Friday, October 21, 2016

Sweet Girl by Sierra Hill

Title: Sweet Girl
Series: The Sweetest Thing #2
Author: Sierra Hill
Genre: New Adult/College Sports
Published: October 18, 2016
Kylah
I’ve always lived in the shadows of my athletic older brother and my charismatic twin sister. And that’s okay by me. I don’t mind being known as the shy wallflower. The gawky geek. The sweet, virginal girl. Well, that’s one label I’ve been trying to shed since starting my freshman year in college this year. The thing is, no one’s ever looked twice at me.
Until I met Van Gerard.
He notices me. He looks at me and seems to like what he sees. He understands and listens to me. He’s become a great friend. The problem is, I don’t want him as a friend.
I want more.
But my brother - along with a state line between us, and oh yeah, Van’s long-time girlfriend - are just a few complications getting in the way of what I want.
Van
I thought my senior year in college would be the best time of my life. I’m a starter on a Pac-12 basketball team, set to graduate with a degree in Finance. I have a girlfriend whom I’d planned to start a future with. I thought my life was already mapped out.
But then the bottom dropped out with a confession I never expected to hear, from the girl I thought I knew.
I thought wrong.
Luckily for me, Kylah Griffin was there to break my fall. She’s the best thing this year has given me. She’s helped me through a devastating blow that could have sent me reeling.
I know she wants more, but I’m not sure I can give it. Now that I’ve been burned, I don’t think I can go there again. Kylah’s not a hook-up, and she’s definitely not a rebound. She’s a sweet girl who deserves more than to be friend-zoned.
If only things weren’t so complicated.



Sweet Girl by Sierra Hill was one of those books that brought our the school girl giggles in me.  Whether it was Kylah’s innocence, Van’s sweet words of affirmation, or the story of how they came to be, Hill effortlessly captured my attention with her story.  Sweet Girl was definitely worth the read.

Sweet Girl is the second book in  The Sweetest Thing series. You don’t have to read the first book at all to fall in love and keep up with Van and Kylah’s story.  Although, I have to say if Hill’s first story is as good as this one, then you’ll be just like me and backing up to purchase  Sweetness which focuses on Cade ( Kylah’s brother) and Ainsley, his grandfather’s home health nurse.  In Sweet Girl, Hill gives us the story of sweet, innocent baby sister Kylah.  She’s never dated, never had sex, and really never even had a real crush before.  That is until she meets, Van.  Van Gerard has had hoop hunnies chomping at the bit to get a piece of him the entire four years he has been playing basketball for ASU, but his devotion to his high school girlfriend Lyndsay has kept him clear and focused on her and nothing else, well until sweet and innocent Kylah proves to be more tempting that Van’s willing to admit.  Will these two respect the boundaries set forth by their relationships? Or will temptation win out?

Hill does an excellent job of writing a story that you can get into. I literally read this book cover to cover in just a few hours.  The characters were real, sweet, intriguing and so heartfelt.  I immediately could grasp how these two were made for each other.  Hill can also write one hell of a love scene.  There were no awkward moments in this coming of age story.  My only fault with this story was it’s editing.  I truly, truly hope as I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review that this book was still in the editing stages.  There were several important mistakes in this book that made me cringe, most importantly the accidentally usage of plutonic and platonic.  That was the basis of the storyline.  For that to be repeated incorrectly throughout the first part of the book, made me question was the book worth finishing when mistakes like that are fluent.  

With all that being said, if I am to judge this book simply on story alone, I can easily say that Hill has it.  She has created one heck of a story worth reading and you should pick it up as soon as it releases. Van and Kylah’s story is definitely a sweet one worth falling in love with.

Since writing and publishing her first book in 2014, Sierra Hill has found her creative passion in writing about the fictional characters that live in her brain, who are constantly shouting for their own love stories to be told. 

Sierra frequently indulges in what some might consider to be an unhealthy dose of reading, dark chocolate candy, and way too much coffee. She hates cold weather, and frequently finds herself traveling around the country to see her favorite live musicians in concert.
Sierra resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of twenty years and her long-haired, German Shepherd. She is currently working on her next book.
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