Rated 4 out of 5 stars by Iris Chacon. I received a complimentary download from the publisher via NetGalley, and I am voluntarily posting my honest review. #SweetonYou #NetGalley
Author Carla de Guzman has produced an enjoyable romantic novel that allows readers to immerse themselves in the colorful, exotic Filipino culture surrounding the Christmas holidays.
Sari is finding her feet as a coffee guru with her own small shop and brewing lab when Gabriel opens a bakery next door.
The two people are charming and fun to read about, but they don’t experience love at first whiff. A war of practical jokes ensues and grows until extended families on both sides get involved.
Sweet on You is full of food and drink endemic to the Philippines, all of it presented so sumptuously by author Carla de Guzman that a person could gain weight from reading this book.
In addition, the beauty of the country is complemented by the local language, food, traditions, and relationships that permeate the book.
I confess I did not anticipate the few sexually explicit scenes that began about halfway through the book. I skipped over those scenes and concentrated on the milder parts of the story.
Nothing in the book’s cover art or description alerted me to the presence of Adults-Only content. Sweet on You is not a “sweet romance” if one interprets that to mean a “squeaky clean romance.”
That confusion (and disappointment) caused me to lower my rating from 5 stars to 4.