there’s a pretty serious story arc going on, the romance is definitely sweet as can be. There’s a bit of steam but nothing I would consider too graphic.
The ending though, wow that’s frustrating! How you view it is totally going to be a personal thing, I can’t really call it a cliffhanger but I have so many questions about the details that would be upcoming! There are also so many questions about all the things happening between Jen and Hunter(the best friend and the brother), but apparently we have to wait for the next book “Perfect Contradiction” to find out those details!
If you’re in the mood for a sweet heavy and drama light romance about finding love where you didn’t want to look, this is the story for you.
Peggy Martinez is a homeschooling mom of one boy and four girls. She has been married to her soul mate, Omar, since January 2000. She enjoys reading, writing, soap making, all things aromatherapy, and Twizzlers- lots of Twizzlers. She dreams of one day owning a small homestead, raising some chickens along with her children, growing a large garden, and eventually taking a dream vacation to Greece. It isn’t too far fetched to think you could happen upon her and her husband having a conversation about religion, political conspiracies, a zombie apocalypse, or gangster movies.