New Adult Contemporary
Released September 2014
When a TV production company decides Dogwood, Virginia is the perfect location to shoot their new teen series Bittersweet, the town is abuzz with excitement. But twenty-one-year-old local girl Cathy Johnson has too much going on in her life to waste time being star-struck. Her mother walked out on the family when Cathy was a young girl and her brother Carl was barely out of diapers. She’s always felt a sense of responsibility to help raise him, and skipped college after graduation following her father Joe’s life-threatening heart attack. Now three years later, she works full-time in the family restaurant to help make ends meet. Life hasn’t exactly been peachy, but Cathy is OK with it. She loves her hometown, and doesn’t want some fancy TV show coming in and changing everything. To her, ‘bittersweet’ is just the word that sums up her love life after her relationship with her high school sweetheart ended in disaster. But since then she’s hardly had time to brush her hair, let alone think about romance – even the kind being played out in front of the cameras by twenty-something actors posing as teenagers.
But all that changes for Cathy when charming, intense, impossibly sexy outsider Greg Moran arrives in Dogwood along with the Bittersweet cast and crew. She and the mysterious New Yorker have undeniable chemistry, but if Cathy thought she was guarded…? Greg blows hot (very, very hot) and cold with her romantically, leaving Cathy’s head in a spin. If she’s willing to drop her emotional walls, why can’t he? What is it in Greg’s past – or present – that means he’s keeping her at arm’s length?
One thing’s for certain: Cathy and Greg are magnetically drawn to one another, but they’ll have to fight to keep their relationship from turning sour.
If it’s hard to let go of the past, falling in love can be BITTERSWEET…
Bittersweet is a tension and angst-filled new adult romance, the debut work of author Sunday James. I have to say-for a debut, this story is pretty well done. The writing flows well and the characters were very well written, feeling like they could have been people I would know.
The main female lead, Cathy, is a strong and independent young woman and the main male lead, Greg, is sexy but has a shadowed side that has him bouncing back and forth from hot and feisty to aloof and detached. This leads to some stress in their developing relationship that exists for most of the story.
I love the secondary character of Maxine, Cathy's best friend-she's funny and supportive, if a bit star-struck and fan-girly at times.
There were some spots in the book that did drag a bit for me, seeming like those areas were just filler, but for the most part everything moved along nicely. I don't want to give away anything, and it feels like anything I could say about particular areas of the book would do that. Suffice to say, Bittersweet is a good story that will keep your interest and have you hooked to read the next up in the series so you can see where Cathy and Greg's journey goes from here.
I wavered between 3.5 and 4 stars, so I'll split it to 3.75...and I'd recommend this for all NA romance fans 18+. A great job for a debut story!
About the Author
Sunday James is the pen name of author Sareeta Domingo, when writing the New Adult contemporary romance series BITTERSWEET. She lives in London and works as an editor at creative book packager Hothouse Fiction, squeezing writing into her mornings, evenings and weekends – but promises she has a life…
She loves all things American – literature, history, popular culture – so much so that she even lived and studied in California, but somehow missed out on being swept off her feet by a devastatingly handsome but mysterious actor while she was there. Luckily, writing BITTERSWEET has allowed her to live that dream.
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