The first in the series is Sweet as Honey.
It features Dex Concannon, a small-town cop with a sexy smile and a dark past, and the vulnerable but warm-hearted Honey Summers.
Dex and Honey have decided to wait until their wedding night to sleep together, to give themselves time to prove they're serious about each other.
Dex's last girlfriend pretended she was pregnant to get him to marry her, but luckily he found out just hours before and left her at the altar. Waiting to sleep with Honey until after they're married means Dex doesn't have to worry about that happening again - not that he really thinks the sweet and gentle Honey would do the same as his mad ex.
Honey's last relationship was abusive, and she's relieved she doesn't have to think about the physical side of things for a while. Dex being willing to wait proves to her that he's serious, and it makes the wedding night an exciting prospect.
But events are gradually conspiring against them. Dex's ex-girlfriend arrives to stir up the past, and Honey goes to court and sits on the jury during a case that mirrors the events in her own life, bringing back all the old doubts.
The wedding is only a week away, but their big day hangs in the balance. Is their love strong enough to pull them through?
Sweet as Honey is the first book in the series of The Seven Sisters, where the seventh on is really the brother. I actually thought I'd jumped into the series in a middle of it, just seems that I had missed a lot of the previous story.
I liked the family dynamics in the book, the siblings, the Cafe, the compound where they lived, the caring, but grieving father. The small town living, stories from the cop's day, people hanging out in the Cafe, where the best in the story!
The tale includes the timeline of a week before Honey and Dex's awaited wedding. Both Honey and Dex are broken, raw, by their past experiences in life, giving them insecurities and doubts of being worthy. And just a week to the wedding, they both have to face their past, Honey in the form of a court case mirroring her past life, and Dex's crazy ex shows up somewhat unexpected.
Lot of the story is focused on the celibacy Honey and Dex decided to have before the wedding night. I liked how the father turned up to talk to Dex, I wished they would have had some couple's counseling or something like that, since they both were so very broken with the inner doubts, and needed help with communication with each other.
If you enjoy sweet family sagas, with big families in small town setting in exotic New Zealand, this might just be the series for you!
I was provided this story by the publisher via NetGalley for honest and fair review.
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me