SIZZLE is a an impossibly cute mainstream contemporary romance with more than a little comedic twist thrown in to good effect. At first, I started off thinking the novel would be erotica but there is a good deal more emphasis on character development and story than sex. (Although those were plenty hot. No complaints.)
I hate recapping blurbs, so I won't. I do feel compelled to mention that SIZZLE meets all of the criteria necessary to be produced as a romantic comedy. Sassy, ditzy heroine? Check. Gay best friend? Check. Hunky, off-beat hero? Check. Cue a series of ridiculous misunderstandings and a bit of excessive obtuseness and you have next summer's hit romantic comedy in the making.
I liked both Betsy and Matt a great deal. They shared great chemistry and they were pretty consistently nice to each other, which is something I often feel is missing in romances. I was rooting from them right from the start and the HEA ending punched all the right buttons.
I loved secondary characters, especially Rob, but also the little crayon graffiti artist. The subplot involving the homeowner's association bully drove me up the wall because my approach to dealing with people like Mrs. Lattimer tends to be blunter than the heroine's. I wanted Betsy to stand up to the bully sooner but ultimately she does so (as the product of character growth no less). In the end, she offers up a win-win solution for everyone.
If I have a grumble, it's that the heroine's clueless nature strains credibility at times. However, sacrifices must be made for the sake of laughs and laugh I did. I especially loved the "lessons", although it seemed like the obvious one was missing.
SIZZLE is a recommended read for anyone looking for a sexy romance guaranteed to make you grin. Recommended.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.