Review: Sweet on You (Bradford Sisters Romance #3) by Becky Wade

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Britt and Zander have been best friends since they met thirteen years ago, but unbeknownst to Britt, Zander has been in love with her for just as long. When Zander’s uncle dies of mysterious causes, he returns to Washington to investigate. As they work together to uncover his uncles tangled past, will the truth of what lies between them also come to light?
I received a copy of this title via a giveaway on Goodreads. It does not impact my review.

-This is the third book in the Bradford Sisters Romance series, but it’s the first one I’ve read. While I’m sure I would’ve felt a little more connected to the secondary characters if I had read the previous books, it worked well as a standalone. I never felt lost or confused.

-I love a good Friends-to-More romance. I liked Zander and Britt’s friendship, though I must admit I enjoyed Zander much more than I did Britt.

-This is a Christian fiction book, so it might not be everyone’s cup of tea. While there were some good, relatable points, I felt like the Christian themes were a little uneven. They seemed to pop up here and there, instead of being a natural part of the characters’ lives. And then towards the end the message got pretty heavy-handed. It was still a good message, so I didn’t mind it, but I wish it would’ve been done a little more smoothly.

-The mystery of the story revolves not around Zander’s uncle’s death, but his secret past life. Frank is not even his uncle’s real name. Zander and Britt, with the help of a few others, research Frank’s previous life and discover that he might have been involved in a famous art heist. This plotline was interesting, but the focus of the book is really on the romance, so it wasn’t quite as in depth as I wanted it to be, but that’s ok. What did bother me, though, was that we don’t really explore how finding out Frank’s lies effects his wife, Carolyn, their daughters, or Zander and his brother, who were taken in by Frank and Carolyn as kids. I can tell you from experience that finding out a loved one had spent your whole life lying to you brings up some stuff, but it was kind of just skipped right over here.

-Britt was very hard for me to like. She was so impulsive and short-tempered and she just really frustrated me. While she did work very hard at her business, she was also pretty privileged and spoiled. She came across a little shallow and fake to me, too. She did learn some lessons by the end of the story, but the book failed to convince me why Zander couldn’t get over her in thirteen years. He deserved better.

Overall, I enjoyed Sweet on You, despite a few issues. I always enjoy the Friends-to-More trope and the mystery was interesting. I liked Zander, but Britt really brought the story down for me. I’m decreasing my final rating a bit because of her. However, I would still suggest this one to fans of Christian Contemporary. This was my first book by Wade and I plan to look into some of her other books.

Overall Rating (out of 5): 3.5 Stars

8 thoughts on “Review: Sweet on You (Bradford Sisters Romance #3) by Becky Wade

  1. Hmm… I’m always curious when a book says it’s set in Washington state. I’m not sure I would read this one based on your review, though. I have read Christian romances before, and I think what you mentioned about things popping up here and there and then very heavy at the end might bug me too much. I like a good message, but I don’t think I would want it heavily at the end. I would want it to be naturally woven in. I also wouldn’t like how the stuff that’s brought up by lying is skipped over. I think it could have been a relatable part of the book for many. That’s too bad. Great review, though. I’m glad you were still able to enjoy it for the most part.

  2. Ugh, I do NOT understand why authors write unlikable heroines!! What does that accomplish?? That is a serious pet peeve of mine. I think it annoys me in Christian fiction even more, because so often it feels like the author is implying that the heroine’s actions are still okay – as though things like being petty or short-tempered aren’t “real” sins that need to be addressed. Anyway, good review – sounds like this one was a perfectly nice one-off, even if it isn’t a new classic!

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  4. This sounded like it would be a nice summer read, but based on your review I think I’ll skip it. I dislike reading about unlikeable heroines. Supporting characters can be unlikeable, but not the main character.

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