Sweetened by a Kiss by Lexxi Callahan
June 25, 2013
Reviewed by Mandi
Raise your hand if you like the asshole aka alpha-hole hero? Yes, just what I thought. There are many who do *wink* In real life, put me in a relationship with an alpha-hole hero and I would probably punch him in the nose within five minutes. But in fiction, sometimes it’s fun to read a really possessive, cranky, controlling hero.
Jen was in a bad car accident as a young girl that killed her whole family. She ends up living with good friends of her family, which includes the slightly older Stefan. As she grows, she develops a crush on Stefan and the same thing happens to him too. At the young age of 21 (or maybe 22), Stefan basically puts a ring on her finger and says, ‘you are mine and we will get married.’ Jen thinks her fairytale is coming true, until Stefan’s ex-girlfriend tells her all he wants is control of the stock that she owns. When Jen was younger, Stefan took over her family’s company, growing it five-fold and also took control of her inheritance. When she turns 30 or when she marries, her stock can then be sold. When Stefan’s ex tells her that he still sees Jen as a little girl and doesn’t have sexual thoughts towards her, but rather just protective thoughts and dreams of her stock, she is devastated. She decides to enroll in pastry school with her best friend Jared in Paris and leaves for six months.
When she gets home half a year later, Stefan is a different man. He has grown cold and overbearing. Jen herself has grown up and has more of a backbone now. She tells him she doesn’t want to marry him. He tells her she will get married, and will never leave him again. Oh boy.
There are times I found Stefan quite sexy with his extreme bossiness. I mean – this man is really controlling and possessive. Jen tries her hardest to stand up to him, and a few times she actually does and I really liked those scenes. But there were a few times in this book that Stefan crossed the line for me. Especially because he controls Jen’s inheritance and when she asks him for money out of it open her own bakery, he denies her. GRRRRRR. I didn’t like that aspect of the book.
Another part that really bothered me was their total lack of communication. Jen suffered a very serious injury in the car accident all those years ago and lost a lot of her memory. And for whatever reason, she was never really given the details of that accident. Everyone was trying to protect her I guess by leaving out the horrid details, but as a 22 year old adult, she deserves to know. And, if Jen and Stefan had just sat down like two mature adults and discussed their issues, then I feel like so much drama could have been avoided.
Of course, had that happened, this book wouldn’t have been nearly as fun. Again, as a fantasy romance, Stefan owns the overprotective nature and boy does he stay consistent throughout the book. I liked that he doesn’t magically change into someone else at the end.
This is Lexxi Callahan’s debut and I’m definitely interested to see what she does in her next book. She gives us a nice cast of supporting characters and I hope to learn more about them.