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Sweet Memories (Decadent Events #1) by…

Sweet Memories (Decadent Events #1)

by Steena Holmes

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Sweet Memories is a genuinely sweet love story, with the taste of salted chocolate blending emotions perfectly. Family angst and tragedy form the backdrop to a wonderful anniversary party, with the daughter-in-law eagerly making things perfect for others while everything’s torn apart for herself.

Tess’s dream marriage is broken, her husband gone and even his parents don’t know why. Torn between wanting him back and giving up on him, Tess is stuck. She has dreams, but can she follow them now, alone? And she has friends, but no-one will ever take Jude’s place.

Jude, meanwhile, is coming home to repair his world, only to find even more of it breaking up. Seeing both Jude’s and Tess’s point of view, readers are invited to watch their mis-communication, so achingly real, and hope for improvement. Since Sweet Memories is sweet, of course, the improvement will come. But first there are lovely scenes of love rekindled and hope restored. Communication’s the key, between spouses, and between parents and children too. And salted tears might become joy with chocolate.

Disclosure: I enjoy Steena Holmes’ writing so I was pleased to find this free. ( )
  SheilaDeeth | Jan 21, 2016 |
Sweet Memories by Steena Holmes is a sweet and short romance that opens her new series Decadent Events. With the “big misunderstanding” happening in the past and a not so bright future staring them in the face, this is a story about redemption and forgiveness. It is also a story about jealousy and insecurity and how easily they can damage a relationship.

When Jude walks away from his new marriage to his one and only, Tessa leans heavily on her best friends, and one of them is in love with her. But Jude is done running, and he wants his happily ever after back. Now he has to overcome Tessa’s fears, his parents’ devastating news, and fix his friendship with his best friend.

This is clearly a set up novella for the series, but it is also a lovely story in its own right. Tessa is no doormat and letting Jude back into her life, whether she loves him or not, is not an easy thing to do. Jude, for his part, needs to learn that “I’m sorry.” doesn’t cure-all ills. We will definitely be seeing more of them in the next book.

This is definitely a novella that works, with enough backstory to keep it from being too rushed and enough to look forward to keep it from ending too abruptly. No question, this is one to read.


Heat Rating: Sweet

REVIEWED BY: Monique Neaves ( )
  MyBookAddiction | Sep 10, 2013 |
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