Release Launch/Reviews: Sweet: Tammara Webber

by - Monday, April 27, 2015

Sweet (Contours of the Heart #3)
Tammara Weber
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He’s the love of her life, but he doesn’t know it.

She’s his one moment of sacrifice in a lifetime of survival.

He was damaged and wild, but resilient.

She’s always been obedient. Now she’s restless.

Home for the summer between college and med school, Pearl Torres Frank knows two things: Boyce Wynn is the embodiment of everything she should run from, and everything she wants to run to. Rebellious and loud. Unconcerned with society’s opinion of him. Passionate. Strong. Dangerous.

And one more trait he hides from everyone but her:


Note from the Author from Goodreads: 
I'm the author of this New Adult novel, a spinoff, stand-alone Contours of the Heart novel. No prequel. No sequel. No need to read anything before or after.... They are secondary characters from Breakable, half of which is Lucas in high school (Boyce was his HS best friend), but Sweet can be read as a stand-alone.

Boyce watched me, a lit cigarette in one hand and a koozied beer in the other. We hadn’t spoken since that kiss, other than his usual juvenile quips during biology—the ones that drove Mel and Mr. Quinn insane and made Landon smirk and shake his head and had me biting the inside of my cheek to suppress my smile.

At first, I’d been confused, then disappointed, and then angry. I’d worked my way to acceptance, like when I’d known I was drowning and there was nothing I could do. He’d merely gone back to being Boyce Wynn, who did what he wanted and who he wanted. And I’d gone back to being Pearl Frank—star student, social royalty, good girl.

But I couldn’t forget that kiss. The fixed glint of his eyes across the fire said that neither could he.
Boyce Winn has been Pearl's protector since they were kids and on occasion she would stand up for him too. They grew up together and by high school had crushes on each other. He was the unfiltered bad boy from a trailer. She used to live in his poorer neighborhood but became the adopted daughter of a wealthy Doctor. She was shy and studious. He was unapologetic and outspoken. He had lost so much and had little support. She was almost smothered with love as long as she followed the set plans. 

I fell hard for Boyce. He had this no nonsense rugged charisma, was a hard worker, and survived a rough life. He was resilient and protective. But he had a kindness and vulnerability to him that not everyone saw. But the people he let get close to him, he would do anything for.

She got me. It scared the hell out of me--how solidly she got me and how much I wanted her to, because that kind of need made me weak where she was concerned. 

Pearl was younger and more naive. She had gained experience while away at college, but her life mostly focused on school and her set future plans. But  she just recently decided that she wasn't happy and decided to make some changes. And these changes shake up her safe life.

I was scared to death of who I really was and what I really wanted. And somehow he knew. He'd always known.

Their lives went different directions over the years. But no one ever really knew what kind of underlying bond these two always felt or of the few special moments they shared intermittently because they kept it a secret. It was not even planned that way, but came about due to miscommunication, mistakes, insecurities, and fears. They both had misconceptions about how the other one viewed them and feelings of not being what the other wanted or needed. Instead of really communicating and figuring out how much they meant to each other, they often were reactive, avoided difficult situations, or were scared to pursue more. But in flashbacks we see some of the important moments they spent that brought them closer or pushed them apart.

For most of my life, Boyce Wynn's smile had been three things to me: safety, warmth, and home, even as that same smile made my heart throb with longing for some shadowed, unreachable thing. 

"There was no one before you, and anyone in between was my sorry-assed attempt to ignore what I thought I could have. You broke my heart ever time I saw you sweetheart."

But now Pearl is back, they are older and  they are back in each other's lives. They dance around friendship, lust, and unspoken feelings, Both are so afraid to admit the truth since they are insecure. And Boyce never felt truly worthy of her and that is magnified especially with some recent drama in his life. And her life is in flux right now too. They are both so caring and not afraid to sacrifice for each other. They are so afraid to lose each other that sometimes it gets in the way of what they really want. Honestly they were both very sweet to each other and together. But they also had a strong connection, chemistry, witty rapport, and understanding of each other. 

Some of the characters from Breakable are back since it takes place in Landon and Boyce's home town. So we got more with Landon/Lucas, Jacqueline, Melody, Mateo, Yvette, Randy, and Brit. I loved the addition of a spunky sprite Sam. She was a unique character and brought snark and humor. 

This was a story about two people finding their own path, going after what they wanted, and fighting for their futures. It was sweet, romantic, humorous, flirty, and even had a bit of suspense. It was told both in Pearl and Boyce's points of view. It was not super angsty, but it was more of a slow burning friends to lovers story that spanned years. But it makes you believe in fate, soul mates, and even guardian angels 

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 
Sweet is my favorite from Tammara Webber since she knocked me off my feet with Easy. This was exactly what the title advertises -- a sweet read.

Boyce and Pearl meet when they are seven and five years old. From that point on, they begin a secret friendship. Secret because Pearl is shy, quiet, and smart, while Boyce is loud, boisterous, and a bruiser. They go to the same schools, but with two years between them, they don’t share friends or classes.

Boyce was easy to like. Having pulled himself to a respectable place after a rough childhood and questionable friends, he is stable, reliable, and established in town. Though he didn’t leave to go to college like his best friend, Landon, or Pearl, he worked hard to take care of and grow his father’s garage. He was also sweet, though he only showed that side of himself to Pearl, and only on rare occasions.

Though Pearl had left for her college years, she returned still a little naive and not sure about what she wanted for her future. Having skipped a year of school, she was younger than most college graduates and her decision making (or reliance on those around her for decision making) showed that innocence.

Watching these two reconnect when Pearl returns to town after finishing her Bachelor’s degree and making plans for graduate school was sweet. By this point, Boyce is firmly established living in the trailer he grew up in while running his father’s garage. Pearl lives on the other side of town with her mom and stepdad, following the plan they have set for her future.

Told with intermittent flashbacks to important moments in their shared childhood and teen years, this story was a perfect balance building the connection between these two and progressing their story. I loved watching the memories, often both remembering the same scene from the same triggers, while getting to know the early 20 something year olds they are now. Though they weren’t always easy memories, it was easy to see how each person could have walked away from several of their interactions with misconceptions and misunderstandings.

I dove into this story and finished it in nearly one sitting. I loved getting inside the characters heads and watching events unfold around them. Several twists caught me off-guard, but I loved the way everything blended together to build this story. Though this does include characters from Easy and Breakable, it would stand alone perfectly well. Considering it’s been long enough since I read either, this almost felt like reading it as a standalone, and I loved it.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Easy (Contours of the Heart #1)
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Rescued by a stranger.
Haunted by a secret
Sometimes, love isn’t easy…

He watched her, but never knew her. Until thanks to a chance encounter, he became her savior…
The attraction between them was undeniable. Yet the past he’d worked so hard to overcome, and the future she’d put so much faith in, threatened to tear them apart.
Only together could they fight the pain and guilt, face the truth—and find the unexpected power of love.
A groundbreaking novel in the New Adult genre, Easy faces one girl's struggle to regain the trust she's lost, find the inner strength to fight back against an attacker, and accept the peace she finds in the arms of a secretive boy.

Breakable (Contours of the Heart #2)

He was lost and alone. Then he found her.
And the future seemed more fragile than ever.

As a child, Landon Lucas Maxfield believed his life was perfect and looked forward to a future filled with promise — until tragedy tore his family apart and made him doubt everything he ever believed.
All he wanted was to leave the past behind. When he met Jacqueline Wallace, his desire to be everything she needed came so easy…

As easy as it could be for a man who learned that the soul is breakable and that everything you hoped for could be ripped away in a heartbeat.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of EASY and BREAKABLE (Contours of the Heart series - NA), as well BETWEEN THE LINES, WHERE YOU ARE, GOOD FOR YOU and HERE WITHOUT YOU (Between the Lines series - YA/NA).

I'm a hopeful romantic who adores novels with happy endings, because there are enough sad endings in real life. Before writing full-time, I was an undergraduate academic advisor, economics tutor, planetarium office manager, radiology call center rep, and the palest person to ever work at a tanning salon. I married my high school sweetheart, and I'm Mom to three adult kids and four very immature cats.

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