Monday, May 17, 2010

Review: Sweet Tea at Sunrise by Sherryl Woods

Published: April 27, 2010
Publisher: Mira
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 389
Source: Personal Library
Characters: Sarah Price, Travis McDonald
My Rating:

Woods chooses a whimsical, sweet scenario for her sixth Sweet Magnolia contemporary romance (after 2010's Home in Carolina). Travis McDonald, a ladies' man and washed-up ballplayer, lights in Serenity, S.C., one day and decides to stay. He buys a radio station and, charmed by the friendly chattiness of Sarah Price, a recently divorced mother of two, lures her to become his morning DJ. Sarah, still fending off her belittling ex, Walter, impulsively agrees. Woods spends some time catching up with the robust cast developed in earlier books, and Sarah and Travis frequently play second fiddle to Walter's self-discovery, unexpected pregnancies, the local real estate market, and other small town dramas. For longtime fans, however, the digressions have their own charm, and Woods never fails to come back to the romantic point.

Emotionally wounded single mom Sarah Price has come home to Serenity, South Carolina, for a fresh start. With support from her two best friends—the newest generation of the Sweet Magnolias—she can face any crisis.

But sometimes a woman needs more than even treasured friends can provide. Sexy Travis McDonald may be exactly what Sarah's battered self-confidence requires. The newcomer is intent on getting Sarah to work at his fledgling radio station…and maybe into his bed, as well.

Sarah has learned not to trust sweet words. She'll measure the man by his actions. Is Travis the one to heal her heart? Or will he break it again?
I really did enjoy this book even though I rated it as a 3. Here's my reasoning for the 3 rating.

If you read the previous book, Home in Caroline, then you've met Sarah's ex-husband Walter. The quick turn-around in Walter's attitude just didn't ring true to me. So that knocked off some points in my rating. Another thing, Sarah just kept pushing Travis away, especially toward the end of the book. But the one time that it really annoyed me, was when she pushed him away for something he didn't do but something his father did.

Travis and Sarah's relationship seemed to be all flirting (mostly all one-sided, from Travis) but no real depth. So with that being the case, I can see why there was no sex until the very last couple of pages. But it is Sherryl Woods so I wasn't expecting hot, sizzling sex burning up the pages, just a little more of a connection and not just the superficial.


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