Love Me Sweet (Bell Harbor, #3)
Delaney Masterson isn’t looking for fame.Yes, she has famous parents and a reality TV show, but she’s not the wild-child celebrity the paparazzi have painted her to be. Until…The Scandal. When an old boyfriend releases a private video, Delaney’s name becomes every comedian’s favorite punch line. To escape the media, she sneaks away to Bell Harbor, Michigan—during the worst winter in fifty years.Adventure show cameraman Grant Connelly has stayed away from Bell Harbor—mostly by choice—but when a family obligation converges with a spontaneous career decision, it’s time to return home.When bad weather, missing money, honky-tonk musicians, and Elvis impersonators throw Grant and Delaney together on an unexpected road trip, emotions get all shook up. They know only fools fall in love, but they can’t help falling. Still, Delaney has a secret that could tear them apart forever.Can they weather the storm? Or will this romantic ride end at the Heartbreak Hotel?

Love Me Sweet (Bell Harbor, #3) Details

TitleLove Me Sweet (Bell Harbor, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 20th, 2015
PublisherMontlake Romance
ISBN-139781477819630
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary Romance, Contemporary, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

Love Me Sweet (Bell Harbor, #3) Review

  • ♥Rachel♥
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsLove Me Sweet was a fun romance filled with humor, wacky family, and a sweet, swoony romance. Delaney Masterson is no stranger to public scrutiny being one of the stars of a reality show, but when a humiliating sex tape surfaces, it all becomes too much and so she flees. Holing up in the tiny town of Bell Harbor, Michigan seems like the perfect idea until she ends up the reluctant roommate of sexy and irresistible, Grant Connelly. Grant’s hasn’t been home in years, he’s been trotting ar 3.5 StarsLove Me Sweet was a fun romance filled with humor, wacky family, and a sweet, swoony romance. Delaney Masterson is no stranger to public scrutiny being one of the stars of a reality show, but when a humiliating sex tape surfaces, it all becomes too much and so she flees. Holing up in the tiny town of Bell Harbor, Michigan seems like the perfect idea until she ends up the reluctant roommate of sexy and irresistible, Grant Connelly. Grant’s hasn’t been home in years, he’s been trotting around the globe as the cameraman for a survival type “reality” show, but his brother’s impending wedding brings him back to back in Bell Harbor and unintentionally shacked up with Delaney. Somehow facing his family and mending fences is a little easier with her at his side, and it’s not very long before he wishes for something more with her. Love Me Sweet was a fast paced story, one that had me cracking up throughout. I usually dread romances where one character is harboring a secret through much of the book because I feel dread at it finally coming out and ruining anything sweet established, BUT I was so preoccupied with the journey that it didn’t bother me. Plus, I got why Delaney would want to keep up pretenses for as long as she could. It was fun because Grant was here, and everyone was being nice, and no one expected anything from her. She wasn’t performing in front of a camera for a nameless, faceless audience.—She was just…being herself. And she liked it.I hate “reality” shows for the most part, so I could totally understand how Delaney didn’t like it either. I would’ve hated to be in her shoes! The humiliation of the sex tape was a hard lesson, but it motivated her to make some positive changes. The developing romance between Grant and Delany was fast, but still believable. They had wonderful, steamy chemistry, and I had no problem buying into a HEA for these two. Of course, at some point I knew the truth would come out and be a setback, but thankfully it wasn’t too painful or drawn out. Besides the romance, zany characters, stolen money, and a disaster filled road trip provided laughs and entertainment that made Love Me Sweet a quick and fun reading experience!A copy was kindly provided by Montlake Romance in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Duchess Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    I've been following Tracy Brogan on Facebook for awhile because I'm generally a fan of Montlake Romance titles, and I kept stumbling across her posts. I'm so glad I finally picked up a copy of one of her books. Even if this is not the first in the series, I didn't feel like there were chunks missing. If there is one thing I could say about this book, it's that it was funny and unique. It's not a typical boy meets girl but not so out out there that you can't grab ahold and run with the story. The I've been following Tracy Brogan on Facebook for awhile because I'm generally a fan of Montlake Romance titles, and I kept stumbling across her posts. I'm so glad I finally picked up a copy of one of her books. Even if this is not the first in the series, I didn't feel like there were chunks missing. If there is one thing I could say about this book, it's that it was funny and unique. It's not a typical boy meets girl but not so out out there that you can't grab ahold and run with the story. The heroine, Delaney, is running from the notoriety that surrounds her and her family. Their reality TV show brings out the fortune hunters in the way of paparazzi and ex boyfriends willing to sell sex tapes. Delaney wants to hide away for awhile, and randomly chooses Bar Harbor, Michigan."Seriously, in all her life she'd never seen so much snow. No wonder the whole damn state was shaped like a mitten."When her new landlady's son decides to show up and claim the house that Delaney has rented for the next six months, she fears her cover will be blown. But Bar Harbor is truly not caught up on Hollywood gossip, it seems, and she continues to fly under the radar. One shenanigan leads to another, however, and Delaney and Grant take and impromptu road trip through a veritable blizzard to recover stolen property.As I read through the story, I never had a clue as to what to expect on the next page. Tracy Brogan weaves humor, tenderness, romance, and a few unconventional life lessons into this book. From Bar Harbor, through a blizzard, to a tour bus with some pervy (but loveable) rednecks, to Graceland and Elvis-themed hotel rooms and a baby hat knitting contest, this was a wonderful mashup. I felt like the sexy department was a little lacking. There was great chemistry once Delaney and Grant let each other feel it. The build up was palpable, but it felt like the author felt too awkward to just go for it. Some authors (Kristan Higgins, Julie James) do this well but even they had a couple of awkward fade to black books before I was okay with the lack of sex. There's just something about an intimate encounter that sets the stage for the remainder of the romance for me. It doesn't HAVE to be explicit, but it had better be intimate in other ways. Still, I laughed and "awww-ed" my way through this one. The secondary characters were awesomely endearing and truly helped make the story. Brogan is another gem to find in the world of contemporary romance.Advance copy provided for review.
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  • Alaina Meserole
    January 1, 1970
    Love Me Sweet was such an adorable book. I'm really happy that I randomly found this series on KU and that I enjoyed it so much.Okay, so this is the third and final book within the Bell Harbor Trilogy and it's about Delaney and Grant. Oh man, did I love these characters so freaking much. They were just an overall ideal and favorable couple. I have nothing bad to say about either of them. I also really liked how the romance developed between them at realistic level. There was no insta anything wh Love Me Sweet was such an adorable book. I'm really happy that I randomly found this series on KU and that I enjoyed it so much.Okay, so this is the third and final book within the Bell Harbor Trilogy and it's about Delaney and Grant. Oh man, did I love these characters so freaking much. They were just an overall ideal and favorable couple. I have nothing bad to say about either of them. I also really liked how the romance developed between them at realistic level. There was no insta anything which made me like it even more.Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I'm really sad that the series is over.. unless there's going to be another book that I didn't know about?!?! Other than the novella.
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  • Ian
    January 1, 1970
    After her rat ex-boyfriend released a sex tape to the media, Delaney decides she needs to escape the scandal, the paparazzi that are hounding her, and the reality TV show about her celebrity family. She withdraws all her money, buys a beat-up old Volkswagen and heads for the middle of nowhere –– Bell Harbor, Michigan. She rents a ramshackle old house and settles in to ride out the scandal. Grant is the cameraman on an adventure / reality show. That is until his girlfriend decides the star of the After her rat ex-boyfriend released a sex tape to the media, Delaney decides she needs to escape the scandal, the paparazzi that are hounding her, and the reality TV show about her celebrity family. She withdraws all her money, buys a beat-up old Volkswagen and heads for the middle of nowhere –– Bell Harbor, Michigan. She rents a ramshackle old house and settles in to ride out the scandal. Grant is the cameraman on an adventure / reality show. That is until his girlfriend decides the star of the show is better for her career than a lowly cameraman. He quits and heads home to Bell Harbor. Only, when he arrives he finds out that his mother has rented out his house to Delaney, that Delaney paid the entire six months rent in advance, and his mother has already spent the money. With very few options Delaney agrees to allow Grant to live in the house until he can get her money back. As the days go by neither can deny their attraction but Delaney is keeping her secrets, she knows that Grant loathes the Hollywood fakery and she is ultimate symbol of that. Then when Grant's mom absconds with a satchel that has all of Delaney's money in it, they both set off in hot pursuit to catch her before she spends the money. And just when everything seemed to be going her way, reality comes crashing back and all her secrets are revealed. Love Me Sweet is fairly typical contemporary romance. There are no real surprises in here. That said, at the moment there are only two authors of contemporary romance who are must reads for me. Terri Osburn and Tracy Brogan. They are very much the next generation of writers, and honestly if it wasn't for them I don't think I'd still be reading the genre. So yeah, you've probably read something like this before, but Love Me Sweet still sparkles. It's great fun and entertaining. Many thanks to Montlake Romance and Netgalley for providing me with this ARC
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  • Tanja ~ KT Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Love Me Sweet is just that, a sweet read. Two people who have basically had it. Find themselves in a predicament where they have to share a living space. Neither is looking for love and both are a bit jaded by it. Delaney is running from a very public scandal. And Grant, well he has finally had it with the production crew he’s been working with.Delaney has rented a house and Grant thinks he is coming home to HIS house. Well….. you can just imagine what happens next. I gotta be honest; I stopped Love Me Sweet is just that, a sweet read. Two people who have basically had it. Find themselves in a predicament where they have to share a living space. Neither is looking for love and both are a bit jaded by it. Delaney is running from a very public scandal. And Grant, well he has finally had it with the production crew he’s been working with.Delaney has rented a house and Grant thinks he is coming home to HIS house. Well….. you can just imagine what happens next. I gotta be honest; I stopped and started this book several times. Is it sweet? Yes. Has it been done before? Yes. Unfortunately it just didn’t have the tension and pull to keep me invested. In the end, Love Me Sweet just seems to miss the mark; however, I am sure there are many readers and fans of the series that will love it. I just need a bit more spice with my sweet :)T~*ARC provided by Montlake Romance Follow us on KT Book ReviewsTwitterFacebookPinterest
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  • Bj
    January 1, 1970
    4 "A Whole Lot of Craziness Leads to Fun and Ultimately Love" Stars! Lovers of romantic comedies will not want to miss "Love Me Sweet". Brought together by the convergence of a number of sequences of unlikely events, Love Me Sweet proves that when you meet Mr. or Mrs. Right, there is no denying it, no matter how instantaneous or unlikely it may seem. While Love Me Sweet is the third book in the Bell Harbor Series, it can easily be read as a standalone. Although I did have the benefit of reading 4 "A Whole Lot of Craziness Leads to Fun and Ultimately Love" Stars! Lovers of romantic comedies will not want to miss "Love Me Sweet". Brought together by the convergence of a number of sequences of unlikely events, Love Me Sweet proves that when you meet Mr. or Mrs. Right, there is no denying it, no matter how instantaneous or unlikely it may seem. While Love Me Sweet is the third book in the Bell Harbor Series, it can easily be read as a standalone. Although I did have the benefit of reading The Best Medicine, book 2 in this series first, where I was introduced to the hero's family, the romance between the primary couple in this book is fully contained within its pages, so you will not be lost if you have not read any of the prior books. Delaney Masterson has gone through a tough stretch. Not only is her family participating in a reality TV show that she only reluctantly participates in, but the paparazzi have recently made her a tabloid sensation following her ex-boyfriend's release of a sex tape which she had previously been unaware of. In a desperate attempt to find privacy, she flees LA and heads to the one place that she figures that the media will not be able to find her, Bell Harbor, Michigan (a small town burried in snow, as it's the dead of winter). There she pays cash up front for a six-month rental where she hopes to hide out until the media finds it's next target. Little does she know though that the woman she rents from does not actually own the house. Her son, who has been traveling the world as a cameraman for One Man, One Planet, does. Moreover his unanticipated return home for his brother's wedding (the hero from Best Medicine), never mind his spur of the moment resignation, brings it all to a head when given the weather, and a number of other factors, Delaney and Tyler are forced to be unexpected and reluctant roommates. Needless to say the sparks fly, but concerned with her location being revealed to the media, Delaney had rented the house under an alias. A fact which she keeps intending to disclose to Ty but, as one crazy event leads to another, she keeps postponing. Oh, and did I mention that Ty as a showbiz native despises Hollywood fame seekers? Can true love survive in the end when the inevitable, never mind a whole string of other humorous obstacles, come barreling along?All in all, I found Love Me Sweet to be a humorous, light and entertaining romantic read. This is one book that is sure to keep you smiling throughout and leave you with a warm and fuzzy feeling in the end!Source: Review copy provided in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Vicki
    January 1, 1970
    Delaney Masterson is part of a reality TV family. Her parents are famous and so everyone wants to know how they live their day to day life. Delaney's ex from about 6 years back decides to release a sex tape that she never knew existed. Running from the press that has hounded her and accused her of releasing the tape herself for publicity. She ends up in Bell Harbor Michigan. Not only that but, she ends up in this northern town right as the polar vortex decided to rear it's freezing head. Renting Delaney Masterson is part of a reality TV family. Her parents are famous and so everyone wants to know how they live their day to day life. Delaney's ex from about 6 years back decides to release a sex tape that she never knew existed. Running from the press that has hounded her and accused her of releasing the tape herself for publicity. She ends up in Bell Harbor Michigan. Not only that but, she ends up in this northern town right as the polar vortex decided to rear it's freezing head. Renting a house to hide for the next little while she pays in cash to the landlady in order to keep her identity a secret. Signing her name on the rental agreement, it is misread as Elaine Masters, so she runs with it. It will be easy for her to use that name while hiding away. From this point she introduces herself with this name.Grant Connelly has problems on the set of his own reality show and decides it is time to head back home. His brother is getting married and he feels it is time to go back to Michigan. Back to the house his Grandfather left him upon his death. Grant and Delaney meet and find themselves thrown together by circumstances beyond their control. They decide to share the house in question for a while until they can sort out the details as to who belongs where. With twists and turns that involve Delaney's money being stolen and Grant's mother going missing they set out for the south to intercept the money. Each time Grant asks questions, Delaney lies to keep him from finding out who she really is. She does not want to tell him about her family and her sex tape since he does not recognize her. While driving in the snow they have an accident that sets them up to meet some very colorful characters. They continue to head south while the snow continues to fall. The polar vortex is dipping south bringing so much snow that travel is increasingly dangerous. Spending time together while traveling means that Delaney thinks about coming clean to Grant and telling him the truth about her identity. She keeps letting little hiccups stop her from confessing. Arriving in Memphis, the couple has an opportunity to get to know one another even better while in a Elvis styled hotel. Their traveling companions bring so much comedy to the mix that the entire trip is a funny adventure. The tension Delaney feels becomes palpable as they search for the missing money. With her lies and half truths she keeps delaying telling him who she is and fears his inevitable discovery. This is a funny, interesting and exciting book. The characters are really fun and well developed. There is not a dull character in the book. Tracy Brogan really does bring characters and dialog to life. I won this book and I am so glad that I did! It was an awesome book! There is so much more to this book that you just have to read to believe. It is hilarious!
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  • Sandra Hutchison
    January 1, 1970
    I don't read a lot of traditional romances, but the good writing and snarky sense of humor in this one caught my interest and kept me going even though it spends a lot of time relying on one of my personal least-favorite plot devices -- somebody's keeping a secret and when it comes out, somebody else is going to feel totally betrayed. I did put it down for a while, but ultimately I was carried along to the end because the characterization was fun, the dialogue was believable, there was plenty of I don't read a lot of traditional romances, but the good writing and snarky sense of humor in this one caught my interest and kept me going even though it spends a lot of time relying on one of my personal least-favorite plot devices -- somebody's keeping a secret and when it comes out, somebody else is going to feel totally betrayed. I did put it down for a while, but ultimately I was carried along to the end because the characterization was fun, the dialogue was believable, there was plenty of romping, it had a good heart, and it fairly regularly made me laugh out loud. I adore lines like the unhappy hero's take on his brother and sister-in-law: "They'd been doing that all night, that seemingly unconscious touching. It was like sharing a meal with static cling." Ha! Recommended for anyone who enjoys a comic but heartfelt romance. Probably extra recs if you love reality TV, gossip mags, or Elvis (none of which I do).
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    A small-town, winter wonderland romance with endearing characters and oodles of humor! All he wanted was a long, hot shower and a long, deep sleep. Meaning that whoever this pissed-off brunette was, whatever deal she'd arranged with his flaky mother, they could talk about it after he'd scrubbed the jungle from his skin and rinsed the shampoo from his hair. "What do you mean it belongs to you? It can't belong to you. I just rented it," said the girl aiming that pink blow-dryer right at his heart. A small-town, winter wonderland romance with endearing characters and oodles of humor! All he wanted was a long, hot shower and a long, deep sleep. Meaning that whoever this pissed-off brunette was, whatever deal she'd arranged with his flaky mother, they could talk about it after he'd scrubbed the jungle from his skin and rinsed the shampoo from his hair. "What do you mean it belongs to you? It can't belong to you. I just rented it," said the girl aiming that pink blow-dryer right at his heart. If he wasn't so damn exhausted, he might find that funny. She was holding the thing as if it would protect her. It was a blow-dryer! He nodded at it. "What do you plan to do with that thing, honey? Style me to death?"LOVE ME SWEET by Tracy Brogan is the third book in the author's Bell Harbor series and the first book I've ever read by this author. However, it, most assuredly, won't be the last for me as I already have the first book in this series , CRAZY LITTLE THING, sitting on my nightstand. Because I started with this book, I can attest that LOVE ME SWEET works well as a standalone. I thoroughly enjoyed it! I started reading it after supper one evening and simply could not put it down until I'd read the very last word around 2am the next morning. This is the story of Delaney Masterson, a reality TV star, and Grant Connelly, an adventure show cameraman. Both leads were great! Actually, to be totally honest, I wanted to shake the heroine a few times, but I quickly got over it and moved on. I loved - in random order - the couple's sweet and hot romance, their flirty dialogue, the charming, well-paced storyline, the author's writing style, the perfect HEA ending that positively oozed warm fuzzies, the charity aspect, the small-town snowy setting, the drama, the parts associated with Elvis and the Heartbreak Hotel, the pink hair dryer and the humor .... LOL! Did I miss anything? It's hard to pick a favorite scene since I had so many, but, at one point, the couple were in pursuit of the hero's mom on treacherous icy roads when they lost control and their car ploughed into a snowdrift destined not to move until a wrecker could be called. This was such a cute scene with the most delightfully sexy and comical banter. To top off all this deliciousness, there's an icing-on-the-cake snippet about a luminescent red bra. Trust me. You need to read it to experience it. I laughed 'til I cried. Bottom-line: If you're looking for a small-town winter-wonderland romance with completely endearing characters, dashes of humor, and a steamy romance, look no further than LOVE ME SWEET!My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out here: http://www.readingbetweenthewinesbook...4 1/2 Wine Glasses!
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  • Anne Pfeffer
    January 1, 1970
    As a fan of Tracy Brogan’s Bell Harbor series, I was wondering how she was going to write her newest installment, which is about Grant Connelly. Remember him? The older brother of Tyler Connolly, nurturing man-of-the-family hero in The Best Medicine? The brother that Tyler described as an “ass”?Well, in Love Me Sweet, we get to know Grant, who is just as hot as Tyler, but who wandered far from the family nest for a decade before returning home to Bell Harbor. And when gets there, he finds that h As a fan of Tracy Brogan’s Bell Harbor series, I was wondering how she was going to write her newest installment, which is about Grant Connelly. Remember him? The older brother of Tyler Connolly, nurturing man-of-the-family hero in The Best Medicine? The brother that Tyler described as an “ass”?Well, in Love Me Sweet, we get to know Grant, who is just as hot as Tyler, but who wandered far from the family nest for a decade before returning home to Bell Harbor. And when gets there, he finds that his crazy kleptomaniac mother has rented his home to a beautiful girl who says her name is Elaine Masters.There’s a strong attraction, but we readers know that Elaine (really Delaney) is running away from a scandal and is scared to tell Grant the truth about herself. We have the enjoyable job of watching them fall in love while trying to resolve a series of disasters created by Grant’s mom, and while Delaney tries to find a way to tell Grant her secret.Love Me Sweet has all the fun (and required) features of a romance – the hunky guy, the protacted courtship studded with setbacks and misunderstandings, the simmering sexual tension, and of course the HEA ending. But Brogan also gives us a story line that goes beyond the romance and nicely developed characters who we can like and empathize with. We understand why Tyler thinks badly of his brother, but we also come to understand Grant and learn that he’s a pretty good guy. We root for the two brothers to reconcile. Not to mention waiting for Grant and Delaney to drop their defenses and do what they really want to do, which is jump each other’s bones! Theirs is an appealing and believable love story.Characters from the two prior books make their appearances as well – obviously, Evie, Tyler, and his mother Donna, and even the ubiquitous Fontaine Baker, wedding planner extraordinaire. What Bell Harbor book would be complete without him?Another fun, highly readable book from this series. Great entertainment on a rainy afternoon!
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  • Francesca
    January 1, 1970
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  • Janga
    January 1, 1970
    A thief, lies, and a video tape—with a road trip and the Paradise Brothers thrown in for good measure. If you are in need of a post-holiday mood improver, I recommend Tracy Brogan’s Love Me Sweet. Brogan’s third visit to Bell Harbor, Michigan, gives readers lots of Brogan’s trademark humor and tart sweetness, two people looking for sanctuary instead of love and ultimately finding both, and a stellar cast of secondary characters. This is a fun read sure to win more fans for Bell Harbor and for Br A thief, lies, and a video tape—with a road trip and the Paradise Brothers thrown in for good measure. If you are in need of a post-holiday mood improver, I recommend Tracy Brogan’s Love Me Sweet. Brogan’s third visit to Bell Harbor, Michigan, gives readers lots of Brogan’s trademark humor and tart sweetness, two people looking for sanctuary instead of love and ultimately finding both, and a stellar cast of secondary characters. This is a fun read sure to win more fans for Bell Harbor and for Brogan.
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  • Anaïs
    January 1, 1970
    This review was originally posted on Fifty Shades of Books2.5 out of 5 StarsGrant Connelly is back home in Bell Harbor, Michigan after quitting his job as a cinematographer for a survival show. What he thought would be a peaceful return home after so many years turns into a disaster! First, he discovers that his mother rented his house to a cute brunette called Elaine Masters, and then, his mother's severe case of kleptomania leads him to drive cross-country with his houseguest to run after Elai This review was originally posted on Fifty Shades of Books2.5 out of 5 StarsGrant Connelly is back home in Bell Harbor, Michigan after quitting his job as a cinematographer for a survival show. What he thought would be a peaceful return home after so many years turns into a disaster! First, he discovers that his mother rented his house to a cute brunette called Elaine Masters, and then, his mother's severe case of kleptomania leads him to drive cross-country with his houseguest to run after Elaine's belongings and her money.And within all this chaos, all that Elaine was looking for is peace, but that's definitely not what she's getting. Elaine's real name is actually Delaney Masterson, child of a rockstar and an ex-model, and also co-star in the family's reality show. But that was before a sex tape she didn't even know existed was leaked, putting her in a bad light. Was it really the right decision to run away, or is it only making things worse?What I loved about this book: An all-around funny story Extremely entertaining side-characters What I felt needed improvement: The plot was a tad standard The main characters' chemistry was off The heroine was too incoherent from the start I have been a Bell Harbor Series fan ever since the first book. I simply love Tracy Brogan's ability to write comforting, cute and funny reads that are perfect for an afternoon of feel-good reading at home, cuddled on the sofa with a cup of hot chocolate. Sweet Love is totally a winter-story that should be read in exactly that setting! It was definitely a sweet read, but I'm afraid that's all it was, and it didn't hold the charm and appeal that the two first books did.As far as the writing goes, it's as great as usual with Tracy Brogan. You'll get a 3rd person narrative with dual POVs alternating between Delaney/Grant, which will allow you to get insight into both their minds, and makes the read all the more funny."Could be a cold night so I guess I'll better start a fire.""A fire? Have you got wood?"A curve played at the corner of his mouth. "Oh, yeah. I got wood."That touch of fun and hilariousness is something I highly appreciate in a book, and I certainly did find it in Sweet Love , especially when Delaney and Grant engage into a road trip and somehow end up in a Nashville band's tourbus! Let it be said that side characters in this story are aboslutely loveable and hilarious!"She heard a muffled thunk and a clunk. Either Grant was putting wood on the fire or a frozen raccoon had just fallen off the roof."However, the main characters... not so much. I really could not feel the chemistry between those two, until maybe the very end. And that doesn't even relate to the fact that there are no steamy-scenes at all (can't believe some reviewers complained about the fact there were more graphic scenes than in previous books, which still amounts to litterally nothing). No, the whole non-chemistry issue starts off with both not really being inerested in a new relationship, despite the mutual attraction. And then, suddenly, out of nowhere, Grant turns into this cocky, self-entitled, jealous alpha-male who can't wait to score with Delaney. Then (again so very suddenly) he becomes totally lovestruck and confesses his undying love to Delaney/Elaine. And all this time, Delaney doesn't really show her feelings (which we know she has!), making Grant really look like a lovesick fool.But Delaney wasn't any better. She was incoherent from the first chapter on! She says she avoids the limelight, and acts that way too (at least throughout the book), but why did she do the reality show in the first place? Or even become a celebrity-stylist? This whole "lifestyle" she led before fleeing to Bell Harbor really doesn't match her behaviour throughout the book. Her character/persona held very little credibility. And then, last but not least, I really found it ridiculous that Delaney behaved in such a childish way, and put off telling him her secret until the very end. But hey, I guess we all knew that the story's plot would lead us to that.[spoiler]Delaney actually fears that he would despise her since she represents all that he hates and tries to leave behind. And so keeps postponing the announcement and selfishly takes advantage or one more kiss/night with Grant...[/spoiler]Yes, plot-wise, Love Me Sweet was okay, but not great because the fall-in-love-with-a-fake-identity plot is not exactly news. However, mixing this with a road-trip-during-a-snowstorm-from-hell and the encounter with a Southern band on tour did spice it up considerably!So all in all, Love Me Sweet was a nice read but I am afraid I was disappointed that it didn't raise the bar on the previous Bell Harbor novels. However, I would still recommend you read it if you are looking for a nice relaxing afternoon read.     Upcoming author? Need help with a book cover design?I'm a freelance graphic designer happy to help you out in exchange for a reader's copy. Contact me!
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  • Pj Ausdenmore
    January 1, 1970
    With each book she publishes, Tracy Brogan further solidifies her place on my author auto-buy list. Her contemporary romances are filled with humor without sacrificing substance and her fully-formed characters carry the show. This could easily become slapstick comedy without the depth infused into Brogan's characters. Delaney and Grant have both reach a turning point in their lives and while their journey is humorous (frequently laugh out loud funny), it is also meaningful, with growth exhibited With each book she publishes, Tracy Brogan further solidifies her place on my author auto-buy list. Her contemporary romances are filled with humor without sacrificing substance and her fully-formed characters carry the show. This could easily become slapstick comedy without the depth infused into Brogan's characters. Delaney and Grant have both reach a turning point in their lives and while their journey is humorous (frequently laugh out loud funny), it is also meaningful, with growth exhibited in both characters. They are a couple I liked and cheered for throughout the story.While Delaney and Grant are the primary focus of this book, it wouldn't be nearly as much fun without the quirky cast of supporting characters: from the star-struck male wedding planner who immediately sees through Delaney's disguise to the Paradise Brothers country music band that give Grant and Delaney a ride south on their tour bus when Delaney's VW dives head first into a snow bank to Grant's well-meaning, klepto mother with the slight gambling problem to the step-father who thinks everything can be fixed with a sloe gin fizz. They all contribute to the rich colors that complete the tapestry that is Love Me Sweet.While Love Me Sweet is the third book in Brogan's Bell Harbor series, you do not have to have read the previous two books in order to enjoy this one. However, if you're like me, as soon as you read one Tracy Brogan book, you'll be scrambling to download her back list as fast as you can. Her books are that much fun!4.5 Stars~PJ AusdenmoreThe Romance Dish
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    I received a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Love Me Sweet is the third book in the Bell Harbor series, but it can easily be read as a standalone. I had not read the prior two books, and I had no problem following the story or falling in love with the characters. After reading Tracy Brogan’s Love Me Sweet, I do plan on adding her prior books to my TBR list!Love Me Sweet is a fun, lighthearted romance. I loved the tie into the entertainment industry I received a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Love Me Sweet is the third book in the Bell Harbor series, but it can easily be read as a standalone. I had not read the prior two books, and I had no problem following the story or falling in love with the characters. After reading Tracy Brogan’s Love Me Sweet, I do plan on adding her prior books to my TBR list!Love Me Sweet is a fun, lighthearted romance. I loved the tie into the entertainment industry and Delaney’s (aka Elaine) attempts to dodge the paparazzi and the scandal from which she is hiding. The best part was Delaney’s and Grant’s eschewing of the hype and shallowness in the entertainment industry and specifically reality television programs. Delaney’s phone conversations with her sister, Melody, about her LA scandal, her Bell Harbor “adventure” and her subsequent road trip are full of sibling humor.Grant and Delaney are believable and likable characters, and their chemistry is undeniable. The secondary characters add hilarity to the story. Everyone from the flamboyant wedding planner, Fontaine, to the members of the Paradise Brothers Band add to the plot tension and overall charm of the story.Love Me Sweet is adorable and entertaining from start to finish, and I am looking forward to reading more of Ms. Brogan’s Bell Harbor stories.
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  • Teri Beth
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by NetGalleyLove Me Sweet is the third book in the Bell Harbor series, which I was not aware of when I started, but it can easily be read as a standalone. I never once felt lost not having read the others. This was just the lighthearted romantic read I was looking for. Delaney Masterson has run away from the the paparazzi and scandal her ex created and ends up in Bell Harbor. Grant Connelly quits his cameraman job and finally comes home, only to realize his house has been rented out ARC provided by NetGalleyLove Me Sweet is the third book in the Bell Harbor series, which I was not aware of when I started, but it can easily be read as a standalone. I never once felt lost not having read the others. This was just the lighthearted romantic read I was looking for. Delaney Masterson has run away from the the paparazzi and scandal her ex created and ends up in Bell Harbor. Grant Connelly quits his cameraman job and finally comes home, only to realize his house has been rented out unbeknownst to him. Delaney and Grant have great chemistry from the start and their story went places I wasn't expecting. This book kept me highly entertained from beginning to end. I'm not gonna lie, Love Me Sweet was corny at times, but it was the cute corny that had me grinning at the silly dialogue and adorable side characters. This story was sweet and romantic and fun with characters that I enjoyed. I have no doubt I will be reading more of this series when I'm looking a light contemporary romance!
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  • Jo Anne B
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsI love all the Bell Harbor books! Fun, fast, enjoyable romance stories that tug at the heart and teach a few life lessons along the way. Delaney and Grant were both very likeable characters trying to change their lives in search for more meaning. Both were running away from their problems and got acquainted pretty fast as unexpected roommates then travel companions. There was tons of humor in this book especially about Grant's inability to think straight when seeing Delaney doing her yo 3.5 starsI love all the Bell Harbor books! Fun, fast, enjoyable romance stories that tug at the heart and teach a few life lessons along the way. Delaney and Grant were both very likeable characters trying to change their lives in search for more meaning. Both were running away from their problems and got acquainted pretty fast as unexpected roommates then travel companions. There was tons of humor in this book especially about Grant's inability to think straight when seeing Delaney doing her yoga or trying to stay warm against her body in the car to keep from freezing. So many laugh out loud moments. I lost interest when they were traveling with that Memphis band and were in that Elvis Hotel. But it picked up again after that. There is always a sappy ending at the end that gets way too cheesy and predictable that I have to rush through to handle it. But I still look forward to the next couples adventure since that is the fun part.
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  • Denise
    January 1, 1970
    Book three in the Bell Harbor series. This is a quick easy read with a romantic comedy feel to it. I liked it much better than book 2, but still not quite as great as book 1. I'm hoping some of those original characters from book 1 will get a more prominent role in the next book. *Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced copy!
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  • Cinthia
    January 1, 1970
    How did I Start from book 3? Anyways. Delaney and Grant are such a great couple. I liked how the whole romance developed. I didn't like Grants mother. She needs lots and lots of help. I didn't like that grant quickly made assumptions about Delaney and I really felt bad for the turmoil Delaney had to go through but I did LOVE the happy ending.
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  • Irene
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsLove Me Sweet was a fun light hearted romantic read.I enjoyed the characters, they were very likable and made this such an entertaining read.Highly recommend Love Me Sweet, I'll be going back to read the other books in the Bell Harbor series.Thank you Montlake Romance via Netgalley for the advance copy.
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  • ~nikki the recovering book addict
    January 1, 1970
    So sweet!Loved the book! Delaney is such a sweetheart and Grant is, simply put, a hottie!! I like the fact that the celebrity family is in essence a loving family, even if her mom always has an eye on the ratings.
  • June
    January 1, 1970
    This book made me laugh a bit. The mixup in the house rental was great. And it was fun to watch the relationship develop between the main characters Delaney and Grant.
  • Stacey
    January 1, 1970
    Delaney is a “celebrity” of a Kardashian-esque world. Grant is an adventurous jungle cameraman. Their worlds collide, almost literally and a whole world of crazy follows. The secondary characters were adorable and it was cool to get a follow up to the main characters in the second book of this series. I struggled with Delaney and Grant both. They both had lots of problems to work through and gettin involved didn’t make those problems go away. I found Delaney to be mostly likeable, but Grant is s Delaney is a “celebrity” of a Kardashian-esque world. Grant is an adventurous jungle cameraman. Their worlds collide, almost literally and a whole world of crazy follows. The secondary characters were adorable and it was cool to get a follow up to the main characters in the second book of this series. I struggled with Delaney and Grant both. They both had lots of problems to work through and gettin involved didn’t make those problems go away. I found Delaney to be mostly likeable, but Grant is still meh for me. The epilogue tied up loose ends but more time should have passed. This third book in the series wasn’t as funny or heart-warming as the first two books were, but still worth a read!
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  • Jen_C
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars rounded up. Some great banter and situations that are like a comedy of errors. I dropped half a star due to the overuse of gimmicks that pulled me out of the story (her annoying "hiccups, the "hick" speak used by the southerners, and way too numerous Elvis details). Those things took away from building the story and the chemistry of the main characters (for me anyway).Enjoyable read.
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  • Jane
    January 1, 1970
    4 “Spandex pantsuits” Stars From the first chapter the story is sweet and spicy. The heat if the hero and heroine is present from the opening chapter and continues to grow throughout the book. Lots of funny characters keep the story light. If you like love tender and love true then this elvis inspired (at times) novel is for you.
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  • Charmaine Young
    January 1, 1970
    Had Potential This book at potential but it fell flat. There was no relationship development with the two main characters. The long trip took away from the story. I would have liked to see more of the Bel Harbor people in the story. It was good until the trip. Then, the book fell flat.
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  • PATRICIA M KARCHER
    January 1, 1970
    Sex is over rated againSomeone forgot to tell ms. Brog an that she is truly a fantastic author and the only bad part of this great move was the boring details of sex! I had to fast forward to get to the great p!of of the story. Fantastic people and location, forget the sex, I have my own sex life and don't like reading about some one else's.
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  • Lynette Fenical
    January 1, 1970
    Juicy and cute romance storyThis is a very juicy romance novel best suited for twenty year olds but I am 44 and enjoyed it a lot. The romantic build up was great and I laughed a bit throughout the book as well.
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Keeps getting betterEach book in the Bell Harbor Series gets better. I'm glad I kept on reading. This book tied up the loose ends from the second book nicely and all three books are pretty laid back reads. Perfect for the beach or in between heavy books.
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  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    Celebrity romanceIt's nice to read a perfectly predictable romance novel without a murder or mayhem. Yes the book was predictable but the characters were great and the story sweet. If you want some sappy story, this is the one for you...
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