Author: Dylan Newton
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.
How Sweet It Is tells the tale of the Queen of Happily Ever Afters organizing a book launch for the Knight of Nightmares. Kate Sweet is the owner of Sweet Events, her own company that she started six years ago. She is based in New York City and plans events all around the surrounding area. She loves her job and wishes that her parents, who are both famous surgeons and are opening their own place, the Sweet Surgery Center, would accept her dream. Her best friend is Imani Lewis, a publicist based out of Los Angeles for Cerulean Books. After Kate finishes one event and has some time before her next, she receives a call from Imani asking for a favor. Imani would like Kate plan famous horror author, Drake Matthew’s book launch event for his newest release, Halloween Hacker. To help out her best friend and in hopes that this high profile event will help her win the prestigious EVPLEX award, Kate agrees to make this a memorable time.
Drake Matthews hates the spotlight and would rather skip all publicity events. When Kate arrives to his house in his hometown of Wellsville, New York, he is reluctant to accept her help. Although he also has an instant attraction to her, he is resistant. Drake was burned by his last girlfriend, Rachel Lackey, and is reluctant to begin any new relationship where he could get hurt again. Kate also has an instant attraction to Drake, but wants to maintain professional boundaries. Kate is also determined to prove to Drake that she can pull off an event he will love and it will not be the chaotic circus he fears. The two of them have five weeks to work together to pull off an amazing book launch event.
There is not a lot of angst or tension in this story compared to others of the same genre. Drake has his trust issues with starting a new relationship after being burned in the past and he has the struggle of his public horror author image vs his softer real personality. Kate has her determination to do the best event possible and show her parents that she is a success and did not need to follow in their footsteps. The two of them spend a lot of time together as Kate plans his book launch and Drake uses Kate as his muse for his next novel, which is secretly outside the horror genre.
Overall, this was an easy read with interesting and fun characters. Imani was fun and Drake’s mother were great additions. Other amazing characters were Zander, Drake’s youngest brother, and Ryker, the middle brother with Drake as the oldest. Together with the quirky backdrop characters of the small town, the story had a lot of charm mixed with the light-hearted story. The duel perspectives of Kate and Drake were well done as the reader experiences both sides of the story and how each of them feels throughout the novel. As a side note, the cover does not reflect the story as it does not fully capture the fall setting or the “sweet” essence of the story. The story was well paced and a lovely slow-burn romance. The author already has plans for another novel to create a series with Imani and Zander’s story set for publication in 2022 and I cannot wait to read it!