Sweet Second Chances
This is a wonderfully sweet romance about past love and second chances.
The beginning of the novel starts right in the middle of everything, which I liked. Claire’s sister has just married a billionaire, while poor Claire is stuck single. Not only that, she’s tasked with housesitting for her sister and new brother-in-law while they’re on their honeymoon. I mean, maybe it’s not too bad, considering she’s housesitting for a billionaire, but I think maybe that makes it worse, too. Single and all that empty space? Kind of lonely…
Except in pops Robbie. They dated way back when, but things fell through, and maybe she’s never really gotten over him. Can 11 years change someone, though? He seems nicer, sure, but is it just a ruse? He broke her heart before, so I can understand why it’d be hard for her to give him another shot.
I liked that, though. It’s an interesting twist to the usual romantic start. I think it’s fun to read about characters that know each other but have a reason not to really like each other, you know? It’s different from just the mysterious attraction that starts from the very beginning. Robbie and Claire had chemistry a long time ago, but obviously that sort of fell through. Can they restart it, though? Is there even anything left to restart?
Sweet for Him is that kind of story. One thing that I thought was really powerful was the double self-conscious hit, because of Claire’s curviness and also how Robbie left her before. She’s definitely reluctant and hurt by him, but it’s one of those things where maybe she just really wants to believe that they can come back together? It’s been a long time, so they’ve both definitely changed, too. It’s fun to read about their differences over time, also. Their reminiscing about the past, and then how they’ve changed in the present, is intriguing and thoughtful.
I loved reading Sweet for Him, because I really could connect with these characters in a lot of ways. I think everyone always wonders about the “what ifs” in life, you know? Do people change, or will there always be a wall between us? Especially for high school, and when you go to your reunion and everything, it’s interesting to catch up. Claire kind of skipped out on hers, so this is more of a reunion between Robbie and her, but it’s the same sort of thing.
I just really enjoyed the premise and the intimacy and connection between Claire and Robbie. I wanted them to realize that maybe they both made mistakes in the past, but that sometimes we all need to make mistakes to realize what we’re truly missing. It’s a really powerful and romantic story in a lot of ways.
I’d really recommend this one! It’s sweet, and a little sexy, and very special. I think you’ll really enjoy it!
Emotional and Touching
This was a wonderful story about love and all it has to offer. I really enjoyed it.
It’s kind of different from what I usually read for this sort of book, which I found interesting. The beginning starts off on the slower side, but not in a bad way. It’s setting up what needs to be said before the tragic events happen that bring everything completely to a stop. That part was really heart-wrenching, especially with everything before that being so sweet and cute and playful.
I love Bea and Jeremy together. They’re a wonderful couple and I think they both bring out the best in each other. Their initial dialogue is some of the best I’ve read and it’s really true and down to earth feeling in a ton of ways. I can imagine seeing them as a couple out and about, being happy, which is exactly what I think two people in love should be like.
When the amnesia occurs… it’s just a lot more difficult. It made me sad a lot of the time. It’s like… I mean, obviously they were happy, and now they aren’t, but it’s not through the fault of anyone, per se. I think amnesia like that is a really difficult thing to deal with, you know? In a way, it kind of reminded me of some of the scenes from The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks, since I thought that was a wonderful love story, as well.
If you’re looking for a story that’s got love, but also all of the other emotions that come along with it, this one is definitely for you! It’s different, but really good. I think Emma South is a wonderful writer!