Booklist Reviews

In the second book of the Bakery Sisters trilogy (Sweet Talk, 2008), Nicole Keyes, tired of being the “Responsible One,” wants  a life of her own. She has  weathered some low points, most notably finding her younger sister in a compromising position with her husband, having major surgery, and dealing with the reappearance of her estranged twin. But now life has a new twist for Nicole. When Raoul, a teenager in the foster-child program, steals some donuts from her bakery, she wants to call the cops. Instead of answering her complaint, the police call Raoul's coach, Eric “Hawk” Hawkins,  who  convinces a reluctant Nicole to let the youth work off his theft. Mallery explores the many facets of family relationships, and  Nicole's complex nonfamily involvements, in this heartwarming novel about  how a woman at odds with the world learns to live with it, and sometimes even love in it. Copyright 2006 Booklist Reviews.

Library Journal Reviews

In Sweet Spot , no-nonsense Nicole Keyes is still reeling from the shock of finding her youngest sister in bed with her husband and the resulting divorce. Then high school coach and former NFL star Eric Hawkins walks into her bakery and proceeds to turn her life—and, ultimately, his and his teenage daughter's as well—upside down. Assorted relatives, a collection of delightful, sometimes realistic teenagers, and a hero and heroine driven by lust but surprised by love take this trilogy (after Sweet Talk , Jul.) to the next level and set the scene for the final volume.

Five years earlier, wild child Jesse Keyes—pregnant and rejected—left Seattle to make something of her life. Now back to introduce her four-year-old son to his father, computer game mogul Matt Fenner, and make peace with her sister Nicole, Jesse knows she has a lot to explain and make up for in Sweet Trouble . Passions run high, and relationships sizzle on all fronts as Matt and Jesse try to sort out their feelings in this story that alternates between the present and the past, ties up a few loose threads, and brings to a close Mallery's "Bakery Sisters" trilogy. Although best read in order, each of these funny, heartwarming, supersexy reads stands on its own. Mallery lives in the Seattle area.

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