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- Print Length: 211 pages
- Publisher: Entangled: Crush (4 Dec. 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B077F43QSY
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- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #374,784 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Sweetheart Sham might not be set in Alabama, but it has all the same winning ingredients: spunky girl, charming guy, a reunion, plenty of chemistry, and a wedding to plan. (Not either of theirs, by the way.) It also has a fake relationship trope with a twist; instead of two people entering into a fake relationship and realising they have feelings for each other, it's done to protect a secret the town's golden boy isn't ready to reveal yet. So there were two plots going on: Georgie and Beau's second chance romance and Will's coming out story.
I loved all three main characters in The Sweetheart Sham. Georgia Ann was kind, smart, and fierce, proving you can be both a tomboy at times and a girly girl at others. Will was definitely a charmer with lots of confidence on the outside, but he was also super cute and giddy when it came to his secret relationship. These two best friends showed again and again how much they cared for each other and had each other's backs. Finally, Beau. Ugh. Wonderful Beau. No, he wasn't perfect, but he was definitely a conscientious guy who wanted to make the people he cared about happy.
The three of them had different experiences of love, and each had to learn about being true to themselves and what they wanted, and that love is possible. Will wanted to be accepted for who he loved. Beau struggled to believe in love because of what happened with his parents. (You have no idea how relatable Beau's experiences were...) And Georgie? She just wanted what her parents had.
"I don't want to be someone's opportunity; I want to be everything, like Momma is to Daddy. She may annoy him to no end sometimes, but I know when he looks at her that he loves her. I want to be looked at the same way."
It's also worth noting that the families were adorable. I loved Georgie's dad the most. The rest were loving and always in your face, so great from a distance, though it would drive me up the wall if I was there.
While it's cold and miserable in London, The Sweetheart Sham kept me oh so warm. I've been Southern Charmed.
Beau has been in love with Georgia forever. He broke her heart once and left town with his mother. He is given the opportunity to return and spend the summer with his dad. When he left town he didn't settle any of his past, but that doesn't mean he can pick up where he left off. His girl is dating his cousin, his relationship with his dad is strained, and the drama of a being in a small town catches up with him.
Georgia is loyal to Will. She loves him and only wants the best for him. Will has a secret that he isn't ready to share. Will is gay and has the option to find love. He ropes Georgia into covering for him. The sweetheart sham is in place, but Georgia didn't expect Beau. He wants forgiveness and old feelings are sitting raw.
This is a coming out story. Will's story is told through Georgia. This book works really well and the romance feels forbidden. I think Beau needs this story to realise how strong his feelings are. This book is about a small town and two families. It's heartwarming and sweet. It's a fabulous winter read when everyone is thinking about how much family means.
4.5 stars out of 5. The perfect hot chocolate and marshmallows read. *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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The Result? The Sweetheart Sham was not good not great but EXCELLENT! Combining delicious southern charm, heartwarming characters, and a swoon worthy romance, The Sweetheart Sham is yet another wonderful addition to YA contemporary, perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen!
The Sweetheart Sham introduces us to Georgia Ann Monroe and Beau Montgomery.
Georgia Ann Monroe is the ultimate people pleaser, which is how she ends up not only as her mother's trusted wedding assistant (a. k. a. 24/7 errand girl) but also as fake girlfriend to her best friend Will. From the first page, I admired Georgia Ann's dedication to the ones she loved. Her friendship with Will was sweet and heartwarming. I thought it was amazing how far she would go to protect him from suffering a broken heart while also urging him to be strong and true to himself. I also loved her relationship with her family. Yes, her mother was overbearing, but it was easy to see how much they loved each other. Plus, Georgia Ann's father always had me laughing - I loved how he could escape the madness by going to his shed. As the book progressed, however, it was easy to see there was a part of Georgia Ann missing: the spark and feistiness that used to make her...well her. With the reappearance of Beau back in town, Georgia Ann starts to regain those traits. She lets loose, stands up for what she thinks is right, and even starts to fall in love in the process. I loved the transition!
Beau, on the other hand, is confused yet hopeful. When he left Culler all those years ago he left behind a mess in the form of a broken heart - two to be exact. Now back in Culler, he wants to make it right. Like Georgia Ann, I found Beau incredibly easy to like. He was this perfect mix between perfect and imperfect. I adored his humor and his determination. At times it broke my heart,that he wouldn't mend the fences with his father, or give his mother the answer she wanted; however, as the book progressed, Beau starts to grow up and learn a lot in the process.
The plot in The Sweetheart Sham mostly revolves around Beau and Georgia Ann's second chance at love, the wedding of the summer, and the friendship between Beau, Georgia Ann, and Will. In all of these plot lines, however, one theme was present throughout: being strong, true to yourself, and willing to stand up for what you believe in. Tying in with that, I liked the fact that Danielle included Will's conflict over coming out. I felt that she did a great job of making it realistic, and I especially loved that she gave him such a great ally in the form of Georgia Ann.
In all, The Sweetheart Sham is just like a cup of sweet tea - refreshing and sweet enough that it will have you craving for more, more, more. I can't wait to see whose story is up next. Personally, I'm hoping for Will and his mystery man!
"This is the least I can do for him after everything with my momma and how much he helped us. Heck, this is the least I can do since he's been mine every day of our lives. "by Georgia
Georgia, Will and Beau have been best-friends since they were born. But two years ago, Beau left town and their friends behind. Now, he is coming back to be best-man in his cousin's wedding, but would like to right the wrongs he has done for his friends.
Will is gay, but the only person he has told yet, is his best-friend Georgia. So, when he finds a promise of real love, he asks her to pretend a relationship with him, so he can have a secret affair with a mystery boy. In a small town like Culler, there is no other way to keep a secret, but lying.
But could a lie, even a small one, ever be the solution?
WHAT HAS REALLY WORKED FOR ME:
Cover: Is sweet and pertinent to the story. The lake has a big role in the book.
Plot: Great story. Is well-written, with a cohesive plot without any loopholes. I like that the author talks about heavy topics in a light way that gives the story a great flow, without overwhelming the readers with angst.
Characters: They are all great. Easy to love, connect and understand. Georgia is a strong girl, loyal to her friends and loving to her parents. Will is an amazing friend with strong family roots. Beau is an amazing son, loyal and sweet. There are some interesting secondary characters.
Freshness: This is fresh, unique; an one-of-a-kind story.
Addictiveness: The plot grabs the reader right at the beginning of the book and won't let go until the end. Fast read, hard to put down.
"Ma had faith that I loved her enough to let her be happy. Will had faith in me to keep his secret and to be in his corner. Georgie had faith in me, in us, and I broke that twice now, but I have faith that she will try one more time. "by Beau
WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER:
This book wasn't about a duo, but about a trio. I wished there were 3 voices, instead of only two.
"... but I am ready. Love is scary, you know, but never experiencing it is scarier."" by Will
A great book, in my opinion, gives you "food for thoughts". I've been well fed during this read.
The Sweetheart Sham has romance, but is not about that. This story is about friends, family and love.
This book is about a trio of friends that have grown up together and have their lives so intertwined that is hard to see where one starts and the other ends. They are individuals, but they also are duos and a trio. They care for each other, in different manners, but with the same love forged by time, knowledge and friendship. Their families have strong bonds, but each of them has their own problems inside their own nuclear family.
I don't know whose story is coming on the second book. There are lots of interesting secondary characters., but I would love to read another book about the trio. I think their journey has only begun and I would love to follow them on their next steps.
You MAY read this book because you like romance; you SHOULD read this book because you enjoy the author; you MUST read this book because it is unique and brings something new!!!