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What happens when the queen of romance falls for the king of horror--you get "a hilarious rom-com romp," perfect for fans of Beach Read. (Kirkus, starred review) Event planner Kate Sweet is famous for creating the perfect happily-ever-after moment for her clients’ dream weddings. So how is it that her best friend has roped her into planning a bestselling horror writer’s boo What happens when the queen of romance falls for the king of horror--you get "a hilarious rom-com romp," perfect for fans of Beach Read. (Kirkus, starred review) Event planner Kate Sweet is famous for creating the perfect happily-ever-after moment for her clients’ dream weddings. So how is it that her best friend has roped her into planning a bestselling horror writer’s book launch extravaganza? But the second Kate meets—or rather, accidentally maims—the drop-dead-hot Drake Matthews, her well-ordered life quickly transforms into an absolute nightmare. Drake Matthews is tired of the spotlight and tired of his reputation as the Knight of Nightmares. He's really a nice guy! But he’s not prepared for Kate, a fearless agent of chaos in steel-tipped stilettos, or for that sweet sting of attraction he feels for her. She’s inspiring him to take his writing in a whole new direction—one that no one expects. Because now Kate and Drake are changing up the rules, and this plot twist might just surprise everyone . . . including themselves. "Fans of The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston, Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert, and Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur will adore How Sweet It Is!" --The Nerd Daily As featured in: PopSugar: Must-Read July Books PopSugar: 12 Swoonworthy Romances to Read in One Sitting


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What happens when the queen of romance falls for the king of horror--you get "a hilarious rom-com romp," perfect for fans of Beach Read. (Kirkus, starred review) Event planner Kate Sweet is famous for creating the perfect happily-ever-after moment for her clients’ dream weddings. So how is it that her best friend has roped her into planning a bestselling horror writer’s boo What happens when the queen of romance falls for the king of horror--you get "a hilarious rom-com romp," perfect for fans of Beach Read. (Kirkus, starred review) Event planner Kate Sweet is famous for creating the perfect happily-ever-after moment for her clients’ dream weddings. So how is it that her best friend has roped her into planning a bestselling horror writer’s book launch extravaganza? But the second Kate meets—or rather, accidentally maims—the drop-dead-hot Drake Matthews, her well-ordered life quickly transforms into an absolute nightmare. Drake Matthews is tired of the spotlight and tired of his reputation as the Knight of Nightmares. He's really a nice guy! But he’s not prepared for Kate, a fearless agent of chaos in steel-tipped stilettos, or for that sweet sting of attraction he feels for her. She’s inspiring him to take his writing in a whole new direction—one that no one expects. Because now Kate and Drake are changing up the rules, and this plot twist might just surprise everyone . . . including themselves. "Fans of The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston, Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert, and Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur will adore How Sweet It Is!" --The Nerd Daily As featured in: PopSugar: Must-Read July Books PopSugar: 12 Swoonworthy Romances to Read in One Sitting

30 review for How Sweet It Is

  1. 5 out of 5

    Regina

    Seasonal readers, here's your non-spooky Halloween romance! Let’s say it’s October. You’ve just come back from a pumpkin patch, poured a cup of apple cider, settled into your favorite chair, and are looking for a light rom-com to read as a palate cleanser from all the horror you’ve been bingeing. How Sweet It Is, Dylan Newton’s debut novel, is a "forced proximity" romance that fits that bill. 34-year-old event planner Kate Sweet (get it, her name is Sweet so the book is called How Sweet It Is 🙄) l Seasonal readers, here's your non-spooky Halloween romance! Let’s say it’s October. You’ve just come back from a pumpkin patch, poured a cup of apple cider, settled into your favorite chair, and are looking for a light rom-com to read as a palate cleanser from all the horror you’ve been bingeing. How Sweet It Is, Dylan Newton’s debut novel, is a "forced proximity" romance that fits that bill. 34-year-old event planner Kate Sweet (get it, her name is Sweet so the book is called How Sweet It Is 🙄) lands a gig organizing a book launch party for a famous writer named Drake Matthews. (Side note: Drake has two brothers names Zander and Ryker. So yes, this is the type of contemporary romance where the characters are called Drake, Zander and Ryker. 😬) Anyway, the plot is essentially “The Queen of Happily Ever Afters” meets “The Knight of Nightmares.” Their meet cute walks the line between funny and silly, Drake’s character is pretty charming, and the ending is satisfying. (Speaking of satisfaction, there’s one fairly spicy chapter that was a little too much for my taste but may be tame for others. 🙈) How Sweet It Is isn’t groundbreaking literature, but I don’t think anyone expects it to be. While I thought many of the plot elements were ridiculously unrealistic, I’d still recommend this to rom-com readers who love all those Hallmark-type holiday movies and will get a kick out of a Halloween setting instead of Christmas. 3.5 stars My thanks to Forever and the author for my gifted advance copy to review via NetGalley. 🎃 👻💀

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Great laugh out loud, exhilarating rom-com! An absolutely sweet event planner Kate as like her last name wants to help her best friend Imani to organize the tempting horror author Drake Matthew’s book launch with bunch of creepy/ exaggerated ideas like author’s appearance in a coffin surrounded by fog bombs resembling reincarnation of Dracula! But unfortunately their first pitch meeting with the author doesn’t go as it’s planned! As soon as she sets foot on the entrance of his creepy Victorian Great laugh out loud, exhilarating rom-com! An absolutely sweet event planner Kate as like her last name wants to help her best friend Imani to organize the tempting horror author Drake Matthew’s book launch with bunch of creepy/ exaggerated ideas like author’s appearance in a coffin surrounded by fog bombs resembling reincarnation of Dracula! But unfortunately their first pitch meeting with the author doesn’t go as it’s planned! As soon as she sets foot on the entrance of his creepy Victorian mansion rumored filled with ghosts, she finds herself climbing on Drake just like a chimpanzee, giving quiet satisfying view to the neighbors! But her intentions were so innocent. She just wanted to protect for herself from Drake’s giant dog which is actually a puppy but it’s still intimidating enough for her not to climb down from him! And one thing leads to another catastrophe: poor Kate finds herself under passing out Drake lying on the floor as her best friend Imani accompanied by Evan Everstone who is one of the judge of prestigious EVPLEX awards she’s dying to win as a milestone of her entrepreneurship, enters the living room to find them! We learn that Evan and Drake have a long time beef related Drake’s soul sucking ex who betrayed his trust! As soon as Drake wakes up he fires trio urgently. Kate gets panicked and she gathers her wits to form up a plan to win Imani’s client back! When she returns back to his mansion to apologize, Drake decides to give her a second chance with the pressure of his family. But he also wants her help his last novel research. Actually it seems like win-win situation because meeting with Kate already helped him to fight against his writer block and gave him inspiration he needed so badly. He plans to do something so risky, keeping it secret from everyone including his family: he’s working on a romance novel and Kate already became his muse. As two starts spending more time together, they discover some many things about each other including Kate’s entire family put pressure on her to become a doctor like them. Overall: Kate was lovely, honest, selfless, creative, witty character I truly loved. Also I enjoyed to see Drake’s inner romantic who tries to learn who to create awww moments like Kate. It’s easy to read, enjoy! The chemistry of the duo was good enough. Some parts are truly funny like romantic appointment at the tomb ruined by bats. I’m rounding up 3.5 stars to 4 sweet, sassy, laugh out loud, glittery stars! Special thanks to NetGalley and Forever/ Grand Central Publishing for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest thoughts.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kim ~ It’s time to get spooky

    Cuteness alert! 🥳This is just the book I needed as a feel good pick me up!❤️ Kate Sweet is an even planner...not a party planner...don't make that mistake people. 😂Kate doesn't like that title at all! Highly successful she has become a force to be reckoned with.. Super sweet as her name implies...but at all of 5'1...she throws on her stilettos 👠and stands tall..because she knows it's hard to get people to take her seriously...I hear ya Kate..I am I am 5'1 too! 🙌👯 When she is hired to launch Drake M Cuteness alert! 🥳This is just the book I needed as a feel good pick me up!❤️ Kate Sweet is an even planner...not a party planner...don't make that mistake people. 😂Kate doesn't like that title at all! Highly successful she has become a force to be reckoned with.. Super sweet as her name implies...but at all of 5'1...she throws on her stilettos 👠and stands tall..because she knows it's hard to get people to take her seriously...I hear ya Kate..I am I am 5'1 too! 🙌👯 When she is hired to launch Drake Matthews latest horror book...well it starts out rocky...let's just say it may involve a tetanus shot..🤭😳 As the planning ensues..we get to see that the Knight of Nightmares might be...a dream come true...dog lover, writer, his mom makes the best cupcakes🧁...what more could a girl want?! 🤷‍♀️ Will Drake and Kate seal the deal 💋or keep it strictly professional??!! Ohh Drake...if I could have a book boyfriend...it would definitely be you!! 😂😉 Sooo sweet! Pardon the pun! Adorable, fun..it just warmed my heart! ❤️ If you could have a book boyfriend, who would it be? Do you love cupcakes as much as I do??😂🧁 Huge shoutout to Forever Pub for my gifted copy! I loved it🥰🥰🥰

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    I had high hopes for this one after seeing stellar early reviews from a bunch of people I trust, but this one fell pretty flat for me and I am hella bummed about it. This is a romance between an event planner (my dream job tbh) and a young, hot, Stephen King-esque horror author and everything about that sounds like it would be PERFECT for me. Unfortunately, if I'm being honest, the romance in this felt really undercooked and hindered what little enjoyment I may have felt in the first few chapter I had high hopes for this one after seeing stellar early reviews from a bunch of people I trust, but this one fell pretty flat for me and I am hella bummed about it. This is a romance between an event planner (my dream job tbh) and a young, hot, Stephen King-esque horror author and everything about that sounds like it would be PERFECT for me. Unfortunately, if I'm being honest, the romance in this felt really undercooked and hindered what little enjoyment I may have felt in the first few chapters of the story. I never felt much chemistry between the two main characters and the rest of the story as whole was never really able to pull me in after that and I am so, so sad about it. The biggest womp :( CW: mentions of suicide and domestic abuse

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    What happens when the Queen of Happily Ever Afters meets the Knight of Nightmares? Well, the actual moment they met is pretty ridiculous. You should still read this story about Kate Sweet (an event planner) and Drake Matthews (a well-known author) though, because it's a fun rom-com. Some parts are adorable, while others are absurd. Overall, it's heartwarming and entertaining. It's a story about love, friendship, and family. This would be a fun read any time of the year, but especially during fall What happens when the Queen of Happily Ever Afters meets the Knight of Nightmares? Well, the actual moment they met is pretty ridiculous. You should still read this story about Kate Sweet (an event planner) and Drake Matthews (a well-known author) though, because it's a fun rom-com. Some parts are adorable, while others are absurd. Overall, it's heartwarming and entertaining. It's a story about love, friendship, and family. This would be a fun read any time of the year, but especially during fall 🍂🎃. 3.5/4

  6. 4 out of 5

    Madison Warner Fairbanks

    How Sweet It Is by Dylan Newton Contemporary romantic comedy. Kate loves her spreadsheet details. It keeps her organized and on time for her Events business. Meeting her new client, Drake, has chaos reigning and unexpected results. Drake has been struggling to write his next horror novel. Kate’s unexpected interruptions in his life wakes up his creativity in writing. Having her in his house wakes up other appetites too. Captivating. Watching the romance grow was delicious. Heat level low. I’m now o How Sweet It Is by Dylan Newton Contemporary romantic comedy. Kate loves her spreadsheet details. It keeps her organized and on time for her Events business. Meeting her new client, Drake, has chaos reigning and unexpected results. Drake has been struggling to write his next horror novel. Kate’s unexpected interruptions in his life wakes up his creativity in writing. Having her in his house wakes up other appetites too. Captivating. Watching the romance grow was delicious. Heat level low. I’m now on the hunt for more by this author. Excerpt: “Kate. His mind still whirred with the electric zing of their first encounter. His fingers itched to be on the keyboard, capturing the details while they were still fresh and visceral. He remembered the smooth heat of her upper thighs, the floral scent of her hair, the way her eyes gazed up at him like he was some sort of superhero, when all he’d done was pick her up out of the mucky grass so she wouldn’t break an ankle. He recalled his sense of awe when he’d come around after passing out and found himself on top of her. The feel of her silky auburn hair in his hands, the sprinkle of freckles across her nose, the way she looked up at him, her green eyes wide—all of it had goosed his muse into overdrive. He wanted to start typing. He knew exactly what to do now with his hero when he first meets the woman he’s to marry. He’d write about how they literally ran into each other; the plot device allowing for forced intimacy, bringing his characters together faster…” Excerpt from How Sweet it is by Dylan Newton I received a copy of this from NetGalley. I also purchased a copy to share.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    A sweet romcom with a dash of horror. Event planner Kate and horror author Drake’s meet cute was more scary than cute. Scary embarrassing that is and super hilarious! Kate has been hired by Drake‘s Publisher to plan his upcoming book launch and he is wanting nothing to do with it. Kate is determined though she’s got a lot to prove to herself, to her family, and to the event industry. What a fun book! Stilettos, mausoleums, bats, helicopters, waterfalls, and so much more! Kate is a character you’ A sweet romcom with a dash of horror. Event planner Kate and horror author Drake’s meet cute was more scary than cute. Scary embarrassing that is and super hilarious! Kate has been hired by Drake‘s Publisher to plan his upcoming book launch and he is wanting nothing to do with it. Kate is determined though she’s got a lot to prove to herself, to her family, and to the event industry. What a fun book! Stilettos, mausoleums, bats, helicopters, waterfalls, and so much more! Kate is a character you’ll want to be friends with and Drake is such a great guy. The Romance developed at a good pace and felt real. Loved the fall vibes even though it is the middle of the summer. I’m thinking this might be the beginning of a series because Drake has two pretty amazing brothers, keeping fingers crossed. This book in emojis 👠 📚 🪦 🦇 💧 🎃 💀 *** Big thank you to Forever for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

  8. 5 out of 5

    CristiinaReads❀

    New author, new adventures between Drake and Kate that an avid romance reader will truly love... Color me surprised because I started this book with a small percentage of anticipation from the small hype it received on Instagram. With that being said, when starting it already I had a trigger because it is in the third pov, not my cup of tea but the story started evolving and I truly did appreciate it and felt some flutters in my stomach when it came down to Kate and Drake. These were just MEA New author, new adventures between Drake and Kate that an avid romance reader will truly love... Color me surprised because I started this book with a small percentage of anticipation from the small hype it received on Instagram. With that being said, when starting it already I had a trigger because it is in the third pov, not my cup of tea but the story started evolving and I truly did appreciate it and felt some flutters in my stomach when it came down to Kate and Drake. These were just MEANT to be on paper. Though this is a considered a romance, I would call it a chick flick type of trope as well. You get a lot of excitement when it comes down to Kate's life evolution, not only when it comes down to her romance but also her independent self and her career. As a new author to me and this being the only book by hers that I have read, and her writing style has caught my eye for sure. Not my usual type of trope and "meet cute" but it was refreshing and loved it! ARC kindly provided by Forever Romance, in exchange for an honest review... Follow Me On: Instagram ♕ Twitter

  9. 4 out of 5

    abigailscupoftea

    “what happens when the queen of romance falls for the king of horror?” 🎃 this book was so cute! if you’re looking for an autumnal romance for the month of october, look no further! this story delivers all the sweet and cozy feels. 🧡🍂✨

  10. 4 out of 5

    Helen Power

    TLDR: This is a cute read, recommended to those who need an escape this summer. ~Full Review~ If you’re looking for a sweet, zero angst, fun book, then this is the one for you! The plot is very much like that of a Hallmark movie--with some humor, the setting of a small town just outside of New York City, and adorable interactions between the hero and the heroine. Kate Sweet works as an event planner, and her primary focus is on planning Cinderella-like weddings for her clients. The book TLDR: This is a cute read, recommended to those who need an escape this summer. ~Full Review~ If you’re looking for a sweet, zero angst, fun book, then this is the one for you! The plot is very much like that of a Hallmark movie--with some humor, the setting of a small town just outside of New York City, and adorable interactions between the hero and the heroine. Kate Sweet works as an event planner, and her primary focus is on planning Cinderella-like weddings for her clients. The book opens when her best friend, a publicist for a book publisher, reaches out to her for help. She has to plan an infamous horror author’s book launch party in only thirty days. Kate agrees to do this, but this type of event is a lot... spookier than what she’s used to… Right off the bat, the first chapter sets the tone for the book. Despite the implications that the book’s description gives, there’s very little conflict in this book. It’s light and airy, and despite the hero being a horror novelist, there is absolutely no gore or scary bits (unless you consider accidentally making a child cry at a pumpkin carving contest horror). Despite the lack of a fear factor, this book is chock-full of second-hand embarrassment-inducing scenes. If something can go wrong, Kate messes it up. Kate is ordinarily very organized. She’s an event planner, after all, and she takes pride in having everything she plans go down without a hitch. But from the moment she takes this assignment, everything seems to go wrong. Kate and Drake’s first meeting is just like this - with a humorous misunderstanding and some physical comedy thrown into the mix. Drake is used to being stereotyped. He’s a horror author, people think his house is haunted, and they generally either worship him or call him a freak show. But he’s far from his nickname the Knight of Nightmares. He’s just a guy who likes to write stories that scare people. Because this book is set in the month of October, and the book launch happens on Halloween, this is a perfect read for the autumn. I’m surprised that the cover is the way that it is--why doesn’t it represent the contents of the book at all? Kate herself would be offended that the book cover has streamers and balloons. She’s an event planner, not a party planner, which she reminds characters frequently throughout the book. The cover should have some pumpkins, maybe a representation of the animatronic spider she was so dead-set on getting for the launch, maybe a cutesy little ghost or a backdrop of Drake’s grandmother’s beautiful Victorian house. Honestly, the event planning aspect of the book was quite interesting. The entire time, I was low key jealous of Drake’s book launch and just how big of an ordeal it was going to be. All in all, this is a cute read, recommended to those who need an escape this summer. *Thank you to the publisher, Netgalley, and the author for the ebook to review* This review appeared first on https://powerlibrarian.wordpress.com/ Instagram | Blog | Website | Twitter My 2021 Reading Challenge

  11. 5 out of 5

    Fareya

    My reviewer brain has been a bit askew lately, so I haven't been writing very coherent reviews, hopefully it's just a phase that'll be over soon. But, I am reading well and still have plenty of recommendations. I recently read and loved How Sweet It Is by Dylan Newton and want you to read it too, especially if you love a good rom-com. So, instead of a proper review, I'd like to list three reasons why this should be on your TBR. 1. A love story between an event planner aka Queen of Happily Ever Af My reviewer brain has been a bit askew lately, so I haven't been writing very coherent reviews, hopefully it's just a phase that'll be over soon. But, I am reading well and still have plenty of recommendations. I recently read and loved How Sweet It Is by Dylan Newton and want you to read it too, especially if you love a good rom-com. So, instead of a proper review, I'd like to list three reasons why this should be on your TBR. 1. A love story between an event planner aka Queen of Happily Ever Afters and a horror writer known as Knight of Nightmares, whose absolutely hilarious first meeting had me cackling like crazy, forget meet-cute it's all about meet-hilarity now 2. The perfect Halloween setting, there's an old Victorian house, cold and rain, a trip to the mausoleum, coffins and bats and believe it or not, a romance brewing. 3. Funny moments, awkward forced proximity, sweet chemistry, ex-drama and conflict, solid secondary characterization and the most swoon-worthy epilogue. Definitely consider adding How Sweet It Is to your Fall TBR, particularly if sweet romances are your thing. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to more books by this author. **A free paperback copy was provided by ReadForeverPub in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own**

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sofie |

    Thank you NetGalley for the e-ARC for review! ____ Love is probably the only thing on this planet worth fighting for. Worth losing everything for. You’re a fool if you let pride stand in your way. What do you get when The Queen of Happily Ever After meets the knight of Nightmares? Sparks. Kate Sweet is an event planner who, as a favour to her best friend, agrees to plan a book launch for one of the most prolific horror writers in the world. But he's certainly not what the rumours make him out to Thank you NetGalley for the e-ARC for review! ____ Love is probably the only thing on this planet worth fighting for. Worth losing everything for. You’re a fool if you let pride stand in your way. What do you get when The Queen of Happily Ever After meets the knight of Nightmares? Sparks. Kate Sweet is an event planner who, as a favour to her best friend, agrees to plan a book launch for one of the most prolific horror writers in the world. But he's certainly not what the rumours make him out to be. Can Kate and Drake keep their relationship professional, even as their feelings grow? This book oozes with cheese. I know, I know, it's chick-lit ~romance~, what do you expect? And How Sweet It Is definitely delivers! The book really found its groove about halfway through. The romance build-up was believable (thanks to a few time jumps, rather than having our leads fall head over heels in, like, a week), and the drama made sense to the story. Sure, there were a few moments of doubt from Kate and Drake where they presumably couldn't tell for sure how the other felt about them - when it was pretty dang obvious - but other than that, I really believed the final conflict. Kate, who never wants to let anyone down, who has something to prove after not following in her parents footsteps, and Drake, who was screwed over by his ex and terrified of rejection. The first half of the book, however, dragged. I found it too expositional for my taste. There's a fine line between having characters that ramble and having long speeches of needless description, and both Kate and Drake crossed it a few too many times for it to be a passed off as a character trait. Honestly, this was nearly a DNF for me until things started to pick up, and I don't DNF things lightly. All that said, and despite the obvious issues, I enjoyed both Drake's and Kate's character. Kate didn't step down when faced with challenges (or a slimy ex), and Drake was just so dang sweet. Maybe it's the reader in me, or maybe it's one of those quirks people don't like to admit, but I write/act out scenes in my head, too. I wish there had been a bit more character development. I think that's the trade-off when writing a dual-POV, 3rd person novel; everything was very plot-based, and readers don't really get the chance to see characters deal with their own faults, their own insecurities, their own feelings. It makes them seem a bit one-dimensional. Overall, a fine romance, a quick fluff read that tickles your fancy.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Stacee

    This one started out so strong, but sadly didn’t work for me. I really liked Kate and Drake. They’re both good people who are doing things they love. Kate has an excellent BFF and Drake’s family was fantastic. However, there was no chemistry between Kate and Drake and I wasn’t invested in their relationship at all. Plot wise, it was a little boring. The rush of the book launch didn’t add the pressure I was expecting it to, instead made the story filled with long passages of decoration descriptio This one started out so strong, but sadly didn’t work for me. I really liked Kate and Drake. They’re both good people who are doing things they love. Kate has an excellent BFF and Drake’s family was fantastic. However, there was no chemistry between Kate and Drake and I wasn’t invested in their relationship at all. Plot wise, it was a little boring. The rush of the book launch didn’t add the pressure I was expecting it to, instead made the story filled with long passages of decoration description. I kept reading because I was curious to see what the conflict was going to be and it was over the top and resolved in just a few pages… Overall, I had high hopes for this one, but I didn’t read the spark I was wanting to see. **Huge thanks to the publisher for providing the arc free of charge**

  14. 4 out of 5

    book bruin

    CW: mentions of suicide and domestic violence/physical abuse, military related injury resulting in amputation, blood/stitches How Sweet It Is was a cute and fun romcom, but it also addressed some emotional topics as well. I thought that balance was well done, getting the point across without being overly preachy or in your face. The book features one of the most hilarious (and painful) meet cutes that I've read in a while and I don't think I will look at stilettos the same way ever again. Read thi CW: mentions of suicide and domestic violence/physical abuse, military related injury resulting in amputation, blood/stitches How Sweet It Is was a cute and fun romcom, but it also addressed some emotional topics as well. I thought that balance was well done, getting the point across without being overly preachy or in your face. The book features one of the most hilarious (and painful) meet cutes that I've read in a while and I don't think I will look at stilettos the same way ever again. Read this one if you: - are a fan of grumps who are ooey gooey cinnamon rolls on the inside - enjoy tropes like enemies to friends to lovers, forced proximity, and taboo/forbidden - love meddling (but well intentioned) family members (Patty, Zander, and Ryker were the best!) - want to laugh out loud - ever wondered what the inside of a crypt is like, including past and present inhabitants ;) I really enjoyed the chemistry and build up between Drake and Kate, but I did feel that the drama caused by his ex and the conflict at the end felt a bit forced. I'm glad it was resolved quickly, but more groveling was definitely needed after that blow up. Overall, an entertaining read and the epilogue gave me my own 'Aww!' moment. I'm hoping more books for the Matthews brothers are in the works! *I voluntarily read an advance review copy of this book*

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Louise

    I already love an opposites-attract romance, but the coming together of the "Queen of Happily Ever Afters" with the "Knight of Nightmares" was the blend of sweet and spooky that I didn't know I needed. It was so fun! As event planner Kate Sweet is hired to design a book launch for Drake Matthews, renowned horror author, their relationship begins to develop beyond just decor and spreadsheets. From their disastrous, hilarious initial meeting, to their unconventional adventures (the crypt scene was I already love an opposites-attract romance, but the coming together of the "Queen of Happily Ever Afters" with the "Knight of Nightmares" was the blend of sweet and spooky that I didn't know I needed. It was so fun! As event planner Kate Sweet is hired to design a book launch for Drake Matthews, renowned horror author, their relationship begins to develop beyond just decor and spreadsheets. From their disastrous, hilarious initial meeting, to their unconventional adventures (the crypt scene was my favourite!), this romance was quirky in all the right places. Drake, known for his seemingly haunted house and horrifying words, was a misunderstood character that I simply wanted to hug. While he and Kate appear polar opposites, together they were such a perfect balance. I'm so happy to know there's more to come in this new series!

  16. 5 out of 5

    TJ *Book Twins Reviews*

    This was definitely a super SWEET read! It was quick, fun, and overall entertaining! An impressive debut! I’d definitely pick up more books in this series. Hopefully, we get the brothers’ stories. Way to go Dylan Newton! Here’s what I loved: Great characters - Drake and Kate are both professionals thrown together (literally) for a job. I enjoyed getting to know them Funny moments Super fun secondary characters Great storyline So why the missing star? The way these two meet is a train wreck. It skir This was definitely a super SWEET read! It was quick, fun, and overall entertaining! An impressive debut! I’d definitely pick up more books in this series. Hopefully, we get the brothers’ stories. Way to go Dylan Newton! Here’s what I loved: Great characters - Drake and Kate are both professionals thrown together (literally) for a job. I enjoyed getting to know them Funny moments Super fun secondary characters Great storyline So why the missing star? The way these two meet is a train wreck. It skirted just a smidge past funny once the hits kept coming. The writing was surprisingly good for a debut, but there were a few odd phrasing choices. And the wrap up with “bad guy” just didn’t fit, IMO. Mind you, these are all personal preferences and highly subjective opinions. At the end of the day, the book is well written and a super engaging read. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to readers looking for a sweet and funny romance! Thank you so much Forever/ GCP for the Netgalley review copy. 4 solid stars For more of my reviews: My Blog: Book Twins Reviews Facebook Blog Page Twitter Subscribe to Blog

  17. 4 out of 5

    Krista The Romantiquarian

    The title sums this book up quite perfectly - How sweet it is. There was just a smidgeon of heat that made this slightly too inappropriate for hallmark (in the best way😏). I really enjoyed this, it was light and fun and the characters were a joy to read. The meet-cute was more of a meet-awkward/disaster which was very entertaining. The characters Kate and Drake were incredibly likeable (even loveable). I enjoyed the career centred theme where both characters were trying to shift and grow in thei The title sums this book up quite perfectly - How sweet it is. There was just a smidgeon of heat that made this slightly too inappropriate for hallmark (in the best way😏). I really enjoyed this, it was light and fun and the characters were a joy to read. The meet-cute was more of a meet-awkward/disaster which was very entertaining. The characters Kate and Drake were incredibly likeable (even loveable). I enjoyed the career centred theme where both characters were trying to shift and grow in their own ways. Drake’s career as a horror writer, dubbed the knight of nightmares, paired with his sweet side was so lovely to read. I loved that Kate’s career goals and aspirations weren’t seen as a downside or even a problem in any way. Drake’s response to her concerns was *chef’s kiss* perfection. You made me swoon Drake! You made me swoon. Tropes: ✨Forced proximity ✨Insta-love (which I didn’t mind in this case) ✨Somewhat of a fake relationship (more of a fake circumstance) but I really enjoyed the clandestine aspect that was happening. So cute and swoony. If you need a feel good pick me up, an ice cream after a heavy meal, read this. Thank you to Forever publishing and netgalley for this arc in exchange for my honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Brinley

    This book was absolutely adorable! It was a total impulse read, I just saw it while scrolling, and decided it looked decent. I needed something light and fluffy, and that fulfilled my craving perfectly! My favorite thing about this was definitely the romance. It was cute, and had me hooked. It was insta-love, but it didn't bother me too much. I was too busy laughing at all of the ridiculous interactions our main characters had. Seriously, their meet-cute was more of a meet-disaster. It was all i This book was absolutely adorable! It was a total impulse read, I just saw it while scrolling, and decided it looked decent. I needed something light and fluffy, and that fulfilled my craving perfectly! My favorite thing about this was definitely the romance. It was cute, and had me hooked. It was insta-love, but it didn't bother me too much. I was too busy laughing at all of the ridiculous interactions our main characters had. Seriously, their meet-cute was more of a meet-disaster. It was all in good fun though! I also really loved both of our characters. The way that both of their careers tied in was perfect, and it added an element I absolutely adored. I also loved that they talked about things. The miscommunication trope in books irritates me, so I was happy that this book stayed away from that. I was in the mood for a sweet read, and this was the perfect book for that! It had me laughing super often, and I absolutely loved the romance! Thanks to Netgalley for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Heather~ Nature.books.and.coffee

    I thought this was really light, and sweet romcom. Really great for a debut and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I actually really loved the main characters. An event planner who plans weddings is now planning a horror novelists book launch party, thanks to her friend. I thought it such a unique premise for their 2 careers to come together in this way. I was laughing quite a few times and loved the instalove connection they had. Pick this up of you want something light to read at the beach, or even in t I thought this was really light, and sweet romcom. Really great for a debut and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I actually really loved the main characters. An event planner who plans weddings is now planning a horror novelists book launch party, thanks to her friend. I thought it such a unique premise for their 2 careers to come together in this way. I was laughing quite a few times and loved the instalove connection they had. Pick this up of you want something light to read at the beach, or even in the fall around halloween would be perfect too, since it does take place in NY in the fall! Very enjoyable, and funny. Thank you to the publisher for the gifted copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    How Sweet It Is is a quick, sweet romance. This story was interesting because it was from both of their perspectives. I loved that he's a horror writer who writes romances while she's a party planner. The writer integrated both characters' jobs to create a great story. It was wonderful to see Kate and Drake's romance blossom in such a short time. A fun, engaging read with a hint of spookiness. Thank you to Netgalley for the ARC of this book. This was an honest review. How Sweet It Is is a quick, sweet romance. This story was interesting because it was from both of their perspectives. I loved that he's a horror writer who writes romances while she's a party planner. The writer integrated both characters' jobs to create a great story. It was wonderful to see Kate and Drake's romance blossom in such a short time. A fun, engaging read with a hint of spookiness. Thank you to Netgalley for the ARC of this book. This was an honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    On the Same Page

    ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Even though I read a lot of romance, I'm pretty particular about the kind of books I enjoy. Unfortunately, this one was a miss. There's nothing really wrong with the characters, they just don't stand out and don't have much in the way of chemistry. I did like the idea of Drake being a horror author who secretly wants to write historical romances, but he frequently thinks about how ridiculous it is that he's writing ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Even though I read a lot of romance, I'm pretty particular about the kind of books I enjoy. Unfortunately, this one was a miss. There's nothing really wrong with the characters, they just don't stand out and don't have much in the way of chemistry. I did like the idea of Drake being a horror author who secretly wants to write historical romances, but he frequently thinks about how ridiculous it is that he's writing romance (the italics appear in the book), and that was off-putting. Not exactly the kind of thing I'd expect in a romance book. Kate is a pretty typical upbeat, career-focused heroine who also has a sensitive side, although I do have to wonder how she got to where she is considering her track record of causing and then falling apart at mishaps. My biggest issue is the dialogue. It feels unnatural at times; a character will make a rude remark, for example, and nobody reacts to it. I did learn a new word though: sh-medium. Considering I'm the same age as Drake and didn't have a clue this word existed, encountering it in a conversation between him and Kate felt really strange. The way they talk and act makes them feel a lot younger than their supposed age, and the entire book would've been very believable as a romance set in high school. Then there's the drama that's sometimes just thrown in to add a little spice. The characters get super mad about something for no apparent reason, but it also blows over pretty quickly. The book is sprinkled with mentions of traumatic events that happened to side characters, but none of it is ever explored.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    Sweet Sassy Sizzling I enjoyed this fun read that kept me laughing and swooning all through the wee hours of the night. So many funny scenes and moments that I enjoyed - the characters were so fun to read about, great dialogue and banter, and of course the sizzling hot chemistry. I recommend this if you need a book to get over a reading slump and enjoy a laugh out loud engrossing read that is fast paced, quirky fun, and simply delightful and uber charming!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Rating: 5/5 I FREAKING LOVED THIS BOOK! It was such a great read and gave me the warm fuzzies that I love to have while reading a romance novel! Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down and it was hard not to enjoy. An event planner who is known for her happily ever afters meets a horror author who is known as the "knight of nightmares", and the two are a very interesting but compatible mix! You can't help but fall in love with the characters and want them to both be successful and happy! I Rating: 5/5 I FREAKING LOVED THIS BOOK! It was such a great read and gave me the warm fuzzies that I love to have while reading a romance novel! Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down and it was hard not to enjoy. An event planner who is known for her happily ever afters meets a horror author who is known as the "knight of nightmares", and the two are a very interesting but compatible mix! You can't help but fall in love with the characters and want them to both be successful and happy! I loved Kate and Drake, and you definitely will too! If you like any kind of romance with a cute, fun twist, then this is the book for you!! Thank you to @authodylannewton, @readforeverpub and @netgalley for an advanced copy of this book! I am SO glad I got the chance to read it! Looks like I have another favorite author to add to my list!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Katee

    Have you ever felt a book was written for you? That's how I feel about How Sweet It Is, the new novel from Dylan Newton. Thank you to Forever for giving me an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review. Kate Sweet is an event planner known as the Queen of Happily Ever After creating "aww" moments for all of her clients. An "aww" moment is a secret moment created for either the couple or one of people in the party to help make the moment a little more special and make you say "aww". When her f Have you ever felt a book was written for you? That's how I feel about How Sweet It Is, the new novel from Dylan Newton. Thank you to Forever for giving me an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review. Kate Sweet is an event planner known as the Queen of Happily Ever After creating "aww" moments for all of her clients. An "aww" moment is a secret moment created for either the couple or one of people in the party to help make the moment a little more special and make you say "aww". When her friend Imani reaches out to her for help with the upcoming book launch for Drake Matthews, a.k.a. the Knight of Nightmares, Kate accepts the offer since Imani is her best friend and it may help her win a prestigious award. Kate is not a horror fan but that doesn't deter her from trying to figure out the perfect "aww" moment for a horror book launch. Drake Matthews can't wait for his book launch to be complete. He hates being in the public eye and just wants to hide away in his house writing. It would be great though if the writer's block for his upcoming horror novel would go away. When he meets Kate he discovers the muse he has been missing. Kate may be the key to getting his writing back on track and Drake may be the key to Kate's event planning future but with all romances there is more in store for both of them than they could have imagined. There is just so much to love about How Sweet It Is. First it's a romance set around Halloween. Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. I love dressing up and the scares that come with it. Both things are represented in this novel but the scares are more talked about from Drake's novels than actually shown on the page. Drake Matthews is loosely based on Stephen King so it was fun to find Easter eggs hidden throughout the book for King readers. Although there aren't a lot of steamy moments between Kate and Drake, their chemistry is undeniable from their first meet-cute. I could just go on and on about this book for days. The last bit I will say it's fun to see the bond between the three Matthews brothers which will have their own books in the future. Dylan's next novel is set for Summer 2022 and will focus on another Matthews brother. If you read How Sweet It Is you can easily guess which brother it will be and who is potential love interest will be as well.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    A funny, romantic rom com for fans of clear contrasts. I loved the pure chaos of Kate and Drake working together. I love books about books too, so it was fun to see Drake’s secret project come together. While this story was definitely hard to put down and had strong romantic tension, I think the writing wasn’t as strong as some other romances I’ve read this year. It’s still a wonderful read overall - but some of the descriptions and dialogue didn’t sit right.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Janae

    A horror novelists meets an event planner who adores Happily Ever Afters and "Ahhh" moments and you get magic. Dylan Newton's debut novel was a delight. I adored the easy banter between the characters. It was a joy to reach this on my weekend away in the spa town of Baden Baden this past weekend.. This original plot and quick witted book was exactly what I needed for my solo trip. I may have stayed up until 3am one morning to finish it. Pairs perfectly with a fresh cucumber salad and a HUGE beer in A horror novelists meets an event planner who adores Happily Ever Afters and "Ahhh" moments and you get magic. Dylan Newton's debut novel was a delight. I adored the easy banter between the characters. It was a joy to reach this on my weekend away in the spa town of Baden Baden this past weekend.. This original plot and quick witted book was exactly what I needed for my solo trip. I may have stayed up until 3am one morning to finish it. Pairs perfectly with a fresh cucumber salad and a HUGE beer in a German beer garden. Great Job @dylannewton. I can't wait to read more of your work. Thank you @foreverbooks for the advanced readers copy. This book comes out next Tuesday!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    How Sweet It Is indeed!! This is such a fun, enjoyable romantic comedy with just enough spice for this reader. Horror-writer Drake Mathews and event planner, Kate Sweet are the perfect combo of salty and “sweet.” It was so apparent what a good fit these two are despite their obvious differences. Nothing that could happen with Drake’s fans could frazzle Kate and Drake’s portable job make the obvious hurdles to love melt away. I’m not a huge rom-com fan normally, but I really appreciated that this How Sweet It Is indeed!! This is such a fun, enjoyable romantic comedy with just enough spice for this reader. Horror-writer Drake Mathews and event planner, Kate Sweet are the perfect combo of salty and “sweet.” It was so apparent what a good fit these two are despite their obvious differences. Nothing that could happen with Drake’s fans could frazzle Kate and Drake’s portable job make the obvious hurdles to love melt away. I’m not a huge rom-com fan normally, but I really appreciated that this story was not over the top with silliness. Although their meet-cute totally had me laughing. This author did a great job of painting a vivid picture for her audience. I loved all the details of the town and the event plans. And, there was such terrific character development that I now want to read stories about all Drake’s brothers!! I loved that this is told in dual POV because having access to Drake’s thoughts just takes the romance to a new level! And you don’t take his once-bitten-twice-shy hesitation as disinterest. And what reader is not interested in the inner thoughts of a hot author? This book has a little bit for everyone - you will appreciate the writing as you laugh, cry (that $100?! *sob*), blush and even want to strangle Drake for a hot minute. Really enjoyed it!! I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and these are my honest opinions.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    There were many individual parts of this book that I liked, but I didn't really enjoy how they fit together. I liked both Kate and Drake individually, they were really likable and I wouldn't mind hanging out with them. However if these two were my friends there is no chance I would try to play matchmaker for them though. They are set up for a slow burn romance I found myself incredibly underwhelmed with when it finally 'heats' up. While they make for a believable team trying to set up his book e There were many individual parts of this book that I liked, but I didn't really enjoy how they fit together. I liked both Kate and Drake individually, they were really likable and I wouldn't mind hanging out with them. However if these two were my friends there is no chance I would try to play matchmaker for them though. They are set up for a slow burn romance I found myself incredibly underwhelmed with when it finally 'heats' up. While they make for a believable team trying to set up his book event and attending all the (unrelated) events Drake got her to go to, I couldn't really believe the moments that, I guess, were supposed to be romantic and relationship developing. Especially since most of these romantic moments do not get the breathing space to actually make me feel anything, as they are directly followed by some joke or awkward moment, taking me out of the situation entirely. The general tone of the book is slightly chaotic and over the top. From a series of slap-stick like injuries to his mother who's only memorable character trait is that she want's to see her son married, it feels like a caricature at times. Again, I could probably like this but paired with a very slow burn romance and low-key romantic moments, this story overall feels dissonant. I was provided an e-ARC by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    smalltownbookmom

    I really enjoyed this slow burn, dual perspective romance between an event planner and a horror writer. Kate Sweet and Drake Matthews are both struggling with the labels they've gotten stuck with. Kate wants to branch out from being just a wedding planner, while Drake has writer's block with his next horror book and wants to write a historical romance based on his grandfather's life during WWII instead. When Kate gets hired to plan Drake's book launch party, the two are forced to spend a lot of I really enjoyed this slow burn, dual perspective romance between an event planner and a horror writer. Kate Sweet and Drake Matthews are both struggling with the labels they've gotten stuck with. Kate wants to branch out from being just a wedding planner, while Drake has writer's block with his next horror book and wants to write a historical romance based on his grandfather's life during WWII instead. When Kate gets hired to plan Drake's book launch party, the two are forced to spend a lot of time together and sparks start to fly. Their "meet cute" moment is hilarious and ridiculously funny and the book has lots of Kate's trademark "aww" moments, including an impromptu trip to Niagara Falls. I loved the cast of secondary characters in this book. Drake is one of three Matthews brothers (all of whom served in the military) and I'm excited that there's going to be a book for each of them. His mother is a bakery owner with a big heart who raises money for domestic abuse survivors. So while the book is generally a light-hearted read perfect for the summer (I enjoyed my copy at the beach) - there is also some great moments of vulnerability and depth. This was a win for me and Dylan Newton is now an author I can't wait to read more from. Recommended for fans of Beach read, Talk Bookish to me, Isn't it bromantic or The wedding planner movie. Much thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my e-arc and gifted finished copies!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Aly

    "Thank you," Drake said, extending a hand to help Kate stand. "Saving the guy in distress. Again." Sweet, it absolutely was! And funny and delightful! The story is set during Fall and Halloween even make an appearance🎃👻. Kate Sweet is a successful event planner. To the great displeasure of her parents who wanted her to be in the medical field like them. When a friend, who's an author's publisist, ask her help for a work emergency, Kate end up planning the new book launch of the horror writer that "Thank you," Drake said, extending a hand to help Kate stand. "Saving the guy in distress. Again." Sweet, it absolutely was! And funny and delightful! The story is set during Fall and Halloween even make an appearance🎃👻. Kate Sweet is a successful event planner. To the great displeasure of her parents who wanted her to be in the medical field like them. When a friend, who's an author's publisist, ask her help for a work emergency, Kate end up planning the new book launch of the horror writer that the medias named the Knight of Nightmares. A meet-cute is at the start of this story where our heroine discover that Drake Matthews is far from the weirdo reputation the medias gave him and if helping him in his researchs for the next book will help fix her previous blunder then that's what she'll do. Kate and Drake were so lovable and absolutely adorable together ! One thing that always make stories even better for me is a close family and what a funny and sweet relationship does the hero have with his brothers and their mother. I'm so happy to know that one of the siblings have his HEA next.

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