Erryn reviews ‘Sweet Tooth’ by Helen Juliet. The ebook was published December 13, 2020 and was 246 pages.The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Kieran Flitton, released March 2, 2021 and is 7 hrs and 28 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I enjoyed Hair Out of Place.
Getting lost in the woods was never this much fun.
When Hans Jager and his sister, Greta, have to return home for the holidays, the last thing he expects is to run into his childhood best friend, Chester Wild. Even more surprising is when Chester pretends to be Hans’s boyfriend to protect Hans from his wicked step-mother’s wrath. Seeing Chester again makes Hans realize that he might feel more than just friendship, but can he risk spoiling what they already have?
Chester has always loved his best friend. But Hans is straight, right? When they find themselves stranded in the woods, everything changes, but for how long? A dark family secret could undo their magical reunion, and Hans is feeling more lost than ever. Could Chester be enough to guide him back to true love?
Sweet Tooth is a steamy, stand-alone MM romance novel featuring a scrumptious sweet shop, slow dancing to Elton John, an explosive family dinner, a loyal puppy, a very naughty use for candy canes, and a guaranteed HEA with absolutely no cliff-hanger.
I like Helen Juliet stories and her new ones based loosely on fairy tales are quite enjoyable. This book was cute.
Hans hasn’t been home in ten years. He and his twin sister Greta left their sleepy small town to the big city to make their way and despite their father’s vast wealth, they had no support from him. They believe everyone blames them for their mother’s death and so they’ve stayed away. Only news of their father’s illness has brought them home.
Chester, for one, is happy the twins have returned. He works in the sweets shop and seeing his former best friend brings back both happy memories and bittersweet ones. He never found the courage to tell Hans he had a crush on him and now, when the opportunity presents itself to play Hans’ boyfriend, Chester leaps at the chance.
Hans isn’t sure why Chester is helping him out, but he’s grateful. He’s missed their friendship and Chester’s ready agreement to show up as his date at the family dinner is appreciated. But first Chester’s car breaks down with the two men in it and they must travel through the forest to find safety. A discovery leads them to safety, and as they warm up physically, things between them heat up as well. There might be a candy cane involved, but I’m trying to put that image aside. There was also later a chocolate incident I don’t care to remember. Sometimes Ms. Juliet is a little too clever and that was one of those times.
But I digress. The men are finally in a position to express their true feelings, but the physical distance feels like a chasm that can’t be overcome. Then all is revealed at a family dinner, and suddenly things look much rosier.
I enjoyed the book and can’t wait to see which fairy tale the next book addresses. And I have to mention Kieran Flitton who narrates all the books in the series. He’s a delight to listen to and I enjoy his work. So I’m eagerly anticipating the next book.
9/10 Pots of Gold – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars
Helen Juliet is an M/M author currently living and working in London. She’s been writing stories since she was young, and got her start publishing fanfiction of sites like Wattpad. Fifteen years and over a million words later, she discovered the world of M/M fiction and found it was just as good as the fanfiction she was reading. She fell head over heels in love with the genre and became determined to try her hand at a book herself. On December 31st, 2016, she rang in the new year by publishing her first original novel, and hasn’t looked back since.