Love on the Sweet Side by Mariah Ankenman

Love on the Sweet Side by Mariah Ankenman
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (308 pgs)
Heat Level: Hot
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Mistflower

Maggie Evans is back in Peak Town, Colorado to take over her grandmother’s cupcake shop, but problems keep arising. Is it rotten luck…or something more nefarious? To top it off, her former best friend/childhood crush, Colton Denning, won’t leave her alone. He’s sexier than ever. But Maggie has no time for love.

When his best friend comes back into town all grown up, Colton finds his feelings for her go far beyond friendship. Unfortunately, the pretty baker only sees him as the town playboy. He plans to convince her otherwise, but may not get the chance when someone starts threatening Maggie’s life.

Whether she likes it or not, Colton plans to take her safety into his own hands. How will Maggie keep her shop afloat with a madman after her? More importantly, how will she keep her heart intact when Colton admits her safety isn’t the only thing he wants in his hands?

This was the perfect book for me to escape from the summer heat. It was literally refreshing to read a story staged during the late winter season in Colorado with snow. I lowered my A/C and snuggled with a blanket and thoroughly enjoyed reading about Maggie and Colton’s growing attraction & evolving relationship with each other.

I was a little annoyed with Maggie’s insecurities regarding trust in Colton that he wouldn’t leave her but, lucky for her I can’t resist reading about a hero that is a strong cowboy with an instinct to protect those he loves.

The story was cleverly written and often made me chuckle at Maggie’s quick wit and Colton’s persistent humorous teasing. The synopsis mentioned a mad man was after Maggie which made it difficult for her to run her cupcake bakery shop. This suspense kept me turning the pages.

The plot wasn’t totally predictable; I suspected who was threatening Maggie’s life but wasn’t 100% sure. I thought the story was well written and flowed smoothly with plenty of interesting twists. I particularly enjoyed Colton’s clever and unique proposal to Maggie at the end. I have to mention that the descriptions of the cupcakes were to die for. I seriously was craving one of Maggie’s cupcakes and wished her shop existed locally near me.

I am curious if a story will be written for her best friend Lizzy and Colton’s brother, Dade. They would make an interesting couple. I would definitely buy this book and recommend it to my friends but I’d warn them to have a cupcake to go with it. 🙂

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