The Sweetheart Rules, A Sweetheart Sisters Novel

Author: Shirley Jump

Publisher: Berkley

Release Date: March 1, 2014

Blue Ribbon Rating: 5


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What’s with all the lemons in life anyway? Diana Tuttle, a very pretty, svelte veterinarian, has had her boatload of hard times. First, she got divorced after her absentee, neglectful husband who is in a traveling rock band, got her pregnant, leaving her with the baby. Then, her son, who is now a teenager, is defiant and angry, giving Diana a very tricky time. Sadly, her mom just recently passed away. Diana is now taking care of her mom’s veterinarian practice. Then, she finds out she has a sister. Also, a handsome man walks into her life and foolishly, she gets involved with him. As fast as Mike Stark comes into her life, he up and leaves.  Geesh! Can life get any more complicated, disappointing or sad?

Into Rescue Bay blows a handsome coastguard, also known as, one-night-stand Mike Stark. He is not looking to settle down anytime soon. He is married to his job. All he knows, lives for and breathes for, is his work. However, months ago, he met an attractive veterinarian. They had a fling with no strings attached. Their fling was good, so good in fact, that it is imprinted on his mind. He thought he was over Diana when he left, leaving her a note, so what should he do? Recently, his ex-wife thrust his two young daughters upon him, forcing him to rethink things, like life and his responsibility as a father, most importantly. That is why he came back to the town of Rescue Bay and just maybe for Diana, too.

What will the winds blow into the town by the bay? If the Sweetheart Sisters get their hands into the mix, a lot will happen! Greta Winslow, a Sweetheart Sister, is conniving again! She is a born busybody but heck; life isn’t enjoyable unless you’re nudging people toward love. Will Cupid shoot love arrows at Diana and Mike? Does Greta get her own happy-ending?

THE SWEETHEART RULES is snappy, crackling with passion and filled with important life's lessons. Diana Tuttle is a little bit crazy, headstrong and independent, but heck, she knows what she wants out of life, even if her hormones sometimes screw with her mind. Why life sent a fine-looking fellow like Mike Stark to mess with her is baffling. But, man is he stud material! Their one night of passion leaves her wanting more, but Mike bails out on her. Therefore, when he comes back into town a second time, Diana is very skittish about recommencing their affair. Will these two find time to talk without their hormones getting in the way? Nosy Greta squeezes in her two cents and aligns them together amongst their protests. She is a hoot! Ms. Jump scores big with her wily plot schemes and pulls it all together nicely at the end. The story is very serious, at times, with humorous undertones and a lot of romance throughout. This novel has a lot going on and it was very hard for me to put it down. I wish Ms. Jump’s books weren’t so darn addictive, because I just have to read them all! THE SWEETHEART RULES is snappy, seriously sensitive and delightfully delicious, just like bananas foster on fire!

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Michele Rioli

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