Series: The Sweet Contradiction Series # 1
Author: Peggy Martinez
Published: August 26th, 2014
Publisher: Crimson Tree Publishing
Word Count: approx. 55,000
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Content Warning: Minor Violence and Sexual References
Age Recommendation: 17+
Synopsis: When Beth Michaels hightailed 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 littleslot 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.
I had a hard time deciding if I liked the pace of this story because it is on the short side and the plot was moving along rather quickly. I've never been a fan of insta-love and while Beth's love for Matt isn't instantaneous, it does develop rather quickly, as does his love for her.
There also wasn't much drama, which surprised me. I expected Matt and Beth to argue or have long, lengthy discussions on their spiritual and religious differences, but they don't because Matt says he doesn't care and accepts her as she is. In a real life relationship, this would cause strife and problems could arise. So I do think that the way things are handled are a tad unrealistic.
I do think their relationship is sweet and Matt is a patient man. To me, this book was pretty clean and was a sweet romance. I give Sweet Contradiction 3.5/5 Platypires.