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+
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 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.
*was generously given a ecopy of the book in exchange for an honest review
SWEET CONTRADICTION by Peggy Martinez is absolutely charming. I was worried in the beginning if I was going to be able to get thought it when the first chapter started with such a powerful image. I have to warn you that there are touches of abusive situations in the beginning but I hope that it does not deter you from this gem. Once I powered though the first chapter I was hooked.
Elizabeth left home when she was eighteen and never looked back for four years until her best friend calls and needs her. This is where we meet Beth’s best friend Jen. These two are something else. The relationship between these two is powerful and they get each other. As a woman, you hope for a friend like Jen. I loved that Beth and Jen’s relationship was built upon the whole story and was not overlooked. I was really connected to both Beth and Jen because of their connection to each other. I think this is why I found Sweet Contradiction so enjoyable. There is an influential, sweet, romantic love story but Beth never loses sight of her friend needing her.
Then, Matt comes on the scene and he is adorable and sweet and everything that Beth tries to avoid in a man. Matt is endearing. Lots of fun small, country town things happen. Some drama and some things in life that are unavoidable happen but I found myself rooting for all of them. Matt’s family was the opposite of Beth’s and there is a scene by the lake with just Beth that brings so much into focus. I loved it.
Well written and totally enjoyable, Sweet Contradiction hit its’ mark with me. I cannot wait to get my hands on the rest of the series and I would strongly recommend it.
SWEET CONTRADICTION receives 5 out of 5 Platypires.
Texas Hugs and Happy Reading!!!