Sweet Deal, by Harper Logan
Release Date: January 16, 2017
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Russ is awfully sweet for someone who pretends to be so salty.
Gruff ex-punk Russ is a sweets-obsessed baker, struggling to get his dream business off the ground. His cupcakes are delicious and everyone loves them—so why is his bakery failing?
“I’m begging you: please call me for an interview…”
Arthur is about to lose his mind. With his amazing grades and business degree, he thought he’d be a shoe-in at any company in Rosebridge—but he can’t convince anyone to hire him. With his savings drying up, it looks likely that he’ll have to admit defeat and return home to face his homophobic parents.
Arthur is simply off limits—he has to be.
Arthur is perfect for the bakery: motivated, meticulous, and a great worker. Unfortunately, Arthur is also gorgeous, hilarious, and way too young for Russ to date.
Arthur can’t ignore the way Russ’s strong arms and low laugh send electricity up and down his spine. He can’t let anything jeopardize his new job, but Arthur also can’t ignore how perfect the two of them could be together…
I took a chance on Harper Logan having not read anything by the author before and I was pleasantly surprised. The book starts out by introducing us to Arthur a twenty-five year old recent graduate desperate for a job. It’s this desperation that lands him an interview at a bakery after sending off a comical, if not somewhat ill advised, response to a help wanted craigslist ad. Russ the owner finds him taking a chance on Arthur who definitely isn’t the baker he needs but there’s something that makes him inclined to help a person whose response included “When I tell you now that I have never burned anything in the oven, you will have to gamble that you can trust my honesty”.
While the physical attraction between Arthur and Russ is instantaneous it takes Russ a while to get past his hang ups about the eleven year age difference between the two. He has minor concerns about the employer/employee relationship but he soon fines Arthur’s insistence unavoidable.
Honestly Arthur made the book for me. I liked his quirky optimistic personality and his unwavering belief that if given a chance he and Russ could have something great. It was his belief that made me not sour on Russ who after a while started to sound like a broken record. The book was not without its problems which overall were minor. The visit from Arthur’s estranged parents felt unnecessary. While a catalyst for the worlds briefest separation I felt the progression of the relationship could have been accomplished with the same “big event” that finally got the two to be adults and admit they had progressed from a “friends with benefits” situation to a relationship.
Up until 67% I would have given the book 4 stars but the rush to a HEA didn’t feel well paced. There were also minor editing issues (words missing) and the constant use of the term “hipped up” or “hipped back” that felt odd.
Overall though I really enjoyed the book and would recommend it to readers looking for a lighter read. I’m looking forward to my next book by Harper Logan.