Title: How Sweet It Is
Author: Dylan Newton
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
First published: July 13th 2021
Publisher: Forever
Finished reading: April 30th 2021
Pages: 352

“People like to label others. It makes them feel as if they know you, or at least, they know in which box you belong.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Forever in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***


I’m always on the hunt for good contemporaries and romance stories to read in between my thrillers, and I knew that I wanted to read How Sweet It Is as soon as I read the blurb. The promise of having a writer as one of the main characters and an ‘opposites attract’ trope all wrapped up in a romantic comedy sounded like a perfect match… And it definitely turned out to be everything I hoped it would be and more. I literally read How Sweet It Is in one sitting, unable to stop myself from turning those pages as this was exactly the dose of uplifting and fun romance I was craving.

I always enjoy a bookish element in my stories, and I just love how big of a role bookish elements play in this book. Not only do we have a writer as one of the main characters and love interest, but we also have the whole book launch organization as well as the development (and even some chapter bites) of the ‘secret’ project he is working on. The whole plot is built around this book launch, and I liked how everything was developed… And the so-called secret writing project really gave the story more dimension.

Key in this type of stories are the characters, and I have to say that I was able to warm up to both Kate and Drake immediately. There might have been some cliches involved, but I personally didn’t mind as they were just so likeable and I really liked their chemistry together. Their development was a delight to follow, and they were the perfect stars for this romantic comedy. I didn’t even mind the steamy scenes that much when they finally arrived, which is basically a miracle! How Sweet It Is is mostly slowburn romance though and not that steamy as a whole if you cut out a certain ‘hotspot’. All in all 95% my kind of romance! Another bonus: most of the secondary characters were lovely as well, and we even have a dog playing a minor role in the story too.

In short, if you are looking for an engaging and uplifting romantic comedy with a bookish element and easy to like characters, I can highly recommend How Sweet It Is. As the title already suggests, the story is very sweet indeed and oh so fun to read!

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